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Sunscreen – When is enough?

Fact:  1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime
Fact:  1 in 50 Americans will develop melanoma by 2015
Fact:  The most common form of cancer among American women is non-melanoma skin cancer
Fact:  Most people don’t apply to enough sunscreen to be effective

How much sunscreen do you apply daily and to what parts of your body?  How much do you apply when you are going boating or to the beach?  How often do you re-apply sunscreen?   The answer is –not nearly enough to be effective.   Unfortunately, I don’t know anyone who applies the correct amount of sunscreen, often enough, including me and I know better!

Sunscreens are carbon based chemical sunscreens that absorb the UV rays and differ from sunblocks, which are mineral based zinc or titanium dioxide options.  For sunscreens, 1 to 2 oz per application is needed to be truly effective in limiting those harmful UVA and UVB rays.  That is one to two SHOT GLASSES full and you need to apply them 30 minutes before going into the sun.  For your face and neck, you need to apply a quarter size dollop to get the correct amount of coverage.   You need to reapply after swimming or every 2-3 hours.

So what happens if we don’t apply the correct amount?  If you use ½ oz (or ½ shot glass full) per body application of an SPF 50 sunscreen, your actual SPF coverage will be an SPF 7.  If you use the same amount of an SPF 15, you get SPF 4 coverage.  Hmmmm…let’s think about that since the recommended lowest sunscreen coverage is SPF 30 these days…..

What about spray sunscreens?  That is more difficult to measure, but make sure you use a continuous spray sunscreen and you need to apply 2 coats every hour to be effective.

Sunblocks like zinc or titanium dioxide are micronized particles that offer a different method of protection since they reflect the sun’s rays.  Because of the reflective method of protection, you can actually use less sunblock to be effective.  For body coverage, you can work with 1 Tablespoon, or ½ oz to get full SPF coverage.  For the face, a pea size application should do it, but try to dab multiple dots around your face and then smooth it so get an even layer without any white spots.  Since these chemical free sunblocks are reflective, coverage starts immediately upon application so no need to apply early.  You still need to re-apply every 2-3 hours.

Remember, that 6 oz spray or 8 oz tube should only be lasting you a maximum or 6 or 8 applications.  This means if you’re in the sun 4-6 hours at a time and reapply correctly, that sunscreen should be empty after 2-3 days in the sun.  If not, you know you aren’t using enough!

Other options?  Combine your time in the sun with sun protective clothing to minimize the amount of sunscreen you need and make  sure you are protecting your skin exactly where you need it most.  For some versatile UPF 30-50+ options that work well on a boat, at the beach, and do double duty as daily wear, see UVG by Valerie Graham available at  Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it’s the only skin you’ve got!  Why not protect it?


Krystal Blue Fashion- UV protection clothing
July 17, 2012, 8:53 pm
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Krystal Blue International offers handcrafted, unique pieces made or designed in America. We have gathered very talented designers from across the US to bring you our current collection. If you are looking for something specific, we can help. Please contact Valerie Graham directly. As always, 5% of your purchase goes to preserving our sea life. New pieces are added weekly so check back often.

UVG by Valerie Graham brings UV fashion forward. LUV your skin and look good doing it. Wear your UVG anytime, anywhere, everyday – in the car, at the beach, out to dinner, in the office, as evening wear to an affair, UVG by Valerie Graham does it all. Combine pieces for even more looks! Versatile, stylish fashion with endless possibilities. How do you wear your UVG? Show us UR UVG, send photos to

UPF/SPF 30—50+ BLOCKS 97%-98% of Sun’s Rays
UVA (Aging) & UVB (Burning)
Moisture Wicking & Made in the USA.


UVG – Tube

Cover what you want, when you want – wear it your way! Cover your shoulders and décolleté, wear it up as a hood, wear it down as a cowl, cover your face when lying on the beach! Pull it down and wear it as a dress or skirt….layer a second tube on top. Layer with a Pointbreak Cape. Create your own looks and combinations!
One size – fits most S-M-L as a shoulder & head cover up and S-M as a dress/skirt. Colors: Royal Blue, Hot Pink, White, Black.

UVG – Pointbreak Cape

Stylish and versatile, twirl it around and get different styles, different looks, depending on your mood! Throw it back as a scarf, cover your arms in the car, wear it as a beach coverup or pull it down as a skirt, but don’t leave home without it! Lightweight and moisture wicking, the Pointbreak Cape is the perfect accessory for any situation. Layer with a tube for daytime or evening looks. Color block for stylish combinations. This must have piece does it all! One size – fits most S-M-L as a cape and S-M as a skirt. Colors: Royal Blue, Hot Pink, White, Black.

Learning About UV Protection Clothing
July 10, 2012, 10:04 pm
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Everyone wants to look good, in today’s world that means having a great looking tan, but when you are in the sun you need to wear UV protection clothing. We all know that the sun is damaging to our bodies. One can contract skin cancer from the sun, but the skin is not the only thing that you have to worry about. While you need UV protection clothing, you also need to find out more about UV protection sunglasses.

You will find that you are able to get UV clothing is woman’s and men’s sizes. The other thing that you may be looking for is plus sized clothing. This is also not a problem, as there are a few clothing manufacturers out there producing them. The other thing is that you are now able to find UV clothing in a wide array of name brands, so you can always look and feel good and know that you are protected wherever you go.

If you are thinking that UV clothing will make you hot in the middle of summer you have to think again. These clothes are made for summer, which means that they are light weight, breathable and will still give you’re the protection you need while keeping your cool. We all know what it feel like to sit in a thick jacket in the middle of winter because our parents do not want us getting burned, these days we so not have to go to such extremes.

All you have to do is go out and get a few pairs of UV protection clothing for your whole family and your will be able to enjoy a full, fun loving day in the sun on the beach, at the park, or just lazing in the back yard. Clothing, however, is not the only thing you will need. When it comes to sun protection you will want to go all out, which is why you will also want sun protection hats, the best polarized sun glasses s well as a really good biodegradable sunscreen.

If you are worried about getting into the water without your UV clothing you will find that you do not need to be. There are all sorts of full body swimwear that you can buy that are ready to fight up to 99 percent of the harmful rays of the sun. That is right; you do not need to worry about the sun anymore.

If you really need to feel the water against you skin, then you need to make sure that you rub in a good sunscreen. This, you need to make sure is the best UV protection. Get the highest SPF that you can and spread it all over your body in order to keep from getting burned, and always remember that you want to do this at least 30 minute before you go in the sun or the water and at 30 minutes intervals if you are not swimming. If you are going to swim, you need to apply your UV protection sunscreen as soon as you get out of the water and put on your UV protection clothing too.

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Importance Of UV Protection Clothing

There is no doubt that UV protection clothing is important and also a necessity in the contemporary world due to a variety of reasons. We all know that the world we live in today is full of tanned people in the streets and most of the runways are composed of highly desirable individuals who have their image of glitz, glamour and gold. When it comes to nature, the heat that we receive from the sun seems to be much stronger as compared to the previous years so it is essential that we consider UV protection clothing. The reason for this is due to the ozone layer which seems to be thinning day by day. An individual has several ways in which he or she can be able to prevent the sun’s heat from damaging his or her skin.

It does not matter whether the heat is that of summer or it is that of dead of winter but one has to consider protecting himself or herself. An individual can select from several options such as the umbrella, polarized sunglasses, hats, sunblocks and sunscreens. There is usually no such thing as UV protection clothing which many individuals might consider to provide maximum protection from the sun’s heat. These methods of protection against the sun’s heat are useful and some of them like the sunblocks and sunscreens have been available for a long time. These products are manufactured from certain ingredients that prevent the ultraviolet rays of the sun from damaging an individual’s skin.

Such ingredients found in the products include oxybenzone, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. However, research conducted by scientists has proved that some of these products are inadequate as the ingredients that are used to manufacture them are not effective when it comes to preventing the ultraviolet rays from damaging the skin. Research has also proved that some of these ingredients are harmful as they are potential carcinogens which increase the risk of getting cancer.

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