Block Island Organics Sunscreen

Now that summer is about to officially be here next week, sunscreen is on all of our shopping lists. While getting a sunburn is certainly dangerous to your health so is a poorly chosen, chemical-laden sunscreen. Thankfully, there are a lot of truly healthy AND protective sunscreens on the market today. Courtesy of the EWG (Environmental Working Group) you can now know just how healthy a sunscreen is before you purchase it. A rating of 1 is the best and healthiest rating while a 10 is you guessed it – the most health hazardous.

Ideally, you should choose a sunscreen that gets a 1, like this natural mineral sunscreen from Block Island Organics. The EWG even named it 2016’s Best Beach & Sport Sunscreen!

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{Photo Credit: Block Island Organics}

The productBlock Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30

What it’s good for: Preventing highly unenjoyable and health hazardous sunburns. Also, guarding against premature aging of the skin! 

Key natural ingredient: Zinc oxide (22%).  In general, this formula is vegan, gluten-free and eco-friendly (no ingredients have been shown to harm reefs). 

The price tag: $19.99 (for a 3.4 fl oz bottle)

Where to buy: BlockIslandOrganics.com or check out their Store Locator  

My favorite perk: Most importantly, it gets the healthiest score possible (a 1) from the EWG, but I also love how this sunscreen is lightweight and non greasy. Unlike a lot of natural mineral sunscreens, this one rubs in nicely. Of course, make sure not to apply it in excessive amounts because that will make it harder to rub in completely.

DISCOUNT FOR MY READERS: Use the code annie on the Block Island Organics website to receive 20% off your entire purchase from June 15, 2016 through June 24, 2016.*Please note that this code is not combinable with any other codes or discounts.  

Hope you all have a sunny, healthy, fun and relaxing summer!

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UV Rays in the Nail Salon?!

If you’re ultra concerned about ultra violet rays then you might want to know about exposure in an unexpected and untalked about place – the nail salon. Yep, those trusty dryers of colorful finger paint very often emit UV rays.  How can you tell? Pretty simple – if you’re seeing fluorescent light emitted then it’s a UV dryer.

While you’re probably not drying your nails for lengthy amounts of time daily, all of those 10 minute sessions can really add up, especially over the course of a lifetime. To stay UV free and still have some pretty digits you can opt for the dryers sans fluorescents or put some mineral sunscreen (some suggestions) on prior to painting. Signs of aging for women are often most noticeable on our hands so this is a tip to keep your hands both healthy and youthful!

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Also, while we’re on the topic, look for polishes that are free of the three harshest ingredients – formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (ingredients linked to everything from cancer to hormone disruption to neurological issues). Many big brands often used in nail salons are thankfully on board. I’m happy to say that one of the brands is the very popular essie whose polishes are DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde free.