sun protection

Creative Ways To Preach Sun Safety

Wearing sunscreen every day (yes, even in the fall) is very important. Sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer and help to prevent aging and brown spots.

Cartoons and GIFs focused around sun protection have surfaced the internet over the past few years and we couldn't be more pleased. Why? They deliver the message of sun safety in a fun and humorous way.

The Sunburn Alert team rounded up their favorites below: 

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Which one makes you never want to miss wearing sunscreen again? Share below!

Sun Protective Clothing

We all know how important it is to apply sunscreen on a daily basis, but did you know you can actually gain extra protection from your clothes?

Sun protective clothing is produced from a fabric rated for its level of UPF (ultraviolet protection fabric) protection. It measures how much UV light the fabric blocks – insuring you are staying protected. This system is very similar to the SPF rating system. For example, a piece of clothing with a UPF of 30 only allows 1/30th of the UV radiation to pass through. Pretty remarkable, right?

Read more on Coolibar's website

Sun protective clothing is a necessity, especially while outdoors this fall. And, to top it all off, many companies have designed some super cute pieces. See our favorites below!

Coolibar SmartStraw Packable Tropicana Sun Hat

Coolibar SmartStraw Packable Tropicana Sun Hat

REI SmartWool Midweight Crew Top

REI SmartWool Midweight Crew Top

Mott 50 Toni - Boatneck Dress

Mott 50 Toni - Boatneck Dress

Patagonia Women's Sideshore Tankini

Patagonia Women's Sideshore Tankini


Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

Today marks the last official day of summer. Our favorite season full of sunny skies, beach vacations and no school is coming to a close. This summer has been full of fun in the sun and we can't but be a little nostalgic thinking back at all of the wonderful times we have enjoyed this season. 

However, a new season also brings new excitement for the beginning of Autumn. Say hello to cooler weather, changing and falling leaves, football games and of course, all things pumpkin spice flavored! So bust out your fall wardrobe of scarves, boots and jackets because fall is almost here! 

So until next year, goodbye summer! You'll be missed. 

Stay sun-safe all year long with Sunburn Alert

Factors that Make Sunscreen LESS Effective

We all know that sunscreen plays an imperative role is staying safe while spending time in the sun. But, what happens when we wear sunscreen and are still getting sunburnt? There are several factors that can contribute to actually making your sunscreen less effective, making it easier for burning to happen.

1. Drugs and prescription medication: Research shows that sometimes sunscreen does not work as well if you have certain drugs in your body. These drugs can cause photo-toxic reactions, which increase sun sensitivity. Be sure to read the labels of your medication carefully before going out into the sun! 

2. Acne Treatments: Acne treatments, antihistamines like Benadryl, and some forms of antibiotics are often linked to sun sensitivity.

3. Food: Skin could be extra vulnerable if you eat foods like celery and citrus fruits, particularly limes. 

4. Alcohol: Your body metabolizes alcohol into acetaldehyde, which makes the skin very sun sensitive. You should try to avoid drinking too much while out in the sun.

5. Expired Sunscreen: If you’re using sunscreen from last summer, it’s likely expired and not working properly. Check the labels before using any sunscreen. 

6. Time: It's possible that you are not giving you skin long enough for the sunscreen to work properly. It’s optimal to apply it 20 to 30 minutes before you’re in the sun.

So, if you're frustrated with still getting sunburnt even though you wear sunscreen, be sure to remember these 6 factors. And remember to always wear protective clothing for extra protection and a Sunburn Alert UV Wristband or Sticker to keep you on top of your sun-safety game! 

To learn more on sunscreen facts click here: http://bit.ly/1FkOCXc

Celebrities That Are Feeling the Burn!

To celebrate the end of summer, we're taking a look back at some of the worst celebrity sunburns! Because, we could always use a reminder that they too, are not perfect when it comes to sun protection.

Kim Kardashian 

Kim Kardashian 

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Kelly Osbourne- ouch!!

Kelly Osbourne- ouch!!

Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci

Jaime Pressly 

Jaime Pressly 

Alicia Witt

Alicia Witt

Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez

Britney Spears

Britney Spears

Nicky Hilton

Nicky Hilton

Joe Jonas

Joe Jonas

Annalynne McCord

Annalynne McCord

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

Take a lesson from these celebs: ALWAYS remember to wear and reapply sunscreen! 

Avoid the pain and be reminded before sunburn happens by wearing a Sunburn Alert Wristband or Sticker

Sunburn Alert- Kid & Parent Approved!

It's well known that kids don't enjoy putting on sunscreen and usually aren't aware of the importance of sun protection. However, as adults, it is our responsibility to make children understand how important it is to be safe in the sun and make sure they are adequately protected from harmful and damaging sun rays. Enter: Sunburn Alert UV Wristbands & Stickers!

Our UV Wristbands & Stickers alert the wearer when in the sun with their color-changing technology that detects harmful UVA & UVB rays. Upon placing the band or sticker on, sunscreen should be applied directly to the products and skin. The bands and stickers turn from white to bright purple or blue then slowly fade the more sun they are exposed to. When this happens, it is a visual reminder to reapply sunscreen. Once the wristband or sticker has turned a cream color, the wearer has reached the maximum amount of sun exposure and it is time to cover up and get out of the sun to avoid burning. The bands and stickers work both wet and dry, perfect for any outdoor activity.

Kids go wild for our products. Wearing these fun accessories, complete with fun designs such as sun shines and sunglasses, makes it a fun and easy experience to practice sun safety. No more constantly checking the clock for when it's time to reapply sunscreen or worrying about getting sunburnt. Kids love them, parents love them too!

Shop our kid and parent approved Sunburn Alert UV Wristbands & Stickers for you and you kids on our website today.

Sun Safe Summer

It's been a great summer! As we come closer to the end of hot summer days, and move towards autumn, we're taking a look back at some of our favorite summer memories with our UV Wristbands & Stickers. Take a look at these pictures from a truly sun-safe summer!

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Stay sun-safe all year long! Get your Sunburn Alert UV Wristbands & Stickers on our website

Sun Safe News: Boston City Parks Offer Free Sunscreen Dispensers

This summer, Boston has taken a huge step towards fighting skin cancer. Green spaces including many city parks now have free sunscreen dispensers for public use. Boston is the first major city in the Northeast to take part of this program by The Melanoma Foundation of New England and Make Big Change in response to the Surgeon General’s 2014 Call to Action to address skin cancer as a major public concern. According to Boston Magazine, there are currently 30 dispensers in parks citywide and the city is planning to set up even more. 

Hopefully other cities across the world will follow the wonderful example that Boston has given for taking sun protection seriously. To learn more and lend your support please visit http://mfne.org/