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Sun-Protective Clothing… the Safe and Fashionable Way!

By now, people have embraced sunscreen lotion on up to SPF 100+, but if you’re only pasting on chemical microparticles, you’re missing the rest of the sun protection component: shade. While there will always be a place for high-quality sunscreen on body parts exposed to the sun, covering up elsewhere—ideally with clothing designed to absorb or shield the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation—can minimize a person’s skin cancer risk significantly. This is where sun-protection clothing comes in to play. Clothing that is certified sun-protection, will have an Ultra Violet Protection (UPF) of 15-50 and give you up to ten times the protection of traditional clothing. For comparison, a typical cotton T-shirt has a UPF rating of about 5.  A challenge with some sun protective clothing, however, is they can often have chemical agents, which can pose a problem to your skin and often wash out after a few spins around...

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Are you getting enough Vitamin D?

Recently I went for a checkup with my doctor and we did some routine blood tests. When my results came back, my doctor revealed to me that I have a Vitamin D deficiency! This came as a shock to me, as someone who spends a lot of time outdoors enjoying the sun because one of the major sources of Vitamin D is in fact the suns rays. However, not wanting to put myself at risk in the suns rays, I started researching other ways to improve my Vitamin D levels. What is the cause? To begin my search, I wanted to find out the root causes of Vitamin D deficiency. According to the National Library of Medicine, or NIH, Vitamin D deficiency is most often caused by lack of exposure to sunlight and not getting enough vitamin D in your diet. However there are a few other causes that might be interfering...

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Beauty, General, Health, Lifestyle, Skincare, Summer

Protecting Your Hair From the Sun

By now, we all know that protecting your skin from the sun is essential. But did you also know that you have to protect your hair and scalp as well? Well it's true! Your hair and scalp need just as much protection from the sun as the rest of your body does. Technically speaking, your hair doesn't really get sun-burned in the traditional sense. However, according to The Cleveland Clinic, sunlight can have the same effect on your hair as bleach does. And just like bleach, the suns rays can damage the outer layer of your hair, called the cuticle, and deplete its keratin levels, which is your hair's natural protein. This leads to dryness and breakage, again, just like bleaching your hair. Read on for our best tips on protecting your hair from the sun! Use Hair and Scalp Sun Protection The place on your head that is the most exposed is...

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Environment, Fashion, General, Health, Lifestyle

Say No to Fast Fashion: Part 1

If you were to start asking people on the street if they knew what fast fashion was, you would likely get a variety of different responses. Some people might know exactly what you are talking about and exactly what the ramifications of it are. Some people might have heard of the term or even might have a good guess of what it could mean. The majority of people however have probably never heard of the term fast fashion, despite the fact that nearly everyone these days contributes to its cycle. What is fast fashion? So first, let's define fast fashion. We already gave you a little hint: fast fashion is a cycle. Specifically, fast fashion refers to the sped up cycle of fashion that has been created in recent years by increasing consumer demand, and decreasing production time on clothes. To break it down even further, fashion used to only happen...

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General, Health, Skincare, Summer, Travel

4 Tips for Fighting Eczema This Summer

We’ve all been there before, in the peak of summer’s heat your stuck with itchy, dry, summer skin. Most of us throw on some lotion or aloe and head right back to the pool. But the hassle to stay comfortable in the summer can  be a lot worse for people with atopic dermatitis, the  more commonly known as eczema. Every year, millions of people of all ages are affected by eczema and the the rough patches of itchy skin it creates all over their body. And with summer bringing plenty of irritants (sun, bugs, chemical sunscreens, etc.) many people may find it hard to find relief. But no need to fear! Recently, our Co-Founder and Dr. Ali Hendi was featured on Well + Good’s website in an article talking about ways to deal with summer eczema. Since luminora is all about letting you enjoy the outdoors thoughtfully, we thought we should expand on this...

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General

Welcoming Spring

Spring has finally arrived after a long winter, and we're welcoming the warmer weather with open arms! After so many months spent indoors, it's time to go back outside and enjoy the sunlight. However, it's important to enjoy your moments in the sun safely with appropriate sun protection. There are many ways you can protect yourself and your family from the sun while participating in your favorite springtime activities. While UPF50+ clothing is the best and most reliable way to protect your skin from the sun, there are other ways to make sure your skin stays safe from harmful UVA/UVB rays. There are also ways to protect the parts of your body that aren't covered in clothing, such as your face, head, and eyes. One of the most highly-recommended forms of sun protection is sunscreen. Dermatologists suggest using a sunscreen that is SPF50+, as it will go further in protecting your...

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Fashion, General

Miami Swim Week

Fall is here, as the leaves are changing color and the weather is getting colder. We're taking advantage of this less busy time to prepare for the seasons to come by working on exciting, chic new designs for next year's collection and tweaking the colors and fabrics we're going to use. We're also in the process of expanding our sales team, updating our website, and finding the most ideal boutiques and showrooms for our designs. We're making changes based on the feedback we've received from both our current vendors and customers. It's so exciting to see our pieces on display in several high end resorts, and we're doing everything possible to provide the best service and quality to our current vendors. While we're looking towards the future and deciding which direction to take our company in, I can't help but think back to everything we did this past summer....

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UPF Fabric vs. Ordinary Fabric

When it comes to UPF fabric and sun protective clothing, there's one question I get all the time: don't my clothes already protect me from the sun? The disappointing truth: not really! While most fabrics do provide some level of protection, their UPFs are not all equal or as high as you may think. I didn't know this either, until I witnessed a friend get a sun burn on her back after playing tennis in the sun despite wearing her cotton t-shirt for protection. It turns out a variety of factors can impact the UPF of your clothing. The average UPF of a cotton or linen  t-shirt is about 5, which means it allows 1/5th of the sun's rays to penetrate your skin, enough to cause a sunburn or lead to skin cancer. To my surprise, most of the lightweight and breathable summer clothes I owned, such as my silk kaftans...

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General, Lifestyle

Is Your Mental Health Affecting Your Skin Health?

As a mother and new business owner, I am constantly trying to create balance in my sometimes unbalanced world. Juggling my family life and my new business, especially while it is still in its infancy, is both busy and stressful.  With my days starting early and ending late, sleep and rest have become a luxury rather than a necessity. This juggling act is not unique to me, as it is what millions of women face every day. This struggle to find balance and manage stress is affecting all of our overall wellness, including our skin health.  Exercising regularly, eating a balanced meal full of veggies and fruits, and staying out of the sun are essential components of a healthy lifestyle. While these three practices are proven to reduce the signs of skin damage and other forms of aging, the emotions we feel and our overall mental health can have an...

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Foods For Your Skin

According to dermatologists, what you eat can have as significant an impact on your complexion as any skincare products you use. While skincare products can expose your skin to chemicals, eating healthy and including these specific nutrient-rich foods in your diet is a natural way to keep your skin looking and feeling good. Some foods can even help your skin build up a natural barrier against harmful free radicals found in the sun’s rays. Tomatoes, green tea, kale, and yellow and orange vegetables all have nutrients in them that will help protect your skin from the sun. The lycopene found in tomatoes (especially cooked ones) improves the skin’s natural SPF levels, and the carotenoids (antioxidants) in yellow and orange vegetables (such as carrots, peppers, and pumpkin) can help decrease skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Kale is widely known as one of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, which...

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