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Vitamin D and Sunshine (Video)

Dermatologist Dr. Jaime Davis
Uptown Dermatology
Minneapolis, MN

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

I just wanted to touch on the topic of Vitamin D and Sunshine.  And while we all agree that we need adequate amounts of Vitamin D the American Academy of Dermatology holds the position that Ultraviolet light is not the safest way to get your Vitamin D

It’s preferred to do that through dietary intake – fish such as salmon or even tuna, even vitamin D supplementation in a vitamin pill is a lot safer for you than getting it through your skin.   In the old days when it was recommended that we get a little natural sunlight, the thing is there weren’t as good of variety of dietary sources and now there are.

So, vitamin D is something you can get adequately through your diet, still use your sunscreen and remain sun safe and 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. 

Fatty fish, such as salmon, are natural sources of vitamin D
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Albinism Crisis in Tanzania (Video)

Recently Coolibar was contacted by ABC’s 20/20 about a story on the persecution of those with albinism in Tanzania.  Through this connection Coolibar partnered with a non-profit organization called Under the Same Sun, which provides resources to assist those disadvantaged by disability, discrimination and poverty allowing an increased quality of life.  Coolibar donated sun protective clothing and hats to two schools in Tanzania, a safe refuge for children with albinism.  Tune in to 20/20 on Friday, August 27th to watch the full story.

“Coolibar’s goal is to be the pre-eminent authority on sun protection worldwide.  There is a problem with the people suffering with Albinism in Tanzania.  Albinism is really just a lack of melanin in your skin; it’s the stuff that gives you the natural protection against the sun.  The rate of albinism in Tanzania is significantly higher.  Typically it affects about one person in 20,000 and in Tanzania it’s about one in 4,000.”

 “Specifically what Coolibar is doing to help is we’re donating hats and we’re donating clothing; tops, shirts, blouses and so on.  It’s actually getting bundled up here in Minnesota and is going to be shipped over to them.”

“The main focus of our donation is for students and teachers in a couple of schools.  All together it will be about 500 people that we’ll be outfitting with our products and protecting.  We operate in a space where there is a lot of opportunities for us to work with communities and organizations who are not for profits or are serving people who are in need.  This is one of the first times that we’ve helped people in other countries, so we’re very happy to be doing that.  Coolibar’s mission is to help people enjoy the outdoors and their activities in the outdoors, and this type of work fits in very closely with that.”

Provides resources to assist those disadvantaged by disability.
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Expert Rx Videos

Is there a Safe Tan? (Video)

Dermatologist Dr. Jaime Davis 
Uptown Dermatology 
Minneapolis, MN
 

Today we’re going to talk about safe tanning, and the first thing to know is that There is No Safe Tanning!  Tanning is your skin’s mechanism for protecting itself from unsafe ultraviolet light.  Now, this varies depending on what you were genetically gifted with in terms of skin tone.  So, darker skin tones are going to be able to tolerate a little more light.  Really pale skin doesn’t have that melanin safety net to put up, so the lighter your skin the more you have to head this advice. 

No Tanning Beds – that’s the bottom line, there is no safe tanning bed, there is no measured dose.  It’s kind of analogous to saying, how many times can I not wear my seatbelt before it’s dangerous?   How many times can I go tanning before its dangerous?  It depends on a lot of things and I would say there is no safe amount to not wear your seat belt or to go tanning.

A couple of other things I wanted to address also is this Myth of Getting a Base Tan before Vacation.  The recommendation is really just Bring your Sunscreen on Vacation and Use It.  You really want to prevent sunburns and you know, frankly, you are going to get a nice little color through your sunscreen, even if it is a spf 30.  Embrace the healthy look of your natural skin color.  You do not need to enhance it with a tan…and if you want to, there are plenty of great options for self tanners.  We have spray booths, you can go in and get a tan sprayed on you and it’s all proven safe over time.  I would much rather see people use tanning creams or tanning spray booths than tanning beds in terms of safety.  I hear the concern a lot, but are those creams safe?  Way safer than natural ultraviolet light, that’s for sure.  The other advantage to avoiding ultraviolet light for tanning is your skin will thank you in many ways, besides reducing your risk for skin cancer your skin looks younger longer because healthy skin is better looking skin – no doubt about it!

 Keep in mind – Be SunAWARE and Be Safe!

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Inside Coolibar Videos

Introducing…The Coolibar Blog (Video)

John Barrow - Coolibar President

Over the years, we at Coolibar have been introduced to many “Movers and Shakers” in the world of sun protection and skin cancer prevention.  We also have the most amazing customers who have inspired us with their stories of strength and determination. 

We decided to create The Coolibar Blog as a place to bring all these voices together in one spot to share our collective experience of the best ways to live life safely in the sun.

We hope you enjoy our posts and contribute to the conversation.

Who is Coolibar anyway?

Coolibar is a sun protection clothing specialist.  We see ourselves as an authority on all things related to sun protection, that’s what we do.  We live, eat, sleep, and breathe sun protection.  Essentially what we’re doing is we’re taking sunscreen ingredients and adding them into the manufacturing process, so that we’re embedding the sunscreen ingredients into the fabric.

Most of our customers have some health related reason for purchasing from us.  There is a growing group of customers that purchase from us because they simply want to buy the best sun protective products they can get.

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