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Happy Hanukkah!

by Will / November, 27 2013 01:30
Happy Hanukkah from Block Island Organics! [More]

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Happy Thanksgiving - Shipping Is On Us!

by Will / November, 25 2013 01:00
Get free shipping on us through November 30th, 2013. Just use the promo code thanksgive2013 at checkout. Note: this offer is not combinable with other promotions. [More]

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Sunscreen Prevents Skin Aging New Research Shows

by Will / November, 20 2013 01:00
Research shows that sunscreen helps prevent skin cancer and now there's also proof that consistent regular use wards off skin aging. So you know all those anti-aging serums out there? Turns out what you really need is a bottle of good ole sunscreen. [More]

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What a Sunscreen's SPF Really Means

by Will / November, 13 2013 01:00
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor so you'd think it measures how well a sunscreen protects you. However, that's only partially true. There are three kinds of ultraviolet rays that come from the sun: UVA, UVB and UVC. UVC rays don't reach the earth's surface so UVA and UVB are the one's you have to protect yourself from (for a deep discussion see our article "UVA, UVB and UVC Rays: What They Are and How Sunscreen Protects You"). [More]

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UVA, UVB and UVC Rays: What They Are and How Sunscreen Protects You

by Will / November, 6 2013 01:00
At the most basic UVA, UVB and UVC are the ultraviolet rays that reach the earth from the sun and, as the Skin Cancer Foundation says, UVA and UVB rays cause skin cancer, premature aging, wrinkles, sunburn and even eye damage (sunglasses are a good idea!). Luckily the right sunscreen - including Block Island Organics sunscreen - can protect you. Let's explore a little more with a lovely infographic and then additional details. [More]

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The Sunniest Places in the World

by kelly / October, 30 2013 01:00
We here at Block Island Organics love to travel the world in search of sun and fun. Of course we always remember to bring our sunblock on our travels. On my vacations I particularly love to sit by the water, be it a pool or a beach, and bathe in the sun while protecting myself from the sun's rays. [More]

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New Research Shows Sunscreen Prevents Skin Cancer and Saves Superhero Gene

by Will / October, 23 2013 01:00
The mighty sunscreen protects against skin cancer? That's what research out of Australia shows. It also saves something called the p53 "Superhero" gene which turns out is a pretty darn important gene. [More]

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Toxic Sunscreens Are Killing Our Coral Reefs

by Will / October, 16 2013 01:00
If you vacation in an area with protected coral reefs you might notice that wearing sunscreen in the water is banned outright or that only certain sunscreens are permitted. Why so? Well some research shows that many common ingredients found in the most popular sunscreens bleach and kill coral reefs. Fortunately, Block Island Organics does not use these ingredients. [More]

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How Much Sunscreen Should You Use?

by kelly / October, 9 2013 01:00
Yes there is actually a scientifically recommended amount of sunscreen everyone should use. I never knew this until I started a suncare company! If you are like me you probably slap a little sunblock on, assume you have it covered and go about your day. No real rhyme or reason. However, the reality is most people do not apply anywhere near enough. But don't worry - I'm here to help you with specific info and photos on how much to actually apply. [More]

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Mineral Sunscreen: What It Is

by Will / October, 2 2013 01:00
Whether you call it sunblock or sunscreen, you might not know what "mineral" means. Well, I'm here to shed some light on the subject. At its most basic it means a sunscreen where the active ingredients are titanium dioxide and / or zinc oxide - ingredients found on mother earth. What is an active ingredient? It's the thing that stops the suns rays from doing their harm (it protects you from UVA and, ideally, UVB rays). So the quick question that brings up is, how do I tell if my sunscreen is mineral? [More]

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