Sun Protection is Something Many Golfers do not Take into Consideration

Posted: August 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, FAMILIES, Health, SPORTS, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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For those of us who are living in harsher climates, we are inclined to dream of the summer and the sun especially during the colder months of the year. But the down side of the sun, particularly during the summer, is the damage the sun can do to the skin. Even in the winter months sun light can harm your skin.

Protecting our skin against UV rays should be a daily practice throughout the year because of the decreasing ozone layer, whether it is overcast, cloudy or sunny. Skin cancer is rising annually and one person dies every hour from malignant melanoma. The sun can also damage the eyes and bring premature aging to the skin around the eyes, so it is of the utmost importance to protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses, visors, hats or caps, or a combination for best protection. By taking this precaution, you may prevent cataracts in older age.

When a round of golf takes four to six hours to complete, commonly between the hours of 10am and 4pm when the rays from the sun are strongest, this combined with wind burn increases the risk of damage to the skin, scalp, neck and ears. It is therefore of the utmost importance to wear suitable headwear when out on the golf course.

Golfing legends Sam Snead and Greg Norman popularised broad wing light hats. Other golf professionals wear a variety of styles to protect and shield the blinding sunlight that often plagues golfers. Golf professionals agree that sun protection hats offer them a competitive edge over players who do not wear protection. Some pros are of the opinion that the sun is the biggest risk to golfers and therefore should be treated with the greatest respect, and necessary precautions should be taken to protect themselves against the suns dangerous rays. Pros such as Tiger Woods always wear some form of head wear to ensure that their game is more comfortable and that they’re kept well protected.

Sports hats should not only be a statement of fashion and trends, but they should be worn for health and safety reasons. Protecting yourself with a good hat gives you a better chance of hitting a good shot on the golf course. There are many styles of hats to choose from, but care should be taken to ensure that your chosen style is suitable for you. For example, a visor will not protect the scalp of a man who is balding, or has thinning hair, so in this particular case it may not be the best option.

Wide Brim Hats can look very attractive and provide extra protection to the face, neck, ears and eyes; they are usually made of cotton or polyester and are a light weight hat, and therefore they are very cool to wear.

Bucket Hats are very popular and they can be very comfortable to wear together with giving good protection from the sun and wind.

Peak Caps particularly, if they are of a light weight material and have a sweat band inside the hat to prevent perspiration falling on to the face, are a favorite of many golfers. They are also beneficial to protecting the eyes.

Regardless of what type or style you choose for your game of golf or outdoor pursuit, do ensure it is sufficient to protect your skin and eyes from the dangerous rays of the sun.


The 4 Most Neglected Areas of your Body

Posted: August 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

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As you are aware, Sun protection is essential to keep your skin healthy and stop the early signs of aging. Skin products with SPF more than 30 is best for your skin. There are some, who argue sun protection makes their oily skin even worse. However, that is untrue. Sun protection is vital, no excuses!

How To Apply Sun Protection

Skin products with SPF 30 or more work best when you apply it 20 minutes before exposing yourself to sunlight. The best practice is to use your sun protection cream or spray in the morning, then get organized for the day, have breakfast?

And “DON’T BE SHY TO REAPPLY” throughout the day, says sunscreenevangelist Jeff Kletter (KINeSYS Performance Sunscreen). When you’re exposed to sunlight, your SPF will help you protect your skin from the harmful alpha, beta, gamma, UVA, UVB and other such harmful rays in the sunlight. However, you also sweat. That’s how your skin breathes. So it’s necessary to re-apply regularly to make sure your sun protection is effective.

Neglected Spots for Sun Protection

Here are some of the spots you usually miss in your body when applying SPF. These are pretty important spots, so have a read:

Neck- Especially the nape (behind your neck) area is neglected. Yes, your hair might stop your nape from exposing itself to the sunlight. But just go this extra distance to make sure you’re completely protected. You’re already applying on your face, just spread or easier- spray it towards the neck area also.

Tips of Ears- Again, you’re applying on your face, so just spread it towards your ears and don’t miss the tips of your ears! Skin on your ears is just as sensitive and important as the skin of your face. So don’t forget to apply at least SPF 30 there as well.

Your Midriff- Whether wearing sarees, or western wear, your midriff is exposed to sunlight when you’re bending down, reaching up, and so on. So apply some SPF there as well.

Hands and Feet- Many people forget to protect their hands and feet with sunscreen, but your hands and feet cannot be forgotten. You don’t want your hands and feet to look older and darker as compared to your face, do you?


How to Live with a Sun Allergy

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

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Plenty of people have a sun allergy. This can be very frustrating since the sun is apparent every day for the most part. Even on a cloudy day, the sun will, peak through here and there. If you are one who suffers from such an allergy, you need to learn how to live with a sun allergy in order to go outside or even be near windows in your home. Depending on whether you talk with a professional or do some research yourself, you can find ways to control the allergies and live a normal life. This is important for everyone suffering from allergies.

The sun allergy is triggered by the skin changes that occur when you are outside in the sun. This form of is also referred to as Polymorphous light eruption. This condition caused the skin to itch and in many cases, small red bumps appear as well as tiny blisters. The sun rays change the condition of the skin because of the UV rays. Many people experience this type of allergy at a young age. It is also possible to go your entire childhood and young adult life without any symptoms and then as an older adult develop symptoms of the allergy. The other types of sun allergies are the hereditary actinic purigo, Photo allergic eruption and solar urticaria.

Learning how to live with a sun allergy requires using preventive measures before subjecting your body to sunlight. You can apply sunscreens, which should be rated at 15 SPF (or 30?) or higher and go outdoors when the sun is not at its peak. You must also wear sunglasses and you may need to use a sun block with higher SPF to protect the lips and face. You must also wear clothing that covers the legs, arms and face, which will block harmful sunrays from skin. An important thing to remember is that you should avoid sun if you are taking certain medications that can cause a photo allergic eruption which can be disastrous.

While you are learning how to live with a sun allergy, you will also need to know some treatments just in case the skin is exposed to the sun and causes symptoms. If the exposure is mild, you can use a damp, cool rag to the affected areas. You can also use an over the counter medication to ease the itching and other discomfort. If actinic prurigo is experienced, you might require a prescription drug from a doctor. The photo allergic eruption requires discontinuing the drugs or drugs that are causing the allergy. You can use an over the counter itch relief medication or your doctor can prescribe a medication if the reaction is severe.

Exposure to UV rays to anyone is dangerous, particularly for those who are suffering from a Sun allergy.


Never Forget to Put Sunscreen on your Face

Posted: August 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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As you know the reason sunscreen exists is because they are made to protect and shield your skin from sun damages. It is important to put the sunscreen everywhere on your body, but the one area you must really protect is your face.

On your face, the recommended SPF content of your sunscreen must be no less than 30. If you used sunscreen of SPF 30 on your face and you are exposed to the sun- by 300 minutes, or less than 4 hours, the effects of the sunscreen ends on your face and you are no longer protected. If you have reached at least 4 hours of sun exposure without re-applying your sunscreen, then you will end up with Sun damage.

There were certain things to consider for you to know before applying sunscreen. Look at your skin, is it light? Know your skin tone. Obviously, the lighter your skin, the faster you will burn. In that case, you need sunscreen with higher SPF.

SPF means Sun Protecting Factor. The formula to know how long your SPF sunscreen will last is, get your SPF content digits and multiply it by 10. Here is an example formula: SPF 30 x 10 =300 MINUTES, meaning, you are 300 minutes protected.

If you’ll stay indoors , you apply your moisturizer after cleansing your face. Then put on your best face sunscreen, it can take 20 to 30 minutes before the sunscreen is deeply absorbed into your pores. You can even wear make up that has an SPF content.

Here are some tips to remember when using your best face sunscreen.

– Your sunscreen must have a high level of sun blocking agents.

– Select sunscreen that is best and comfortable to use.

– Choose sunscreen that is sweat-resistant

– Look for the word non-comedogenic when choosing a face sunscreen, the word means that your sunscreen won’t clog your pores.

– Apply sunscreen slowly with your fingers gently to avoid white patches that might stick to your skin

Make sure you never go outdoors regardless of weather unless you have your sunscreen on!


Causes and Effects of Ozone Depletion

Posted: July 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Health, News, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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Ozone depletion is considered as one of the most serious environmental threats today. Ozone layer is the protective covering of the earth’s atmosphere that prevents the ultra violet radiations, popularly called UV radiations from entering the earth. The UV radiations cause a lot of health problems and are not environmental friendly also. These harmful radiations cause different types of cancer and also affect the eyes on prolonged exposure.

The protective layer of ozone is formed by the chemical reaction of the UV photons with oxygen molecules present in the atmosphere. The ozone are regenerated and destroyed by photolysis and therefore the level is balanced.

In the later years of 1970s, scientists noticed the first signs of depletion of this important protective layer. Based on research reports, it was found that there was an increase in the levels of certain free radicals which resulted in this depletion. When the chlorofluorocarbons reached the level of stratosphere they release chlorine on reacting with the UV radiation which, in turn, reacts with ozone and ends up forming chlorine monoxide. Hence there is depletion in the number of ozone molecules due to this chemical reaction.

When the ozone molecules reach the atmospheric layer, it is considered as a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. At the same time, it offers the benefit of synthesizing Vitamin D.

Ozone depletion not only affects the human beings, but is also harmful to plants and animals. Cyanobacteria which are important for rice yields and Phytoplankton, important for the marine species are affected by this depletion.

This is more of a reason to make sure you are always protected from the UV rays from the Sun, since the ozone layer is becoming depleted more and more. As a result, it is not nearly as effective in regards to providing its own protection. Please protect yourself and stay healthy.


The ABCs of Sun Protection for Children

Posted: July 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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Sun Protection for children is important because skin cancer in children is becoming more common in our society. Obviously it’s important for parents to take charge of skin protection because obviously we can’t expect children to know the difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50. Skin cancer accounts for 4% of pediatric malignancies, the journal said. The good news is that 90% of all skin cancer is preventable.

Several factors determine a child’s propensity for skin problems from sun exposure. These include skin color, eye color, tendency to freckle and family history. But perhaps the most important factor is how much unprotected sun exposure a child has in early life. That’s why skin protection is so important. The damage will show up for them in later life and by then it’s too late.

We had said this many times in the past, but damage from the sun comes from overexposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. This problem will only get worse with time as Global Warming and the depletion of the ozone layer will allow more and more harmful UV rays through. That means that the job that SPF 30 sunscreen did when you were a child might not be enough in years to come.

According to recent studies, the Earth’s ozone layer has dropped 6% between 1983 and 1993. And it’s thought that every 1% drop translates into a 1% to 5% increase in skin cancer. This is why sun protection and sunscreen of SPF 30 and above is so important.

How to protect children? A good place to start for sun protection is the UV index that is published daily in many newspapers. If you can’t find it there, Google for it. Here are the rating levels and suggested sun protection actions:

1-2 (low) use sunglasses

3-5 (medium) use sunglasses and sunscreen

6-7 (high) use sunglasses, sunscreen and hat

8-10 (very high) use sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and stay in shade

11+ (extreme) use sunglasses, sunscreen, hats and stay in shade all day

Apply enough sunscreen

A lot of people are stingy with the sunscreen. Pros recommend applying ½ to 1 ounce at a time for a child. For sprays, spray liberally

Use broad-spectrum sunscreens – this will be on the front of the sunscreen packaging and insures protection from UVA (aging) & UVB (burning) rays

Keep your teens away from tanning salons

The use of these parlors is a growing concern. Many teenagers don’t realize these tanning booth require sun protection and proper SPF rated creams.

Reapply often, “don’t be shy to reapply” says Co-founder Jeff Kletter of KINeSYS Performance sunscreen.

You have heard this before, but its true that sunscreen should be reapplied to insure proper sun protection, particularly after swimming. A rule of thumb should be every 2 -3 hours of exposure

Get into a routine

This is the only way to make sun protection work on a long-term basis. You are busy and so is your kid. That means you should set aside a time everyday in the morning to apply sunscreen. This means both you and you child. Parents need sun protection also, using the appropriate SPF rated product and children learn from their parents


How you End Up with Skin Sun Spots

Posted: July 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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Sun spots, which is technically called hyperpigmentation is the result of your pigment-manufacturing cells being shoved into a hard level of activity by external factors such as sun exposure or sometimes internal factor such as the hormonal changes in your body. However, any variety of hyperpigmentation is aggravated substantially by sun exposure. Whether your sun spots are disseminated or concentrated, hyperpigmentation is more easily controlled than removed. Sometimes, the best answer to this condition is to hide skin sun spots by blending and lightening.

Melanin is the source of your skin’s color. Some people come to this world with extra melanin cells than other people and as a result, have a greater occurrence of problematic pigmentation. The more melanin cells you have, the more pigmentation you will encounter. Exposure to the sun, heat, wounds and hormonal shifts contribute to the production of melanin. Skin discoloration may not be evident immediately since melanin cells creeps their way very gradually to the surface of the skin. The tan that many people who dont use proper sun protection get is actually the body’s way of protecting their skin to cell damage. Eventually, too much exposure to the sun can bring about mottled appearance and dark spots.

Even when it comes to benign effects from sun exposure such as hyperpigmentation, this creates further inconvenience and is another reason to limit the amount of time spent out in the Sun.

The good news is, make up can effectively hide skin sun spots, such as foundation. Foundation can hide skin sun spots by smoothing and flattening the texture and tone of your skin. You should choose a foundation that complements well with your skin complexion. If you have an oily skin, an oil-free foundation is better suited for your skin while an oil-based foundation works well for people with dry skin. A water-based foundation is good for all types of skin while a water-free foundation is specially created to be impervious and exceptionally long-lasting.

However, as noted previously, hyperpigmentation may be benign but is an inconvenience caused mostly by too much sun exposure. Protect yourself and your skin in everyway by wearing your sun screen, your hats, your protective clothing and stay in the shade!


UV Apparel- Not all Clothing is Sun Safe

Posted: July 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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What’s the best way to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays (UVR), given that we need to work, travel, and sometimes play outside? Clothing is the most basic and generally the best means of sun protection. Not all clothing is equal, however, and some of it isn’t actually very good at protecting us. So, what makes a piece of clothing sun-safe?

The sun damage done to every exposed part of your body is cumulative over your lifetime, continually adding to your risks of premature skin aging and skin cancer. So, to put it simply, the more skin you cover, the better. A long-sleeved shirt covers more skin than a T-shirt, especially if it has a high neckline or collar that shields the back of the neck; long pants cover more skin than shorts. A wide-brimmed hat protects more of the face than a baseball cap, and close-fitting wraparound sunglasses protect more of the area around the eyes than small lenses do. Cover up.

Of course, you can have clothing over every square inch of your body, but if the sun goes right through it, it’s not much use. Fabrics are made of tiny fibers woven or knitted together. Under a microscope, we can see lots of spaces between the fibers; UV can pass directly through these holes to reach the skin. The tighter the knit or weave, the smaller the holes and the less UV can get through. Twill, used to make tweeds or denim, is an example of a tightly woven fabric. Open weave fabrics provide much less protection.

Fabrics can be made from many types of fibers, including cotton, wool, and nylon. Most fibers naturally absorb some UV radiation, and some have elastic threads that pull the fibers tightly together, reducing the spaces between the holes. Synthetic fibers such as polyester, lycra, nylon, and acrylic are more protective than bleached cottons, and shiny or lustrous semi-synthetic fabrics like rayon reflect more UV than do matte ones, such as linen, which tend to absorb rather than reflect UV. Finally, consider the fabric’s weight and density — light, sheer silk gauze will provide far less UV protection than heavy cotton denim.

Here are some key tips for buying and staying sun-safe with clothing:

1 Buy garments that suit your purpose. You don’t need a heavy work shirt for the beach, but a longsleeved, tightly woven linen shirt can be both cool and sun-smart.
2 If you are buying elastic garments like leggings, make sure you purchase the right size — overstretching will lower the UPF rating.
3 Look for garments with a UPF of at least 30 so that you know you’re getting effective sun protection.
4 Choose garments that cover more skin—there’s no point in a high-UPF bikini. Instead, consider a rash guard or swim shirt. Made of lightweight, elastic materials like spandex, these athletic tops will cover your upper body without weighing you down. You can also have beach skirts or sarongs ready for when you leave the water.
5 Wash new garments made from cotton or cotton blends two or three times at least. This can often permanently raise the UPF rating due to shrinkage of the spaces between the fibers.
6 Select wide-brimmed hats (at least 3” in diameter) that shade your face, neck and ears.
7 When outdoors, seek out shaded areas under awnings or trees and minimize your time in the direct sun.
8 Be aware that UV light can bounce off surfaces such as water, snow and glass, hitting your skin twice and increasing the intensity of exposure.
9 Use UV-filtering sunglasses and sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 for everyday incidental exposure and 30 or higher for extended exposure. Apply sunscreen on all exposed areas — clothing can’t cover everything.5
Remember, sun-protective clothing doesn’t have to be boring: it can be light and bright and fashionable and fun. And when chosen and used correctly, it’s the best form of sun protection you can find.

DR. PETER GIES is Senior Research Scientist, Ultraviolet Radiation Section, Non Ionizing Radiation Branch, Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency. Key focuses for Dr. Gies are measurement of ultraviolet radiation (UVR), including solar UVR; hazard assessment of UVR sources; assessment of protective measures (sunglasses, hats, clothing, materials, car windows and sunscreens); and personal exposure studies of various population groups using polysulphone film dosimetry and time-stamped electronic UV dosimeters. Dr. Gies is a member of Standards Australia committees on Sunglasses and Fashion Spectacles, Sunscreens, Sun Protective Clothing, and Solaria. Formerly Chairman of the Commission Internationale d‘Eclairage Technical Committee TC 6-29 “UV Protection and Clothing,” he has authored more than 115 scientific publications.
ALAN MCLENNAN is Senior Technical Officer in the Ultraviolet Protection Factor Testing Service at the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.

References
1 CIE (International Commission on Illumination) Technical report. UV protection and clothing. CIE 172:2006 CIE Central Bureau, Vienna, Austria, 2006.
2 Osterwalder U, Schlenker W, Rohwer H, et al. Facts and fiction on ultraviolet protection by clothing. Radiat Prot Dosimetry 2000; 91(1):255–259.
3 Gies P. Photoprotection by clothing. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 2007; 23:264-274.
4 Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand. Sun protective clothing—evaluation and classification. AS/NZS 4399. 1996; Standards Australia, Sydney and Standards New Zealand, Wellington.
Diffey BL. Sunscreens: expectation and realization. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 2009; 25:233-236.


Sun Protection and Water Sports

Posted: June 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SPORTS, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

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More and more people are vacationing at the beach and participating in water sports all the time. Whether you are surfing, canoeing, swimming or fishing, you are exposed to the Sun. In fact, there has been a marked change in clothing and swimwear ranging from dark wool pantaloons, hats, and shirts to the monokini of the 1970s. As awareness about the damaging effects of the sun’s radiation has grown, there has been a trend to venture back to swimwear that covers more than it exposes.
New styles of sun protective swimwear are reminiscent of sportswear with swim shirts or modern day rash guards that provide full coverage of the torso and arms. Swim shorts that offer protection for the legs are also available. These swimwear designs are made snug, not loose nor tight. Olympic swimmers are adopting more skin coverage in their swimsuits, and while their choices are dictated by suits that are technically designed for speed, wearing more fabric is now more fashionable.

The new sun protective swimwear and even daily wear is made of special fabrics that offer UVR protection rates of up to 98%. Fabric blends like nylon-Lycra allow the swimwear to stretch and recover with ease and offer high levels of comfort and freedom of movement to the wearer. Fabrics are tested, and most reputable manufacturers will provide swimwear at certified UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) ratings of 50+. A tighter weave in these fabrics also works to block UVR, as do darker colors. The resulting swimwear is protective and breathable, offering the best option for fun in the sun.

While sun protective swimwear provides the highest levels of protection from UVR while on the beach, it is important to remember to protect the other exposed parts of your body like your hands, feet, head, and neck. This is where broad-brimmed hats, Broad Sprectrum SPF sunscreen, and sunglasses will be needed. Always remember to use sunscreen of at least SPF 30 on all exposed parts of your body. Sunglasses also have a rating to indicate to you how well they protect against the sun, so opt for a pair with an EPF of 10, which is the highest rating for sunglasses.

Taking sun protection measures is the only way you can protect yourself against skin cancer. The threat of the sun’s radiation is very real, but you do not have to become a victim of skin cancer. Learning about how to protect yourself is the first step toward a safer future for your skin. Stay safe and enjoy the water and sun.


Keeping Your Lips Safe from the Sun’s UV Rays

Posted: June 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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With all of the education you are receiving on how dangerous UV rays are, you know to wear your sunscreen, sun glasses, protective clothing and you even do what you can to seek shade. On the natural side, your skin contains oil that protects it from drying out and from extreme temperatures, but again you know of the risks if you expose your skin to the sun too much. However, your lips contain none of those oils to protect it and that is why they bleed so easily.

Due to that alone, you need to protect your lips from the suns harmful UV rays. Products with SPF will help protect your lip against UV rays, keeping your lips always healthy.

How to protect your lips from Sun

Protecting your lips from the sun is really easy. Best way to provide protection against sunlight for your lips to apply a lipstick or a tinted lip balm that contains sunscreen. Lip balm not only protects your lips from burning, the moisture will help to avoid chap and dryness. The SPF number tells you how much longer you can stay outside without burning while wearing the sunscreen product as opposed to not wearing any sun protection product, example: An SPF 15 means that this will take your lips 15 times than they would without the sunscreen

Wear lip balm with a minimum SPF 30 for you and your baby.

At KINeSYS, we offer a powerful product that not only protects the lips, but the ears, the nose and the back of the neck. Its the SPF 30 Sun Protection Stick and it will keep those sensitive areas safe.

Apply liberally 20 minutes prior to exposure to sun and wind. Re-apply every two hours to maximize protection. Re-apply to lips after eating or drinking. As with all sunscreens, vigorous exercise may also result in wiping and therefore reapplication may be required to maximize protection.

Since allergy is a concern, KINeSYS SPF 30 Sun Protection Stick contains no parabens, preservatives, nanoparticles, nuts, nut oil, gluten, dairy, egg, soy, sulphites or colorants. Keep your lips and other sensitive areas of your body safe from the harmful UV rays from the Sun.


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