Arizona Spas and Resorts Introduce Sunscreen With Critical Wavelength, Providing the Best UVA Sun Protection Available

CHARLESTON, S.C., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- LUCA(TM) Sunscreen, a revolutionary new product that provides the best broad-spectrum sun protection in the United States, is now available in Arizona, exclusively at the Oasis Spa at Banner Desert Medical Center and Inner Light Integrative Health Spa in Mesa, at Gentle Waters Healing Spa in Chandler, and at the Amethyst Spa at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Casino in Scottsdale.

And just in time. "After a long, cold winter, many people can't wait to get out in the spring sun and get some color for that healthy glow," explains Dr. Gruber, a surgical pathologist and expert in sun protection. "But there is no such thing as a healthy suntan. The UVA rays which produce tanning are now known to be the cause of solar aging and are strongly linked to melanoma."

Scottsdale Arizona Mohs skin cancer surgeon Dr. Jennifer Linder reiterates that "public awareness is incredibly important" because one in five Americans will develop skin cancer and one in 63 will develop melanoma, one of the most deadly of all malignancies.

Arizona residents must be extra vigilant because the state ranks No. 2 in the world in skin cancer incidence rates (after Australia) and Arizonans develop melanomas twice as often as residents of other states. A recent survey conducted in 2008 by Arizona Blue Cross Blue Shield reveals that many Arizonans aren't taking the steps to control preventable health conditions. In fact, 64% of the people surveyed said that they seldom, if ever, use sunscreen before heading outside.

Susie Andrianov, lead aesthetician at the Oasis Spa at Banner Desert Medical Center, said the research studies results regarding sun damage are very alarming. "But what is even worse than the million new cases of skin cancer is that more than 80 percent of these new cases could be prevented simply by using sunscreen correctly as protection from the sun's rays," says Andrianov.

"I educate my clients repeatedly to use sunscreen protection otherwise all the skincare I do for them is merely a relaxation session, not rejuvenation. But mainly I educate them about the Arizona melanoma dangers and why I recommend LUCA sunscreen with its critical wavelength protection against UVA & UVB rays."

LUCA is the only product on the market to back up its level of UVA protection with a critical wavelength value.

Unfortunately, tanning beds are not a safe option. The American Academy of Dermatology cites a review of seven studies that found a statistically significant increase in the risk of melanoma in those who had been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning before the age of 35. More than 1.3 million new skin cancer cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year. The bottom line is: Short of solar abstinence or a spray-on tan, sunscreen is your best defense, advises the American Academy of Dermatology.

That's why Dr. Gruber created LUCA(TM) Sunscreen, which offers the most advanced broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays on the market today. Featuring breakthrough Polycrylene(R)(1) technology, LUCA Sunscreen is better at blocking UVA radiation than other sunscreens sold in the U.S., effectively shielding the skin for up to six hours from UV radiation linked to premature aging, skin cancer and melanoma.

And LUCA(TM) is the first sunscreen in the U.S. to back up its UVA protection claims with a critical wavelength value printed on the bottle. "We sought to make a superior product, but even more importantly, we want to educate people about the dangers of the sun, how to select the best products, and how to most effectively use those products," says Dr. Gruber.

LUCA(TM) Sunscreen, available in SPF 15 and SPF 30, is specially formulated for children and adults with sensitive skin. The product is water resistant, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, fragrance free and designed for use as a daily moisturizer.

About LUCA(TM) Sunscreen

Created by noted pathologist Karl Gruber, M.D., LUCA(TM) Sunscreen provides children and adults with the most advanced broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays available in the United States today. Using breakthrough Polycrylene(R) technology, LUCA(TM) Sunscreen is better at blocking UVA radiation than other sunscreens sold in the U.S. and it is the first sunscreen introduced in America to back up its UVA protection claims with a critical wavelength measurement printed on the bottle. LUCA(TM) Sunscreen is water resistant, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, fragrance free and can be used as a daily moisturizer. The product is available in SPF 15 and SPF 30, both with a 383nm critical wavelength, providing for the highest UVA protection on the U.S. market. The MSRP is $30.00 for 3.5 ounces. For more information, please visit

(1) Polycrylene is a registered trademark of The HallStar Company.


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