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Sun Safety: Let’s Talk About Rays

14 Aug

Sunscreen.

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We think we’re protecting ourselves when we slather up with SPF 30+, but did you know that most sunscreens only protect against UVB rays and leave us open to damage caused by UVA rays?

Wait, what? Let’s backtrack. Before we talk about what we need to be protected from, let’s define the different types of rays.

 

The sun is the earth’s source of light and energy. In order to provide us with the things we need to survive, the sun lets off UV radiation as a part of the light spectrum that shines down on earth. These UV rays are classified by length in three categories: UVA, UVB, and UVC.

 

UVA:

The longest of the waves, these are divided further into two categories (UVAI and UVAII). These waves account for 95% of the UV rays that reach the earth’s surface, and thus we are exposed to these rays often. UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays, and contribute to pre-mature aging and wrinkling. It was not suspected until recently that UVA rays were harmful beyond the aesthetic, but it is now understood that UVA rays damage the middle (basal & squamous) layer of the skin and may even initiate skin cancer.

UVB:

These are the medium sized rays. They mostly reach the outer layers of our skin, and are the primary cause for sunburn and sunspots. All sunscreens provide UVB protection, most pretty adequately. Its intensity, unlike the constant UVA rays, changes depending on season and location.

UVC:

These rays are the shortest. So short, in fact, that most of them don’t even penetrate the earth’s atmosphere. As of now, no studies have pointed to UVB rays as a problem for our skin.

 

Because UVB rays and not UVA rays cause the visible damage to our skin, it was long thought that UVA rays were not harmful to us. In light of recent discoveries, UVA rays may be even MORE harmful for us than UVB rays and most sunscreens don’t protect against them! So read carefully, my friends, and when you go out to buy sunscreen make sure you’re getting one with UVAI, UVAII, and UVB protection to keep your skin safe and youthful for years to come!

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5 Ways To Be Friendly To The Environment

5 Jun

In honor of World Environment Day, here are some quick and easy ways to be friendly to the environment today!

1. Turn Off Your Computer At Night

Most of us close our laptops to put them in sleep mode, but by actually turning our computers off we can charge them less often!

2. Institute Family Veggie Night

Go meatless once a week! Did you know that it takes over 2500 gallons of water to produce 1 lb. of beef?? Crazy! Conserve water (and your waistline) by opting vegetarian every once in a while.

3. Re-Gift Gift Wrap!

You know that beautiful gift bag your sister wrapped your birthday present in? Don’t let it fade away after one use! Wrap a friend’s gift in the same bag to keep the beauty alive while cutting down on waste 🙂

4. Turn the AC OFF

…when you’re not at home. Running the a/c all summer while the house is empty adds up to over 480 hours of wasted energy!

5. Switch to Online Bill Pay

Paying your bills online isn’t just great for the environment, it’s great for your credit! Automatic bill pay ensures that you’ll never miss a payment. Annnnd online bills = no more paper bills = no more mailbox anxiety.

 

4 Reasons Why We Love the Natural Resources Defense Council

22 Apr

Happy Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day and environmental awareness, 10% of JUARA’s sales for the month of April will be donated to the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

“Why did you choose the Natural Resources Defense Council over the hundreds of other amazing environmental charities you could have chosen?” you may ask. Well, to answer your question:

Here are 4 reasons why we LOVE the Natural Resources Defense Council!

1. Diversity

Unlike other charities who limit their mission to just one aspect of environmental need, NRDC is so large that it can focus on a number of projects at once. Their current Priority Issues include creating clean energy, reviving the world’s oceans, and fostering sustainable communities. 

2. Clarity

NRDC is very clear about where and how the money they collect through donations goes to use. Check out their financial page  to see how the $105,000,000 raised in 2012 was put to use!

3. Credibility

NRDC was founded in 1970, and for the past 40 years has been working its way toward its current 1.4 million member count. The New York Times named them “One of the nation’s most powerful environmental groups” and Worth Magazine named them a top 100 charity in the US.

4. Action Fund

Not only does the NRDC organize and fund charitable projects to support their mission, they also fight for pro-environmental legislation. Because the organization was founded by a group of environmental lawyers, NRDC is able to function as a charitable-acts organization AND a strong political voice for the environment.

 

Inspired to join the cause? Visit http://www.nrdc.org to learn more!


 

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