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Sun Exposure While Driving Makes Left Side of the Face Look Older New Study Reveals

by kelly / May, 18 2016 01:30
Are you putting the left side of your face in danger every time you get into the car? Very likely according to a new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) - Ophthalmology. The study found that driver's side windows let a lot of UVA rays through. What do UVA rays do? They cause skin aging, skin spots, sunburn, cataracts and even skin cancer. But don't fret, there are easy ways to keep your skin looking great. [More]

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Top Tips for Spotting Skin Cancer

by kelly / May, 11 2016 01:30
This week we’re providing practical tips to spot skin cancer in support of Skin Cancer Awareness Month (aka May). So far we've given sun protection advice and resources to prevent skin cancer. Now we're talking about detecting skin cancer. [More]

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May 2016 is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

by kelly / May, 4 2016 01:30
Happy May everyone. It also just so happens that May is Skin Cancer Awareness month. In honor of this month and as part of our on-going suncare smart series here are some awesome resources, tools and info to help you stay sun safe this summer and everyday. [More]

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Top 5 Sun Protection Tips

by kelly / April, 27 2016 01:30
Fun in the sun is taking off now with the warmer weather. We love the sun here at Block Island Organics but we also love playing smart and playing safe in the sun (hey that also happens to be our tagline!). So this week I'm here to give you a quick hit list of five great sun protection tips. [More]

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Moonshot Cure for Cancer

by kelly / February, 10 2016 01:30
It's sad but I'm sure many of us have been touched by cancer in our lives. We probably all know of someone who has had it, is fighting it right now or has passed away from it. Our co-founder, Will's grandfather had skin cancer and my mother is currently battling lung cancer. Cancer is personal to me. So that's why I am pumped about President Obama's new task force on cancer that is led by Vice President Biden. According to the President and Vice President it's about finding a "moonshot to cure cancer". [More]

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Revolutionary New Skin Cancer Test

by kelly / January, 20 2016 01:30
I just read some fantastic news that I had to share - researchers recently discovered a new blood testing method that tracks metastatic melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer. I'm hoping this means they could detect and treat melanoma earlier. This remains to be seen, but wouldn't it be great! [More]

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The Dangerous Truths of Indoor Tanning

by kelly / January, 6 2016 01:30
Recently at a party I overheard a friend say they needed to head to a tanning salon to get some winter color. It almost gave me a heart attack. Ok, I may be exaggerating but my heart really did break. Hearing someone say that might be the worst thing I could hear and more importantly, it's one of the worst things you can do for your skin. It causes premature aging and even skin cancer. Just say NO to indoor tanning! [More]

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Black Ink Tattoos, Skin Cancer and the Need for Sunscreen

by kelly / September, 9 2015 01:30
Yes my title is a lot and I'll get to explaining everything and how it all works together. Recently I happened upon some articles related to blackwork tattoos and the prevention of skin cancer that stemmed from a study completed earlier in the summer. Blackwork tattoos are tattoos that use black ink. I guess that's good about the study's findings but I don't want people to interpret this study to think it precludes you from sun protection or using sunscreen if you have blackwork tattoos. [More]

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The Unfortunate Reality of Sunscreen Shaming

by kelly / July, 15 2015 01:30
Yes sunscreen shaming is actually a thing that happens today and it's unfortunate. The whole idea of shaming - be it for shape, size, color or something else - is sad. With the growth of social media it's only made shaming more prevalent. Now we can add sunscreen to the list. I didn't think it was real until I saw an entire Reddit forum around it. Additionally, Allure did a recent article on this very subject. [More]

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Dangers of DIY Sunscreen

by kelly / June, 17 2015 01:30
There is a whole online DIY movement these days. I think in part due to the advent and popularity of great sites like Pinterest and Etsy. I'm a fan of this movement as it can create some really authentic products in our over-marketed environment. However I believe there are limits especially when it comes to sunscreen. I know you might be thinking, well that's convenient, you own a suncare company - but it's not about convenience - it's about safety and effectiveness. All sunscreens are actually a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated over the counter drug with multiple testing requirements. Additionally there are real dangers with creating your own sunblock. [More]

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