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Medications and Sun Sensitivity (Video)

Hi, this is Dr. Davis for Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing.  I wanted to talk to you today about conditions of the skin that can make you more sensitive to the sun.  You might be surprised to hear that some of the things dermatologists prescribe to help improve your skin can actually make you more vulnerable to sunburns, such as medications for acne, tetracycline, doxycycycline while great for calming down other conditions; you might notice that you sunburn a lot easier when you’re taking those things.  When you are prescribed a medication by your doctor, and if you have any questions, certainly ask about sun sensitivity potential.  It might be something that is easily forgotten we don’t necessarily think about that, but in the summer especially when a doctor prescribes certain medications, for blood pressure… acne…it is something to be mindful of.  We’ve had people who started new medications, went out to a ball game and got a sunburn unexpectedly where they normally wouldn’t have, so it can make a big difference.  So, don’t forget to ask about sun sensitivity.

The other thing is there are certain medical conditions that can make you skin just intrinsically more sensitive.

Lupus – is actually triggered by sun exposure, ultraviolet light exposure, if your genetically prone to it

Vitiligo – which is a condition where you lose pigment in certain areas, those areas don’t have the ability to tan, they cannot protect themselves, so you have to do that for your skin.

…and there are several others, but just be sure that you ask those questions to your doctor.

What consequences could this medicine have?

What should I do if I have Lupus? And the basic things we’ve talked about in terms of sun protection are essential for those conditions.

Be SunAWARE and Be Safe!

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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Brain Studies Show Tanning Could Be Addictive

Human Brain

Have you ever wondered why your loved one can’t get enough of the tanning bed?  They are, after all, very health conscious, they don’t smoke, they exercise and eat an organic diet.  Why then would they continue to use tanning beds knowing the potential risks?  Science can shed some new light on the subject.

According to a recent study, tanning beds may have people “hooked” for more than cosmetic reasons.  With risks such as premature aging, skin cancer or even death associated with tanning beds, the scientific community has long thought that tanning could possibly be addictive. Now, new research provides evidence to back-up this theory.

Dr. Bryon Adinoff, professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas South Medical Center and leader of the tanning addiction study featured in journal Addiction Biology, says the brain is responding to UV light. It’s triggering the areas that are linked with reward. The same areas that activate when someone takes a drag off a cigarette or eats a sweet treat.

To reach this conclusion, Dr. Adinoff and his team assembled a group of frequent tanning bed users and monitored their brain activity during tanning bed use. The users were split into two groups: group one used beds with real UV rays; and group two, without being told, used tanning beds with fake UV light. The results were clear. The subjects in the real UV tanning beds showed brain activity in the reward and addiction areas.

So now, just like in the 80’s, we can repeat the slogan “Just Say No.”

Just Say No – To Tanning!

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Packing for a Day at the Beach (Video)

Hi, this is Dr. Davis for Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing.

I wanted to give you some pointes on getting ready for a day at the beach or pool.  You know you are going to be outside, you’ve got the kids in tow, and you’re wondering – What do I put in my beach bag?

Sunscreen

The basics to keep you Sun Safe the whole day include sunscreen, what you choose depends on your preference, but a nice high SPF sunscreen, such as Vanicream 60, or the kid’s love the Blue Lizard sunscreen which is a combination of chemical and physical, plus the bottle will also tell you when to put it on, it turns blue in ultraviolet light. 

Sunglasses and Sun Hat

The other thing – sunglasses.  Even for the kids, eye protection is important.  For the kids, Coolibar makes an excellent UV protective lens, but also this nice strap so that it stays on in the water.  And I do recommend leaving the sunglasses on in the water as well as the hat, which might be a surprise.  But Coolibar makes some chlorine and salt water resistant fabrics that the kids put on and just leave on all day.  They can be simply washed, but they are resistant to those chemicals that otherwise might harm fabrics.

Sun Protective Clothing

Last but not least, the sun protective clothing.  There are some absolutely adorable outfits for kids you put on and you don’t have to worry about re-applying the sunscreen except for those little parts that are showing, like the tops of their feet, tops of their hands. 

Hat
Sunscreen
Sun Protective Clothing
Sunglasses

…keep your family sun safe for the whole day. 

So teach your family to be SunAWARE and you’ll keep them safe!

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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Get Glowing Skin, No Sun Required

Pat Scherven

Want to make your skin as healthy and attractive as possible and give it some natural glow? With an overwhelming number of products on the market these days claiming to improve skin and reduce signs of aging it’s hard to know what claims are true. How can you be sure you are making the best and safest decision for your skin? Take some skin care advice from an experienced esthetician.

Pat Scherven is an established esthetician and founder of Skin Therapease, a skin care and rejuvenation clinic located outside on Minneapolis, MN in Wayzata.  Over the past 15 years she’s worked with thousands of clients at her clinic. She reaches out with products that will help skin thrive and also make this planet a safer place to live. She takes a holistic approach to skin care, which includes sun protective clothing as the sun plays a large part in aging skin. She’ll take you back-to-the-basics on how you can keep your skin glowing and ease signs of aging.

Pat Scherven, Owner Skin Therapease in Wayzata, joined the KARE 11 Today Show on 7/28/11 to talk about some ways to keep your skin healthy, attractive and safe all summer long.


 

Key takeaways from the video

  1. Men have skin issues too. Outside, cover your ears with sun protection as many skin cancers are appearing here on men. Cover the back of the neck with sunscreen or a hat. For sports like golf, wear gloves to protect your hands from the sun.
  2. Women, remember sun damage is cumulative and ages skin. Fair skin women should apply a SPF  30, keep covered and stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or seek shade under a tree or an umbrella.
  3. Take supplements to protect and build your immune system. Go back to the basics and protect from the inside-out with a Multivitamin, Vitamin D and Lipids, which are an anti-inflammatory and help the immune system.
  4. There are multiple kinds of SPF sunscreens, including oil free ones for acne prone skin.  Look for fewer ingredients on the label as they tend to be healthier.
  5. Sun protective clothing and hats with SPF are available for all ages. Choose large brims and long sleeves as they protect more skin.

You can also see Pat’s blog post on Choosing Safe Sun Protection

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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FDA Updates Sunscreen Regulations

Sunscreen Label Changes

In case you haven’t heard, on Tuesday, June 14, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new guidelines that sunscreen manufacturers will be required to follow for sunscreen labeling in order to help protect consumers from skin damage caused by sun exposure. Beginning summer 2012 the new rules dictate that in order to earn a “broad spectrum” designation, sunscreens must protect from both UVB rays, which cause burning, and UVA rays, which cause wrinkles.

 

New FDA Sunscreen Guidelines

Here’s what you need to know about the new Broad-Spectrum labeling.  An example of the new FDA label is pictured above.

 

  • Established standards have been set for testing the effectiveness of over-the-counter sunscreens and will be labeled as “Broad- Spectrum” according to the test results.
  • A certain percentage of a broad-spectrum product’s total protection is against UVA.
  • If a sunscreen is labeled as both “Broad-Spectrum” and “SPF 15” (or higher) it can claim to protect against sunburn and if used as directed, can help reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.
  • The familiar “Drug Facts” box found on most OTC drugs will be required.
  • Any sunscreen not labeled as “Broad-Spectrum” or that has an SPF value between 2 and 14, has only been shown to help prevent sunburn.
  • Sunscreens that are not broad-spectrum or that are broad-spectrum with SPF values less than 15 will be labeled with a warning that reads: “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert:  Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.”
  • No “waterproof,” “sweatproof” or “sunblock” labeling.  Water resistant labeling is allowed with SPF effectiveness times of only 40 or 80 minutes.
  • Sunscreens cannot claim protection immediately upon application (instant protection) or for more than 2 hours without reapplication, unless they submit data and get approval from FDA.
  • The FDA is proposing that the maximum SPF value on labeling is SPF 50+.
  • The agency currently considers wipes, towelettes, powders, body washes, and shampoo not eligible for the monograph. Therefore, they cannot be marketed without an approved application.


Guaranteed Broad-Spectrum Sunscreens from Coolibar

Hooray to the FDA for finally making these necessary improvements to sunscreen labeling.  If, however, the new guidelines seem overwhelmingly complex, let Coolibar take the guesswork out of your next sunscreen purchase.  Our merchandising team has researched and tested the best sunscreens on the market.  As always, we offer only broad-spectrum sunscreens with at least an SPF of 30 or higher.  You can trust that any sunscreen you purchase from Coolibar will provide both UVA and UVB protection; you have our word on it.  And when combined with a hat, Coolibar clothing and sunglasses, you’re equipped for all day, worry-free UV protection.


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The Importance of SKIN CHECKS (Video)

Hi, this is Dr. Davis for Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing.

As a dermatologist, I wanted to outline why it is important to get SKIN CHECKS. The advice varies per individual. It really depends on what kind of skin you have. If you are exceptionally fair vs. exceptionally dark there aren’t straight across the board recommendations for what you need. However, at least once in your life, preferably not too far past your 20’s get a good Full Body Skin Check so at least we can map out areas that are potentially warranting a little closer observation versus things we know will never be trouble. 

For people who’ve had skin cancer we say once a year for sure, timed with your general physical. For people who’ve never had a skin cancer, maybe once every couple of years or as something crops up. If you have something that is not healing or bleeding or changing color or growing or something that generally gets your attention even if it just itches. Bring that to our attention or at least bring it to the attention of your primary care doctor so that they can help determine if you need a dermatologist to see that (spot). Skin cancer can look so different in different people and even the same skin cancer looks different and it takes a dermatologist sometimes to really be able to tell you if that lesion is of concern or not. 

The guidelines are the ABCD’s of Melanoma. We’ve all heard of those. So if something is asymmetric, or the boarder is irregular, or the color is of concern to you, an espresso brown, or the diameter is simply growing. And certainly if it were bleeding or itching or otherwise bothering you come and have us give it a check. 

If those things are not happening schedule that baseline exam so we can take one good look over and then we can plan our skin care from there. 

Be skin safe, be SunAWARE! 

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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Sunscreens (Video)

Hi, this is Dr. Davis for Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing.

I wanted to talk to you about How to Choose a Sunscreen.  It can be overwhelming.  You walk into a store and you see hundreds of items on the shelves, but how do you even begin to choose. 

SPF Number

Number one, the number you look for tells you how long that sunscreen is going to work.  So if you’ve got a 30 it will work twice as long as a 15.  Use SPF 30 or higher.

Ingredients

You also need to be mindful of what the ingredients are.  There are two main groups.

(1) Physical Blockers (reflectors)

Sits on the surface of your skin and creates a physical barrier to UV rays that blocks/reflects them away from the skin.

– Works right away on both UVA & UVB rays, no need to apply 20 minutes prior to sun exposure.

– Ingredients: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide

– Good for sensitive skin

(2) Chemical Absorbers

Creates a chemical reaction within the skin that allows the sunscreen to absorb UV before it penetrates the skin.

– Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure.

– Ingredients: octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC), homosalate, and octocrylene absorb UVB, while oxybenzone, avobenzone and ecamsule absorb UVA.  

These two categories are for two different types of skin.

Sensitive skin likes the physical sunscreen – great choices – Vanicream 60, super compatible with sensitive skin.  Physical Sun Blocker – Not going to be as likely to sting as the sunscreens that have some chemical sunscreen ingredients.  But, the chemical sunscreen ingredients last longer, they soak in, they’re better for sports and water resistance.  So, look for a good high SPF number, 30 or higher and then maybe a combination of chemical and physical if you’re not really sure which one is right for you.  If you’re sensitive, stick to physical.  If you’re really going to be working out, get the chemical ones.  That at lease gives you a starting point.

Sunscreen Brands

Brand wise, if you like organic, Soleo is an Australian brand – all physical so that should be compatible with most people’s skin.  We talked about Vanicream.  Don’t forget your lips – Fallene LipCotz.  Physical sunscreen for the lips, especially men, is super important. That lower lip we often see skin cancer.  Women wear lip products more, lip balms and lipsticks so we tend to have more natural sun protection, men do not.  Blue Lizard, the fun thing is that the color changes when Ultraviolet light hits it so you know you need it when the bottle is blue.  It’s a mixture of chemical and physical. 

That gives you a starting point.

Application Amount

Don’t forget 1 ounce is what you need, 2 tablespoons or basically a shot glass full.  Way more than you think you need.  You’ve got to get a nice even coating and re-apply every couple of hours, especially in the heat of the day, especially if you’re sweating.

So Don’t Forget to Be SunAWARE!

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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Soleo Organics Sunscreen Q&A Session Highlights

Soleo Organics Sunscreen

The burning sunscreen questions of many Coolibar Facebook fans were answered today by Soleo Organics Sunscreen experts Dr. Tony Kovacs and Rick Sample during our live forum. Here are a few highlights in case you weren’t able to make it.  

Q. What is the consistency of your sunscreen product like? I have tried other brands that don’t spread or absorb well.

A. Soleo is designed to absorb into the skin within a few minutes of applying, if it hasn’t done so within 2-3 minutes, you may be applying too much.

Q. Is there really such a thing as applying too much sunscreen? I thought you could never have enough.

A. You can apply too much, but with Soleo there is no toxicity issue. (But also make sure you apply enough sunscreen. Approximately one ounce, or enough to fill a shot glass, is considered the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body properly.)

Q. I have a 5 month old baby, is it OK to use sunscreen on him?

A. Absolutely, Soleo is safe for babies of all ages.

Q. Since I’m a wearer of Coolibar and use it for scuba diving in also, I am wondering if it is necessary to wear a sun block under clothing with an SPF rating?

A. If you’re in your Coolibar gear you’re covered. Apply sunscreen on all exposed areas such as hands.

Q.  I have extremely sensitive skin (post skin-condition) and my doctor recommended I wear SPF 100+ every hour while in the sun, but everyone seems to think there’s no point in anything over 50. Is there really an difference? Or was my doctor just being over-cautious?

A. SPF 100 etc. is just a myth and it will not give you any more protection than a true SPF 30+

Q. What are the main UVA/UVB blocking ingredients and what are their differences?

A. Zinc is the only sunscreen ingredient that offers complete block for UV A, B and UV C

Q. Why are there any additives added to sunscreen/sunblock?

A. Additives are used to preserve aqueous sunscreens. Soleo does not have additives or preservatives.

Q. Are Soleo products not aqueous? What does that mean with regard to sunscreens anyhow? How would Soleo products be described, comparatively?

A. Soleo is an oil base, but non comedogenic, it is water resistant and absorbs into the skin. Water based sunscreens generally don’t offer a great deal of water resistance and need to be applied more frequently, and they contain preservatives, often parabens, benzoates, tec. More chemical cocktails for your body to deal with.

Q. Does the product expire or break down if not used within a certain time frame? I know main stream sunscreens say to replace them after a year.

A. Our product has a two year shelf life. Chemical sunscreens are unstable and break down very rapidly, as opposed to zinc oxide. If our product comes out clear, just knead and shake it up like you would a salad dressing, you want to make sure the product comes out white.

Q. Does that mean it’s not effective after the expiration date or just less effective?

A. Soleo will actually remain stable for a least a year after the expiry date, but we cannot legally sell it once the date has lapsed.

Q. Can zinc be absorbed by the skin/body? If so, is this a concern?

A. Yes, zinc can be absorbed, but Soleo’s formula only absorbs into the skin and not into the bloodstream. Zinc is safe for the body as opposed to the chemicals found in traditional sunscreens.

Q. There has been a lot of controversy about sunscreen ingredients over the past year. What is the benefit of an all natural sunscreen such as Soleo?

A. The benefits are: non chemical, safe for all ages, zinc only, environmentally friendly, biodegradable, organic. Google “sunscreen side effects” and sit back and be shocked. You will see what the chemicals in sunscreen can do.

Q. What is Soleo tested for? Water/Sweat resistance, etc?

A. Up to 4 hours in the water and up to 4 hours in the sun, depending upon skin type. Non allergenic, non comedogenic, no eye sting, safe for babies

Q. How often do you need to reapply sunscreen? And how long do you need to wait for it to take effect?

A. Sunscreen should be applied one half hour before going outdoors. Even water-resistant sunscreens should be reapplied often, about every two hours or after swimming, drying off or perspiring.

If you have more questions regarding Soleo Organics Sunscreen or sunscreen in general, let us know on Facebook or our Blog’s comments section. To purchase Soleo Organics Sunscreen from Coolibar, click here.

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Natural Skin Tones are Totally on Trend

Editorial

Each year we observe President’s Day on the third Monday in February. For some reason, this particular President’s Day got me thinking about the days of old (or the days when George Washington was President) when pale skin was in. In fact, women before the 1920s used to use skin whitening methods to keep as much of a milky white tone as possible. This symbolized a high social status as outdoor workers, who were considered lower class, carried a tan appearance.  So why did this change over the years, and where are we now?

It’s argued that Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (pictured above), a revolutionary French fashion designer of the 20th century, started the tanning trend by mistake. While visiting the French Riviera in the 1920s, she accidentally got sunburn. In doing so, bronzed skin became a symbol of glamour rather than peasantry as her large following instantly adopted this look. By the end of the decade, the poor had left the fields for factories, and, helped along by Chanel, the trend for tan skin began.

Between Chanel, the industrial revolution, women’s magazine advertisements encouraging tanning in the 1940’s, the premiere of the bikini in 1946, the introduction of tanning beds in the late 70’s early 80’s, tan skin became, what seemed, acceptable, fashionable and easily obtainable. Years later, we know better.

This trend of the past century has left us with skyrocketing skin cancer rates and many with prematurely aging skin.  Currently, more people seem to be wising-up, protecting their skin, and “going with their own glow”.

For the past few years now, we’ve been seeing more natural toned celebrities on the red carpet, and pale, yet glowing, models on the runway. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, teen idols from the popular Twilight movies, have set a new trend for the younger crowd. Both sport a pale complexion yet glow with natural beauty.  Jane Larkworthy, recent Beauty Director of W magazine even claims tanning is just not in fashion anymore. “I can’t remember the last time I saw a tanned model in my magazine or on the runway.”

If you were once a part of the tan fad that is now out, you may not be able to reverse the damage that has been done. But the good news is that you can take action now. Start protecting your skin from the sun and get back your natural glow.

So how do you keep that natural skin tone glowing? 

First, avoid unprotected UV exposure as much as possible. Second, wear sun protective clothing, including a hat with a three-inch brim or greater, along with UV sunglasses. Then apply a generous amount of sunscreen, with SPF 30 or higher, 20 minutes before heading outdoors. Try a broad-spectrum sunscreen such as Soleo Organics, SolBar, or Vanicream. Do this, and your skin will be naturally glowing in no time!

“Tanning is Out of Style” Video by the Skin Cancer Foundation

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School Sun Hat Program (Video)

Dermatologist Dr. Jaime Davis
Uptown Dermatology
Minneapolis, MN

Hi, this is Dr. Davis for Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing.

I want to talk to you today about an issue that is near and dear to my heart, and that is Coolibar’s School Sun Hat Program.  My daughter’s pre-school qualified for this program and they were outfitted with a bunch of adorable little pre-school sized hats so that when they go outside to play at recess they have their sun protection covered.  A lot of schools consider sunscreen creams as medication and they don’t necessarily have the freedom to apply sunscreen to your child.  So, having a school that provides hats to your child will ensure their sun protection when they’re outside.

There are some super cute options. 

Child Reversible Bucket Hat

This little reversible lightweight sun hat, that is also adjustable, keeps them cool, keeps them protected.  I’d still have them wear their sun protective clothing for their little arms but this will provide adequate protection for their ears and face and actually does help keep them cool when they are running around at recess.

Child Chin Strap Hat

Another example in a little bit of a different fabric is also adjustable.  This one has a nice little chin strap too, so maybe if you’re out on the boat with the kids for example.  It also has a nice little absorbent headband.

So teaching kids to be SunAWARE at a young age is the point of this School Sun Hat Program that Coolibar puts on.  I highly recommend it, make sure your child’s school applies for the program. 

Help teach your kid to be SunAWARE at a young age, the value lasts a lifetime!

Coolibar School Sun Hat Program

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