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What is Zinc Oxide? Why is it in Sunscreen?

May 10 2019

Zinc Oxide is a white-colored powder that’s been used medicinally for centuries. Its first documented use was in India around 500 BC in the form of a healing salve used to treat open wounds. Today, Zinc Oxide is used in food products, bandages, medicines and sunscreens. It is even used in calamine lotion as a treatment for diaper rash. Sunscreens that contain Zinc Oxide are called mineral, physical or mineral-based  sunscreens. Zinc Oxide may be the only active ingredient or combined with other ingredients (commonly Titanium Dioxide, another mineral). How Does Zinc Oxide Protect Skin from UV Rays? To protect...

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How To Soothe a Sunburn

May 03 2019

Tips For Feeling Better When You Have a Sunburn Many people see sunburns as the summer's necessary evil, but that doesn't have to be true. Sunburns are more than a painful inconvenience; getting multiple sunburns when you are younger increases your risk for skin cancer in the future. While the best thing you can do for a sunburn is to prevent it from happening in the first place, taking the right steps to soothe a sunburn can help your skin feel better faster. Types of Sunburn Did you know that  you can get a sunburn in as little as 15...

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Top 5 Reasons Pediatricians #TrustBlueLizard

Apr 20 2018 baby sunscreen kids sunscreen mineral sunscreen mineral-based sunscreen

  1. Skin-Friendly Keeping baby skin healthy takes a lot of attention. Not all products are made to take care of their delicate skin, and starting at six months, they need a sun care routine to keep them safe. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen for Baby is gentle on their skin while still keeping them protected from the sun. What’s even better: our Baby and Kids sunscreens have NO skin-irritating parabens or fragrances!   2. Broad Spectrum Protection Sunlight isn’t just sunlight. Dermatologists and pediatricians will tell you about the UV light spectrum, which includes UVA and UVB rays, and how...

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Getting Enough of the Sunshine Vitamin: Causes and Treatments for Vitamin D Deficiency

Sep 26 2017 skincare sun safety Sunscreen vitamin D

  Vitamin D is sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin.” Through an amazing and complicated process, your body converts sunlight into the vitamin that helps keep your bones strong and helps protect you from metabolic disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, infections and autoimmune diseases. Two other main sources of Vitamin D are the foods you eat and taking the vitamin as a supplement. Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency Lack of sunlight Sunlight is a double-edge sword. UVA rays from the sun interact with cholesterol on the skin to begin the process of creating the Vitamin D a body needs. But UV rays...

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Transitioning to a Fall Skincare Routine

Sep 19 2017 autumn fall skincare Sunscreen

  As the season changes from the hot, humid days of summer to the cooler, crisp days of fall, your wardrobe is not the only thing that needs a seasonal update. Your skincare routine needs updating as the season changes. Autumn is a time of transition and the best fall skincare routines will correct skin damage that occurred from summer and prepare your skin for winter. Lose the soap. As the days grow shorter, the temperature drops and the air becomes drier, your skin may lose moisture. While fruity, fragrant soaps and gels might feel great after a day at the...

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Practice Sun Safety Throughout the School Year

Aug 17 2017 back to school Children kids sun safety Sunscreen

As kids are heading back to school, it’s still the heat of summer in most of the country. Keeping up your sun safety routine should be at the top of your back-to-school checklist! Not only is it important to keep kids skin protected from the sun during these end-of-summer hot months, it’s crucial to make sure they are protected year-round while at school. But many schools don’t allow children to bring sunscreen to school or allow teachers to help apply without a doctor’s prescription, so keeping their skin protected while at school can be a challenge. Here are a few...

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Parents’ Guide to Packing the Perfect Beach Bag

Aug 02 2017 beach beach bag Children packing list Sunscreen

   A trip to the beach is a time-honored way to spend a summer vacation.  But when you add kids to the mix, you need a little more preparation. Here are some suggestions for a well-stocked beach bag: The bag. First you need a good sized bag to haul all your gear. Classic large canvas bags are good tried-and-true options that can hold a lot of stuff, are inexpensive and hold up well. Or choose a water-proof option such as a large vinyl bag. Travel-size BabyWipes can come in handy for wiping little sticky or sandy hands and faces....

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Summer Outdoor and Water Safety for Kids

Jul 13 2017 Children kids outdoor safety summer sun safety Sunscreen water safety

  Playing outside until dinner time, running through the sprinkler, spending the day at the local pool, visiting a waterpark, riding bikes with friends, building backyard forts, climbing trees – these are the hallmarks of childhood summers. But with all this extra time outside and in the water, there are some precautions parents need to take to keep their kids safe and ensure maximum summer fun. Follow these outdoor and water safety tips to protect your kids while they make summer memoires that will last a lifetime. Sun Safety For young children, schedule activities in early morning hours or evening...

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Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide: The Ultimate in Physical Blockers

Jun 19 2017 physical sunscreen sensitive skin sun safety sunscreen titanium dioxide zinc oxide

  Remember the white noses that lifeguards sported in the 1960s and 1970s? The white cream was usually a zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide-based sunscreen. It protected their noses by creating a physical barrier between their skin and the sun’s rays. Such physical blocking of the sun’s UV rays is an effective way to protect yourself from skin damage caused by the sun. The downfall was that the cream was a thick, greasy paste that caste a white sheen on the skin and no one really liked using it. That’s not the case anymore. Through years of research, scientists at...

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Protecting Little Faces: Using Sunscreen on Infants and Children

Jun 06 2017 baby kids skin cancer sun safety sunscreen

  Slathering on the sunscreen for lazy days at the pool or beach are warm-weather rituals for many families. But if you're tempted to let your child play outdoors for even a few minutes without the proper sun protection, you’re taking an unhealthy risk. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime risk for melanoma by 80 percent. A baby’s skin is especially delicate and burns more easily. Their sensitive skin contains less melanin, the pigment that gives our hair and eyes their color and offers some sun protection. Follow these simple tips all year...

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