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5 Fall Skin Care Tips

by kelly / September, 16 2015 01:30
Summer is officially over - I know it's sad. But don't worry fall is here and that means the return of pumpkin scones at Starbucks (a personal favorite of mine), football, beautiful foliage and some cooler temps. The transition from one season to another also brings about some changes in skin care. Of course some things should always remain consistent year-round (like wearing sunscreen). Below are five fall skin care tips [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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Ingredient Truths: Sodium Lauryl / Laureth Sulfate, Toxic or Not?

by kelly / August, 26 2015 01:30
I'm back with another one of our Ingredient Truth series blog posts and this time I'm tackling the two most commonly used forms of sulfates: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). Why should you care? Well there's a lot of mixed info about their safety on the internet and since these two ingredients, according to some industry experts, can be found in close to 90% of shampoos and body washes, I think it's important to understand them. So is something this commonplace toxic for you? Well yes and no - I'll get to that below. [More]

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A Dangerous Art Form: #SunburnArt

by kelly / August, 19 2015 01:30
Recently there's been a bunch of news about the hashtag #sunburnart popping up on social media. The hashtag is exactly what it sounds like - people creating artwork on their skin by selective applying sunscreen and getting sunburned elsewhere. I'm not going to sugar coat it; sunburn art is not art - it's dangerous, unhealthy and extremely painful. [More]

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EWG Names Block Island Organics a 2015 Best Beach & Sport Sunscreen!

by kelly / August, 5 2015 01:30
We did it again! The Environmental Working Group (EWG) named our natural mineral sunscreen a Best Beach & Sport Sunscreen for the second year in a row. The EWG is a non-profit advocacy group and this year they evaluated over 1,700 sunscreens / sunblocks, SPF-rated moisturizers, lip balms and their ingredients for safety and effectiveness. We are proud to be one of the few to make their Best Beach & Sport Sunscreen list. [More]

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Top Amusements Parks in America - Outdoor Life

by kelly / July, 22 2015 01:30
We often say that summertime equals beach, travel, sun and sunscreen. I'd like to add another word or rather words to our list of summertime fun - "amusement park"! I remember as a kid loving the summer because it also meant going on wonderful rides full thrills and screams. Recently I got to experience Disney Land with my nieces and it was awesome seeing their excitement, energy and love for the park. I kind of felt like a kid again. So as part of our outdoor life series and to celebrate amusement parks - I put together a list of the top amusement parks in the United States. [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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How Sunscreens Work: Mineral vs. Chemical

by kelly / July, 8 2015 01:30
Hope you are all enjoying the summer and getting in some fun at the beach and in the sun. Of course I also hope you are wearing sunscreen. I'm sure you are because you all are frequent readers of our suncare smarts education series! Lately a number of people have asked me how sunscreens work and specifically the difference between mineral and chemical sunscreens. I'm here to answer this question for you all and add to our suncare smarts series... [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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Ingredient Truths: Beauty Product Claims - Fact or Fiction?

by kelly / June, 10 2015 01:30
We all want a miracle drug that can completely reverse the signs of aging and make our skin look 10 years younger. And there are a lot of beauty and cosmetic products out there that market to that desire. But we've all heard the line that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck. This week in our Ingredient Truths series I'm going to give some real talk about how these companies maybe making you over-pay for many false promises and how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is getting involved. [More]

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