Monthly Archives

July 2012

Apply Sunscreen SunAWARE Sunscreens and Lotions

EWG Sunscreen Ratings

Have you heard of the Environmental Working Group (EWG)? The mission of the EWG is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. One of the EWG’s specialties is providing useful resources to consumers such as information on the safety and effectiveness of sunscreen ingredients. Coolibar sunscreens are top-rated by the EWG for broad-spectrum protection with fewer hazardous ingredients.

The EWG says, “the best sunscreen is a hat and a shirt. No chemicals to absorb through the skin, no questions about whether they work. But when you can’t get away from exposing your skin to the sun, use broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) protection with fewer hazardous chemicals that penetrate the skin…All EWG top-rated products contain either zinc or titanium minerals to help cut UVA exposures for sunscreen users.”

EWG’s 6th annual analysis of sunscreens includes safety and effectiveness ratings for 1,800 SPF products (that’s 100 more than last year)! Their ratings are based on an in-house compilation of standard industry, government and academic data sources and models that the EWG has constructed over the past seven years, and on a thorough review of the technical literature for sunscreen. Read more on EWG’s sunscreen rating methodology.

We’ve taken the time to list Coolibar sunscreens that are considered to be safer broad-spectrum options by the EWG, so you can easily find the perfect sunscreen.

EWG Top-Rated Coolibar Sunscreens (listed alphabetically)

All Terrain

All Terrain Aquasport Performance Sunscreen, SPF 30 (Score: 2)

All Terrain KidSport Performance Sunscreen, SPF 30 (Score: 2)

All Terrain TerraSport Performance Sunscreen, SPF 30 (Score: 2)

 

Badger

Badger Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30+ (Score: 1)

Badger Sunscreen Face Stick, Unscented, SPF 30+ (Score: 1)

Badger Sunscreen, Lightly Scented Lavender, SPF 30+ (Score: 1)

Badger Sunscreen, Unscented, SPF 30+ (Score: 1)

Badger Sunscreen Lip Balm, Unscented, SPF 15 (Score: 2)

 

Blue Lizard

Blue Lizard Australian Suncreen, Face, SPF 30+ (Score: 2)

 

Cotz

Fallene Cotz 20% Zinc Oxide Vanishing Formula Pure Mineral Sun Protection, SPF 35 (Score: 2)

Fallene Cotz Face Water Resistant Sun Protection, SPF 40 (Score: 2)

Fallene Cotz LipCotz, Ultra High Sun Protection, SPF 45 (Score: 2)

 

Raw Elements USA

Raw Elements USA Eco Formula, SPF 30+ (Score: 1)

Raw Elements USA Eco Stick, SPF 30+ (Score: 1)

 

Solbar

Solbar Shield Sunscreen, SPF 40 (Score: 2)

 

Vanicream

Vanicream Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 35 (Score: 2)

 

Search for a specific sunscreen on the EWG website.

Download the FREE EWG Sunscreen Rating App for iPhone® on iTunes®.

Shop all sunscreens at Coolibar.com.

No Comments
Inside Coolibar

Kids Swim Bike & Run

This past Sunday, Coolibar had the opportunity to participate in our local Life Time Kids Triathlon outside of Minneapolis, MN (where Coolibar is based). The Life Time Kids Tri is a fun and challenging swim, bike, run event for kids ages 7–14. Friends and family cheered on their young competitors throughout the morning of extreme heat. Check out our fun photos from the event.

[nggallery id=29]

Think about getting the kids in your life to participate in a Life Time Kids Triathlon or similar event. Kids Triathlons not only promote fitness but improve self confidence. Remember to protect your little athlete in Coolibar Sun Protection You Wear for the big race!

Coolibar partners with Life Time Fitness, The Healthy Way of Life Company™, by promoting sun protection as a part of healthy sunny living.

No Comments
Coolibar Athletes Routinely Check Skin Wellness Warriors

Coolibar Athlete Kristie Talks Melanoma Prevention

This is a special blog post from Coolibar Athlete Kristie Cranford and her words-to-the-wise regarding Melanoma and how you can protect yourself. She speaks from personal experience.

Melanoma-n. 1.  –mas also –mata: a usu. malignant tumor containing dark pigment. 2. Deadly Skin Cancer. The one that won’t leave me alone.

When you get up in the morning, you get dressed, right? Shirt, pants, shoes?  You wouldn’t leave the house naked, would you? But sadly many do. Many leave the house without sunscreen. Sunscreen should be an essential part of your wardrobe.

I am a multiple melanoma (skin cancer) survivor. You never think you will ever hear the words “You have cancer” once in your life, let alone time, after time, after time, like I have. My first and most advanced was discovered during a routine annual exam. It was in the center of my back. I had no way to knowing it was there. Undetected, it would have killed me, I was only 27. I had an area the size of a small nerf football removed from my back because of a mole the size of a pencil eraser. Melanoma  is the most deadly form of skin cancer.

Here are some statistics:

  • In 2012 more than 116,000 people will be diagnosed with the disease
  • By 2012, it is estimated that one in 50 people will be diagnosed with melanoma
  • One person dies nearly EVERY HOUR from melanoma
  • Melanoma affects people of every age and every race
  • The incidence rate for children 18 and under INCREASED by 84% from 1975 to 2005

Many cases of skin cancer can be prevented and detected early.  Here are the ABCDEs of melanoma:

Asymmetry:  One half of the mole does not match the other half

Border:  The borders of the mole are irregular, ragged, blurred, or a notch

Color:  The color of the mole is not the same throughout. There may be brown, black, red, blue, or white.

Diameter:  The mole is larger than 6 millimeters (roughly ¼”, roughly the size of a pencil eraser)

Evolution:  The mole has been growing or changed its shape and color.

Protect yourself anytime when outdoors, rain or shine. Don’t just avoid peak sun exposure hours between 10am and 4pm. Water, Sand and Snow reflect the sun’s rays. Wear sunscreen with an SPF factor of 30 or higher, remember to reapply. My favorite is Raw Elements USA. The Eco Stick can be easily applied under water and over sweat. Smaller than an energy gel, it’s easy to carry.  Look for sun protective clothing like Coolibar. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from ocular melanoma. AVOID TANNING BEDS.  Apply sunscreen before placing your hands under the UV rays at the nail salon (bet you NEVER thought about that). Visit a trained dermatologist annually for a complete, head-to-toe exam.

I used to be bitter and angry with Melanoma. I was angry that it was determined to kill me. Then I realized. It saved me. I took back my health. Over time I started eating right, running, and having routine exams and screenings. I credit Melanoma for saving my life. Without it, I would not have detected my breast and cervical cancers in the early stages. I am living breathing proof that early detection is the key to survival.

As athletes we train and compete outdoors. We take precautions to train smart and eat right to prevent illness and injury. Please, don’t forget your skin.

Information, statistics, and ABCDE’s obtained via www.OutruntheSun.org

Visit Kristie’s Blog Here: http://coachkristie.com/2012/07/03/melanoma/

Read Kristie’s full cancer stroy here: http://www.prsfit.com/blog/cancerversary-n-1-_____-2-the-anniversary-of-my-first-cancer-diagnosis/

Visit Coolibar for sunscreen and sun protective clothing: www.coolibar.com

3 Comments
SunAWARE

Overwhelmed by too many sun protection options?

The Huffington Post recently published a great article titled “Sun Protection: Products to Keep Your Skin Safe This Summer”. The slideshow goes through all of the essential sun protection accessories anyone would need when spending time outdoors this summer. We’re excited that the media realizes the importance of educating people about the need for sun protection. However, not all sun protection is created equal, and with so many options to choose from, the search to find quality sun protection can be overwhelming. Don’t get confused by an overwhelming amount of sun protection information. We’ll take your through what to look for in sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, shade, and sun protective clothing.

SUNSCREEN

Broad-spectrum and SPF 30+

No sunscreen blocks 100% of UV. It only screens out a certain percentage of UVB (burning rays), and if it’s labeled broad-spectrum, it will help screen out UVA (aging rays) as well. Research provides evidence that both UVA and UVB rays can cause skin cancer.

Choose sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher with broad-spectrum protection. The FDA proposed that the maximum SPF value on labeling should be SPF 50 as there in no significant evidence that higher sun protection factors provide more protection. So anything rated between 30 to 50 SPF will provide sufficient UV coverage.

Water and Sweat Resistant

The FDA’s new sunscreen guidelines, which go into affect December 2012, state the term “sweat-proof” can no longer be used on sunscreen labels, as sunscreens are only “water or sweat resistant”.  So look for water and sweat-resistant labels if you’re going to be active outdoors. Additionally, the FDA will require water resistance claims on the principal display panel to specify either 40 or 80 minutes of effectiveness while swimming or sweating, based on testing, in the future. Never-the-less, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends reapplying all sunscreens approximately every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.  

Lotions vs. Spray Sunscreen

According to the AAD, while spray sunscreen is convenient, it must be rubbed into the skin after spraying on generously. According to Environmental Working Group, the potential for inhaling sunscreens may also impose future health risks. DO NOT INHALE. It may be better to opt for creams and lotions on young children.

Read our post: FDA Sunscreen Guidelines

 

SUN HATS

Baseball Caps vs. Wide Brim Hats

Traditional baseball caps do not cover the back of the neck, sides of face or ears. Look for a wide brim hat with a 3” brim or larger that circles the crown. If you’re looking for a baseball style hat, look for one with a flap that covers your ears and back of neck such as a legionnaire style.

Straw Hats vs. Canvas Hats

Straw, unless tightly woven, is not an effective UV blocker. In fact, UV will pass through most straw hats. Check the UPF rating before buying or look for straw hats with material sewn underneath the brim for sun protection.

Read our post: Choosing the Perfect Sun Hat

 

SUNGLASSES

When choosing sunglasses, look for the label UV400 or Blocks 99-100% of UV Rays. Wrap style sunglasses block UV that seeps in the sides of sunglasses.

Read our post: Shield Your Eyes: 4 Simple Sun Protection Tips

 

UMBRELLAS AND SHADE STRUCTURES

While beach umbrellas do provide some shade, don’t solely rely on them. UV rays reflect off sand and water. Or look for attachable beach umbrella accessories, such as the EzShade, that block reflected UV.

Read our post: Is Your Shade Structure Shading Your Kids Enough?

 

SUN PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

Sun protective clothing is rated by ultraviolet protection factor (UPF not SPF). The ratings are similar to SPF except UPF rates both UVA and UVB protection whereas SPF only rates UVB. AAD Dermatologists recommend sun protective clothing as the number one go-to for excellent sun protection.

Read our post: Sun Protective Clothing – Your Best Defense Against the Sun

Visit coolibar.com for sun protection you can rely on.

To see the Huffington Post’s original article, click here.

No Comments
Chad Grigsby Coolibar Athletes

Athlete Chad Grigsby Reviews Coolibar Swim Shirt

Coolibar Athlete Chad Grigsby is a pro angler, currently in his 10th full season on the FLW Tour. He spends hours on the water waiting for the perfect catch. Due to the lack of shade on the water, Chad sought out Coolibar for long lasting sun protection. He put Coolibar’s UPF 50+ sunwear to the test and now shares his thoughts on its versatile performance. Read Chad’s review of the Coolibar Long Sleeve Swim Shirt.

Overall, I think it is a great shirt, hands down my favorite. I like the way it fits and it really keeps me cool out on the water when I am standing in the sun from daylight to dark. It keeps me cooler than wearing a T-shirt.

What activities did you partake in when wearing the shirt?

Fishing

What are your favorite features?

I like how it keeps me cool all day in the sun. I also like the color surf blue.

What are your overall thoughts on the fabric?

Great, soft feel and it does what it is meant to do – protect my skin.

Did the fabric meet your expectations?

Yes, no snags and I have worn it a ton on the water.

Did the fabric stick to your skin?

No

What do you want others to know about this shirt?

I would want people to know that it keeps you cool and is UPF 50.

Any tips to stay comfortable/safe out in the sun?

Sun protection is not an option but a requirement for anyone who spends a significant amount of time outdoors. If you don’t like to use sunscreen, UPF clothing is an excellent alternative. Also wear a hat!

Get the Coolibar Long Sleeve Swim Shirt.

Read other Coolibar Athlete product reviews.

No Comments
Coolibar Athletes

Athlete Elena King Reviews Coolibar Water Jacket

Elena King is a Class A Member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Division, instructor of gifted golfers and Coolibar Athlete. Elena spends most days out on the green and under the sun teaching golf or playing a round of 18 holes. She put Coolibar’s UPF 50+ sunwear to the test and now provides her two-cents on its on-course performance. Read Elena’s review of the Coolibar Water Jacket.

What activities did you partake in when wearing the shirt?

Golfing, teaching and hanging out.

What are your favorite features?

The petite fit is great. The material is lightweight – perfect on cool mornings and not too hot mid-day.

What are your overall thoughts on the fabric?

It’s super comfortable for swinging a golf club.

Did the fabric meet your expectations?

Exceeded, great for other activities other than the swim environment.

Did the fabric and shirt keep you cool?

Yes! 

Did the fabric stick to your skin?

NO!

What do you want others to know about this shirt?

It is a great piece to have with you all the time put on early morning or wear indoors after activities. I wear it anytime anywhere.  I love the lighter blue color as I get lots of compliments on it.

Any tips to stay comfortable/safe out in the sun?

When playing golf, carry an umbrella with you to use for protection on the extremely sunny days as well.

 

Get the Coolibar Water Jacket.

Read other Coolibar Athlete product reviews.

No Comments
Inside Coolibar

Coolibar’s Visit to Camp Discovery

Coolibar had the pleasure of spending a day at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Camp Discovery on June 25. Camp Discovery offers youth with skin conditions the opportunity to spend a week among young people who have similar skin conditions — free of charge.

Camp Knutson in Crosslake, MN  is one of six AAD Camp Discovery locations. Coolibar volunteers passed out sun hats, UPF 50+ swim shirts and UV goggles to the children and counselors in attendance. Coolibar also donated sun protective hats to all Camp Discovery locations, providing sun hats to 350 kids.

Check out our album below from our road trip to Camp Discovery.

[nggallery id=28]

No Comments
Avoid UV & Seek Shade Inside Coolibar New Products Parenting

Is your shade structure shading your kids enough?

As a mom of two active boys I have attended hundreds of sporting events.  For shade and sun protection I bring our portable beach umbrella or canopy.  Over the years, I have noticed that portable umbrellas and canopies only provide minimal sun protection.  Most portable umbrellas and canopies do not block UVA or UVB rays, they provide only a limited shade area (the largest of which is when the sun is directly overhead) and they do not block the UV rays that are reflected off of the ground.

When I researched reflected UV rays, I was shocked to learn that up to 1/3 of cancer causing UV rays can reach your skin while you are sitting in the shade.  One such study in New Zealand concluded that shade structures with side on walls provided the best protection from UV rays.  My frustration with portable shade structures and their inability to provide adequate shade and sun protection lead me to start my company, Solar Eclipz, and to develop the ezShade.

The patented ezShade is the only portable sun-shield that blocks over 99% UVA/UVB rays and instantly attaches to any nylon/poly umbrella or canopy.  Our company’s focus is to educate the public on the harm caused by reflected UV rays and the need for staying sun-safe and I hope that this post too will help you enjoy a sun-safe summer.

With the temperature soaring and the sun shining brighter, chances are you want to keep your little one safe from the sun. While you’d love to keep them indoors all day, you know you really can’t do that. However, what you CAN do is keep them sun safe by choosing products that provide and boost UV protection, easily and effectively.

Here are 5 must-have sun safety products for parents of preschoolers:

1. Sun Hat

Yes, every toddler needs a good sun hat. Luckily for you, Coolibar offers you some great options. Choose a sun hat that shades most of the face and keeps the sun’s rays away from sensitive skin. Also, don’t just get one sun hat. Get a couple. Preschoolers are always losing stuff or getting them dirty.

2. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are not only for adults. You need to keep your preschooler’s eyes safe from the sun’s rays as well. However, don’t just go out and buy any pair of sunglasses. Look around for a brand that’s trusted and certified. Also, take the little one when you go shopping so that you can try on the pair for fit and comfort.

3. UV Protective Clothes

Sun protective clothes can be a life-saver, especially when you’re at the park or the beach. While you can get special sun protective clothes, you should also make sure that regular clothes offer adequate sun protection. Long sleeves, light colors, cotton fiber are some things to look for when choosing outdoor summer wear for the kids.

4. Sunscreen

Never, ever send your toddler out to play without slathering on the sunscreen. Choose a brand that is kid-friendly and child-appropriate. Blue Lizard and UV Natural both have SPF 30+ sunscreens available for kids. Make sure you apply the sunscreen at least 15 to 20 minutes before they go out to play and reapply it, if they go swimming or wash their faces. Also, don’t forget the BEENS or Back of knees, Ears, Eye area, Neck, and Scalp to ensure full coverage.

5. Shade

And finally, make sure that when they play outside or spend time on the beach, they have adequate shade and sun protection. Using a portable shade such as the ezShade will not only increase the protection that an umbrella offers, it will also keep kids sun-safe without blocking out their fun.

Keeping preschoolers safe in the sun does not need a LOT of effort. Just a few must-have products can help summer be fun and safe for your on-the-go, active toddler. So, go ahead and get equipped for the most enjoyable, sun-safe season ever!

About the Author: Linda Varga is the founder of Solar Eclipz and inventor of the ezShade,  www.myezshade.com, an award-winning sun shield that instantly attaches to any umbrella/canopy, blocks over 99% UVA/UVB rays, doubles your shade, and keeps you cooler all day long.

Get your Solar Eclipz ezShade now at Coolibar.  See our full line of UPF 50+ Sun Umbrellas & Shelters.

No Comments
Success Stories Wellness Warriors

75 time skin cancer patient urges sunscreen use

You’ve heard the advice about wearing sunscreen over and over. But would it mean a little more coming from someone who’s survived skin cancer at least 75 times?

Dennis Hassel enrolled in the U.S. Navy when he was in his 20s. Between work and play, he spent about half of every day outside, often without a shirt and always without sunscreen.

Hassel, now 81, estimates he’s had basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer, 75 to 100 times. The cancerous growths appear on his face, side, neck, arms, back and chest and often look like small red spots that bleed and don’t heal.

Hassel has an appointment every three months with a dermatologist at the University of Virginia Health System, where any new spots are evaluated. Treatment usually requires cutting out the suspicious spot and sending it to a lab to ensure the doctor removed all the cancer. Sometimes his dermatologist freezes off the spot or gives him a cream to use.

Hassel thinks the x-ray acne treatments he used to get contributed to his recurring cancer, but, “it was mostly the sun,” he says. “I can’t say enough about getting the word out to people who think they’re immune to the sun. They’re not.”

Beyond just remembering to wear sunscreen (Hassel now wears 100 SPF), what can you do to avoid skin cancer? UVA dermatologist Mark Russell recommends you:

– Apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes before going outside.
– Reapply every 1-2 hours. Sunscreen can break down, wear off, wash off or sweat off.
– Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays and make sure it hasn’t expired.
– Use about an ounce of sunscreen ­— the amount it takes to fill a shot glass — to cover your whole body.
– Stay in the shade when possible and avoid sun exposure during the hottest part of the day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
– Wear a wide-brimmed hat — not a baseball cap — that protects your neck and ears.

The Skin Cancer Foundation has images and warning signs of each kind of skin cancer. If you find a suspicious spot, get it checked by a dermatologist immediately.

UVA dermatologists offer a free skin cancer screening every year. Currently, they’re also providing Coolibar hats to people who attend the screening and bring a less protective hat, like a baseball cap, to trade. Coolibar hats have the wide brims Dr. Russell recommends.

Photo: UVA Employee Kat modeling Coolibar hat used in hat swap program.

No Comments