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wellness photoSKIN-DEEP
They say beauty is only skin-deep, but what about beautiful skin?

By Allyson Marrs

It's important to stay safe in the sun to lessen your chances of developing various skin cancers, and it's also essential to use protection if you want to lessen the effects of premature aging, the growth of sunspots and the look of leathery, tight skin.

While daily skin care is important year round, it becomes crucial during bright days. When you're caught in the sun's rays, it's best to play it safe.

Not all sunscreens are created equal. To best protect yourself from cancer-causing rays, choose a sunscreen that defends against both UVB and UVA—a broad-spectrum sunblock. Most dermatologists recommend opting for one with at least SPF 30, but the more active you are, the longer you're outside and the more you perspire, the more often you should apply.

Even the most effective sunscreen becomes obsolete after prolonged exposure without reapplication.

Also, you should wait 30 minutes after applying before entering the water.

According to Mayo Clinic, UVA rays are responsible for penetrating your skin and damaging your immune system, which can lead to wrinkles and age spots. UVB rays are guilty of burning your skin; both increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

wellness photo2. CREATE SHADE
The best way to arm yourself against sun danger is to, of course, stay out of the sun. You can create your own shade by wearing the proper clothing and opting for accessories, such as hats and sunglasses.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends clothing with a tighter knit—denser fabrics you can't see through. If you're unsure about a choice, stick your hand in the garment and hold it up to the light. Additionally, the Foundation says the darker the fabric, the better UV defense. But don't forget about your neck and scalp! Use sunscreen on exposed skin, and dust sunscreen powder across the scalp. That's one burn spot that always seems to linger.

Sometimes, even when you go in with the best intentions, the sunshine can be tempting, and you can walk away from a day of fun with a burn. To soothe the pain and help with healing, use a gel that's 90 to 100 percent aloe vera. Additionally, don't pick any blisters or scabs, as they're working to protect sensitive areas.

Dermatologists also recommend checking your skin for changes after too many hours in the sunshine. Any pink spots that are tender to the touch, or any changing moles, should be checked by a doctor.

wellness photoA NATURAL REMEDY
By Dr. Rachel Erickson, MSOM, ND

aturopathy at its roots is the belief in the body's ability to heal itself. Naturopathic medicine trusts in the healing power of nature while integrating modern medical practices.

Naturopathic doctors are trained in western biomedical sciences and all forms of diagnostic and laboratory testing. They are steeped in the healing traditions of herbalism, nutrition, homeopathy, bony manipulation, hydrotherapy and many more. They must also attend accredited schools and go through rigorous training along with board certification.

Below are its healing principles:

The Healing Power of Nature
The body has an innate ability to heal. The naturopath's role is to facilitate the healing process, helping the patient to achieve balance, remove obstacles and create a healthy internal and external environment.

Identify and Treat the Cause
Symptoms are the expression of the body's attempts to heal and are not typically the cause of the disease. The naturopath seeks the underlying cause of disease by examining physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.

First Do No Harm
The naturopath will pay attention to the ways in which treatments are affecting the body. Remedies used to suppress symptoms without addressing the underlying cause are considered harmful.

Treat the Whole Person
The health of a person involves many aspects including social, environmental, genetic, physical, mental and emotional. Naturopaths take a personalized and comprehensive approach to health.

Doctor as Teacher
The naturopath's responsibility is to educate the patient on his/her health and to assist the patient in taking responsibility for his/her own health. The naturopath helps the patient become empowered to make changes that are in accordance with a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

The emphasis is on building health instead of fighting disease. The naturopath teaches healthy lifestyle, habits while assessing risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease in order to give recommendations for prevention.

There are many people today who are looking for alternatives and adjunct therapies to their medical care.

Naturopathic doctors are primary care physicians in the state of Washington and can take care of many basic medical needs. These include female exams, prescribing medication when needed and, in some cases, minor surgery.

If you are interested in learning more about the new naturopathic services offered here at the Club, email Dr. Rachel Erickson is seeing new patients.


The Bellevue Club offers a variety of wellness programs, classes and seminars. In addition, if you want a more individualized approach, the Club's award-winning Your Body Your Life program might be for you. Call 425-688-3461 or email for more information.


The Bellevue Club offers a variety of wellness programs, classes and seminars. From personal training to nutrition to life coaching, we have experts who can help you realize whole body wellness.

The Club's Your Body Your Life program can help you find the track you need. If you think it might be for you, give us a call at 425-688-3461 or email for more information.


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