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Broad Spectrum Sunscreen - What It Is and Why It's a Must

by Will / April, 30 2014 01:30
In 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started a new sunscreen labeling process that went into full effect in 2013.  One of the outcomes was allowing certain sunscreens to be labeled "Broad Spectrum."  Let's just get this out there, always and I mean always use a broad spectrum sunscreen.  If you're not using a broad spectrum sunscreen, you're not getting full sun protection.  Ok, with that out of the way let's looks at what this means. [More]

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Is Makeup with Sunscreen Enough to Protect Your Skin from the Sun?

by kelly / February, 5 2014 01:30
Ok let me give you the answer right off the bat. Experts agree makeup with SPF is not enough to protect your skin. I made this mistake for so long, up until I started working on Block Island Organics actually. I used to believe my SPF 15 cream foundation was enough everyday protection against the sun. [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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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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