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The Story Behind SolRx 8 Hour WATERBLOCK® Technology

SolRx WATERBLOCK® Technology

You hear a lot of jargon in the retail world, and it can be pretty meaningless. “Natural” foods, for example, can refer to pretty much any grocery-store items that don’t look neon blue. But when we at SolRx talk about our patented WATERBLOCK® technology, we’re not trying to confuse you or make you think our sunscreen is something it’s not. We are simply telling you how effective our sunscreen is, and that it’s been verified by rigorous testing methods to make sure it’s as useful as possible for serious athletes and vacationers alike.

Water-Resistant Sunscreen Standards

According to the Food and Drug Administration, sunscreens can be labeled “water resistant” if they are tested according to the required SPF procedures, and pass inspection. Water resistant sunscreens are always required to state how long they’ll last if you’re exposed to water through swimming, sweating, or in some other way. This number for most over-the-counter sunscreens is normally 40 minutes or 80 minutes.

WATERBLOCK® Goes Above and Beyond

Ha. We scoff at the 40- to 80-minute limitation! That’s because SolRx products remain almost fully effective after eight hours of total water immersion. You heard that right. SolRx sunscreens don’t just meet FDA standards, they leave them far behind. We developed a water-resistant formula so powerful that we asked AMA Testing Labs to create a thorough, exhaustive test specially to measure its performance.

In fact, we told them this test had to be tougher than that of the FDA or any governmental agency in the world. This came to be called the 8-Hour Water Resistance/6-Hour Immersion Test. SolRx exceeded every expectation when its SPF 30 product was rated SPF 35.83 after eight hours in the water.

WATERBLOCK® Beats the Industry Standard

Since the 1990s, AMA Labs’ test has become the industry standard for sunscreen testing. And SolRx WATERBLOCK® technology, in all its different forms, across all product lines, continue to all be rated fully effective after eight hours in the water. Our sunscreen does not sweat off into your eyes or wash away after hours of use. Whether your own in conditions of heat, snow, ice, or water, you’re totally covered. We mean that literally. We’re as close to waterproof as you’re going to get.

Like you, we love the sun, and we think everyone should be able to enjoy it safely. That’s one of the reasons we are so committed to creating a product that’s verifiably effective under the most stringent conditions. Our standards are voluntarily higher than the FDA’s. That means with SolRx WATERBLOCK® Technology you can truly enjoy your outdoor activities and know that you’re protecting your skin in the best way possible.

Long Lasting Sun Protection For Days on the Links

Sunscreen for Golfers

If you’re a golfer, you know it’s important to protect your skin with sunscreen, since you spend so many hours on the course in pursuit of par excellence.

Because your skin – or nose, face, neck, arms, lips – is exposed to the sun so often, there’s a danger that you’ll develop conditions like melanoma and skin cancer. But, we understand that you don’t want to sacrifice a stroke because you had to slather on a greasy sunscreen formula. This means you’ve got to be picky about your sun protection, so pick SolRx.

Broad Spectrum, Water-Resistant Sun Protection

SolRx products offer broad-spectrum sun protection, so that you’re protected both from sunburn-inducing UVB rays and skin-damaging UVA rays. In addition, our sunscreens are water-resistant without being drying. They’re specially formulated to wick away sweat and water, which keeps you comfortable and makes sure your vision is clear. Our water resistant sunscreens have been tested and proven effective through immersion testing to truly protect from the sun for defined periods of time.

Non-Greasy, No-Slip Formulation

SolRx products are oil-free, so they don’t feel greasy, and paraben-free, so they don’t hurt your eyes. As a result, your grip will remain tight even when you have sunscreen on, giving you an advantage on the green. And you’ll be able to aim with accuracy even when your competitors are struggling to view the hole through sweat-fogged vision. SolRx sport sunscreens feel clean and dry when they go on, and then they last all day.

Flexibility with Stick, Dry Spray, or Lotion

Because SolRx products come in different types of formulations, you can pick the type that’s right for you. They all offers similar levels of protection and water resistance, and make it possible for you to perform at a high level no matter what sport you’re playing.

Our rub-on Zinc stick is great for quick touch-ups, and the SPF 50 dry spray works well for bare arms and legs as well as heads of hair. The lotion, applied generously and with care, can offer comprehensive, all-over protection.

Sun protection is important, so don’t skimp. As a golfer, you’re out in the sun for long hours at a time, and the last thing you need is to be distracted by concerns about dangerous sun exposure.

On the other hand, you need a sunscreen that won’t interfere with your ability to drive the ball towards the green, or make precise putts. SolRx is thoughtfully formulated with you in mind, and can help protect you whether you’re an elite athlete or a recreational weekend player.

SolRx is Proud to be a Reef Friendly Sunscreen

Reef Friendly Sunscreen

Protect yourself, or protect nature? A recently released report says that sunscreen is damaging the ocean’s coral reefs, and reducing their ability to deal with climate change.

But you don’t have to choose between taking on dangerous UV rays or keeping the reefs healthy. SolRx is committed to being a reef friendly sunscreen, so that you aren’t doing harm to the natural world when you use them.

Coral Reef Conservation & Reef Friendly Sunscreen

Our fragile and complex coral reef systems are vital to the Earth’s ecosystems. That’s because they support thousands of species of fish, coral, and other creatures that live within them and on and around them. Corals protect land masses by dissipating storms, are a likely place to find compounds that might cure diseases and other conditions, and provide food to more than a billion people on this planet by sheltering so many types of animals.

In addition, coral reefs attract tourism dollars that support local economies. But they are receding – some reports say up to 80 percent of the reefs in the Caribbean are gone, and the numbers keep getting higher. The remaining reefs need to be protected.

Reef Friendly Sunscreen’s Role

Around 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotion end up in coral reefs around the world each year. Chemicals inside these non reef friendly sunscreens damage the health of coral, harm developing coral, and “bleach” them by leaching corals of their nutrients. This actually causes them to appear white. Certain active chemicals in sunscreen can also disrupt the development of fish and other types of wildlife. These effects can make corals more vulnerable to temperature changes caused by the warming of the earth, exacerbating the problems of climate change.

How SolRx Makes a Difference

Even small efforts to reduce chemical pollution in the world’s oceans can make a difference to the survival and recovery of coral reefs. In areas where conservation is critical, the use of SolRx can be a good alternative to other sport sunscreens. This is because, although SolRx products are not chemical-free, they have been very thoroughly and strictly tested for water resistance and sun protection by the industry’s leading provider of SPF waterproof testing. We make sure our products stay on the skin, thanks to Waterblock technology; it can only be removed with soap and water.

And, when sunscreen remains on your skin, it’s more effective and it’s not releasing chemicals that will negatively affect ocean life. Our products have been proven to stay on skin for eight hours even when you’re constantly submerged in water, providing 97 percent or more of its maximum SPF protection that entire time. This way, our reef friendly sunscreen gives you the best of both worlds; you can protect yourself, and keep coral reefs from being harmed as well.

At SolRx, we’re outdoor enthusiasts just like you. That means we understand that part of enjoying and relishing the outdoors means we need to protect the ecosystems and habitats that make nature so marvelous. That’s why we offer products that protect humans, protect wildlife, and help preserve our environment.

Sunscreen for Lips: 5 Reasons Why You Need to Wear It!

Don’t skip the lips, Wear Lip Sunscreen!

Sunscreen for LipsA recent study found that more than 60 percent of sunscreen users don’t protect their lips with a lip sunscreen or lip balm with SPF, but there are many reasons you should wear sunscreen for lips! Here are just a few of the key benefits of sunscreen for lips:

1. Skin Cancer

The media loves to scare you with dire warnings about your health, but in this case, it’s for real. The lips area is ripe for skin cancer, including two of the most common ones – basal and squamous cell carcinoma. If you protect your lips with a lip sunscreen with SPF, you can protect from cancer.

2. Sunburn

The thinner, more delicate skin on your lips is very susceptible to damage caused by UV rays. You know how painful a bad sunburn can be, so do yourself a favor and avoid it!

3. Hydration

Wind, sun, and sea can cause unsightly effects on your lips, such as dryness and chapping. Using lip balm with sunscreen helps keep your lips hydrated and kissable.

4. Healing Benefits

Often, there are additional side-benefits to using sunscreen for lips. The formula includes sunscreen and can help repair redness, cracks, and other issues. It’ll seal in moisture and protect from dry and cold air, as well as sun damage.

5. Other Lip Stuff Won’t Do

Maybe you think a dab of lip-gloss will tie your outfit together wonderfully. It might look good, but it doesn’t add any protection from harmful UV rays. In fact, dermatologists believe the shine of lip-gloss actually focuses UV rays on your lips. So don’t do that anymore. Or at least layer a protective lip sunscreen beneath your favorite shade.

Sunscreen for lips often comes in the form of lip balms with SPF, which is great because it means we get moisturizing benefits along with the sun protection. In fact, we get all kinds of benefits, other than the most important – protection from skin cancer – so break out that lip sunscreen. And use it.

Fall Sports: Football Players & Fans Should Wear Sunscreen

peeweefootballIt’s officially Fall, which means Football season is in full swing. In most areas of the country, the sun isn’t nearly as strong as it can be during the halcyon days of summer. So, it’s excusable to accidentally-on-purpose forget the sunscreen and go without, right?

Nope. No. Not even. NO. A BIG LOT OF NOPE.

Team Advantage: No Sunburn

One great thing about the football season is that it gets everyone outside and active. Spectators get involved and get excited. Players learn about strategy and sportsmanship, and get stronger and tougher. Football can be a great bonding experience. We love that about this all-American sport.

But the sport should to be safe for everyone, in little things as well as big. Sunburn hurts, and it can be distracting for players who need to be thinking about the next play instead. Skin care might not be the most important thing on your mind, but whether you’re watching or playing, your long-term health and conditioning should always be a consideration. Sun protection is an important part of that.

The Curse of the Bizarre Tan Line

The players are wearing all kinds of protective gear. That’s great – they’ll be safe from impacts, bumps, and bruises, as they should be. Helmets and pads and clothing will all protect from the sun, too. But there are gaps. Vents. Places where the pants end but socks haven’t yet begun. Arms exposed past the sleeve. And the sun gets into all those places.

Fans, too, must deal with farmer-style tans. The weather can be cooler during football season, so we’re more dressed up in pants and jackets and hats for crisp, fall weather. But these strange lines are easy to avoid – all you need is sunscreen on your exposed areas.

Whether you’re a fan or a player, please take sun protection seriously throughout the football season. Keep safe so you can play hard.

SolRx WaterBlock®: The Preferred Sport Sunscreen of Triathletes

Triathlete Sport Sunscreen

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Why Do Triathletes Love SolRx Sport Sunscreen?

SolRx is proud to say that it’s a brand preferred by sports and surf enthusiasts around the world, especially amongst triathletes. Why do triathletes love our product so much? It’s a result of our broad-spectrum, water resistant formulation that doesn’t block pores – which assists in increasing endurance.

SolRx Resists Sweat and Water

One of the reasons SolRx is preferred by triathletes is that our WaterBlock sunscreens are so good at resisting water, including sweat. In fact, AMA Labs developed a tough test to gauge SolRx’s effectiveness despite 8 hours immersed in water – and this test later became an industry standard. The result: SolRx sunscreens work at a nearly full SPF rating over that period of time underwater. They won’t sweat off into your eyes, irritating them, or wash away. Thus, SolRx’s patented WaterBlock system is effective in keeping the sun from damaging skin despite water, ice, snow, and sweat.

SolRx Protects from Sunburn

UVA rays cause aging and cell damage, while UVB rays lead to burning and even blistering. But in addition to causing long-term damage to your skin, sunburn can be painful and distracting. Even a slight amount of sunburn means that your body has to compensate and use up energy to fight the damage. This, in turn, negatively impacts endurance.

In addition, enflamed skin can lead to faster dehydration. SolRx’s sunscreens, simply because they’re so good at what they’re designed to do: help triathletes feel their best and perform their best, whether they’re training for their first event or doing an Ironman.

SolRx Lets Your Skin Breathe

SolRx sunscreens are non-comedogenic, oil-free, and paraben-free. This means our sport sunscreens don’t feel sticky when they’re applied and protect the skin without clogging pores. More importantly, they don’t clog your pores. Clogged pores don’t allow your skin to “breathe” properly – skin is less effective at removing toxins, sweat and oil, and at absorbing moisture it needs. This leads to the very real possibility that you might overheat, especially when participating in high-energy physical activities. SolRx formulas help break down the excess oils on your skin without stripping your skin cells of the necessary moisture and nutrients they need to keep your body in peak condition.

The fact is, SolRx is preferred by triathletes and coaches because its protective yet breathable qualities lead to more endurance, better performance, and safer conditions for your body and mind. If you’re a competitive athlete or just a for-fun weekend warrior, give yourself an edge with SolRx sport sunscreen!

The 411 on Waterproof Sunscreen

The 411 on Waterproof Sunscreen

Back in December 2012, the Food and Drug Administration ruled that sunscreen products are no longer allowed to claim to be waterproof and could only claim to be water-resistant. The FDA enacted this mandate because many sunscreen formulas that were making a waterproof claim were only “waterproof” for a short amount of time – less than one hour – or would come off of the skin with a towel after getting out of the water.

Sunscreen brands can make a water-resistant claim as long as the SPF (sun protection factor) stays effective after 40 minutes in the water. Therefore, shifting language from waterproof to water-resistant was intended to promote more thorough sun protection, triggering the user to reapply regularly.

SolRx’s WaterBlock® system, however, is a step above the rest. An internationally recognized independent lab tested the SolRx WaterBlock® formula and found that its SPF stays effective after 8 hours in the water or while sweating. Because it’s unlikely that a person would be submerged in water for a sequential 8 hour time period, the test was renamed “The 6 Hour Immersion Test” and became the industry standard in the 1990s.

Pretty amazing, right?

Water-resistant formulas are not only crucial for water play, but also for athletes. Sweat is mostly water and, when we perspire, non-water-resistant sunscreens will get washed away. Our WaterBlock® formula adheres to skin cells and actually requires soap and water to be removed within the 8 hours window of application.

We love our product and are always happy to hear stories from customers who are elated that their children were able to avoid a burn while playing in the pool, or triathletes who were able to complete entire races without the product dripping into and burning their eyes.

But don’t take our word for it… see what actual SolRx users are saying about our water resistant sport sunscreen.

Is Sunscreen on Your Back to School Supplies List?

Back to School SunscreenFor many of us, August is bittersweet, marking the end of summer vacation but offering exciting possibilities of a new school year. As parents and students embarked on the annual ritual of back-to-school supply shopping some may have been surprised to see a certain item included on the list: sunscreen.

In recent history there has been much debate over some school districts, and even some states, banning sunscreen from their schools. Most states require that parents sign a consent form to allow children to bring sunscreen to school, but only just recently the state of Oregon lifted its all-out ban on sunscreen.

Now we’re starting to see a new trend. Yes, many school districts are asking children – particularly younger kids who play outside during the day – to come to class with their very own bottle of sun protectant. Some schools suggest that the student apply sunscreen prior to arriving at school in the morning.

No matter what your school’s policy may be, we encourage the daily use of sunscreen. This great habit will help prevent your child’s skin from unnecessary damage and skin cancer.

Here are a few helpful tips when choosing the right sunscreen for your little scholar:

Make sure it’s broad spectrum sunscreen

SPF just refers to UVB protection and doesn’t account for UVA protection. The UVB rays are what causes sunburn, and UVA rays cause a lot of the damage associated with skin cancer and aging.  Interestingly, your child may be exposed to UVA rays even while sitting in class, because UVA rays are able to penetrate windowpanes that haven’t been treated with a UVA blocking formula. For a full explanation of broad spectrum sunscreen, head here.

Find the best water resistant formula you can

SolRx’s patented WaterBlock® technology has been proven to stay on for up to 8 hours fully submerged in water. What this means is that when your child is sweating during recess the sun protection won’t wash away.  Make sure to do your research, because you don’t want to end up with a formula that will wipe off with a towel from sweat.

Choose convenient packaging

Between heavy books, and science projects, students don’t have much space in their backpacks for bulky sunscreen bottles. Consider stocking up on the smaller travel-sized versions. Some, like SolRx’s 1.5 oz options, come equipped with a carabineer and can be clipped onto a key ring for ultimate convenience.

Don’t forget that sunscreen is needed on cold cloudy days too.  Even though we’re bidding farewell to summer vacation we’re not saying goodbye to daily application of sunscreen!

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2015 / 2016 school year!

Yes, You Really Need to Use Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

Use Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

We get it; sunscreen can seem complicated. The product labels are filled with abbreviations and numbers making it overwhelming to choose the best formula.

SolRx is here to help break it down for you: use a broad spectrum sunscreen. Doctors recommend this type of sunscreen for daily use because, when applied appropriately, it actually protects the skin from a broad spectrum of the sun’s rays.

Yes, There’s More to Skin Protection than Sunburn Prevention.

Okay, so things get a little science-geeky when explaining sunrays. (We love science geeks because we are science geeks, but everyone needs to use sunscreen, not just those of us who are really into science and chemistry.)

First, there are the light rays that we see: sunlight. But, there are also several different types of rays that we can’t see: ultraviolet radiation. We can’t see them because they have shorter wave lengths than visible light. There are three types of ultraviolet radiation: UVC, UVB, UVA, and broad spectrum sunscreens help protect against each of them.

UVC rays are absorbed by the Earth’s ozone before reaching our skin, so we don’t need to concern ourselves with these guys when talking about sunscreen.

A is for Aging; B is for Burning.

Here’s the thing, UVA rays are always able to reach the Earth’s surface. They can penetrate clouds and glass, so we need to protect ourselves every day – even on cloudy, rainy days and days spent indoors. The Environmental Protection Agency believes that 90 percent of skin changes associated with aging (such as wrinkles) are actually a result of UVA exposure!

UVB rays are the ones that cause the reddening and burning. They vary in intensity depending on the time of day and the season and they are able to bounce off reflective surfaces like ice and snow.

To sum it up, even if you aren’t getting burned, if you are in the sun unprotected you are being exposed to those damaging UVA rays, so be sure to lather up with a protective broad spectrum sunscreen for UVA/UVB Protection.

In Sunscreen Debate, Mineral/Chemical Isn’t as Important as Water Resistance

This week the social media world has turned its attention to sunscreen and the debate over whether natural sunscreens actually provide adequate protection. One sunscreen company received backlash over the ineffectiveness of its natural sunscreen and the burns its users received when using it. In response, Good Morning America ran a segment (watch below in non-https or watch on ABC News) Tuesday on whether mineral based sunscreens are as effective as chemical sunscreens. Mineral based sunscreens, which work by creating a barrier between your skin and the sun’s harmful UV rays, are typically made of zinc or titanium, such as SolRx’s Zinc SPF 50 sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens, such as SolRx’s best-selling SPF 50 and SPF 50 Spray, typically include chemical compounds Oxybenzone or Avobenzone and protect skin by absorbing the sun’s rays. The truth is, both types of sunscreens – mineral and chemical – are proven to be effective when used properly, and what really matters is that the sunscreen is water resistant and stays on the skin after it is applied. Using a Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant sunscreen that doesn’t wash off when you are sweating or when you go in and out of water is the only way to ensure the proper UVA/UVB protection. This is where SolRx separates itself from the rest of the Broad Spectrum sunscreens on the market. SolRx sport sunscreens are rigorously tested and proven to provide 480 minutes of protection in and out of the water. It won’t wash off your skin without scrubbing with soap and water and keeps you protected no matter if you’re running, swimming, golfing, or out for a day on the lake. So while the social media world reacts and debates over mineral vs. chemical sunscreens, know that either is a good choice and what you really need to pay attention to when purchasing sunscreen is that it’s Broad Spectrum and Water Resistant.