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What?! Sunscreen from Cashews?

by kelly / August, 21 2019 01:30
A team of scientists recently found an environmentally friendly way to make a sunscreen. How? They used cashew nut shells. Now that’s impressive – it’s both sustainable and natural. Now it’s not an approved sunscreen active yet, so you won’t see it in sunscreens replacing UV filters, but maybe in time it will become one. [More]

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New Study Shows Majority of People Don’t Use Enough Sunscreen

by kelly / August, 7 2019 01:30
Wearing sunscreen is one of, if not the most important, things you can do for your skin – especially in the fight against skin cancer, the most common cancer in the US. Unfortunately too many people are not using enough sunscreen. In fact a new study out of the UK found that a vast majority of people are using too little sunscreen. [More]

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Ingredient Truths: Zinc Oxide Fights Aging, Acne, and Infections

by kelly / July, 24 2019 01:30
Zinc oxide can do it all. It protects and fights for your skin. You might know it mainly as a sunscreen ingredient but it can do so much more. Learn why having zinc on your side is a great thing for your skin. [More]

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Why $5 Sunglasses May Protect Your Eyes Better Than a $500 Pair

by kelly / July, 17 2019 01:30
The price of sunglasses varies widely from a few dollars to hundreds or even thousands. But how much do you need to really spend to actually protect your eyes from the sun? Do you need to shell out hundreds of dollars or can you spend much less? The answer is surprising and a little confusing… [More]

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Is It Safe to Base Tan Before Going On Vacation?

by kelly / July, 10 2019 01:30
This week let’s answer the common question – should I get a base tan before a vacation to help protect my skin? TLDR - the answer is a big NO… Since it’s July and UV Safety Awareness month, it’s a great time to spread some truths about sun protection and your skin. [More]

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Is Your Mineral Sunscreen Really A Mineral Sunscreen?

by kelly / June, 19 2019 01:30
Not all mineral sunscreens are created equal. What we mean is that many mineral sunscreens marketed as mineral are not mineral only and do in fact contain chemical sunscreens in them. Yeah, we agree, it can be a little confusing and concerning if you want a mineral only product. But don’t worry we’re here to help you separate fact from marketing when it comes to your sunscreen purchases. [More]

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Skin Cancer Is On The Rise: What You Can Do to Detect and Prevent It

by kelly / June, 12 2019 01:30
With skin cancer the most common form of cancer in the U.S., detection and prevention are super important. So what do you do? Fortunately, there are places to get free screenings and sun protection measures that can greatly reduce your risk. Read on for the details. [More]

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New Study Shows DIY Sunscreen is a DON’T

by kelly / June, 5 2019 01:30
Homemade sunscreens are not safe. You might be thinking that’s convenient, you own a sunscreen company and of course you want us to buy your sunscreen. But that’s not why – DIY sunscreens are not tested (commercial sunscreens are tested) so claims about their level of protection cannot be validated. You can get burned badly. Still don’t believe me? A recent study of over 180 Pinterest DIY sunscreen pins found that a vast majority of them offered insufficient sun protection. [More]

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FIVE Years Running - EWG Names Block Island Organics a Best Sunscreen & SPF Moisturizer

by kelly / May, 21 2019 22:07
We’re thrilled that we have once again made the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) best list in their annual 2019 Guide to Sunscreens. [More]

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US FDA Investigates Chemical Sunscreen Ingredients

by kelly / May, 8 2019 01:30
The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently conducted a study around four chemical sunscreen ingredients to determine their safety. The results are complicated and while at Block Island Organics we make mineral only sunscreens – we feel it’s important to keep people up on the latest news in sun protection. It’s part of our mission to educate and keep consumers in the know. [More]