Video: Bloxsun Scarves

Linsday Lohan, Terry Richards, Love Magazine

Lindsay Lohan, shot by Terry Richards for Love Magazine

We know we should wear sunscreen at the beach. We know about avoiding sunburn, about skin cancer, and about future wrinkles. But a couple of years ago, when I lived in an apartment with a pool, I got a closeup look at the spots that even 20- and 30-year-olds develop when their tans fade.

I worry about sun protection a lot — I live in a sunny place, I’m prone to sunburn, and I spend a lot of time outside (swatching). And I wear lots of sunscreen, but I’m also on the lookout for other solutions.

Well I found out about a company with a really amazing idea: scarves made of UPF 50+ fabric. UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) is like SPF for clothing, and 50+ is the highest protection you can get.

I have a few UPF 50 shirts (and they look like exercise shirts), but I’ve never seen anyone use this technology to make a scarf — and that’s genius. It’s portable (should you find you need it unexpectedly), and easy to remove if you’re going indoors. Plus you can wear it and still be sorta classy.

I think beauty is as much about prevention as about cure (skincare) and coverage (makeup), so I wanted to share my discovery with you. The company is called Bloxsun, and their products are available through their website, and a few random locations in Florida.

Their large scarf (shawl-sized, 56″ x 29″) is $85. Their small scarf (handkerchief sized, 36″ x 34″) is $60.

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15 Responses to “Video: Bloxsun Scarves”

  • WaxWhiteRose says:

    That’s not damaged skin on Lindsay’s back, she has freckles all over her torso down to her navel. You just can’t see them on her face because she’s using a high coverage foundation. If you look up older pictures of her you’ll notice that she had the amount of freckles since she was a child :)

  • Nikki says:

    Hi Karla,

    I am almost 100% sure that those spots on her back aren’t sun spots. As a child she had like 1000000 freckles on her face (probably covered by foundation now) so it’s not hard to believe that she has 1000000 freckles on her back and body. People with that many freckles have them all over the place, just a heads up :)

  • Carrie says:

    I’m with the others – Lindsay is naturally freckled. That being said, her skin definitely shows other signs of premature aging (especially her face) I just don’t think the back is the place to point to!

  • mqs says:

    Who is looking at her spots anyways? LOL

  • chelsea says:

    I’ve got to agree with the other comments. I’m really getting tired of all freckles being described as sun damage. I was born with freckles, have them all over and spend as little time in the sun as possible.

    All that being said, the scarves sound interesting!

  • Naomi says:

    Hi Karla,
    Thank for this post on Bloxsun, I will definitely check them out. One of my favorite sites for UPF clothing & accessories is Coolibar. They have some scarfs & shawls as well, more on the plain side, but I know they are not stretchy fabric & not dry clean only ;) Items can be pricey, but they usually have some coupon code offers for discounts & free shipping. Worth checking out if you haven’t done so yet :)

  • Maxine says:

    Just adding to the *thosearedefinitelyfreckles* comments. I take great care of my skin and have a ton of them.

  • Luka says:

    Good idea on the scarves but not too cute

  • Jessica says:

    I wouldn’t count on it exclusively by any means, but there’s some good research out there suggesting that wool fabric has a better natural ability to block the sun than other natural fabrics. And you can get some cute (in a practical way) tops and such in summer weight Merino these days. (My favorites are Ibex and Icebreaker. Ibex is more “real people” sized, but Icebreaker holds up better.) Bonus: wool does not get sweaty and gross.

  • KarlaSugar says:

    I’m surprised freckles are such a hot topic! I’m not saying freckles mean sun damage, but freckles only occur with sun exposure (and the fairer you are, the more likely you are to get them). The fact that LL had freckles as a child only means she had sun exposure as a child.

    I’ve seen photos of Lindsay that more clearly show extensive and uneven freckling concentrated on sun-facing body parts (shoulders, chest, back), combined with a change in texture (the wrinkling and loss of elasticity that we usually call “leathery”). Point taken that this isn’t the most definitive picture.

    Naomi, thanks for pointing me to Coolibar! I am strangely attracted to this hat: http://www.coolibar.com/02272.html. It’s just a bonus that sun protection could also be totally horse-race-worthy.

  • Josephine says:

    Agree w/the others…was my very first thought after reading this post. Lindsay’s a natural red head (as I am) and even as a child totally covered with freckles. I’m sure Lilo’s love of tanning makes it more prominent and sun damage accelerated, but to say the all spots on her back are from sun damage just isn’t true. With the Photoshop, makeup and lighting, it’s still a really great pic though. I’m not a scarf person though I’d love to see UPF in some casual luxe, easy chic summer clothing. Now that would be amazing!!

  • Nikki says:

    Karla –

    Most people with freckles were BORN with freckles. To say that she had sun damage as a child, and because she is fair skinned, that those freckled appeared (WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD)…. is just honestly ridiculous. If you’ve ever seen movies where she is 5 – 7 years old, she had a LOT of freckles because she was BORN with them. To say that those freckles appeared from the sun would mean that she’d have to have spent 10 hours a day, every day from when she was a baby for THAT many freckles to appear. Sorry but to just assume that her natural born freckles are sun damage is just rude…

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Freckles are small (1-2mm), and appear in childhood, after sun exposure. (Anything larger is most commonly solar lentigo, which is associated with sun damage and other signs of damage: loss of elasticity, wrinkling etc.) Freckles go away with lack of sun exposure (often fading in winter); other kinds of spots do not.

    Sources:

    American Family Physician
    http://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0115/p109.html
    Common Pigmentation Disorders
    SCOTT PLENSDORF, MD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Flint, Michigan
    JOY MARTINEZ, MD, Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, California
    Am Fam Physician. 2009 Jan 15;79(2):109-116.
    Ephelides (i.e., freckles) are small, 1- to 2-mm, sharply defined macular lesions of uniform color, most often found on the face, neck, chest, and arms. Color may vary from red to tan to light brown, and they may vary in number from a few to hundreds. Onset is usually in childhood, after sun exposure. They are asymptomatic. Treatment of these lesions is not usually necessary, as they tend to fade during winter months. Cosmetically, undesired lesions can be treated similarly to lentigines (i.e., cryotherapy, hydroquinone, azelaic acid, glycolic acid peels, and laser therapy). These lesions should be differentiated from juvenile lentigines (2 to 10 mm) and solar lentigines (2 to 20 mm), which usually arrive later in life.

    http://12.107.100.12/education/students/_doc/PigmentedLesions.doc
    American Academy of Dermatology
    Ephelides, simple lentigines, and junctional melanocytic nevi are all small, tan to brown macules. An ephelis (freckle) is found on sun-exposed skin, usually on the face or dorsal forearms and hands of children or young adults with a fair-skinned phenotype. They darken in response to the sun and fade with UV abstinence. Histologically, the only differences that can be detected in lesional skin as compared to normal surrounding skin are larger-sized melanocytes (which are normal in number) with more prominent dendrites and an increased transfer of larger, darker melanosomes to surrounding keratinocytes.

  • Carol Ann says:

    I have never seen a new born baby with freckles. Definitely sun exposure.

  • Bella says:

    LOL Was I the only one who thought of this? –
    Watch that hair! Whoosh!!

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