Sunscreen Picks From Consumer Reports
Jun01

Sunscreen Picks From Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports released the findings of a large research project looking into the effectiveness of various sunscreen options. They tested 60 different sunscreen lotions, sprays and sticks.  Here’s what they found. 43 percent of the sunscreens and all of the lip balms fell short of the SPF claim on their labels “Natural” or mineral sunscreens—those that contain only titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or both as active...

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Swim Tights. The Newest UPF Style?
May16

Swim Tights. The Newest UPF Style?

It seems to me that the hottest new trend in UPF clothing is swim tights.  At first I was resistant to this trend. Then last year my family vacationed in St. Croix and while enjoying some of the most beautiful snorkeling at the only US underwater National Park, Buck Island Reef , I got burned. It was my first burn in five years. The guilt was overwhelming. I had to push aside my vanity and buy some UPF swim tights. So I set off to...

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Physicians Formula Offers Affordable SPF Bronzer
Jul13

Physicians Formula Offers Affordable SPF Bronzer

Last summer I brought you the recommendation of Colore Science Sunforgettable® a topical sunscreen powder with SPF 50. This is still one of my favorite products and you will find it in my purse all year long. But, I know it isn’t affordable for everyone, so I wanted to offer some other options for those looking to get the same experience but for less money. I am excited to say I found a comparable product for much less and more...

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Discover Sundriven UPF Accessories
Mar10

Discover Sundriven UPF Accessories

As the snow begins to thaw and we start to see the sun shining, I am taking time to plan my spring and summer wardrobe. An essential part for me is picking versatile and functional sun protection accessories. I want to share with you a UPF clothing line I was recently introduced to – Sundriven. I have only had the chance to use three of their products, but everything looks promising. Founded by Mitzi Runyan and 100% female owned, the...

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A Portable Sunscreen Must Buy!
Jul21

A Portable Sunscreen Must Buy!

One of my favorite outcomes of starting this blog has been the change in conversations I get to have with readers and friends. Sunscreen and sun protection were never topics I used to discuss with friends. In fact, many of my friends didn’t even know I had been diagnosed and treated for Melanoma until I started this blog. I was ashamed to admit that my vanity had caused a major life changing illness. Plus, cancer isn’t an easy topic...

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Top Ten Summer Sun Survival Tips
Jun12

Top Ten Summer Sun Survival Tips

As a midwesterner, I suffer through a long and cold winter. When summer arrives, all I want to do is feel the warmth of the sun on my skin and enjoy all of the natural outdoor riches. My favorite times are riding in the boat on Lake Michigan as the sun shines warmly down on our family. Rushing along those beautiful blue waters with the wind whipping all around. The reward is that beautiful sun kissed glow that says, “I’m alive,...

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