Announcing Sunscreen Awareness Week

We’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback from our Mystery Ingredient Monday post yesterday about chemical sunscreens. So we’ve decided to declare this week Sunscreen Awareness Week. This week we will be focusing on ways to reduce sun damage. Since spring is just around the corner, it’s important to arm yourself with the best protection money can buy. Luckily, brands like John Masters Organics, Boscia, Juice Beauty, COOLA and Erbaviva have produced awesome organic sunscreens that will protect you from the sun without depositing gross chemicals in your body (like benzophenone)!

And just to show you that our money is where our mouth is, we’re offering you 25% off all organic sunscreens and Coolibar hats this week! Just enter the code SUN at checkout. You can stock up for spring and summer and SAVE. As always, when you spend $49, you also get free shipping!

This Coolibar sun hat is not only stylish and perfect with any outdoor outfit, it’s packable! Are you dreaming about the Hamptons? Florida? Or maybe just Folly Beach? This is the hat you need… and it’s also 25% off when you enter code SUN at checkout. So go for it!

Mystery Ingredient Monday: Benzophenone

This week we’re going to be focusing on SUNSCREEN. Spring is coming up and it’s time to prepare by buying sunscreens. Sunscreen protects you from damage caused by UV rays, which can lead to all kinds of skin cancers. And on a shallow level, sunscreen will also protect you from premature aging. Sun exposure can leave your skin dried out with sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles. If you use the right sunscreen, you can shave years off your appearance.

So what’s in non-organic sunscreens? Plenty of nasty things. Today we’ll be focusing on Benzophenone.

Benzophenone

Benzophenone is an organic compound that is usually found (or its alike substitute oxybenzone) in chemical sunscreens. It is used in plastics to protect the contents inside the bottle from UV rays. That’s right–it’s used in plastic and you’re there slathering it on as well. Yuck! Well, the news gets worse. According to several sources, benzophenone has been linked to an increase in malignant melanoma… the very thing it is used to prevent!

So, you may be wondering, “Where’s the good news?” The good news is that although tests are still being performed on chemical sunscreens, the FDA still says that they protect you against melanoma. We, of course, argue that you should protect yourself and your family naturally. With organic sunscreens from COOLA, Boscia, Juice Beauty and John Masters, you can frolic in the sunshine without worrying about your complexion.

Here are some of our favorite organic sunscreens:

Coola Total Body Organic Sunscreen  SPF 30 Mineral Moisturizer-Sand  Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27

Pick of the Week: Juice Beauty

We recently added a new, organic skin care line that uses a juice base in all products. Juice Beauty’s line is made from 100% organic juice base, and all products contain the highest organic content in the beauty industry! Here’s a quick introduction to Juice Beauty:

  • All products start with a 100% organic juice base and contain other natural ingredients, like apple, raw cane sugar, sweet cherry, carrot juice and more. Read the full list of organic fruit used in products here.
  • Juice Beauty products do not contain parabens, petroleum, butylene and propylene glycol, PEG, sodium, lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phlhlates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Here’s more:
  • Most ingredients are locally harvested products in California and bought from USDA Certified Organic farmers and
  • No animal testing
  • Use soy ink and recycled materials for packaging
  • Eighty percent of products are produced using solar power
  • Several products have been clinically tested by independent labs and have proven anti-aging results

While we have a wide-range of Juice Beauty products, we’ll tell you more about the proven anti-aging results of its Stem Cellular Repair products (moisturizer and eye treatment). The Juice Beauty website details this study:

A Clinical Analysis of Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer ($65) and Eye Treatment ($45) was conducted by an independent laboratory, following FDA regulations for dermatological clinical testing including measurement of 3D silicone replicas, corneometer instrumentation measurement, scientific analysis of photographs, and post treatment questionnaire analysis, all conducted by a Ph.D. Principal Investigator.

Clinically validated results (in just 6 weeks):

  • 36% reduction in length and depth of lines and wrinkles
  • 44% decrease in number of fine lines & wrinkles
  • 75% improved elasticity of the skin
  • 88% reduction in appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • 88% improved skin tone & luminosity
  • 96% noticeable improvement in the fine lines & wrinkles
  • 100% improved hydration

Shop for Juice Beauty online 24/7, or at our Mt. Pleasant store during store hours. Don’t forget, you can shop online and pick up in-store too!