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Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Dangerous! The Best and Worst of 2013 Sunscreens


WooHoo the 2013 EWG sunscreen report is here!
The good news is the sunscreen industry has finally started to respond to consumerpressure to make sunscreens that actually do help protect to protect skin from sun damage with fewer harmful chemicals.
The bad news there are still lots if sunscreens on the shelves this year that don’t give the protection they claim, are packed with harmful chemicals and make claims that are downright misleading
Only a quarter of the more than 800 beach and sports sunscreens analyzed by Environmental Working Group for the 2013 Sunscreen Guide met their standards for effectiveness and safety –and that’s actually progress!
In 2012 the EWG could only recommend 20 percent of the sun protection productssun sleeveevaluated, and in 2011 it was even worse: just 1-in-12.
We have demanded the market offer better options, and sunscreen makers listened.  We still have a long way to go so keep up the momentum, keep demanding improved sunscreens. One-in-four is better than last year, but it’s not good enough.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Americans spend more than half a billion dollars annually on sunscreen; we really do deserve better protection & more truthful labeling.
A quarter of this year’s products still contain vitamin A ingredients that accelerate the growth of skin tumors and lesions on sun-exposed skin, according to recent government studies.
Also, 56 of the products reviewed had no active ingredients that protect against the sun’ssun sleevesdamaging UVA rays. And the industry continues to load store shelves with sunscreens that claim misleading, sky-high SPF ratings that may protect against sunburn-causing UVB rays but leave skin vulnerable to UVA.
According to the EWG the best sun protection is still sun protective clothing
The best sunscreen is a hat and a shirt. No chemicals for the skin to absorb, no questions about whether the product works, no bogus claims like “sunblock.” (No conventional product blocks out all rays. That’s why the FDA is trying to ban the term. )
But when you can’t avoid exposing your skin to the sun, use EWG’s Sunscreen Guide tosunnysleevez.comfind top-rated sunscreens with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection but fewer hazardous chemicals that penetrate the skin. All of EWG’s top-rated products contain either zinc or titanium minerals to filter UVA rays.
So grab your Sunny Sleevez to protect your arms, and load up on Badger & California Baby to protect the bits clothing leaves exposed

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

How Much is Enough? Most people use 75% LESS than they should!


15 SPF, 30 SPF, 50 SPF…1000 SPF?
It’s doesn’t matter how high the number is if you aren’t using the amount used in lab testing you will not get the protection you expect from your sunscreen.sunnysleevez
So exactly how much sunscreen should you be using?
For the face 1 teaspoon
For the body, its 1 teaspoon each for each arm and each of the following, neck,  upper back, lower back, upper front torso, lower front torso, right upper leg and thigh, left upper leg and thigh, left lower leg and foot, right lower leg and foot

This should total up to at least one ounce(a shot glass full) per adult body per application. If you have a bottle of sunscreen that lasts all summer, you are not using enough.
When SPF is tested in the lab, it is used liberally on the skin, so if you apply just a thin layer of sunscreen, you are not getting the protection advertised on the label.
That’s a lot of sunscreen isn’t it? You can see why studies have shown that most people apply only 25% to 75% of the recommended amount. sunnysleevez.com

Friday, May 11, 2012

Serena Williams gets Butterflies


Getting butterflies can mean different things to different people.
For some people it’s that fluttery feeling in your tummy when you’re excited or nervous.
For some people getting butterflies means another trophy in their collection.
For tennis super-star turned rapper, Serena Williams it can also mean instant, no fuss sun protection!
At this year’s Kids Choice Awards sponsored by Nickelodeon Serena Williams received a pair of Pink Sunny Sleevez with a purple Butterfly tattoo design.
These 50 +UPF sun sleeves protect against 99% of UVA and UVB rays and are the simple, chemical-free sun, no mess answer to instant sun protection.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

May-Skin Cancer Awareness Month – Self Exams lead to Early Detection



Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, afflicting more than two million Americans each year, a number that is rising rapidly. It is also the easiest to cure, if diagnosed and treated early. When allowed to progress, however, skin cancer can result in disfigurement and even death.

No matter where you live or how dark your skin is, you are vulnerable to skin cancer if you spend any time exposed to UV rays; whether they’re from the sun or from tanning beds. Along with taking preventative measures, the best way to prevent the threat of skin cancer is early prevention.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone practice monthly head-to-toe self examination of  their skin, so that they can find any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous. Skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable. Learn about the warnings signs of skin cancer and what to look for during a self examination. If you spot anything suspicious, see a doctor.
What you’ll need: a bright light, a full-length mirror, a hand mirror, 2 chairs or stools, a blow dryer, body maps and a pencil.
1Examine your face, especially the nose, lips, mouth, and ears – front and back. Use one or both mirrors to get a clear view.man-and-face
2Thoroughly inspect your scalp, using a blow dryer and mirror to expose each section to view. Get a friend or family member to help, if you can.woman-and-blowdryer
3Check your hands carefully: palms and backs, between the fingers and under the fingernails. Continue up the wrists to examine both front and back of your forearms.woman-and-nails
4Standing in front of the full-length mirror, begin at the elbows and scan all sides of your upper arms. Don’t forget the underarmsman-and-underarm
5Next focus on the neck, chest, and torso. Women should lift breasts to view the underside.woman-front
6With your back to the full-length mirror, use the hand mirror to inspect the back of your neck, shoulders, upper back, and any part of the back of your upper arms you could not view in step 4.man-and-back-of-head
7Still using both mirrors, scan your lower back, buttocks, and backs of both legs.man-and-butt
8Sit down; prop each leg in turn on the other stool or chair. Use the hand mirror to examine the genitals. Check front and sides of both legs, thigh to shin, ankles, tops of feet, between toes and under toenails. Examine soles of feet and heels.woman-and-foot

Granny Joins Gang To Take The Capital!


At an age when many are folks are planning their retirement, pottering in the garden and watching the world go by from their rocking chair,  gutsy granny Marcia  is shrugging off her slippers,  sporting a ‘Tribal Tattoo’ on each arm & rocking into her biker boots as she revs her engine & joins a motorcycle gang!!!
To be fair the “Tribal Tattoos” are her sun safe and super cool, 50+ UPF Sunny Sleevez and this Grandma’s gang are less about raising-hell and more about raising awareness.
Marcia is joining the “Ride for the wall” an organization who’s mission statement is toTribal design sunnysleevezpromote healing among ALL veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA),.
RFTW southern route took off from Southern California on May 16th, Marcia plans to join them  from her home in Texas then continue across the US ending in  Washington DC to join with the May 27th  XXV  Rolling Thunder Run.
Riders from around the nation, and even around the world rally at the Pentagon and begin the run through the streets of Washington, D.C.   a display of patriotism and respect for all who defend our country.
Says Marcia
“As a military brat I’ve traveled all kinds of ways, all over the world…but other than a stint  in Spain as a teenager when our only transportation was a bike, I’ve never done anything like this…but I’m ready…here’s a couple pictures of my trike…I took the first just after I bought my ‘big’ flags last year…I also ride with the Patriot Guard to honor vets who have died and we fly them during funeral processions…The second was taken the first or second day after I bought it and I was hamming it up, showing off the trike and my new helmet…It’s a great toy for an old Granny like me! I’m soooo ready to go!
I’ll let you know how it goes!”
I for one can’t wait to hear more about this amazing journey-safe travels Marcia!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sleevez zip-lining in the Dominican Republic



Summer is our busiest time of year which means there is little vacation time for the Sleevez family. However we LOVE to live vicariously through our products.
I am green with envy at the adventure a pair of black tie-dye Sunny Sleevez just went on.
Many thanks to Scott for sending me this email yesterday, you made my day :-D
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 1:46 PM
Hey, Dashiel and company!  I recently got back from a family vacation to the Dominican Republic.  My wife, our two teenage girls, and I enjoyed relaxing on the beach in Punta Cana.  But one day we went out exploring and ended up zip-lining.  Luckily, I had brought my Sunny Sleevez along!  It was a hot day, but the sleevez not only kept me cool, but also protected me from a sunburn that many of our fellow adventurers got.  Thanks!
Love your product,
Scott Bokun

Jessica Simpson’s BIG, BIG arrival – Plus a new wedding date



Jessica Simpson is a mom!Jessica Simpson gift basket sunny sleevez
Jessica and her fiancé Eric Johnson welcomed daughter Maxwell Drew Johnson on May 1st.
“This has been the greatest experience of our lives!!”  Says Jessica
When it came to naming their little bundle they drew on family names for inspiration calling her Maxwell, Johnson’s middle name, while Drew is Simpson’s mother Tina’s maiden name, she will be Maxi for short.
New Aunt Ashlee Simpson , Jessica’s younger; sister says she’s smitten with the newest family member. 
“Bronx and I are in love with Maxwell already!” Ashlee, who is mom to 3-year-old son Bronx, told PEOPLE Magazine. “Jessica has wanted to be a mom since we were little girls and I couldn’t be more excited for her and Eric!”
In March, she shared the news that a baby girl was on the way as she posed nude on the cover of ELLE.
Maxwell is the first child for Simpson, 31, and Johnson, 32, who had a whirlwind romance. The singer and the former NFL player started dating on May 2010 and were engaged six months later.
The arrival of a new baby is a BIG gift for any new mom so to help Jessica with all her new mom needs celebrity gifting service, “Hollywood Baskets” sent an even BIGGER welcome gift; in fact it weighed over 100lbs!!
The stunningly wrapped basket was jam packed with more than 100 items from more than 50 companies.
Included in this exclusive collection was ‘summer must have” a 50+ UPF Sun protection stroller blanket from Sunny Sleevez
Skin conscious Jessica has long been a supporter of The Skin Cancer foundation, so we’re sure she will be getting a lot of use out of her Sunny Sleevez Stroller blanket when she is out and about with Maxwell this summer.
Sunny Stroller Shadez can be used as a lap blanket to cover legs and feet or the stretchy ties easily attach to any canopied stroller to cover the entire stroller and protect infants and young children from the sun’s harmful rays. The 50+ UPF fabric are cool and breezy allow air to circulate but still manage to block over 99% of the harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Fits easily into diaper bags or stroller baskets.
Top corner ties allow the blanket to attach to any style of stroller and can easily fit through the top of a car window to keep the blanket in place to shade a car seat.
Go from car window to stroller lap cover, to picnic blanket at the park and finally when your little one is all worn out and dozes off in the stroller your Sunny Shade will shade the whole stroller!
Jessica Simpson has her hands full with baby Maxwell these days, but that won’t stop her and Eric Johnson from moving forward with their upcoming wedding plans.
According to Life & Style, the couple, who have been engaged since November 2010, were originally planning a November 11, 2011 wedding (11/11/11) but decided to wait until after the birth of their darling daughter, Maxwell Drew Johnson.
Now, L&S reports, Simpson and Johnson are set to tie the knot on December 12, 2012 (12/12/12).

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sun Protection and Eczema Relief now available in Canada


We are so excited to announce that Sunny Sleevez are now available in Canada at online retailer The Eczema Company

Jennifer – Proud mother to 2 lovely children (1 with eczema & food allergies, 1 thankfully without) and lucky wife to a great father and husband.
Founded in 2011 by mother Jennifer Roberge after her little boy was diagnosed with eczema.
“My son’s chronic, severe eczema was very difficult emotionally for our entire family. I wanted to reach out to other families going through the same thing.
We found some really wonderful clothing to help prevent scratching and great, natural and non-toxic skincare to nourish dry eczema skin and wanted to share it with parents helping their children cope with eczema”.
Now Jennifer has added a range of ‘Classic” style Sunny Sleevez to provide instant, chemical-free sun protection for arms and top of hands.
Sun protection is extremely important for infants and children with damaged skin but even natural sunscreens can cause irritation and should not be applied to broken skin.
Now parents, grandparents and caregivers can “Slip on  Sunny Sleevez in the sun, and slide them off when they’re done!”
No mess, No missed spots. No fuss!
Sunny Sleevez will not only protect skin from the sun but also from scratching.
For extra cooling on hot days, wet your  Sunny Sleevez,  you still get the same 50+UPF protection (unlike cotton which actually gives even less protection when wet) and they feel super cool.
Light as a feather, cool as a breeze!
One stop shopping for all your itchy relief needs.
Jennifer also shares non-allergic recipes as well as recent medical info on her blog and facebook page. Having a child with a medical condition can be really isolating so it’s great to be able to come to facebook and connect with other parents of ‘itchy kids’
Face book – http://www.facebook.com/theeczemacompany
Twitter – https://twitter.com/EczemaCompany
Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/itchylilworld/
Blog – http://itchylittleworld.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Walking in LA – Elyria Canyon



Elyria Canyon is located on the southwestern slopes of Mount Washington.
Elyria Canyon Park is a 35-acre nature park that provides a glimpse into the native habitat that once thrived in the hills near downtown Los Angeles.
In the 19th Century is was used for sheep and cattle-raising,  now a days it’s the well hidden treasure for locals from Cypress Park and Mount Washington to hike and picnic.
Hiking the peaceful trails it’s hard to believe it is situated only 3 Miles North of downtown !
There are about two miles of trails that meander to and through Elyria Canyon Park, which is administered by the Mountains Conservancy Foundation.
The Mt. Washington Association aided by the funds and tactical skills of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy saved the canyon land from a 180-unit condo.
A network of trails meanders through coastal sage scrub, chaparral, grassland and purple needle grass (once bountiful in Southern California).
The park boasts one of the finest examples of California black walnut woodland in Southern California, the height and girth of the walnut trees, along with the tree-sized stature of toyon and blue elderberry bushes; suggest the canyon has not burned in several decades.
The trails lead to views that take in Glendale, the Los Angeles River, Griffith Observatory, and the city.
As I am frankly more concerned with counting sheep that grazing them, our hikes are less about sitting and watching my flock, than herding them up hill and down, (more akin to a cattle drive), in an attempt to ensure a good nights kip, only then does mummy get some peace to sit and ponder!
Directions:
The main entrance to the park is located off Wollam Street in Glassell Park.
Exit off the 2 (Glendale) Freeway at San Fernando Road (just north of Interstate 5 and State 2 interchange).
Travel east on San Fernando Road to Division Street, turn left.
Go to Wollam Street, turn right and continue
to the end of the street and park in the dirt lot.
Trailhead signs are posted.
Alternatively you can start at the top of the trail, reached from Elyria Canyon Ave, directly opposite the Self Realization Center, on San Raphael

G’Night – Elyria Canyon Sunset Mount Washington 90065