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Get Summer Ready

Posted on April 26 2019

Get Summer Ready

 

Get Summer Ready 

With summer just around the corner (we hope!) and outdoor pools about to open, it's time to get your summer adventure gear together. Getting outside is so much more fun and invigorating when we don’t have to bury ourselves under layers of clothing to stay warm and dry. Getting your gear together in advance saves time and lets you take full advantage of the day so you can get outside for that spontaneous adventure, whenever the sun starts calling.

Over the coming weeks we will be featuring some essential products you need to enjoy your time outside without impacting  your well being or the environment! 
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We love the feel of the sun on our body and it gives us much needed Vitamin D, which helps with Calcium absorption- to keep our bones strong for all of our adventures. However, the sun also releases UVA and UVB rays, which can hurt out bodies in a variety of ways (Sun Safety for Parents). Recent studies suggest that we need to protect our bodies from sunburn but also need to get outside and soak up the Vitamin D (Benefits of Moderate Sun Exposure). Given the negative effects of sun burns on our bodies, sun protection is one of our top considerations in preparing for outdoor adventures. When thinking about sun protection, there are two main ways you can protect your body from the harmful UVA and UVB rays: protective cover in the form of SPF clothing, umbrellas, or shade and sunscreen.
Protective Clothing
 
Our favorite way to protect our skin from harmful rays is sporting SPF clothing to give us the sun protection we need without the mess of sunscreen. We love the Victory Koredry long-sleeve rashguards for extended time outside because we know we are getting full sun coverage without having to re-apply sunscreen every 60-90 minutes. Additionally, we don’t have to worry about the components of our sunscreen- we get the sun protection without harming the environment.
So what’s in our bag? We love the Victory Koredry long-sleeve rashguards. Originally designed for surfing, these rashguards are so comfortable- even my kids love wearing them! No more wrestling a rash guard onto your littlest adventurers- that’s a win in my book! They come come in infant to adult sizes so are perfect for the whole family. These rashguards have water repellent technology, which keeps you dry from the inside out and means that they don’t weigh you down like typical rashguards. They are made from highly breathable, quick drying, water repellent lycra, making them the perfect travel accessory for every outdoor adventure. Truthfully, I even wear mine for running, biking, and hiking because it keeps me dry, cool, and protected form the sun.
 
Get summer-ready today! Buy your Koredry Rashguards here and be ready when the sun finally comes calling!
Sunscreen
Sunscreen is another staple in our beach/outdoor adventure bag. However, choosing a sunscreen can be overwhelming and tricky with all of the new information on chemical vs mineral sunscreen, and the controversy surrounding oxybenzone and octinoxate. So we will break it down for you…
Research has shown that Oxybenzone and octinoxate, two common ingredients in chemical sunscreens are destroying the oceans around the world. Scientists have shown that these chemicals break down coral by leaching it of nutrients and disrupt the development of fish and marine life, like sea urchins and algae.
About 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotion ends up in coral reefs around the world each year, with much of it containing oxybenzone disrupting coral and the development of fish and other marine life (Sunscreen Destroying Reefs). In fact, beach destinations around the world, like Hawaii and Florida, have started to ban chemical sunscreens from their beaches. Additionally, the FDA has states that Mineral Sunscreens are safe but more research is needed to determine if chemical sunscreens are safe (FDA and Sunscreen). The Environmental Working Group only recommends mineral sunscreens because they say chemicals used in (chemical) sunscreen can be absorbed into the skin and disrupt hormones, or be inhaled when people use spray sunscreen.
 
The takeaway is that chemical sunscreens are bad for the oceans and our bodies. So look for broad-spectrum (offering protection from both UVA and UVB rays) mineral sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Some brands we like: Thinksport, All Good, Green Beaver, The Honest Company, and many more.
Don't delay, get summer ready today. Stock up on summer essentials and get your Koredry long-sleeve rashguards today!