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January 2014

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FDA Sunscreen Label Changes – Let’s Clear it Up

All sunscreens are not created equal. To help consumers better understand what they are buying, and to help protect them from unwanted excessive UV ray exposure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new sunscreen labeling requirements. First announced June 14, 2011, it was in 2013 that consumers began seeing sunscreen labels with the changes required for compliance with new FDA regulations. We’ve compiled a list of those changes and what to look for on labels.

What to look for

Sunscreens that block UVA and UVB rays will be labeled Broad Spectrum
Not every sunscreen is Broad Spectrum, so make sure you check the label. Only Broad Spectrum sunscreens can do both, prevent skin cancer, photo-aging and sunburn.

Manufactures cannot label sunscreens as “waterproof” or “sweat proof”
These claims cannot be proven. Instead, labels will state water resistant if it applies. To make this claim, the product must pass another test. This test shows how long a sunscreen keeps its SPF when a person goes in the water or sweats. The label also must state how long the water resistance lasts, either 40 or 80 minutes.

The maximum SPF value on sunscreen labeling is limited to SPF 50+
There is not sufficient data to show that products with SPF values higher than 50 provide greater protection for users than products with SPF values of 50.

At Coolibar, all of the sunscreen we carry is in compliance with the new regulations. “The new rules are designed to help consumers know which products offer the best protection against the damaging rays of the sun.” – Debbie Runck, Coolibar Compliance Manager

Remember, the regulations are to help consumers know which products offer the best protection. To learn more about the current FDA sunscreen regulations visit the FDA website.

What do you look for in a good sunscreen? Do you find the new sunscreen label changes helpful?

Coolibar Sunscreen Apply broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen every 2 hours.
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Treating Dry Winter Skin

With record low temps across the US this week, it’s the perfect time to discuss caring for dry winter skin. Cold weather, dry air and low humidity can cause problems for your normal skincare routine. It’s important to take extra care of your skin this time of year so we’ve compiled a few tips to make it easier.

Coolibar medical advisor Dr. Jaime Davis of Uptown Dermatology in Minneapolis knows the effects cold, dry air can have on skin. She recommends turning down the heat on your shower and using a fragrance free ointment or cream during the winter, instead of a lotion. Davis also suggests keeping the moisturizer in the shower, to seal in moisture. “Keep it right in the shower and sort of squeegee off the excess water, but put your moisturizer on immediately after you turn the shower water off.” This technique will help retain moisture in your skin.

WebMD had some more helpful hints to help keep skin moisturized and healthy.

  • Always wash your face before bed. Cleansing at night is important.
  • Use a soap free cleanser, they are made of milder ingredients and will prevent dry skin.
  • Skip scrubbing your skin. Believe it or not, scrubbing can irritate your skin, making it even worse!
  • Pat yourself dry. Rubbing can cause abrasion to your skin.
  • Moisturize daily. Moisturize 2-3 times a day to prevent dry skin.

Winter, the dry skin season, is tough on your skin but taking better care of yourself will make it a little more manageable. Goodbye dry, itchy skin!

Read more Coolibar tips on treating dry skin. Shop Coolibar Moisturizers.

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Coolibar Athletes

Become a 2014 Coolibar Sponsored Athlete

Happy 2014! Are you looking for a challenge in the New Year to help reach your fitness goals? Consider becoming a 2014 Coolibar Sponsored Athlete.

Our athletes are fitness fanatics who are also concerned about sun safety. Whether your life is at the water, on the mountain, or on the court, we want to know about the extraordinary things you’re doing outdoors, protected by Coolibar of course, and share it with our sun-loving community. So bring on the sunshine, because it’s no match for Coolibar athletes.

Still not convinced? Hear from a few of our former athletes.

Sevve Stember, 2013 Athlete

I thought the whole athlete sponsorship program was super fun and it was really inspirational to be part of.” – Sevve Stember

Molly Baross, 2012 Athlete

“I loved being an athlete representative for Coolibar. My teammates were envious of my sun-protective clothing!”Molly Baross

Kristie Cranford, 2012 Athlete

“I am truly happy and lucky to have had this opportunity. I am deeply saddened it has come to an end.” – Kristie Cranford

Now accepting 2014 applications. Apply Now to become a 2014 Coolibar Sponsored Athlete.

Learn more about the program on our FAQ page.

Read about our 2013 Athletes.

Application deadline is midnight CST on Sunday, January 26, 2014. Can’t wait to meet you!

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