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Sunscreen shouldn't be your only defense against UV rays

Sunscreen is just one part of practicing good sun safety. One other important part is the clothing you wear when outdoors. However, all clothes are not created equal when it comes to sun protection. While most fabrics disrupt UV radiation to some degree, it’s important to understand the differences in order to make good clothing choices for when you’ll be outside for extended periods of time.

There are a several factors that determine how effective your clothes are in protecting you from sun damage. A tightly woven fabric such as cotton makes it difficult for UV rays to reach your skin; stretching the material can lower its protective properties. Unless you have fair skin that burns easily or you spend a lot of time outside, wearing ordinary clothing will provide you with adequate protection for the covered skin. But the color of that clothing does matter – darker colors are better for sun protection, while lighter shades, especially white, can still let in some UV rays even through clothing.

If you are at high risk for sunburn, or planning to spend a lot of time near the equator or in high elevations where the sun’s rays are strongest, you can purchase clothing that is designed specifically to act as a barrier to UV rays. These clothes, known as UPF or sun protective clothing, are created using dense, tightly woven fabric to minimize the amount of rays that can pass through. Their effectiveness also depends on the dyes used in the clothing; some types and concentrations deflect more rays than others. Pigment-dyed fabrics that include a resin have a high protection rating. Similar to the SPF rating on sunscreen, clothing has a UPF – Ultraviolet Protection Rating – that indicates how effectively it shields skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Choose a rating of 50+, which means that only 1/50th (approximately 2 percent) of UV rays pass through the fabric and reach your skin.

Sun protective clothing is also an especially handy option for kids – specifically if you’ve got kids that balk at repeated applications of sunscreen. Swim shirts add a level of protection for a day at the beach or the pool. Kids also enjoy wearing fun hats and sunglasses – just don’t tell them it’s for their own safety!

 

 

 

 

 

October 19, 2016 by Blue Lizard Staff

When It’s Too Late for Prevention – How to Heal a Sunburn

You thought you took all precautions during your day at the beach. You wore a hat, sunglasses and used sunscreen…but you admit that maybe you did not reapply as often as you should have because you still came home with bright pink shoulders and chest.

Sunburns can sometimes still happen, despite your best intentions.So how can you repair the damage and soothe your burning and stinging skin? Not to mention minimize the inevitable peeling and flaking skin that follows a bad sunburn?

To understand how to heal sunburn, first you need to understand what a sunburn is – a radiation burn from UVB rays. Sunburn can occur in as few as 15 minutes of exposure to the sun and can continue to develop for up to three days. The DNA in the skin cells is damaged and results in the death of the cells. This causes peeling, as the body sloughs off the dead cells.

Except for very severe cases, your body will heal itself in a few days. Treatment for sunburn mainly consists of pain relief and moisturizing your damaged skin.

One suggestion is to add a few heaping tablespoons of baking soda to cool bath water, and soak for 15 to 20 minutes, then air dry, instead of toweling off so some of the baking soda stays on your skin.

Another soothing remedy is to use one cup of oatmeal in your bath – again, using cool water and air drying. If a bath isn’t an option, use a washcloth soaked in cool water, with baking soda or oatmeal, and apply to your burned skin like a cold compress.

Aloe vera is a go-to for sunburn relief. By causing blood vessels to contract, the thick gel-like juice of the aloe vera plant can take the sting and redness out of a sunburn. Apply aloe vera to the sunburned area five or six times a day for several days.This can not only help ease the pain but can help to keep skin moisturized and minimize peeling.

There are many home remedies that bring relief from sunburn, including apple cider vinegar to help prevent blistering and peeling, ice compresses, potatoes, milk, onions, tea and yogurt.

You can also use a topical anesthetic, in cream or spray form, to relieve the pain of a sunburn. Sprays may be the best choice, but never spray directly on your face. Apply the anesthetic to a piece of gauze and gently wipe on your face. An over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, can relieve pain and reduce inflammation caused by sunburn. If you can’t tolerate ibuprofen, acetaminophen can help with the pain, but not the inflammation.

It’s important to stay well hydrated and use plenty of moisturizer as you recover. To ease chafing, apply cornstarch to your sunburned skin. Using oils or petroleum jelly can make the burn worse, and if there is blistering, don’t apply anything.

Remember, this too, shall pass. It won’t be long before the sunburn is healed. Next time, follow the directions on the sunscreen label and apply to dry skin at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure, reapply sunscreen at least every two hours and seek shade!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 24, 2016 by Blue Lizard Staff

Crown Laboratories Selected as One of Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in U.S.

For the fourth consecutive year, Crown Laboratories has been recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of America’s fastest growing companies. Crown Laboratories manufactures Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen at its headquarters in Johnson City, Tenn.

Crown Laboratories ranked #1548 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list as well as #21 on the magazine’s top companies in Tennessee list. The company has shown a 246 percent growth over the past three years.

In 1982, Inc. Magazine introduced the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. Since then, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success and the place where future household names first make their mark. Pandora, 7 Eleven, Toys 'R' Us, Zappos.com and numerous other well known brands have been honored by the Inc. 5000. In 2007, the Inc. 500 list expanded to the Inc. 5000, giving readers a deeper, richer understanding of the entrepreneurial landscape and capturing a broader spectrum of success.

The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth over a three-year period. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of the starting calendar year, and therefore able to show three full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they had to be U.S.-based, privately held and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31 of the last year measured. Revenue in the initial year must have been at least $100,000, and revenue in the most recent year must have been at least $2 million. All 5000 companies are profiled at inc.com with the top 500 also included in the September issue of Inc.  

Crown Laboratories, Inc. is a privately held, fully integrated, specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development, manufacturing and commercialization of novel consumer healthcare products, branded and generic prescription products, and contract development and manufacturing services. For more information about Crown Laboratories or its products, visit www.crownlaboratories.com.

 

August 19, 2016 by Blue Lizard Staff

Prepare to Scare at the Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen® has teamed up with the Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest in Charleston, SC to provide filmmakers and participants with samples of sunscreen so the scariest things they’ll see will be on the screen and not on their skin!

This marks the second year for the Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest, a three-day showcase featuring the best in independent horror films from all over the world. This year’s festival will be held May 15-17 in Sterett Hall Auditorium in North Charleston, and will feature a total of 43 films, including 11 feature-length films and 32 shorts. Blue Lizard Sunscreen will also have two commercials airing between films that keep with the horror movie theme.

Audiences will face zombies, malevolent spirits, slashers, snakes and vampires, just to name a few. Cannibalism is another theme that gets explored in the world premier feature film by Scream Queen and horror movie legend, Debbie Rochon, in her directorial debut. Model Hunger tells the story of an aging supermodel that lures young models to her house for revenge against an industry that cast her aside. Rochon will also make a personal appearance at the festival and sign autographs.

Another special guest will be Tony Rosen, special effects make-up artist and the designer of the creepy Annabelle doll for the movies The Conjuring and Annabelle. Rosen also designed the festival’s award trophies that will be given out to winning film entries. Annabelle herself may even make an appearance at the festival.

“We showcase all types of films in every category of horror,” said Tommy Faircloth, filmmaker and festival organizer. “We’ve got everything from zombie movies to slasher films to psychological thrillers. We have filmmakers who’ve submitted entries from all over the world, including one from Japan, as well as films from local S.C. filmmakers in our ‘Homegrown Horror’ category. We also give out awards in several categories and winners of the Best Short Film will have an opportunity for a potential distribution deal with ShortsHD. All short film Official Selections will have the chance for a world-wide broadcast deal with ShortsTV.”

Festival-goers are encouraged to dress in costume and Cosplay, but for those that aren’t decked out in their scariest stage make-up, Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen has them protected.

Dying to be scared? Visit www.crimsonscreenfilmfest.org for ticket information and complete schedule of events.

Written by Cristi Driver

 

May 11, 2015 by Blue Lizard Staff

15th Annual Cherishing Children Glow Run

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen is involved in various charitable causes around the country. We are proud to be a part of the 15th Annual Cherishing Children Glow Run in Rogers, Arizona, an event that aims to build awareness for the prevention of child abuse. Read more about in today’s blog this important event and how it is helping children in their community. 

An evening packed with fun activities supporting a serious cause is what you will find in Rogers, Arizona, on April 17, 2015. Helping to bring awareness to the issue of child abuse, the benefit for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County (CAC) includes a 5K Glow Run and a Burpee Mile as well as live music and other family-friendly activities. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen is proud to participate in this event by providing sunscreen to protect run participants from the damaging UV rays of the sun.

CAC has a vision of a world with no more child abuse. Working towards that goal means offering a safe, child-friendly place for children’s voices to be heard. Comprehensive services are made available to children and families from dedicated professionals; interviewers, counselors, advocates and nurses. CAC also provides education to the community. According to the National Children's Alliance, "The collaborative child-focused approach of a Children’s Advocacy Center ensures that children are not further victimized by the systems intended to protect them."

The Cherishing Children 5K Glow Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk begins at 5 p.m. with live entertainment and participant packet pickup. Everybody is encouraged to “get their glow on” with face and body paint and neon clothes! Food and snacks are available along with inflatables and activities for all ages. The Burpee Mile begins at 6 p.m., followed by the 400-yard Superhero dash for the youngest participants and a 1-mile Fun Walk. The 5K Glow Run begins at 7:45 p.m.

Blue Lizard Sunscreen is proud to be a part of this event for such an important cause by providing sunscreen samples for all participants.

You can also participate by donating to CAC and “Glow on Your Own.” For more information about this event, contact jolana@cac.arcoxmail.com.

 Written by Jo Northup

 

 

 

April 16, 2015 by Blue Lizard Staff
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