Blue Lizard Blog

Year Round Skincare: Tips for a Better Skincare Routine

Aug 15 2019

Your skin is your largest organ, and it is also your most vulnerable. It’s exposed to whatever the season throws at it, be it rain, snow, heat or sub-freezing temperatures. That's why it’s important to create a skin care routine that protects your skin year round. Healthy skin is brighter and looks younger.Taking care of your skin can give you an extra boost of confidence. Building a good skin care routine with the right products is the first step to maintaining healthy skin. Below are the top skin care products we believe everyone should keep on hand year round.   Wash your...

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What is Sensitive Skin?

Aug 08 2019

Sensitive skin is a common condition but defining it can be tricky. If you have sensitive skin, you may have symptoms that are almost constant or that appear with no obvious trigger, or you may only experience reactions under specific conditions—e.g., you may develop a rash after using a certain product. In truth, “sensitive skin” is more of an umbrella term than an actual disease. Diseases like dermatitis and rosacea claim sensitive skin as a symptom, and both conditions have their own distinctive traits and treatment routes that sets them apart. According to the AAD, many Americans have a skin...

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3 Sunscreen Myths Debunked (And Three Facts You Need to Know)

Jul 26 2019

Thanks to the internet, we have access to a seemingly unlimited wealth of information. Unfortunately, fiction can spread just as quickly as facts. Below are 3 myths (as well as 3 facts) about sunscreen and sun safety that you should remember the next time you head out for a day in the sun.  Myth: The higher the SPF, the longer the sun protection lasts  You decide to spend a little extra for a sunscreen with the highest SPF available, apply it once before hitting the beach or the pool and still end up with a severe sunburn at the end...

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Staying on Top of Your Game Under the Sun

Jul 17 2019

Sun exposure is unavoidable, especially for outdoor athletes. A single game can last for hours, and that doesn’t even include overtime or tie-breakers. You’ve got to be able to move without the distraction of red, hot, itchy or blistered sunburned skin. Thankfully, if you plan ahead and have the right gear, protecting your skin from the sun can be quick and easy, which means you can focus on what’s important to you.    Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen This one is a given, but you may be surprised to hear how many people skip sunscreen. As much as 70 percent of the...

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What is Titanium Dioxide? Why is it in Sunscreen?

Jun 14 2019

Titanium Dioxide, like Zinc Oxide, is a white-colored powder commonly used in medications, foods and sunscreens. Unlike Zinc, however, Titanium Dioxide use was not common until the early 20th century. Titanium Dioxide was first discovered in 1821, but the right technology to mass produce and export Titanium Dioxide wasn’t developed until nearly 100 years later in 1916. Titanium Dioxide is most commonly used as a pigment. In fact, it makes up nearly 2/3rds of the worlds pigment production. “Titanium White” paints are not only named after the mineral, but most still contain it as well. How Does Titanium Dioxide Protect Skin...

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How Does the Sun Damage a Tattoo?

Jun 05 2019

Tattoos are an investment that can cost upwards of thousands of dollars. With all of the time and money spent on them--not to mention the pain of getting one-- keeping your tattoo as sharp and clean as the day you left the the artist’s chair is important. You probably already know how to keep your new ink clean and hydrated. Tattoo artists will usually provide an aftercare checklist before you leave that details the healing process for your skin. But do you have a plan for protecting your tattoo from fading in the sun? Any tattoo exposed to the sun...

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Know Your Spots: The ABCDE's of Skin Cancer

May 28 2019

Ever noticed a spot on your skin that you don’t remember seeing before? One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. An annual skin check can help identify which moles are fine and which are potentially harmful. What Is Skin Cancer? Unprotected sun exposure can lead to more than just red, sunburned skin; the sun’s rays can change and damage the DNA inside your skin cells. This damage triggers mutations and genetic defects which in turn can cause your skin cells to multiply rapidly, developing cancerous tumors. Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form...

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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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