Sun Protection and Water Sports

Posted: June 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SPORTS, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »


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 »


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.

The Dangers of Tanning Beds

Posted: June 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , | No Comments »


The next time you have an urge to go to the tanning salon, you may want to rethink that. Research has discovered that the main kind of ultraviolet rays in tanning beds reach a deeper layer of skin even more vulnerable to cancer causing changes. Cumulative damage like this brings signs of aging… lax skin, brown spots, wrinkles, not to mention melanoma.

What people, especially young people, need to understand is that whether you get your tan from the beach, a tanning bed, or incidental exposure, that glowing brown color a signal of skin cell damage.

There was a study conducted that involved 12 participants exposed to both UVA1 (rays from tanning beds) and UVB rays. Even though UVB waves were exposed shorter, both doses used in the study were equal to that used for tanning in both of the two spectrums.

The UVA1 rays caused more damage to the deeper basal skin layer than UVB light, and caused more lesions known as thymine dimers in this region.

The interesting fact was that UVB rays brought a large number of these type of lesions overall, but they weren’t as deep into the skin, and are thought less likely to bring the changes that come with skin cancer.

Tanning indoors has been likened to smoking for the skin, not only because of the increased risk of skin cancer but also in terms of aging prematurally.

It is possible that you may have seen ads for tanning salons that suggest time spent in tanning can help increase the body’s natural production of vitamin D, the so called sunshine vitamin. And while vitamin D is so good for you, you don’t need a tanning session to get it. Go see the post on how to get vitamin D from various sources that does not include the sun.

A few moments of natural sunlight a few times each week is all it takes to get the vitamin D you need. It is important to remember that people can burn using tanning beds, and both the levels of UVA1 and UVB you get are poisonous.

Teenagers are especially at risk. Of course kids this age feel immortal, but the truth is they aren’t, even though aging and skin cancer seem so far away. It’s important for young people to realize that melanoma doesn’t just effect of old people. It can be growing and spreading without you feeling sick, in a patch of skin you might not even notice.

Industry spokespeople point out that the latest study looks at ultraviolet radiation. UVA1 comes from the sun as well. That means that being outside exposed to sunshine and indoor tanning offer identical risks and benefits, as long as you don’t burn the skin. There is no research that has found exposure to the sun (or a tanning bed) without burning causes cancer.

Experts believe the sun protection products on the market today need regulation – it’s also critical for consumers, particularly young women, to be educated about the tanning bed dangers associated with indoor UVA tanning.

Sun Protection for Athletes

Posted: June 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, Health, SPORTS, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »


Athletes have a lower incidence of disease, except one- which is higher in athletes- Skin Cancer. Due to the prolonged exposure to the sun while preparing and training whether they are runners, cyclists, triathletes, skiers or others- they all spend a great deal of time in the Sun. Over time, the exposure to the rays of the sun will cause damage to the skin and this damage can possibly be severe. Sunscreen for athletes is highly recommended because while the athletes are training their bodies, they need to be aware of the damage that can be done to their skin. And by the way, this includes skiers- don’t be fooled that the Sun’s rays are absent due to it being winter. The Sun’s rays are strong regardless of the time of year plus the reflection from the snow gives you a double whammy.

Unprotected exposure cause many different types of damage beyond sunburn. When sunburn occurs, the skin has essentially been burnt by the ultra-violet rays and will turn red. Most often, the redness of the sunburn will go away after a few days. The more serious cases of sunburn may cause blisters and eventually skin that is peeling. Sunscreen for athletes helps by protecting the skin from a large amount of the sun’s UV rays.

The other form of damage that can occur to the skin from repeated exposure to the skin is skin cancer and different types of melanomas. These are more serious conditions and can have disastrous effects. Skin cancer can be all over the body or, more commonly, it will be concentrated on specific areas of the body. In these areas, the skin will need to be treated and these treatments can be very serious and rough on the body.

There are creams, lotions and sprays. All of these sunscreens claim to do the same basic function but there are some that are better than others. The more that the sunscreen offers, the better off the skin will be for the long haul. KINeSYS Performance sunscreens provides sunscreen that is ideal for athletes and please go to our website What is a Performance sunscreen you ask- one that protects from the Broad Spectrum UV rays, is oil, alcohol, paba, preservative and paraben free with topical anti-oxidant Vitamin E to scavenge free radicals. Performance also means it is water & sweat resistant, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, cruelty free and vegan. The skin is the largest organ on the body and treatment of the skin needs to reflect that to make sure the skin is as healthy as it can be.

Sun Protection and the Aging Population

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


The summer is great for many of us, as it gives us a chance to become reacquainted with the great outdoors after months of sitting at home. Camping and beach trips are great for most involved, but two particular sects need to be paid careful attention. The first is babies and children. We even covered the importance of keeping our pets safe from the Sun. But many times the one group that is frequently overlooked is our elderly.

It’s easy to think of these folks as being able to handle what they used to, but despite their age and wisdom, we must be prepared to step in and avert any of the possible unique risks which summer might present. The most common dangers usually revolve around the sun.

The heat from the Sun can wreak havoc on senior citizens, as represented by the amount of stories about many elders living in non cooled areas during this time. It’s important to ensure our seniors get plenty of time in air conditioned rooms so they don’t suffer from heat stroke.

Heat stroke is one of the leading causes of death for seniors. The best way to prevent this is to stay indoors during the sun’s afternoon peak. If they need to work outside, then they should take plenty of breaks and be sure to drink plenty of fluids, even if not thirsty. Sunscreen and protective clothing should also be utilized as a precaution.

Since the majority of seniors likely have some damaged skin due to sun exposure from previous years, they are even more likely to face complications from melanoma. It is extremely important that they stay careful.

Another important factor to note for seniors that are on medication is to make sure that whatever medication they are taking, it doesn’t make them more sensitive to sunlight as some drugs can create that kind of sensitivity. In that case, they need to be extra careful when it comes to sun exposure.

We tend to worry about our kids, ourselves and our pets when it comes to the sun, but let’s not forget that our elderly need a lot of protection too.

Your Pets Need Sun Protection Too!

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

Most of us realize that spending too much time in the Sun is detrimental to our health. And what many of us don’t realize that is too much sun exposure for our pets is just as dangerous so we need to take the exact same precautions for our dogs and cats.

IIt is your responsibility as a pet owner to make sure you protect your pet as you would a member of your family. However, don’t use human products to protect your pets. Some ingredients are toxic to dogs such as zinc which is used in many human products is toxic to dogs and causes GI problems and anemia.

Dogs and cats also suffer from sunburns, skin irritations, skin cancers, heat stroke and dehydration as well as sore and burnt feet and especially noses. Some easy sun care tips can help you keep even the most active pet healthier when exposed to the sun.

Dogs and cats with thin hair coats, light-colored noses, and white fur are most at risk from sun exposure. Pets with white fur or areas with white fur where the coat is thinner are also at risk. All dogs are at risk in areas of the body with less fur, such as the groin and belly. If Fido or your cat likes to lie in the sun on his or her back, you should give him or her a slather of sunscreen on the belly specially made for pets.

A dog’s nose is highly sensitive and can become very painful when their tissues are dry, chapped or cracked. A natural nose balm for dogs has nourishing, healing and moisturizing ingredients. The soothing balm can be applied to a dog’s nose as a preventative measure for dryness or cracking or it can be used to treat painful cracking and dryness that has already occurred. It’s like chapstik for dogs!

Another method of sun protection is covering them up or keeping them in the shade. An idea for camping or the beach is a little pup tent that will fit in a small space along with everything else that was packed, will set up in minutes, and will provide much needed shade where nature didn’t provide. Light, wet towels are great to drape on them when they’re still and when you’re on the go a light beach or sun suit will block the UV rays.

When we get overheated running around in hot weather, we often put a wet towel around our necks. And when our dogs get hot, we often do the same for them hoping it will help them in the high heat. Better to dampen their paws. It’s the paws that help a dog release heat, so dip those pads in cool (but not cold) water for a quick pick up. You can even rub the paws with an alcohol wipe in a pinch, and the wipes are easy to carry on walks and hikes in your pocket.

The sun is not only harmful to their skin but also can cause damage to their eyes. A dog hat protects your dog’s sensitive areas of the face from sun’s damage. Or for the more adventurous, dress your pup in Doggles. These cool looking sunglasses have a deep lens cup, flexible frame, and wider nose bridge and comfy head strap. They have 100% UV protection, are shatterproof and are antifog. In fact, vets recommend them.

Think about the fact that your pets feet are bare while walking on the hot surface. That becomes very painful. If your dog swims a lot or has wet feet for a good period of time, it softens up his paws and makes hot pavement dangerous. Small dogs and cats should be carried over hot pavement and for larger dogs there are beach booties, some are disposable. Walking long distances on pavement or sand is not good for dogs in the summer. Try to stay on the grass as much as possible. If their paws do get burnt you can apply a paw balm which will reduce the chances of burns and injuries from heat, cold or rocky terrain.

And often with the strong sun comes the high heat. Way too many pets die each year from ignorant owners leaving their pet confined in cars and other places when the heat is dangerously high. Pets at risk for heat stroke include those with a dense hair coat such as the golden Retrievers, Border Collies, and Chows, etc. or ANY pet in direct sunlight for longer than 30 minutes when the temperature is greater than 90F. Make sure you always have water and bowl on hand and try to stay out of the sun between the hours of 10:00 and 4:00. Make sure you limit the amount of time you spend in direct sun to 15 to 30 minutes for those dogs easiest to burn and heat stroke. By the way, direct sunlight includes lounging on the inside of the porch glass door.

Always make sure when it gets above 85 degrees, be careful when exercising your dog outdoors. For most dogs, moderate activity for 30 minutes is good. But when the temps exceed 95 degrees, it’s probably best for both of you to leave out the outdoor exercises until it cools down. Try to go for walks or jogs either early in the day or evening, or try to stay on shaded trails.

When your dog start’s to have fast or labored breathing, starts to refuse walking, or acts unhappy, your dog may be overheating. When this happens you should stop, rest, give your dog water and find a cooler place. Mostly just do for them what you would do for yourself. Keep your pets safe from the sun, as well as yourself!puppy-in-garden-1442627-m

Too Much Sun Exposure Can Lead to Heart Attack and Stroke

Posted: May 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, News, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »


The excess UV rays from the Sun is not the only danger you could be facing. Believe it or not, a recent study has found that too much vitamin D from the Sun can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

It is known that having too little vitamin D can be dangerous to our health as well. However as they say too much of anything- even a good thing can be quite bad for you. This goes with having too much vitamin D.The recent study by the University of Copenhagen warned of the connection between cardiovascular deaths and high levels of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is made by the skin in reaction to sunlight or found in eggs, fortified cereals, oily fish, spreads or supplements. The purpose of Vitamin D is to help regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body keeping bones and teeth healthy.

Too little vitamin D can lead to bone pain or even deformities, such as rickets, as well as a tenderness as a result of a condition in adults called osteomalacia.

People who take too many vitamin D supplements over a long period can cause more calcium to be absorbed than can be excreted. If there is an excess amount of calcium deposited in the kidneys, this damage them.Too much vitamin D can also encourage calcium to be removed from bones, which can in the end make them soft and weak.
The new study published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism warned for the first time of the effect on heart health. It has been discovered that having too much vitamin D in our blood can be bad for our health has never been proven before.

The professor of clinical medicine at the University of Copenhagen stated that the healthiest amount of Vitamin D in your body is between 50-100 nanomol per litre. If you have less than 50, you will end up with ailments associated with having too little vitamin D in your system. If you have over 100 nanomol per litre, it has been found that appears that there is an increased risk of dying from a stroke or a heart attack.

Being mindful of the foods you eat or supplements you take that contain vitamin D is one way to stay healthy, as well as staying protected from the Sun

The ABCs of Skin Cancer

Posted: April 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »


The biggest reason to protect yourself from UV rays which are emitted from the Sun is the fact that it poses a huge risk for skin cancer. The fact of the matter is, skin cancer is the most frequently diagnosed malignancy in the world. However, the good news is, researchers theorize that nearly every case of skin cancer is curable if it is detected early. That being said, learning about signs of skin cancer can be a life saver for you, literally.

Most people do not realize this, but the signs of skin cancer can be described by a popular alphabetical mnemonic, or memory trick. Chances are you have heard about the ABCs of skin cancer, each letter indicates a certain characteristic of those skin sores, or lesions, which may be cancerous. For instance, “A” refers to asymmetry, because cancerous skin lesions are often shaped irregularly.

The second sign of a cancerous lesion, designated as “B,” is a reminder that skin cancers, unlike normal moles or other skin tumors, often lack borders that are defined. The letter “C” stands for color, because cancer sores are often red, blue, white, or black in appearance, and look very different from benign growths on your skin.

The size or diameter of the skin lesion, is described by “D,” and reminds people that growths that are greater than a quarter of an inch in size should be evaluated by a doctor. Finally, the last letter in the mnemonic is “E,” which refers to elevation. Skin cancers are often raised above the surface of the skin, and the surface is uneven.

There are other signs that characterize this type of cancer. These include the presence of sores that do not heal. These sores may begin to bleed or drain yellowish fluid for a time, then scab over and appear as though they are healing. They do not heal, however, but begin to drain and then scab over again.

Occasionally, cancerous tumors may grow from a mole or freckle. More often, however, these tumors appear as new growths on the surface of the skin. The presence of a new growth that can be described by any of the letters described above is a red flag. Those who discover these growths on their body should see a physician right away.

Even though it is uncommon, these sores may sometimes be tender or painful. Sometimes, they can itch, however most of the time they do not cause tenderness or itching.

If you have fair or freckled skin, or if you frequently experience prolonged exposure to sunlight, or if anyone in your family has ever had skin cancer, be aware of these signs of skin cancer. Identifying a sore that may be skin cancer in its early stage may save your life!

Vitamin D Can be Found in Other Sources Besides the Sun

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



Even though a lot of people are aware of the dangers of being over exposed to the dangerous UV Rays, they also fear not getting enough Sun due to not receiving their daily dose of Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is very important for you to get enough of because it helps your body absorb and use calcium and phosphorous for strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D als helps reduce the odds of older adults getting osteoporosis. This vitamin also helps strengthen the immune system, and helps reduce the odds of you getting diseases such as multiple sclerosis and some types of cancer such as colorectal cancer. Therefore, it is absolutely true that everyone needs to get enough Vitamin D into their systems. However, the good news is, there are other sources to receive this important vitamin from besides the Sun.

Firstly, everyone can take a Vitamin D supplement if they are afraid they are not consuming enough foods that are rich in it. People need at least 600 IU a day, but should not exceed 4000 IU. The following foods are rich in Vitamin D-

– 1/2 cup of Orange Juice has 50 IU
– 1 cup of soy beverage has 123 IU
– 1 cup of milk (fat or skim) has 105 IU
– 3/4 of a cup of yogurt has 70 IU
– 2 large eggs has 90 IU
– 3 slices of deli meat has 50 IU
– 2.5 oz of beef has 40 IU
– 2.5 oz of salmon has 700 IU
– 2.5 oz of snapper has 400 IU
– 2.5 oz of Whitefish has 370 IU
– 2.5 oz of Mackerel has 350 IU
– 2.5 of Herring has 160 IU
– 2.5 oz of trout has 200 IU
– 2.5 of sardines has 140 IU
– 2.5 oz of halibut has 140 IU
– 2.5 oz of tuna has 60 IU
– 1 tsp of cod liver oil has 430 IU
– 1 tsp of margarine has 25 IU

This is a general guide of how much Vitamin D you are getting from the foods you eat. Remember, if you feel you are not getting at least 600 IU of the vitamin a day, you can always take a supplement. There is no need to rely on the Sun for that, because the risks outweigh the benefits. Especially now that you are aware that you can get this important vitamin from other sources than the Sun!

How you Can Make Teaching Children About Sun Protection Fun

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

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It would have been extremely advantageous to us if we had learned about Sun protection while we were younger. Due to the awareness now about how damaging UV rays are, and knowing how much exposure we had while we were children to the Sun, we are constantly worrying about diseases like melanoma.

Back in the day we loved the idea of having a tan. However, today we know any tan is a sign of skin damage. Skin cancer and premature aging comes from this skin damage over a period of years typically starting in childhood. The best way to keep skin youthful and prevent skin cancer is to start protecting your skin from harmful UV rays when you are young. This is why it is crucial to teach children about the dangers of UV rays and too much Sun exposure. You can teach children the following methods about what happens if you spend too much time in the Sun.

Emulation – A big part of child development is the imitation of parents, teachers and older siblings. One of the easiest (and least confrontational) ways to teach a young child sun protection is to have these important people in a child’s life dress and act as if they are protecting themselves.

1. When outdoors have everyone wear sun protective clothing, a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

2. Be sure to head for the shade when possible.

3. Talk about sun protection. Make being sun safe as common place as looking both ways before crossing the street.

Peer Pressure – Be sure to talk about sun protection with other parents, camp councilors, schools administrators, etc. Together you can see that everybody is participating in minimizing their UV exposure. When making sun precautions “all the rage”, it’s hard to forget or argue.

If possible, get the “leader of the pack” or popular kids to wear sun protective clothing and a sun hat. That should really help you get the ball rolling.

Fun -Here are some ideas for making sun safety fun:

1. Small children love rhymes. When the sun is high overhead, point to the ground and say “Short shadow, seek shade” and have fun racing to the nearest shaded area.

2. Let kids pick their own sun protective outfits. Some of the new designs are colorful and feel fun to wear.

3. Put out paint, fabric cut in fun shapes, and other materials that could decorate a hat, and have your child “design” their own sun hat … maybe even hats for the whole family. You may even what to have a hat painting party and get everybody into it.

Easy – Putting on sunscreen can be a chore unless you are using the Kinesys Sun Protection products. Even if you apply easy to use sunscreen, be sure to wear clothing made of sun protective fabric as well.

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