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How to Deal with Mosquitos in the Fall

Posted by Allison Kelly on

How to Deal with Mosquitos in the Fall

It’s almost fall! You know what that means… cooler weather, sweaters, and outdoor activities. Unfortunately, more time spent outside usually means more bug bites — unless you know how to protect yourself. We have all the details on why fall is prime insect weather, and how you can avoid being a mosquito snack. I thought mosquitos didn’t like cool weather — why are they still here in the fall? While mosquitos are extremely active in the warm weather of summer, they still thrive in the crisp autumn temperatures. Until temperatures drop below about 40 degrees, mosquitos are still out and...

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Why Does Mineral Sunscreen Look Whiter on Your Skin?

Posted by Allison Kelly on

Why Does Mineral Sunscreen Look Whiter on Your Skin?

If you’re making the switch to mineral sunscreen for the first time (way to go!), you might find that there are some differences between your new sunscreen and the traditional, chemical based sunblocks you’re used to. Many mineral sunscreen converts are concerned about a white sheen after application — and we totally get it. No one wants to look like a lifeguard from the 60s. We’re here to explain why mineral sunscreen is white, and what you can do to prevent that ghostly sheen. Why is mineral sunscreen so white? Minerals Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are the stars of...

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The Plastic Straw Ban, and Other Ways You Can Help the Planet Right Now

Posted by Kristen Creed on

The Plastic Straw Ban, and Other Ways You Can Help the Planet Right Now

What memories have you made this summer? What will forever remind you of the summer of 2018? Well, for many of us, this summer will mark the season of the plastic straw ban, for this is the summer that society decided to bid farewell to the unnecessary use of these plastic drinking utensils. Well, not entirely. But many major cities and big companies have joined the movement to eliminate the use of plastic straws, instead replacing them with biodegradable, paper options. Or, if you’re Starbucks, creating a new lid to enjoy your iced latte from. And guess what… life is...

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How Much Sunscreen Should You Use?

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How Much Sunscreen Should You Use?

Everyone needs sunscreen. Whether you’re at the beach or eating lunch outside at work, sunscreen keeps you safe from the sun’s harmful rays. But are you sure that you’re getting the full effect of your SPF? The SPF rating given to a sunscreen is decided in a controlled environment using a very specific amount of lotion. In the real world, sunscreen is often applied quickly and less effectively, meaning that your SPF 50 may only be giving you SPF 10 protection. Yikes. The majority of people aren’t applying enough sunscreen, which can lead to burns and skin cancer even when...

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The Real Reason Why You Get More Sunburnt at the Beach

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The Real Reason Why You Get More Sunburnt at the Beach

No one likes a sunburn, and the ominous months of sunburn season are upon us. We know we aren’t the only ones that pick up more sun and a worse sunburn when we spend the day at the beach, the lake or by the pool. Why is that, anyway? As it turns out, there is a rhyme and reason and it’s not the most obvious and typical reason you might be thinking. It’s actually a combination of factors that allow the sun to wreak even more havoc on your skin. Here are the real truths as to why you definitely...

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