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September Sun, End of Summer Skin Care

September 14, 2012

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Summer is over, now what?

After all that fun in the summer sun, all those trips to the beach, pool, activities involving lots of sun exposure, even the effects of heat and humidity, think of how much it has done to strip your skin of all it’s essential oils and nutrients that help keep skin healthy and vibrant.

The transition going from summer to fall can leave skin feeling dry and brittle, so to make the switch a bit easier on your skin we have a few easy steps to follow. And as the weather changes in preparation for fall, so should you to maintain healthy skin.

1. Sunscreen- No matter what season, sunscreen is vital and should be used in your daily routine. Find moisturizers or lotions that include a high grade of SPF to ensure that your skin is protected from harsh UV rays.

2. Exfoliate- At least once a week. After all that sun exposure, dead skin cells can make your skin appear dull, best way to revitalize is to find a good exfoliate and gently scrub all that dead skin off. Also, look for exfoliates for areas that sometimes get overlooked such as lips and hands, they too are constantly exposed to the sun and should also be tended to.

3. Moisturize- Rehydrate your skin. You may need to change moisturizer to a well suited one depending on the weather change.  Keep in mind that the same moisturizer used in the summer may not work the same for your skin in the fall.

4. H20- Make sure you are getting your daily intake of water. Water keeps your body hydrated, which in return keeps your skin revitalized.

5. Fashion- Even though the sun may not feel as strong in the fall as it does in the summer, UV rays are still in effect and can still make impacts on your skin. Long sleeved clothing help protect you from UV rays and hats add protection to your eyes from the sun.

No matter what the weather may be, check out Sun Protection Zone all year long because every day is a sun day.

Also, don’t forget to check out September Savings at www.sunprotectionzone.com

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Sun Protection Technology

August 27, 2012

Sun Protection: Now, There’s an App for That!

The weather, like many things in life, is a very fickle thing. SImageometimes you’re heading out for a nice day on the beach and encounter a sky full of rainclouds, and sometimes you’re sporting rain boots and an oh-so-flattering poncho when the sun decides to make a last minute appearance. Even when the weather is just as you’d expect it to be, you aren’t always prepared to deal with it. You might have lathered yourself with sunscreen before a day out, and the sun is shining with fervor just as you thought it would. However, you are distracted by your kids doing cannon balls into the pool or by the newest gossip about your ex-boyfriend, and suddenly hours have gone by and you haven’t reapplied. UV rays don’t care if you meant to reapply; the thought only counts in gift-giving (and even then, we’re not so sure!)

Solaveil, an international sun protection company, thinks it has created the solution to the wandering mind. Now, thanks to them, there’s an app for that! Their free Solaveil Suncare app allows you to enter your location and some personal information and it will diagnose your skin type send you notifications when you need to reapply! It takes the weather and the UV index into consideration before letting you know when and what strength sunscreen you need to apply to protect yourself. Now you have no excuse to keep your skin protected wherever you go!

Unless, of course, you are too distracted by your surroundings to check your phone. If you are someone who doesn’t let technology get in the way of your fun in the sun, sun protective clothing is the way to go. Take a look at our clothing options, which range from rash guards and beach wear to hoodies and every day styles! UV protective clothing is the effortless choice, getting your mind off of your skin and letting you simply enjoy your day.

Chemical versus Physical Sun Protection: What’s the Difference?

August 8, 2012

When you’re lathering yourself up with sunscreen, you probably don’t think about how it works. You just know that you put it on your skin and, if used correctly, you protect yourself from sun damage. But do you know that different ingredients in sunscreen provide different kinds of protection against UV rays? Some ingredients in sunscreen are chemically able to block the sun, while others are physically preventing rays from touching your skin. Here’s a bit of information about the two, including benefits and disadvantages of each.

Chemical: Chemical blockers include ingredients like oxybenzone and avobenzone. These chemically protect the skin at a cellular level, which means that this kind of sunscreen must touch the skin directly. If your sunscreen lists these chemicals, wear this beneath any moisturizers, bronzers, and makeup. Apply this to your bare skin and allow about half an hour for the stuff to soak down into those cells before heading out into the sun. However, there is a con to this deep level of protection; if you have sensitive skin, you might want to steer clear of chemical blockers, since they are known to cause irritation. On the other hand, this formula is less white because of its focus on cells below the skin’s surface, so you won’t look quite as pasty when you’re out for the day.

Physical: Physical blockers include ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These formulas act as a physical shield on the surface of your skin, preventing those unwanted UV rays from absorbing into the skin. If your sunscreen contains these chemicals, make sure it is the last thing you apply before going outside. Since it blocks the sun, it needs to be the closest thing between your skin and the sun. This kind of sunscreen is usually deemed more effective than chemical blockers, and it also has a longer shelf life and longer wear time on the skin. However, physical blockers are more likely to rub off with water and sweat than chemical ones, so there are benefits and risks with both options.

For the best protection, look for sunscreens that contain both chemical and physical blockers or apply both at the same time to receive the unique protection that each can provide. Just remember to put the chemical blocker on first and the physical one on at the end of your skincare routine. And if you want protection without risks or side effects, play it safe and just wear sun protective clothing! No reapplications, no irritation on your skin, and no fears of looking white and sticky – just reliable protection all day long. Look at our fun styles of shirts and jackets that will fit into your everyday life at www.sunprotectionzone.com!

A Coffee a Day Keeps the Skin Cancer Away

July 31, 2012

Anybody who has been to a dermatologist has probably heard that drinking water is not only good for your body, but has many benefits for your skin, such as keeping it moisturized and helping ward off pesky pimples. But a new study has found that there is an even better beverage to help protect your largest organ (that’s your skin, if you didn’t know!)

Apparently, your favorite nonfat soy latte is the next big thing in skin cancer prevention! This study involved 113,000 men and women. Those that downed three or more cups of coffee a day had an astounding 20% lower risk of contracting basal cell carcinoma than those who didn’t. Basal cell carcinoma is described as papules that resemble wounds that won’t heal. There are cures for the cancer, but of course prevention is the more ideal choice. However, there’s a twist: decaffeinated coffee did not produce the same results as its caffeinated counterpart. It seems that the caffeine is the primary protective agent, which means that other sources of caffeine, such as soda and chocolate, might do the trick as well. Caffeine can help the body kill off damaged skin cells, which prevents the damaged cells from growing and forming cancers. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you should chug 2-liter bottles of the stuff daily; too much caffeine and sugar can have some harmful effects on the body.

Coffee has had quite the track record in studies lately, as it recently was also found to reduce the risk of diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. As more research surfaces, this could be a game-changer in how Imagepeople go about the prevention of these diseases. Of course, there are other ways to prevent skin cancer. Wearing sun protective clothing, such as Sun Protection Zone’s Greenbeanz Hooded Jacket, which takes the same coffee that can prevent skin cancer and puts it in a whole new form – a fabric! Our patented process recycles coffee grounds and turns it into an eco-friendly, UV protective fabric that keeps your skin protected!

While we can’t stress prevention enough, if you already have basal cell carcinoma, or a more serious form of the cancer that gives a person hundreds or thousands of skin cancer tumors during a lifetime called or Gorlin syndrome, there is a new treatment. Find out more about that treatment here.

To check out our revolutionary Greenbeanz jackets and our other UV protective clothing products, check out our website!

The Fourth of July is Here!

July 3, 2012

Time to barbecue, play on the beach and stay safe in the sun!

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Here are some tips for a safe and healthy Fourth of July (and for the rest of the summer)

Drink water

            Lots of it! WebMD suggest drinking 8 eight oz glasses daily. It should be more on hot summer days and days when you are really active.

            Staying hydrated is important, especially in times of high heat and sun

Try to avoid direct sun during peak radiation hours of 10 AM- 3PM

            The sun is strong and causes the most damage during these hours.

Wear sun screen with a minimum SPF of 30

Be a role model

         Most sun damage is caused before the age of 18. Show children how to properly protect their skin.

Wear sunglasses

            Just like your skin, your eyes can be severely damaged by the powerful sun.

And of course, wear sun protective clothing!

             Sun Protection Zone provides a variety of sun protective clothing in order to protect everyone in the family from the sun. http://www.sunprotectionzone.com/

Enjoy the holiday!

 

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Summer will end, but the damage to your skin will stay. Are you protected?

May 29, 2012

Ready or not- summer is almost here. Alongside the beach days and barbeques, the sun’s rays are unfortunately at their peak. This puts you at risk for radiation. During these months, the high skin exposure and ray strength increase the chance of skin damage caused by ultraviolet radiation. Beach, Pier, California, Santa Monica, Summer

Exposure to UVA and UVB rays is not always immediately visible, but it is always harmful. This type of radiation damages collagen fibers, destroys vitamin A in the skin and most notably leads to skin cancer.

There are a few simple ways to protect yourself from skin damage. Sunscreen and clothing are the easiest way to save your skin.

Clothing is most effective when following these guidelines:

-dark clothes tend to absorb more UV rays than lighter colors

– high fabric weave density blocks UV rays Girl, Sun Protection, Sun, Summer, Clothes

-the fabric of the clothing should be tense, not stretched or worn

-clothing should be dry, wet clothing allows more radiation through

However, even with these clothing precautions, there is still a great chance of UV exposure and radiation. In 1991, the Cancer Council Victoria of Australia discovered that not all clothing provides protection against UV radiation. Even though clothing can be effective, the average t-shirt earns only a UPF rating of 7 which is not nearly enough. (45-50+ rating is considered excellent protection).

Wearing any shirt to the beach will not guarantee protection for your skin. Clothing companies are now manufacturing clothes featuring UPF. UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) is a rating system that provides a number as to how affective the article of clothing will be against UV radiation. To be considered “sun protective”, clothing must be made with specific materials and have a UPF rating.

Maureen Salamon posted an article through the Today Show discussing the effectiveness of UPF rated clothing. She states “Sun protective clothing protects better than sunscreen.”

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44088846/ns/today-today_health/t/upf-clothes-may-work-better-sunscreen/#.T8UPBdVYsng

                Sun protective clothing is a simple solution to what could be a complex problem. The breathable fabrics are easy to move in, lightweight and comfortable. The special materials are aimed to perfect the balance between comfort and protection.

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Sun Protection Zone recently introduced a new product line of protective clothing. GreenBeanz is a line of clothing made from recycled coffee grounds. The clothes provide 50+ UPF rated protection as well as flexibility and comfort. The material is breathable and perfect for any and all outdoor activities. These clothes will protect your skin as well as the environment. Sun Protection Zone provides a variety of protective clothing.

 

 

 

Wearing sun protective clothing is the smart way to protect yourself while still having fun this summer. Take care of yourself and prevent the irreversible damage caused by UV radiation. Sun Protection Zone, family, summer, beach

The Truth Behind Sunscreen: SPF According to the FDA

May 23, 2012

The Truth Behind Sunscreen: SPF According to the FDA

When was the last time you read the label on your sunscreen? I’m not just talking about the big print on the front with the SPF rating, but the entire label, front to back? I’m guessing that it’s been a while. I’m sure most people don’t think the differences between sunscreens are that extreme. But if your sunscreen is advertising with words like “waterproof” or “sunblock,” think again – these words are misleading consumers into thinking that sunscreen is a one-stop-shop for sun protection, and that is just absolutely untrue. There is no sunscreen that can fully block the sun’s rays, and every sunscreen needs to be reapplied no matter how resistant to water it claims to be. In fact, the FDA declared many years ago that these terms were to be banned from all sunscreen advertisements by this summer! However, if you check out your local drug store, it’s likely that those words will still be popping out at you in brightly colored, bolded font. Sunscreen manufacturers claimed to be unable to meet their given deadline due to a fear of causing a summer shortage by withholding products with misleading labels, so the companies have been given an extended deadline in mid-December.

The fact of the matter is that sunscreen is not a miracle product that completely prevents skin cancer. If your sunscreen is less than SPF 15, it protects skin from sunburns but does nothing to combat wrinkles or skin cancer, including Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer as well as the fastest growing form of cancer in the United States. The new labels mandated by the FDA will say that; current labels don’t, leaving consumers with only misguiding information that could leave families unprotected from the severe effects of prolonged sun exposure.

The FDA’s new regulations, supposedly taking effect on June 18th, 2012 but now extended to December 17th, require a standard test for over-the-counter sunscreen products, and only those that pass this test will be allowed to label their products as “Broad Spectrum.” Products that are labeled as such will protect against both UVA and UVB rays, the harmful rays that are to blame for nasty sunburns as well as the long-term damage that ages skin and causes skin cancer.  Anything that does not receive the “Broad Spectrum” label or any product with an SPF rating of 2-14 protects only against sunburn, doing nothing to prevent any long-term sun damage.

The new rules also necessitate that all sunscreens claiming to be water resistant on the front label must have an accompanying limit on the amount of time between reapplications; the brands can either say 40 minutes or 80 minutes, based on the degree of protection their product supplies. In addition, no manufacturer can claim that their product has immediate effects (ex – “instant protection from the sun!”) or that their product lasts for more than two hours without submitting data and getting specific approval from the FDA.

So, what can you do to really protect yourself and your family from the UVA/UVB rays that cause immediate and permanent damage to skin? The FDA recommends wearing clothing to cover skin, which means wide-brimmed hats and long-sleeved shirts and pants. Nobody wants to go into the sun with the feeling of heavy cloth sticking to their skin while they are trying to enjoy a pleasant day outside. That’s why Sun Protection Zone’s variety of UV Protective Clothing is so unique and so beneficial!

The innovative fabrics that SPZ uses to create their clothing lines are water resistant, wicking, quick-drying, and stretchy to allow for a free range of movement and the cooling effects that other fabrics lack. SunSkinz, ActiveSkinz, and GreenBeanz all provide comfortable, fashionable protection from the sun for kids and adults alike. Our innovative clothing, hats, sunglasses, and accessories get the job done, protecting from the sun. No misleading buzz words. Just revolutionary products with proven protective results.