Avène FSAstore.com Facebook Giveaway

We’re hosting an exclusive Facebook giveaway for Avène! You could enter to win an Avène bundle, to stay sun safe year-round with your FSA!

We’re hosting an exclusive Facebook giveaway for Avène! You could enter to win anAvène bundle, which consists of the following products:

-Mineral High Protectin Tinted Compact SPF 50+ - Beige

-Mineral Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ (face & body)

-Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ (face)

-Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion Spray SPF 50+ - Travel Size(body)

Did you know your Flexible Spending Account covers products including sunscreen with an SPF 15+? It does, and one sunscreen brand, Avène, is sold at FSAstore.com.

Learn more about Avène

Stay sun safe year round with your Flexible Spending Account. Avèneis not only ultra light, but this 100% mineral sunscreen provides broad spectrum sun protection from UVA and UVB filders. Avène is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. It also contains powerful antioxidant and soothing relief through AvèneThermal Spring Water. ThisAvène sunscreen provides water resistance for up to 80 minutes and hydration. It's suitable for sensitive skin (allergenic, as well) and for the entire family (babies 6 months and up).Avène is paraben-free, fragrance-free, oil-free and chemical filter-free.

It's recommended that sunscreen is applied both generously and at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. Sunscreen should also be re-applied every two hours, or after 80 minutes of swimming or perspiring.

How can you enter to win the Avène sunscreen bundle?

Likeus on Facebook and following the instructions for the Avène sunscreen bundlegiveaway. The photo submission with the most “likes” wins (all photos will be uploaded to an album created by us, where the winning photo can be voted on), so it’s greatto get your family and friends voting for yourphoto. We can’t wait to seewhat you’ll share with us on Facebook.Thecontest is open to U.S. residents only.

This contest ends December 19 at 5 pm ET! We look forward to your submissions! Do you think someone else would be able to benefit from the contest? Share it with a friend! Good luck to all!

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Keep your kids sun-safe

As temperatures rise this summer, it's important to monitor your child's outdoor activity in terms of keeping them sun safe.

As temperatures rise this summer, it's important to monitor your child's outdoor activity in terms of sun safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a few tips to consider when you're thinking of sun safety and heat-related illnesses.

According to an article by the CDC, "Heat-related illness happens when the body's temperature control system is overloaded. Infants and children up to 4 years of age are at greatest risk. Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. For heat-related illness, the best defense is prevention."

In the article, the CDC also cautions to never leave children, infants, or pets in a parked car (even with the windows open), to minimize outdoor activity at peak sun times (go out in the early morning and evening instead, if you have that flexibility), keep cool with cool showers and baths, and dress children and infants in appropriate light-colored and sun protective clothing. These are just a few preventive measures to minimize the risk of heat-related illnesses and to keep everyone in your family sun safe.

The CDC further stresses, "Just a few serious sunburns can increase you and your child's risk of skin cancer later in life. Their skin needs protection from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they're outdoors."

If you know you'll be out and in the sun for a few hours or at least part of the day, apply and re-apply sunscreen as much as possible. It's recommended that you wear sunscreen on your face every day - even on days where the sun isn't out. Other ways to stay sun safe may include seeking shade, bringing umbrellas and wearing protective clothing and wearing hats, if in direct sunlight for longer periods of time. If you'll be in or near water at any time, be sure to reapply sunscreen after you or your kids leave the water.

Did you know broad spectrum, SPF15+ sunscreen is FSA eligible? You can also buy children's sun protection and baby sunscreen with your Flexible Spending Account.

Shop for all your summer healthy product needs at FSAstore.com!

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How to choose the best sun protective sunglasses

If you're in the market for new prescription sunglasses, be sure to check out FSAstore.com. Learn how to choose the best sun protective sunglasses.

As much as we look at sunglasses as the perfect fashion accessory or to shield your eyes from glare on a sunny day, your shades play a vital role in protecting your eyes from sun damage. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun can not only damage the skin of the eyelid, but it can also cause long-term damage to the cornea, lens and other parts of the eye, as well as contributing to the formation of cataracts and macular degeneration over time.

Luckily, if you're in the market for a pair of prescription sunglasses, they are eligible for reimbursement with your flexible spending account (FSA)! But as much as you pay attention to style, don't forget about sun protective sunglasses!

Here are a few buying tips to keep in mind from FSAstore.com when you shop (and get $25 off an order of $100+) for sun protective sunglasses:

UV Protection Level

When shopping for sunglasses, be sure to look for a pair that features 99 to 100 percent protection against UVA and UVB rays (also called broad spectrum protection), the two wavelengths of ultraviolet radiation that contribute to sunburns, skin cancer and long-term eye damage. According to a 2014 survey conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, less than half of Americans check whether their new sunglasses will protect against UV light, so this is a smart habit to get into for your long-term eye health.

Lens Color

It's important to note that no single color shade will make a tangible difference in improving UV protection, even in the case of darker shades as well. These lenses do not block out more sun, but rather, they create more color contrast which may be helpful for some people see more clearly while playing sports or driving long distances. Ultimately, this should be left up to your personal preferences!

Size

Bigger is better when it comes to a pair of sunglasses' ability to block out harmful UV rays, so if you'll be spending many hours in direct sunlight, it may be better to opt for a pair of oversized or wrap-around sunglasses that will provide better protection from the sun. Ideally, look for a pair that will line up with your brow to prevent stray light from entering the eyes, and one that can prevent salt, sand and other particulates from damaging the eyes as well.

Polarized ≠ UV Protection

While polarized lenses have become extremely popular for their ability to reduce glare on water and other reflective surfaces, they do not contribute to the blockage of UV rays from entering the eye. Always be mindful of this when shopping for sunglasses, as they may be able to help you see more clearly, but the product's UV protection rating is the pivotal factor to keep in mind.

If you're in the market for new prescription sunglasses, be sure to check out FSAstore.com! We have partnered with Glasses.com to give our customers more eyeglass and sunglass options from popular manufacturers like Ray-Ban, Oakley, Coach, Burberry and more! Come explore the web's largest selection of FSA eligible products and maximize the potential of your healthcare benefits!

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Be sun safe with dermatological sun care

At FSAstore.com, we even recently launched our new Dermatological Sun Care category with top brands such as La Roche-Posay, Vichy and MDSolarSciences. 

As warmer weather approaches and you get ready for spring and summer adventures, don't forget to include to wear sunscreen before you go out! Often, people think that sunscreen is unnecessary on a cloudy day, or that applying sunscreen doesn't help unless you're exposed to the sun for an extended period of time, but that's simply not the case.

Fortunately these are myths, and there's more good news: your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) covers Broad Spectrum, SPF15+ sunscreens, so you can protect your skin. At FSAstore.com, we even recently launched our new Dermatological Sun Care category with top brands such as La Roche-Posay, Vichy and MDSolarSciences.

These are dermatologist-recommended sun care products that are also water resistant and suitable for every day wear. MDSolarSciences sunscreens are mineral broad spectrum sunscreens. Want to take a further look at Dermatological Sun Care? Browse the category and get ready for warmer temperatures with your FSA!

Let's explore three questions about sun care and matching dermatological sun care options:

1) "I don't need to apply sunscreen if an area of my body isn't directly exposed to sunlight, right?" This is actually wrong. According to WebMD, "The average T-shirt offers an SPF of about 7. Darker fabrics and tighter weaves provide more protection, but it is much safer to apply sunscreen to your entire body before you get dressed. Or better yet, wear clothing made of UV protective fabrics."

Check out: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid for Body, SPF 45

2) "I need the highest SPF to protect my skin, I think?" According to WebMD, this is myth, as a sun protection factor of 100 should be twice as protective as SPF 50. But it's only a few percentage points more effective. An SPF of 15 screens 93% of the sun's rays and an SPF of 30 screens 97%."

In addition, WebMD mentioned that you should re-apply sunscreen a few times, if you're exposed to direct sunlight a few hours at a time, and apply it your face no matter what the weather is like that day. If you're going swimming or get sweaty, you should re-apply sunscreen, as well.

Check out: La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 30 Cooling Water Sunscreen Lotion

Check out: Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 45 Silkscreen Face, Body Lotion

3) I found a bottle from last year. I can still use that, right?

Wrong! Though sunscreens may not expire every year, you should be applying it enough so that you don't need to use last year's sunscreen supply.

Check out: MDSolarSciences Protection Pros Sunscreen Set

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What is the safest sunscreen for kids?

Sun protection is a major consideration for parents. Learn more about the safest sunscreen for kids on this blog post and shop with an FSA.

Spring may seem early to begin talking about proper sun care, but if you have small children, protecting their skin from the sun's rays will take on a new importance as they spend more time outdoors as the season progresses. Sun protection is a major consideration for parents, as recent studies have shown that sustaining just five major sunburns during youth can raise a child's risk of developing life-threatening skin cancers like melanoma by 80 percent.

Sunburns are caused by the skin's absorption of harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which are present whether it's sunny or cloudy, reaching their peak levels between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and are directly tied to the formation of skin cancer. Luckily, if you have a flexible spending account (FSA), your benefit can cover the reimbursement of sunscreen for the whole family. Here are some vital guidelines to consider when choosing a sunscreen for your kids.

Keep babies out of the sun entirely: First things first, if you are a parent of a child younger than 6 months, you should be searching for ways to cover him/her up rather than purchasing a sunscreen! Physicians advise new parents to keep their infants out of sunlight completely if they are under 6 months of age, as sunburn can cause significant pain, fever and even dehydration in newborns, as well as dramatically raising their susceptibility to skin issues later in life. Keep the baby's arms and legs covered in light-colored, lightweight clothing and stick to the shade during his/her first 6 months.

Shop for Baby Sunscreen

Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher: A sunscreen's sun protection factor (SPF) is a measure of the item's ability to prevent UV rays from harming the skin, which is a huge consideration for small children who will experience long periods of sun exposure. For instance, if a person's skin can remain unprotected in the sun for 30 minutes without burning, an SPF 15 product will theoretically protect the wearer for 15 times longer, or for 7.5 hours. SPF 15 is the bare minimum for a child's sun care regimen, so feel free to go for a stronger variant for very young children or kids with skin that is more susceptible to sunburn.

Broad spectrum protection: The classification of "broad spectrum" refers to sunscreens that block all forms of ultraviolet rays. UV radiation is broken up into two primary wavelengths: UVA (long-wave) and UVB (short-wave) radiation. UVA and UVB rays contribute to premature skin aging, eye damage and most skin cancers, and UVA rays make up about 95 percent of all UV radiation reaching the Earth's surface, while the other 5 percent is UVB rays. While UVB rays are the chief cause of sunburn and damage the outermost layers of the skin, UVA rays can penetrate down to the dermis level and can spark the development of some skin cancers. Simply put, if it's not "broad spectrum," it won't do the job!

Shop for Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

Water resistance: Sunscreen that can stand up to water during swimming or sweat during heavy activity is a major concern for the product's efficacy, especially with active children. The Federal Drug Administration has ruled that sunscreens that are considered "water-resistant" will continue protect wearers for at least 40 minutes after application. Because no sunscreen is 100 percent waterproof, it's vital that wearers re-apply throughout the day to maintain a full spectrum of protection.

Shop for Water-Resistant Sunscreen

With a long summer of fun in the sun ahead, make sure to support the wellness of your entire family by shopping at FSAstore.com! We have the web's largest selection of FSA-eligible products to help you maximize the potential of your benefits!

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5 outdoor sun safety tips for winter

Wondering about sun safety during the year? Read our post about 5 outdoor sun safety tips for winter on the FSAstore.com blog. 

For the vast majority of Americans, winter is a time of year when we're trying to keep warm rather than worrying about sun care, but good sun care is important all year! Ultraviolet rays that contribute to sunburns and the formation of skin cancers are ever-present throughout winter, and they are just as dangerous now as during the spring and summer. Going to hit the slopes or do some work outdoors?


WearSun Protection lip balm

Lips can become chapped very easily during the winter months with dry air, wind and snow constantly pelting your face. This skin is very sensitive and can dry out and burn very easily after being exposed to sunlight, so make sure to wear a lip balm with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher with moisturizing benefits to support the underlying skin.

Shop for SPF Lip Balm at FSAstore.com

Use broad spectrum sunscreen - and re-apply!

During extended time outdoors, make sure to use broad spectrum sunscreen that can safeguard skin against UVA and UVB radiation, which is the source of sunburns and aids in the development of skin cancer. Use a sunscreen SPF 30 or higher, and apply 30 minutes before heading outdoors. Be aware that snow and strong winds can reduce the efficacy of sunscreen, so re-apply every 2 hours.

Shop for Broad Spectrum Sunscreen at FSAstore.com

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Shop for Mineral Sunscreen from MDSolarSciences

Use moisturizing sun protection

The winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin, which can lead to dry, peeling and painful skin that can linger throughout the season. When shopping for sunscreens, make sure you pick one with moisturizing ingredients, such as lanolin or glycerin. This is an easy way to support your skin health and stay protected from UV rays.

Shop for Aveeno at FSAstore.com

Cover exposed skin

Because of cold temperatures, there's a good chance that most of your skin will be covered throughout winter. However, there are some trouble spots to keep in mind. First, make an effort to cover your head to protect your scalp from sun damage, as well as wearing sunglasses or goggles that can block out 99 percent or greater of UV rays. The skin around the eyes is a common site for skin cancers and sun-inducted aging, so make sure this area is protected all winter long.

Be mindful of reflected UV rays

Many skiers and snowboarders have learned the hard way about the reflective nature of snow and ice, as about 80 percent of UV rays will reflect back up to the nose and face and can cause sunburns. As such, it's vital to apply sunscreen to parts of the body we would normally overlook, such as underneath the nose and chin where those reflective rays will hit. Of course, always remember to re-apply every few hours to maintain your skin's sun protection.

Improve your sun care regimen and make the most of your healthcare benefits at FSAstore.com! We have the web's largest selection of FSA-eligible products to keep you and your family healthy year-round.

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Use an FSA for sunscreen & activities

In what ways can you use an FSA? Do you need sunscreen? Use an FSA for sunscreen and discover fun activities!

Many people choose sunscreen based on the SPF number, but there's a lot more that goes into selecting the correct sunscreen for you. It seems logical to choose a sunscreen based on the numbers alone, but after you reach SPF 30, there is only a marginally difference in sun protection after that.

Using a Flexible Spending Account for Sunscreen

Did you know you can buy sunscreen with a Flexible Spending Account? Save by using your account and get ready for whichever summer activity comes your way!

A huge thing to consider is the kind of activity you are doing when you're outdoors. Different sunscreen options provide additional protection or features for the activity you're getting ready for.

Beach

If you're headed out to the beach, you'll want to find a high-SPF chemical block. You'll also want sunscreen with avobenzone, which is the only chemical that absorbs the entirety of the UVA spectrum. If you choose a spray sunscreen, which is easier for applying, keep in mind that half of it often floats away with the breeze. Try holding the bottle only an inch or two away from your skin, spraying for about two seconds per area, and then rubbing it in.

Outdoors

For playing outdoor sports like tennis or beach volleyball, find sunscreen that covers a broad spectrum and is water resistant, since you'll sweat some of the protection off. Go for chemical formulas like avobenzone and oxybenzone which won't clump and forms a film on the skin that absorbs UV radiation before it can cause damage.

Water Activities

You'll also want to find a sunscreen that is water-resistant if you're going to the pool or planning on diving into the ocean at the beach. Studies have shown that water-resistant sunscreens can be less effective in chlorine pools than in sea salt water since chemicals in chlorinated water can disintegrate essential ingredients. Make sure to reapply often when headed to the pool, and dry off with a towel before reapplying.

Commuting

You can get a great deal of sun exposure even on your daily commute. Whether you're biking, walking, driving, or taking public transportation, your skin is bathed in sun while getting to and from work. All the time spent commuting adds up after a while and your skin can suffer sun damage without protection. In addition, your office might have a huge window with sunlight streaming in.

It's smart to wear sunscreen on a daily basis to ensure full protection. One way to do this is to buy skincare and makeup products with SPF built into the serum. That way it's incorporated into your morning routine and you never leave forgetting to apply sunscreen. In addition to your face, you'll also want to protect your neck and upper chest area.

Shop for MDSolarSciences mineralsunscreens!