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June 2013

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Caring for psoriasis in the summer

If you’re one of the 7.5 million Americans living with psoriasis—the most common autoimmune disease in the country—summer can be a blessing and a challenge. Psoriasis often improves with warm weather, but many people with psoriasis are also self-conscious about showing their skin.

While symptoms of psoriasis may improve due to extra sunlight and increased humidity, it’s important to make sure psoriasis doesn’t flare. Here are some tips from the National Psoriasis Foundation to help keep your skin healthy.

Limited sun exposure

Sunlight can be beneficial for psoriasis. As with any treatment regimen, be sure to talk with your doctor as they can recommend the appropriate amount of sunlight. They can also caution you about how the sunlight may affect your current psoriasis treatments. Some medications may be inactivated by sunlight, while others may make you more susceptible to sunburns and side effects.

In addition to skin cancer risk, sunburn can worsen existing psoriasis or cause new plaques, known as the Koebner effect. Avoid overexposure and wear sunscreen on areas without psoriasis. Experts suggest starting with just a few minutes of sun at a time and gradually increasing exposure if your skin tolerates it. Look for water and sweat-resistant, fragrance-free sunscreens and wear sun-protective clothing when outdoors for longer periods of time. Read more about sunlight and psoriasis.

Beware of bug bites

Bug bites and poison oak/ivy can also trigger psoriasis. To protect from bug bites, cuts and scrapes that could worsen psoriasis, apply an insect repellent with little or no DEET. Covering up can help, too. Loose, cotton clothing is best to avoid skin irritation from sweating or itchy fibers.

Swimming

For many psoriasis patients, salt water and swimming pools can soften skin and plaques. Chlorine can dry out skin, so be sure to shower immediately after swimming with chlorine-removing shampoos and soaps. Apply moisturizer to damp skin to lock in moisture, and try thick creams and ointments, which are more hydrating than lotions. Be careful with hot water and long soaks in hot tubs as they can increase itching and irritation.

Get more information on managing psoriasis in the summer at www.psoriasis.org. Have specific questions? Contact a health educator at education@psoriasis.org.

Disclaimer: The information provided by Coolibar and its contributors is general skin care information and should not be a substitute for obtaining medical advice from your physician and is not intended to diagnose or treat any specific medical problem.

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Study confirms regular sunscreen use prevents photo-aging

Fifteen minutes of sun exposure does more than sunburn fair skin, it ages skin too. The good news is with daily use of broad-spectrum sunscreen, people can prevent photo-aging.

Even though dermatologists currently recommend daily sunscreen use to patients for wrinkle, age spot and skin cancer prevention, a new Australia based study in “Annals of Internal Medicine” provides the most extensive evidence of sunscreen’s anti-aging effectiveness to-date.

900 Caucasian participants in Australia under age 55 were randomly split into two groups. Group one was instructed to apply sunscreen to their head, neck, arms and hands every morning, after a few hours of outdoor sun exposure or after being in water or sweating. Group two was told to use sunscreen at their leisure.

Two-thirds of all participants had small skin samples taken from the back of their hands at the beginning of the study. Four-and-a-half years later, researchers once again excised a skin sample from the same participants, but the results of the study turned out to be more visible than expected. Those who applied sunscreen daily displayed younger looking skin than those who used sunscreen at their discretion.

Aussies are already known for their diligent sun protection habits but not necessarily motivated by anti-aging efforts. Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer of any country in the world. Almost two out of three Australians will be treated for some form of skin cancer during their lifetime and melanoma is more commonly diagnosed than lung cancer. Factors contributing to Australia’s skin cancer rates include the generally light skinned population, the active outdoor lifestyle, depleted ozone layer and the country’s proximity to the equator. According to the “NY Times”, most participants, regardless of which group they were assigned, were using sunscreen at least some of the time, and two-thirds wore sun hats.

It’s never too late to start using sunscreen. Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC’s chief medical editor reported on the “Today Show”, “Even if you’re 55 you can still roll back the clock two or three years”.

Choosing the right sunscreen is essential for the protection to be effective. In the study, participants used broad-spectrum sunscreen, which blocks both ultraviolet-A and ultraviolet-B rays, and sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. Reapplication throughout the day was also essential.

For complete sun protection, dermatologists recommend wearing sun protective clothing, a wide-brim hat, UV 400 sunglasses, and applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater.

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#WhereICoolibar Photo Contest – Win a $500 Shopping Spree!

Want a chance at winning one of three $500 Coolibar shopping sprees this summer? All you need to do is show us where you Coolibar!

Coolibar Sun Protection You Wear is useful beyond the beach. Our expansive line offers UPF 50+ protection for travel, exercise, work and even outdoor parties. Share where you Coolibar with us on any Coolibar social media site.

To Enter the #WhereICoolibar Contest:

1. Like or follow Coolibar on any one or all of these social media sites:

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram

(If you’ve already done this, move on to step 2, and thanks for being a fan!)

2. For one (1) entry, post a photo on the Coolibar Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram site of you in your Coolibar sun protective clothing. Use hashtag #WhereICoolibar and tell us where you are. Earn up to four entries by posting a different photo (one photo = one entry) on more than one Coolibar social media site. While it’s not required, we’d also love to hear what you’re wearing.

Judging: Our customer service team has a keen eye for Coolibar. They will be voting for their favorite photo in two categories:

Best Coolibar on location/travel photo. Example:

Coolibar’s Founder John Barrow sitting under a giant strangler fig in his Coolibar Travel Shirt and Sun Hat in Australia. #whereicoolibar

 

Best Coolibar family and/or kids photo. Example:

Playing in @Coolibar UPF 50+ Romper at local pool and playground! #whereicoolibar

Deadline for entry: Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11:59pm CST. We’ll announce our winners Friday, July 19, 2013. Good luck!

Rules: To enter, you must be 18 years of age or older. Contest open to residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia. The winners will receive one (1) of two (2) $500 (five-hundred-dollar) shopping sprees to www.coolibar.com to spend on Coolibar branded items. Winner will be chosen by Coolibar customer service based on the categories above. Comments and photos deemed inappropriate by Coolibar, or not owned by the posting individual, will be deleted and disqualified. No purchase necessary to win. Prize is non-transferable, not returnable and cannot be sold or redeemed for cash. Four entries maximum per person. Coolibar, Inc. employees, employee family members and affiliates are not eligible to win. Contest rules subject to changes at the discretion of Coolibar. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram are not affiliated with Coolibar, Inc. or this contest. Deadline for entry: Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11:59pm CST.

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