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Monday
Jan252010

Z Blok Sunblock Giveaway

Yes it's January.

Yes I'm blogging about Sunblock.

No I am not going on a Caribbean cruise this winter.

Yes I live in South Dakota (don't let the "south" part fool you it's cold here!).

A little over a year ago I was posting about our Caribbean cruise on my blog.  The weather wasn't great but certainly warmer than SD weather.  The funny thing is, sometimes we need to use sunblock in winter here more than when traveling south!

It didn't take long to discover after Amber started taking ski lessons that using sunblock in winter in South Dakota is pretty important.

We now make sure we have sunblock with us when she hits the slopes.

Z Blok Sunblock SPF 30 is what we're toting along right now.

Amber is pretty fair-skinned, and we'd like to keep her that way!  She also tends to have dry skin.  Some products exacerbate that on her face, making it sting and/or itch.  The Z Blok didn't sting when she put it on, and better yet it doesn't leave the skin greasy. 

It also is fragrance-free, which makes her happy.  She does not like smelly things .  Neither does Hubby, and so this is the perfect sunblock for him to apply to his head (yeah, he's kinda bald), when we traverse the Atlantic Ocean on our cruise this spring.

Another nice thing about Z Blok is that it is sweat resistant and won't rub off.  Bundled up with winter weight gear and the sun shining down, the sweat starts building up on the hair line and forehead.  No stinging in the eyes when using Z Blok though, which can be a safety concern when participating in sporting activities.

Z Blok's unique formula does not utilize any of the inexpensive petroleum based ingredients often found in other sunscreens.  Because of its ingredients, it has a thicker consistency than most sunscreens.

It also protects against UVA and UVB Rays.

Z Blok has proven to effectively protect against both UVA rays as well as UVB rays because Z Blok contains zinc oxide (hence the Z Blok name), the same ingredient that lifeguards use to protect themselves from long days in the sun (although our formula rubs in clear unlike pure zinc oxide).

Currently, the broadest spectrum of coverage may be obtained with sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These provide the best protection. There are certainly cheaper formulations, but usually you get what you pay for.

This is serious sunblock, which is why it is the official sunblock for the Puma Ocean Racing Team.

Z Blok is available at select retail locations and also online (US Customers only).  A 4 fl. oz. tube is $14.95 and 2 fl. oz. tube is $9.99.  Z Blok provides free shipping on all orders.

Z Blok has offered one lucky reader a 4 fl. oz. tube of sunblock.

To enter visit Z Blok and tell me one thing you learned About Them or something you learned from their Q&A.

Extra Entries:

Do any (or all!) of the following and be sure to leave me an extra comment for each one that you do or your extra entry won't count (you have to complete the first entry before your 'Extra Entries' can count):

~ Become a Fan of Z Blok on Facebook

~ Blog about this giveaway with a link back here

~ Follow me on Twitter & Tweet this giveaway (leave me the link) You can do this daily.

Win Z Blok Sunblock @threedifferent http://www.threedifferentdirections.com/zblok Official sunblock of Puma Ocean Racing Team

~ Follow me publicly using Google Friend Connect

~ Subscribe to my feed (email or reader, please verify email) current subscribers count as well!

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Open to US Residents ages 18+, ends February 8, 2010 at 11:59 pm cst. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Email must be in comment or available in profile. By entering this giveaway you are stating that you have read my **Privacy/Rules statements and agree to them.

The product(s) featured in this review was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  Should you choose to use this product, your results may be different than those I experienced.

Reader Comments (49)

I learned that SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Yes, I did not know that!

January 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAppleTom9

I visited Z Blok and learned that their formula rubs in clear unlike pure zinc oxide. I hate sunblock that's all chalky looking on the skin!

January 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkimmie

Publicly following with Google Friend Connect

January 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkimmie

I learned Z Blok Won't Sting Your Eyes,Is Fragrance Free and Protects Against UVA + B Rays.

Something I learned...Q: Does SPF 30 have twice as much sun protection as SPF 15?
Not even close. SPF protection does not increase proportionately with a designated SPF number. For instance, in a product with an SPF of 30, 97% of UVB rays are deflected, while in an SPF 15 product deflects 93%. Frequent application and use of a sunscreen that provides good UVA and UVB protection is far more effective than paying more money for a product with an SPF factor over 30.

January 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica miller

Became fan of Zblok on facebook! Name jessica miller on there:)

January 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica miller

Followed you and tweeted on twitter I am Jessicamiller87

http://twitter.com/jessicamiller87/statuses/8223344332

January 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica miller

This sunblock is clear -not white.

January 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercathiem

I learned that " Z Blok’s unique formula allows athletes to protect their skin without having to worry about eye irritation ".

January 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTari L.

Q. What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?
UVB rays are the cause of sunburn on the surface of the skin. SPF only measures protection against UVB rays.

UVA rays cause DNA damage to the cells deeper within the skin. It is this layer of cells that regenerates our skin and it is feared that damage to the DNA of these cells may increase a person's risk of developing dangerous types of skin cancer. UVA rays cause a substantial amount of skin damage (80-90% of premature aging of the skin is due to UVA rays).

January 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Lansford

I was happy to see that it does not cause eye sting. I have sensitive eyes and often have that problem with other sunscreens.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia C

Z BLOK fb fan (Cynthia Conley)

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia C

Following on gfc (clc408)

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia C

I learned that experts recommend SPF factors of 15 to 30. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeeb Ashcroft

Follow on Twitter (@hardertobreathe) & tweeted here:

http://twitter.com/hardertobreathe/statuses/8293081171

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeeb Ashcroft

i learned that UVA rays cause DNA damage to the cells deeper within the skin and its what causing skin cancer.

January 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterashley

I learned that UVA rays can harm the cells under the skin.

January 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori Z.

ZBlok uses ingredients that won't burn or sting eyes. My daughter and I will appreciate that!

January 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrenee

email subscriber

January 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrenee

I learned from their site this information:
Does SPF 30 have twice as much sun protection as SPF 15?
Not even close. SPF protection does not increase proportionately with a designated SPF number. For instance, in a product with an SPF of 30, 97% of UVB rays are deflected, while in an SPF 15 product deflects 93%. Frequent application and use of a sunscreen that provides good UVA and UVB protection is far more effective than paying more money for a product with an SPF factor over 30.

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February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTamara B.

I am a Fan of Z Blok on Facebook
(Tamara Bennington)
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February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTamara B.

I am a public follower.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTamara B.

I am a subscriber.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTamara B.

I learend it PROTECTS AGAINST BOTH UVA & UVB RAYS

February 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Pochodowicz

I learned that SPF does not indicate how well the product protects against the sun's harmful UVA rays. Thanks.
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February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerra Heck

email subscriber
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February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerra Heck

I follow your blog.
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February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerra Heck

I like that it won't sting your eyes.

February 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoe Mack

It's the sunblock of the Puma Ocean team!

February 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren A

learned that it won't sting your eyes

February 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterREBECCA

I learned that UVA rays do not cause sunburn on the surface of the skin, they cause damage to skin cells beneath the surface of the skin that is potentially more dangerous.

February 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHesper F.

I am a facebook fan of Z blok.

February 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHesper F.

tweet: http://twitter.com/eveningstarr1/status/8773768372

February 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHesper F.

I publicly follow via google friend connect.

February 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHesper F.

I learned that it won't sting your eyes

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMellissa C

I learned that SPF protection does not increase proportionately with a designated SPF number and that 97% of UVB rays are blocked with an SPF 30 so it does not pay to get an SPF over 30.

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I learned that experts recommend SPF factors of 15 to 30. I always thought that the higher number the better.

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Smith

They carefully avoided ingrediants that they knew wouls irritate or burn eyes.

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

: Does SPF 30 have twice as much sun protection as SPF 15?
Not even close. SPF protection does not increase proportionately with a designated SPF number. For instance, in a product with an SPF of 30, 97% of UVB rays are deflected, while in an SPF 15 product deflects 93%. Frequent application and use of a sunscreen that provides good UVA and UVB protection is far more effective than paying more money for a product with an SPF factor over 30.

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdorothy l

spf stands for sun protection factor ty.

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervivian

I learned that Z Blok’s unique formula does not utilize any of the inexpensive petroleum based ingredients often found in other sunscreens.

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLily Kwan

"Sunscreens should be used every day if you plan on being outside. Even sitting by a window at home or in a car exposes your skin to the sun’s UVA rays, which penetrate glass. On a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun's ultraviolet rays will pass through clouds."

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna K

I became a fan of Z Blok on Facebook.

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLily Kwan

subscriber

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna K

follower

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna K

tweeted:
http://twitter.com/donnak4/status/8842581936

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna K

I subscribed to your email feed.

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLily Kwan

Button: http://greatblogsonline.blogspot.com

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna K

I learned
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Sunscreens SPF ratings refer to the product's ability to prevent sunburn caused by UVB rays. SPF does not indicate how well the product protects against the sun's harmful UVA rays.

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjjanet

google friend follower

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjanet
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