As you know, the sun is constantly bombarding us with ultraviolet light radiation that damages our skin. It is important to protect, protect, protect with good sunscreen to keep our skin looking good! Otherwise, with that sun damage comes an increased risk of skin cancer! With so many sunscreens available it can be a real challenge to know which products to choose and how to use sunscreens properly. Here are a few tips-
A sunscreen should be at least SPF 30- Higher SPF numbers only protect every so slightly more as long as it is applied properly. Be sure to apply at least 15 minutes prior to exposure so that it is fully working by the time you are exposed to the sun completely.
A sunscreen should be able to protect against both UVA and UVB-. To ensure broad spectrum coverage (protecting against both UVA and UVB), one must make sure that the sunscreen contains at least ONE of the following:- avobenzone, Mexoryl, zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Do not buy it if it doesn’t contain one!
Zinc Oxide isn’t as pasty as it used to be!- If you or anyone who you know has sensitive skin, be sure to only use sunscreen that contains only titanium or zinc. Many manufacturers have made the physical blocking sunscreens, like those that contain zinc oxide, much more cosmetically appealing. These tend to be less irritating and protects your skin longer.
Apply liberally! -For creams, one should apply about one ounce in order to cover the entire body. Don’t skimp because burning will be inevitable if you do.
Be sure to re-apply every 2 to 3 hours- Due to the fact that sunscreen is slowly broken down by sunlight, you should re-apply sunscreen often even if you are not swimming or sweating.
Always wear a hat, protective clothing, and look for a spot that is shady.- Sunscreens should be combined with protective hats and other clothing and one should try to avoid the peak UV hours which is between 10am and 4pm.
If you are looking to get a dose of Vitamin D, don’t rely on the Sun- There has also been controversy about the health benefits of vitamin D and whether sunscreens block us from getting the vitamin D that we need. This issue is best discussed with your doctor who might recommend getting vitamin D levels drawn if they feel you might be at risk of being vitamin D deficient (little daily exposure to UV light). You will want to consider oral vitamin D supplements if strict sun protection practices are being used consistently. Ask your physician if you have additional questions.
The last thing you would even consider putting on your shopping list in the middle of winter is sunscreen. You may even think it is a strange thought to use sunscreen on your ski trip. The idea of getting a sunburn in the winter- while it is grey and snowy seems quite odd. However, the fact of the matter is that you’re more susceptible to sunburn at higher altitudes, than you are at the mountain base. That being said, what you might think is windburn may actually be sunburn. The atmosphere is a lot thinner at higher altitudes and the reflection from the snow adds to the need to protect yourself. You definitely need Sun protection while you are skiing or even spending a lot of time outdoors during winter.
The question that you are probably asking is how do you protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays while you’re on the slopes? Here are a few tips on how to avoid sunburn while you are enjoying your skiing trip.-
Be sure to put sunscreen on your face, as well as other exposed areas of your skin. Your face and skin will be exposed to the harsh rays of the sun. That is why it is important that you wear a water-resistant sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 before you leave for the mountains. Always remember this- no matter how “water-” or “sweat-resistant” your sunscreen claims to be, you’ll need to reapply every 2-3 hours to keep your skin protected!
Other methods to keep yourself protected from the Sun is to purchase some goggles with UV ray protection. Your ski goggles do more than just protect your eyes from wind and elements. Provided that your goggles have 100% UV protection, they can also shield your eyes from UVA, UVB and UVC rays. In fact, you may want to get goggles with reflective and polarize lenses to keep the glare from the snow and sun out as well.
It is also recommended to get yourself lipbalm with sun protection. Your lips, too, are just as prone to sun damage as it is susceptible to dryness and chafing. Hence, a lip balm with SPF is a good investment, especially if you frequently go on ski vacations.
But an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Therefore, it is important for you to take all the necessary precautions to ensure that you have a fun and safe ski trip.
You are living up north where winter strikes. You and your family are yearning to make an escape to the Bahamas for a week to get some Sun, and then you book the trip. And while you create your packing list, make sure you always remember to pack your sunscreen!
Sun protection has become a way of life for individuals, who are intent on keeping their skin healthy, and avoiding wrinkles and leathery skin. Getting sunburn repeatedly can increase your chance of getting skin cancer. The frightening fact is that melanoma in children has been increasing yearly! That being said, it is important for everyone to take a practical approach and properly use sunscreen that you know is of supreme quality, and develop habits that will keep our skin healthy.
However, here is one fact that may surprise you. Not everyone knows how to apply sunscreen, and only a small percent of the population uses sunscreen protection and only half of those people apply sunscreen correctly. In addition, regardless of the SPF or what the label says, sunscreens must be reapplied at most every 80 minutes if you are in water or every 2 hours. Sunscreen users mistakenly believe that high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) sunscreen products will protect them all day with one application, when in fact; all sunscreens must be reapplied on a regular basis. ALL SPF if based on UVB (burning rays) but you need one of the following to product for the UVA (aging rays- which are mutating the cells); Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide or Avobenzone (parsol 1789).
Many shoppers are confused about the purpose of sunscreen. Because there are a number of sunscreen products are available on the market today, the consumer needs to become educated. Do you believe that just because sunscreens are labeled “sweat proof” or “waterproof” makes them that way? Currently, the FDA is banning the word “waterproof.” Now the term, “water/sweat/perspiration resistant” is accurate, however; this only means the sunscreen offers SPF protection after 40 minutes or 80 minutes of water exposure (this has be listed on the label). So to be safe, use this basic rule of thumb- keep re-applying.
For people who don’t have a lot of time, especially parents, a trend today has been to use aerosol sunscreens because they find them easier to apply. However, the problem with that is that all of them use between 50-80% alcohol, which is a large droplet, so over spraying is required, then rubbing and spreading of the product to make sure no spotting occurs. Make sure you take the time to apply sunscreen generously on your body, as well as your kids’ bodies. Again, do not forget to reapply. Other than that, have a safe and happy vacation.
All of us at KINeSYS are happy to see the new sunscreen monograph finalized.
In 1999, when we first read the 1999 sunscreen monograph “draft”, we thought it was right on the mark and decided to move to the US, as KINeSYS was already fully compliant.
It has always been hard to compete with all the “magical” claims of: “All day protection, 8 hour protection, SPF 60, 70, 85, 100++, broad spectrum (when it didn’t have Avobenzone, Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide), Waterproof & Sweat proof, it all sounds good but really? did it work?
KINeSYS has tried to educate and inform the active public about sun safety since 1994, “It was said best to me a few years ago at the American Academy of Dermatology Show, when a top Mohs surgeon said (you make the best product on the market- because my patients will use it and most importantly, reapply it).
The new monograph is a great start in helping to educate the public on sun safety. Additional studies on organic- chemical ingredients and inorganic- mineral (micronized or nanosized) ingredients will continue to be reviewed by the regulatory bodies, companies and public, but we are on the right path.
Enjoy the sun, use common sense and keep protected,
Sunscreens are increasingly marketing themselves as “natural”, “green” or “organic” but much of these claims are misleading. We are faced with the challenge of need to compete in this arms race of green claims, but want to do so with integrity.
In making sunscreen, it is important to consider both the impacts of the product (ingredients of product, recycle/re-usability of packaging) and manufacturing (energy use, waste, and other environmental impact of operations). Many of the claims made about the product (organic, natural, marketing as a “green” product) are a getting a little ahead of themselves, so we’ve considered using packaging to talk about our manufacturing since 1994, such as our commitment to recycling, use of wind power, offsetting, etc.
Maintaining Integrity: the Truth About Sunscreen
We want to maintain the integrity of the KINeSYS brand, which was originally designed as a high performance product to help elite athletes stay healthy in the sun, as opposed to shifting the product to focus on organic, green, and natural, which are all questionable claims, when it comes to any sunscreen. Manipulating “inorganic” zinc or titanium materials at the atomic level is far from being natural or green. In context one nanometer is one billionth of a meter. A piece of paper is 100,000 nanometers thick, minerals don’t come in this size in nature. These ingredients are what protect our skin from the sun, but calling the sunscreen in which they are sold organic is plain and simply greenwashing.
How you can help us (by midnight on Monday)
We want to show our environmental commitment (since inception in 1994). We trademarked earthkind(TM) some years ago as our philosophy, so we’d like to call this out on the packaging, because its part of our original commitment, continues to be, and is necessary to compete with the claims made on other sunscreen products.
Should we chase the direction of the green claims being made, focus on what we do know we can back up (more responsible manufacturing), or use our packaging to take a stand (e.g. “No sunscreen is organic or natural, but we’ve done the best we could.”), similar to what you’d expect from a company many of us admire, Patagonia?
What kinds of things do you care about when purchasing sunscreen or other products that make claims about their “green-ness”? Do you trust what is on the packaging or look deeper?
We have two options to show our earthkind(TM) philosophy (click on the image to enlarge), I’d appreciate your feedback to help shape the way we portray our products.
Each and every fall, thousands of parents assemble at universities across the United States to drop their children off for freshman year in what has become a parental rite of passage. To some this is an exceedingly exciting time, a time when the notion of “leaving the nest” finally comes to fruition. For others, the “college drop-off” is a cumbersome experience, loaded with stress as parents fear what dangers may lay ahead for their unsupervised boy or girl. This fall however, all parents should be feeling a bit apprehensive about what may lie ahead for their son or daughter.
As students flock back to their packed lecture halls, beer-pong games and ever-shrinking dorm rooms, the CDC has noticed a disturbing rise in the number of reported Swine Flu cases on college campuses. The highly contagious H1N1 virus (swine flu) has been springing up across the country at universities big and small, with some schools already boasting more then 150 confirmed cases. As a consequence of the spreading sickness some schools are taking drastic measures to combat the virus, by isolating sick students, dispensing anti-viral pills and giving away free hand-sanitizer.
This little piggy went to the ER...
Despite these efforts however, many students approach the disease with a complacency that borders on lackadaisical. Indeed it seems as though the vigilance of school administrators and health officials in their approach to H1N1 has overwhelmed students to the point where it’s now easier to disregard the warnings rather than heed to them.
Our advice?—parents don’t contribute to the dozens of emails, etc. kids are getting about H1N1, they’ll likely disregard it because they’re hearing so much about it already. Instead take the subliminal approach to keeping your child healthy; casually remind them to wash their hands before they eat, etc. By simply washing their hands a few times a day, your child can significantly reduce their chances of contracting Swine Flu.
So remember, gentle advice, rather than frantic, panicky parental demands, will be far more effective in keeping your child Swine Flu free for the entirety of their collegiate venture.
At some companies it’s not often that they get a chance to say “thank you” for so much unsolicited praise from their customers, but at KINeSYS, it seems as though it’s our cross to bear—AND WE WELCOME IT!!!
This past week we received a number of emails and blog posts from individuals who tried some of our products and fell in love with them. While we can’t let you guys look at all the emails, we would love for you to take a gander at what some of the bloggers had to say. Feel free to take a peak at any of these praise filled reviews!
Imagine spending the majority of your natural born life in a cage so restrictive that you are incapable of standing up or even lifting your arms to shoulder height. A space that not only restrains you from the most natural of movements, but forces you to abide by the daily regimen of force-fed corn blended with powerful antibiotics, all while wallowing amidst your own excrement. The vast quantities of corn that your captors force you to eat has been grown with the waste of your short-lived ancestors, combined with millions of tons of chemical fertilizer. When you meet your end it will likely be a welcomed fate, releasing you from the prison of the corporate farm to the liberation of the American dinner plate.
Sound pleasant?—didn’t think so. Yet this is the fate of millions of farm animals (mainly pigs and chickens) bred for their meat in the United States of America. A growing portion of America’s livestock lives in these impressively inhospitable conditions, surviving until the animal—be it a chicken, pig or otherwise—has reached a size deemed appropriate for slaughter. That size being a predetermined capitalization point, thereby ensuring maximum profit and turnover for the farm’s ever-increasing bottom line. So what fuels this excessive, inhumane and abusively capitalistic industry?—we do.
Halfway Humane Pig Farm
The American obsession with “cheap meat” has not only brought undue harm to the animals that unwillingly partake in it, but it has done increasingly irrefutable damage to our health and our environment as well. American’s consume the highest-calorie, protein rich diets in the entire world, and while these diets are delicious, they are also deadly. The United States has significantly higher rates of heart disease and obesity than any other nation on the planet. Given that Republicans and Democrats are currently screaming at each other regarding the best way to implement healthcare reform, they might want to pay attention to the fact that the American diet accounts for nearly $150 billion dollars in healthcare expenses annually. By remodeling the American diet around the notion of quality, while simultaneously redirecting government subsidies from the farming of feed-corn to the farming of fruits and vegetables, we could not only save dollars, but save lives.
Obesity - A Growing Risk
An even more frightening scenario comes as doctors across the country bear witness to an increasing number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The packed, unsanitary quarters that permeate the world of corporate farming greatly perpetuate the development of disease and infection. As such, animals are—quite literally—pumped full of antibiotics so that they can survive an onslaught of germs until they are ready for slaughter. Yet this overuse of pharmaceuticals in an effort to keep livestock commodities viable has played a major role in the development of the drug-resistant bacteria that are beginning to plague hospitals nationwide.
Immediate health risks aside, a reduction in meat consumption would also vastly aid our environment and help to cap the expenditure of our dwindling natural resources. As it stands today, 19% of the fossil fuel guzzled by the US is done so by the sapping agricultural industry. The emissions released from said fossil fuels, in conjunction with the tons of greenhouse gasses discharged into the atmosphere via our excessive quantities of livestock, make the US’ overarching role in global warming undeniable.
Greenhouse Gas Emmisions
Furthermore, current methods of “corporate farming” are simply not sustainable in the long term. Not only have we nearly drained some of the Mid-West’s major aquifers, but years of excessive tilling have eroded a significant portion of the United States’ workable soil. Given the steady decline of fertile ground, farmers have been forced to supplement their lands with tons of industrially produced, nitrogen-rich fertilizers. Aside from the fact that these fertilizers cannot supplement the loss of fertile ground forever, they also have a dramatic (and often disregarded) impact on local ecosystems. Whenever the fields become excessively saturated (by the farmer or by Mother Nature) these fertilizers—and their concentrated nitrogen—run into local waterways asphyxiating any aquatic wildlife caught in the runoff.
At the end of the day, the global demand for farm-raised meat is expected to increase 25% over the next two years and the United States needs to start looking at farming options that can support our booming population, rather than our demand for meat. As a social and economic world leader, the United States can pave the way for a global progression towards the sustainable cultivation of foodstuffs. For instance, we can start this process by socially and federally discouraging “corporate farms” while encouraging “small business farms”. Only by supporting these smaller, local farmers can a viable movement away from excess planting, harvesting and ranching take place. Undoubtedly the average American would experience an initial spike in the price of meats and produce, but the ultimate payoff would significantly outweigh any early struggles.
America must rid itself of the fatuitous and gluttonous lifestyle it has promoted since the end of World War II. Now more than ever, we must make the sacrifices necessary to remain relevant as a nation in a world that wishes to rapidly pass us by. Hopefully we can take the first of many steps in that direction by redefining the way we eat, farm and—ultimately—live.
I’d like you to do something for me; board a boat in San Francisco, CA, sail through the beautiful Golden Gate and head southwest towards Hawaii. At first all you may notice is the pristine blue water, perhaps the Faralon Islands, and the occasional containership passing by. But after a while your eyes will perceive something so unbelievable that it will force you to do a double-take. Approximately 1,000 miles off of the western coast of the United States is the largest manmade structure the world has ever seen. Occupying a space nearly twice the size of Texas
That's THIS Big!
and weighing nearly 3.5 million tons (although some reports have it weighting as much as 100 million tons) is a floating island of garbage known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”.
Most people have never heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and for good reason: very few of the major media outlets have given it coverage and world governments have, for all intents and purposes, ignored its existence. Forming gradually over time this amalgamation of rubbish has become trapped by the North Pacific Gyre, a massive rotating ocean current that stretches from North America to Asia. The Gyre funnels in pollutants from across the ocean, trapping them in its spherical rotation where this island of refuse remains relatively stationary so that trash can come in, but it cannot go out. As a consequence of this “one way street” the patch has experienced steady growth since its discovery in the 1980’s and, as of right now, shows no signs of slowing its development.
Thanks to humanity’s rampant consumption and improper disposal of plastics, the world’s oceans have been flooded with our waste, and an estimated 85% of that waste comes from plastic. It should come as no surprise then that just over 80% of the Garbage Patch is comprised entirely of plastic. This plastic breaks down via photodegradation, becoming so small that the molecular pieces of polymer can be ingested by the smallest of aquatic organisms. These organisms form the foundation of the oceanic food chain and their contamination results in the eventual contamination of the entire ecosystem. What’s worse?-the unrestricted flow of plastics allows for invasive species to travel thousands of miles to new, predator-free environments where they can destroy natural bionetworks.
Here at KINeSYS our love of the environment obliges us to emphasize how important it is that we clean up this mess! Believe us when we say that every little bit helps, from writing your local news agency, to blogging about the subject–hell–even picking up a stray plastic bag blowing along the sidewalk makes an impact! We can all do our part to shrink this massive blemish humanity has left upon the ocean. However, if you’re looking to make a more DIRECT impact, you can help sponsor people like this woman Lindsey Hoshaw, who’s fundraising for a trip to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (http://www.spot.us/pitches/238). Lindsey’s trip will give her first hand experience with the patch, so that she may document what she sees in an effort to write what we’re sure will be a masterful expose for the New York Times.
Remember guys, KINeSYS isn’t just about sunscreen, its about making our world a better, cleaner, greener place!
Take care of yourselves this weekend, and each other!!
Well, we promised you an update later in the week on Jeff’s adventure to Southern California and—just as we promised—here…..it….is!!!
Let’s begin with the specific goal of the trip: Whole Foods. As most of you know, KINeSYS was recently welcomed into the Whole Foods Southwestern Region (Arizona, Nevada, SoCal and Hawaii). However, much to our chagrin, not all the stores in the region wanted to bring us in. As a show of good faith, our CEO Jeff Kletter drove down the California coast with his entrepreneurial spirit and a box full of product in an attempt to win over the store managers sitting on the fence. AND WIN THEM OVER HE DID!!!
With a sweeping display of salesmanship, Jeff launched a blitzkrieg, getting KINeSYS into EVERY SINGLE Whole Foods in Southern California (sans Woodland Hills and Westwood). So as long as you don’t shop at the Westwood or Woodland Hills WF, you can flock to Whole Foods to pick up any of KINeSYS’ superior line of performance sunscreens.
Regarding Tiki Oasis—let me break it down to you like this: awesome food—check, cocktails a-flowing—check, GREAT music—check, warm weather—check, eclectic array of patrons—check, plenty of KINeSYS Performance Sunscreen—a BIG check.
So in a nutshell, yes, it went quite well.
TIKI OASIS 2009!
As for what the coming weekend holds, we can’t really speak to that. There’s been so much going on here in the last few weeks that we might just take it easy to be honest. But you never know, something might spring up at the last minute and KINeSYS could be right around the corner…
Stay Tuned, The KINeSYS Team
PS—if you’ll be at the JOGATHON for Donaldson Way Elementary School in the Napa Valley on September 25th, KINeSYS will be there!!!