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6 Ways to Treat a Sunburn

Posted: February 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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Did you forget to wear your sunscreen while spending a lot of time outdoors? Did you forget to wear your hat, extra clothing to protect your skin and sunglasses to protect your eyes? Are you now sunburned as a result? It’s time to ease the pain and repair your skin! Take these helpful tips on board and you’ll be on your way to being more comfortable.

Be Sure to Soothe your Skin
You will want to apply aloe vera gel to your skin. It will not only create a cooling and soothing sensation, but it will also help reduce the damage that is done to your skin. Aloe vera is a great healing substance, anti-inflammatory agent, and anti-bacterial agent, all of which will help treat your sunburn.

Always Loosen up
Do you find that your clothing is irritating your burn even more? Then wear loose fitting clothing so as to avoid irritating your skin further. Who would want tight clothes rubbing against a fresh burn? A floaty skirt or baggy tee will fall away from your body and give you some relief from the pain.

Be Sure to Not go back to the sun
Going back into the sun will simply intensify your burn. Try to stay inside or, at the very least, wear clothing that shields your skin from the sun. And very important, always, always wear your sunscreen.

Ibuprofen Will Help You
Plenty of people think ibuprofen is just for headaches, but it can relieve all kinds of pain. Take some if your burn is feeling especially uncomfortable. You will not only feel the difference, but you’ll see a reduction in swelling that may accompany the burn.

Stay Hydrated
When you’re sunburned, you are especially prone to dehydration. Make sure you drink plenty of water. Carry a water bottle around with you so you are able to rehydrate at any time.

Remember that Cool is key
Cooling your body is the key to pain relief. Take a cool bath or apply cool compresses to your skin. Avoid using ice, as it can traumatize the skin and worsen your situation. Adding oatmeal to your bath can help seal essential oils into your skin, while green tea in your bath can help prevent further damage to your skin.

Never forget that having even one major sunburn in your life increases your risk of skin cancer. Prevention is incredibly important when it comes to sunburns. Always wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and try to stay out of the sun during peak hours. If you are exposed to the sun fairly often, make sure you regularly check your skin for new growths, along with changes in freckles or moles. If you notice any changes, be sure to consult your doctor right away.


7 Sunscreen Myths

Posted: February 18th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | No Comments »

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There are many myths and misinformation about sunscreen, and it’s purpose. I want to take the time to dispel these myths so you have the right information about sunscreen and sun protection.

Myth 1- SPF is the only thing that matters.

Here is the fact on that. The SPF number on sunscreens only reflects the product’s screening ability for UVB rays. Make sure your sunscreen covers both UVB and UVA rays or else it will not provide the protection that you need. While UVB rays cause sunburn, UVA rays cause more long-term effects such as premature skin aging and you do not want either of those to happen.

Myth 2- I should replace my sunscreen every summer.

The truth is, no you don’t. Unless indicated by an expiration date, the FDA requires that all sunscreens be stable and at their original strength for at least three years. If you purchase sunscreen that expires within 3 years, then it is defective. Sunscreen is supposed to be good to use for a very long time.

Myth 3- Only apply sunscreen just before you go out.

Sunscreen should be applied 20-30 minutes before you go out. It doesn’t work immediately. However, Zinc Oxide, a mineral block, will be effective as soon as you put it on.

Myth 4- The best Sunscreen is all I need to protect myself from the sun.

Here is the fact on that. The best sunscreen still allows rays to pass through. That being said, always wear protective clothing. Dark is better than light. A big hat is better than a cap. Always wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. If you have to be bare, seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Myth 5- I only need to wear sunscreen when it’s sunny.

The truth is, even on cloudy days, when it does not feel hot, or when you’re under trees, the sun still emits damaging UV rays-85% come through on a cloudy day. By the same token, wear it all year round, not just in summer. The UV rays are strong even during winter, and always make sure you wear sunscreen if you are skiing or hiking in the winter.

Myth 6- I always wear the best sunscreen so I’m immune to skin damage.

You never want to make that assumption! If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early.

Myth 7- Bug repellant and sunscreen can be applied the same time.

If you also want to use bug repellent, first apply the sunscreen – and 20 minutes later, apply the repellent. Studies show combining them increase the penetration of the bug repellant into your skin, which is not going to be healthy for you at all.

These are the most common myths about sunscreen and sun protection believed, and now that you have the facts, you now know the truth about the function and purpose of sunscreen


Babies and Sun Protection

Posted: February 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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It is a great thing that the latest news is filled with advice and information about protecting babies from the dangers being exposed to the Sun. The Skin Cancer Foundation states that even one childhood sunburn can double the risk of skin cancer in life later on. The risk of developing melanoma, which is the most deadly of all skin cancers, doubles for those who have had five or more sunburns regardless of the age it happened. Parents who are making sure that their babies are not exposed to the dangers of UV rays from the sun is doing the best thing they could possibly do for their little ones.

However, most advice focuses on only using sunscreen. While sunscreen is a must when it comes to skin protection, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends sunscreen in combination with sun protection clothing. This is an important distinction.

Babies, and all children and adults must wear hats and long sleeve shirts while they are in Sun. Sunscreen needs to be applied to uncovered areas of the skin, and should be reapplied at least every two hours. Everyone should stay out of the Sun during peak hours, which is usually 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Add to that, there is growing recognition that the eyes should be protected from exposure to the sun. Although most of the educational focus on sun exposure is on skin cancer, melanoma of the eye can develop and sun glasses are highly recommended.

Sun protection clothing manufacturers are working hard to develop new fabrics that supply maximum sun protection and which can block UVA and UVB rays. A study done recently by Spanish scientists indicated that red, blue and violet colored fabrics provided more protection than yellow. A friend to KINeSYS, has developed an amazing line of sun protection clothing, SunTeez. However, if you decide not to buy sun protection clothing, then be sure the clothing you put your child in is tightly woven. Loose fabric does not provide the protection that your baby requires.


UV Rays and Sunscreen

Posted: February 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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When you are doing activities outdoors, you know you must use sunscreen. This is especially so in the summer season when the sun is strong and there’s increased outdoor activities. However, if you are spending a lot of time outdoors during the winter such as skiing or snowboarding, you need to wear sunscreen as well. The reflection from the snow and high altitude increase the exposure to UV rays that come from the Sun are very strong and can damage your skin, and sunscreen is there to protect your skin. That being said, if you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors, always put on your sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) whenever you expect to be out in the sun for more than 10 minutes.

The sun generates 2 types of ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV A which affects aging has a longer wavelength, and UV B which is responsible for burning has a shorter wavelength. Short term sunburn and some forms of skin cancer are usually caused by exposure to UV B, while skin wrinkles and also aggravation of cancer is from being exposed to UV A.

Sunscreen does not only protect your skin from the potential of cancer, it helps skin age a lot slower. Always remember to put on sunscreen at least every 2 to 4 hours while you are exposed to the sun. Doctors recommend using about one ounce of sunscreen cream for all parts of the body, including the face. For people who have sensitive facial skin, there are sunscreen made especially for the face. If you fail to wear sunscreen, you are putting your skin at risk of photo aging, which will result in long term skin damage, including the appearance of wrinkles.

SPF label on sunscreen is denoted by a number and this stands for the sun protection factor of the product, and remember that SPF is based ONLY on UVB rays. Make sure your product has Avobenzone, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide or Mexoryl for UVA protection. If you are out for a day at the beach, try to use sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15. Even water resistant (not proof) sunscreens need to be reapplied after spending time in the water for more than 40-80 minutes. Always check the label for duration. Always remember to keep your skin healthy, keep yourself healthy and wear your sunscreen.


What you Need to know About Using the Right Type of Sunscreen

Posted: January 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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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.

 


Why you Need Sun Protection on your Ski Trip

Posted: January 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, Health, SPORTS, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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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.


Discover why it is Crucial to Bring your Sunscreen While Traveling

Posted: January 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | 2 Comments »

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.


FDA 2012 “NEW” Sunscreen Monograph

Posted: July 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

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,
Jeff


Greenwashing and Sunscreen: Help Us Create Honest Labeling

Posted: February 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: CHILDREN, ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT, Health, News | Tags: , , , , , | 14 Comments »

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.

Thank you in advance for your time,
Jeff Kletter


Swine Flu: The New College Mascot

Posted: August 28th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Health | 1 Comment »

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...

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.

Take care of yourself, and each other.

The KINeSYS Team! :)


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