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FDA Passes on New Sunscreen Ingredients

by Will / March, 11 2015 01:30
Back in November Congress passed the Sunscreen Innovation Act. Its aim is to speed up the approval process for new sunscreen ingredients. In particular, it's been 25 years since any new ingredient was approved and eight ingredients have been waiting over 12 years for approval. Many of these eight ingredients are already in use in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. Slam dunk for these new sunblock ingredients, right? [More]

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Mobile App Increases Sun Protection? Yes, Studies Say

by Will / February, 4 2015 01:30
Let's just say off the bat that we were a little skeptical. How does a smartphone app improve sun protection? This must be a joke I thought...but no, two studies actually bear this out according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMMA). [More]

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President and Congress Agree on Something: Sunscreen Innovation on the Way

by kelly / January, 21 2015 01:30
Here's some exciting news in the world of sunscreen and a small win for sun protection! Recently President Obama signed the Sunscreen Innovation Act into law after it was approved by the Senate and House of Representatives. The law will allow the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to approve new sunscreen ingredients more quickly. [More]

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Did you Know Plants Make Their own Sunscreen? - What That Might Mean for You

by kelly / January, 14 2015 01:30
We love the sun at Block Island Organics but we are all about playing smart and safe in the sun. The sun is powerful, protection from it is important and there are numerous studies proving that sunscreen prevents skin cancer and skin aging. In our latest suncare smarts series we discuss a new study that reveals plants make their own "sunscreen". Yes even plants need protection from the sun just like you and me. [More]

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Coming Soon - New Face Wash and Night Cream!

by Will / December, 10 2014 01:30
We're formulating, testing, re-formulating and testing again all to bring you two exciting new products. Right now we have a face wash and night cream underway and hope to have them done by early in the new year. Plus, with these additions we'll have everything you need - suncare products for day protection, a wash to clean it all away and night cream to rejuvenate your skin. [More]

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A Call to Action on Skin Cancer Prevention by the U.S. Surgeon General

by kelly / August, 6 2014 01:30
Here at Block Island Organics we are passionate about smart, fun and safe suncare. As part of that we want to spread the word on sun safety to as many people as possible. It's an important topic and recently even the acting U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Boris D. Lushniak, got behind the cause and released "The Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent Skin Cancer". The document is a comprehensive 112 pages (don't worry, at the bottom of this article we have links to a few summaries) and as the title says a call to action for increased awareness, policies and research for preventing skin cancer. [More]

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Consumer Reports says Avoid Spray Sunscreens - FDA and EWG Agree

by Will / July, 30 2014 01:30
Spray sunscreens are popular these days. Just spray it on and go, right? Well not so fast says Consumer Reports. This advice actually echoes what other organizations and people like dermatologists, the Environmental Working Group and even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say. It also dovetails with our article from a few weeks ago "What Sunscreens to Avoid: Sprays and Powders". [More]

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Lululemon Stirs Up Sunscreen Controversy

by kelly / July, 23 2014 01:30
Lululemon is not a company to shy away from provocative statements. Nevertheless, I was surprised when they made a pretty bold statement about sunscreen. On their shopping bags, one of their new manifestos reads "sunscreen absorbed into the skin might be worse for you than sunshine. get the right amount of sunshine". In addition to their bags, this statement is on their website manifesto page. [More]

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My Daily Sunscreen Beauty Routine

by kelly / July, 9 2014 01:30
Hope you all had a fun 4th of July filled with picnics, barbeques, beach time and sunscreen! I spent my fourth on the beach with a group of friends. Surprisingly I had a fair number of my girlfriend ask how I use and apply my sunscreen everyday and how I use sunscreen with my make-up. So this week I thought I’d share my routine with you. [More]

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What Sunscreens to Avoid: Sprays and Powders

by kelly / June, 25 2014 01:30
I often get asked by my friends and especially mom friends: what should I look for in a sunscreen for myself and for my kids, what's the difference between mineral and chemical sunscreen, how much and how often should I apply? Thankfully we've written blog posts on all of these topics! But one question that we have not tackled here yet is: what sunscreen should I definitely avoid? [More]

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