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#WhereICoolibar Photo Contest Winners

Working at Coolibar, nothing is more rewarding than seeing how our products perform in real life. That’s why we were excited to kick-off the #WhereICoolibar Photo Contest in June, so we could watch our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram pages fill up with genuine customer photos.

The Coolibar customer service team has a keen eye for Coolibar. After sifting through over 100 photos, and much debate, the ballots are in. The winners of the $500 Coolibar shopping spree are (drum roll please…):

Winner – Best Kids or Family Photo

Emily F. – #WhereICoolibar – Dune diving at Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan wearing a Coolibar swim shirt, skirt and cute sun hat.

Winner – Best Travel or On Location Photo

JeanAnn M. – #WhereICoolibar – Hiking Maroon Bells in Aspen Colorado wearing our Coolibar shirts!

Honorable mentions:

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Thank you to everyone who submitted photos! Stay tuned for more contests soon. Follow our contest board on Pinterest for up-to-date announcements.

– Coolibar Customer Service

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Events Inside Coolibar

USTA Tennis Arrives in Downtown Minneapolis

Live in a metro area? Ever watch an outdoor match of tennis in the midst of towering skyscrapers? An unusual site, but once a year, you’ll see this in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota (Coolibar’s state headquarters).

Many of USTA Northern’s best tennis players compete for over $5,000 in prize money in men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles.

Our friends at Twin City Tennis Camps invited Coolibar to not only watch the action, but talk with tennis fans and city strollers catching a glimpse of the excitement. Of course, who can resist free sunscreen samples and sun protective clothing when it’s sunny with a heat index of 100+?


If you live near Minneapolis and still want to catch a game, it’s not too late. Women’s finals are tomorrow, Friday, July 19, 2013. You’ll also see Coolibar there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by and say hi if you’re in the area.

Event details:

The 18th Annual Canadian Pacific Aquatennial Tennis Classic runs July 8-19 at Canadian Pacific Plaza (2nd Avenue & 5th Street) in downtown Minneapolis. Matches begin weekdays at 9:00 a.m. and continue until approximately 5 p.m., weather permitting, and spectator admission is free. In cases of inclement weather, matches will be moved to the Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus.

The qualifying tournament is July 8-10 at Canadian Pacific Plaza, followed by the main draw, July 10-19. The men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles finals are set for July 18 beginning at 10:00 a.m., followed by the women’s singles and doubles finals on July 19 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

For more information, please visit www.aquatennial.com or call 612-376-7669.

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Inside Coolibar What our customers say

Coolibar put to the test in the Mideast

Phillip Jones is a well-seasoned traveler of the Mideast. After spending 30 years in deserts and a bout of skin cancer, he still loves hot, dry places, but now takes the necessary skin precautions.

I lived in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, traveled in Bahrain, Jordan and Turkey. I love the Mideast, people, culture and food. On March 27, I travel to Salalah, Oman for my third visit. Oman tests clothing and travelers with intense heat, sun, strong winds and the reflected sun from the ocean when on the coast. After years in the Tropics and the deserts of Arabia, Jordan, Oman, and Kuwait, my skin must be protected from more skin cancer. Since I travel light, my clothing must be strong, easily hand washed and dried at night, then look sharp the next day.

After 62 years of sun exposure in the Tropics and in four deserts, my skin is in bad shape. My dermatologist has said that I have no good skin left on my hands. The only solution for me has been to wear Coolibar Full Ginger Gloves when I drive, fish or plan to be outside for any length of time. Since my ears have been burned many times by liquid nitrogen, as well as being “trimmed” at Duke Hospital, I often wear the Coolibar protective sun drape in the Middle East and when fishing in the Arabian Gulf or the Indian Ocean. With the sun drape on, I can fish for twelve hours on the ocean and get back to land without any sunburn. This Easter, I spent a week in Oman for the third time, fishing off the coast of Salalah, then returning to Sur for five more days of fishing on the water. This trip, I wore my Coolibar Full Finger Gloves, Protective Sun Drape, Featherweight Bucket Hat and Adventure Jacket. My skin did not even turn pink!

The Coolibar bucket hat works very well in the windy desert or on the water. The 3-inch brim is not too large to flap from the wind and can be tightened with a cord in back as well as the chin strap. It folds nicely for pocket carry as well. When I did not wear the sun drape, I would put the hood of the Adventure Jacket under the Bucket Hat, preventing any neck sunburn. The Adventure jacket works well on many levels. It is thin, cool to wear and has six pockets. When my fishing line would become tangled, I would take my gloves off, stuff them in the outside jacket pockets, and retrieve them when lines were unkinked. I kept my eyeglasses secure in the chest pockets, fastened with Velcro.

I am fair skinned, blue-eyed and a redhead, so I cannot take any more chances with the sun. My wife wants me to wear sunscreen, but with Coolibar products I only have to cover my nose and a bit of cheeks with sunscreen, and still avoid burns. Coolibar products pack well, wash in a bathroom sink when traveling, dry quickly and still look sharp the next day!

Phillip – North Carolina

Coolibar provided Phillip with the Adventure Jacket and Bucket Hat for the purpose of this review.

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Wear Sun Protection What our customers say

I’m African-American and Sun Safe

Coolibar was introduced to mom blogger Quiana Agbai of Harlem Love Birds this spring at Getting Gorgeous, an event dedicated to making mom’s feel gorgeous, both inside and out. Quiana learned all about Coolibar Sun Protection You Wear and needless to say, we had a lengthy conversation about the importance of sun protection for all skin types. Mrs. Harlem Love Bird shares her thoughts with us.

Review by Quiana Agbai, Blogger, Harlem Love Birds

As an African-American one of the biggest myths is that we don’t need to wear sunscreen because of the melanin in our skin. This is far from the truth, especially in light of the recent study about prolonged use of sunscreen preventing skin aging. Although the subjects weren’t African-American, it was speculated that outstanding results would have been achieved as well.

While I’ve used sunscreen off-and-on throughout my childhood and now as an adult every single day, especially with my diagnosis of discoid lupus in 2007, it’s been important more than ever to practice being sun safe.

With that in mind when I was introduced to Coolibar at Getting Gorgeous blogger event last month, I knew it was a brand I wanted to learn more about. Sure enough, Coolibar partners with the Lupus Foundation of America to provide education about the importance of maintaining sun safe habits.

The Coolibar Sun Beach Hat I’m wearing (picture left) was included in my Getting Gorgeous gift bag. It’s been a mainstay when I’m out and about especially for prolonged play-dates at the park and pool. Every time I wear it I get stopped by people wanting to know where it’s from.

I’ve noticed my Sun Beach Hat really does keep me cool and because my scalp is most affected by discoid lupus it provides outstanding coverage. It also has an adjustable loop inside to adjust the fit; since the brim is so large I’ve had a few times when it blows away like a sail so making sure the fit is correct is important! It also folds up nicely but retains its shape and structure when unfolded – no floppy hat syndrome.

Guest blogger Quiana Agbai received free sun protective product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are her own.

Quiana and daughter Nia

Shop Coolibar UPF 50+ Clothing, Hats and Swimwear.

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Coolibar Athletes Wellness Warriors

Athlete for change: Paul Ridley

In 2010, Paul Ridley completed his 3000 mile row across the Atlantic Ocean, solo, protected by Coolibar all the way. Why would one endure the pain that comes from 87 days of rowing 12 to 14 hours every day? To raise awareness and research funds for skin cancer.

Our former athlete for a change is still at it, and he’s now teamed up with Advil to talk about pushing through the pain to reach his goal of helping those dealing with skin cancer.

Watch his video, and you may even be inspired to volunteer your resources to a worthy cause.

Read the story about Paul’s Row for Hope.

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Apply Sunscreen

American Dermatologists Reveal Top 10 Sunscreen Brands

MINNEAPOLIS, July 1, 2013Coolibar, the nation’s leading sun protective clothing manufacturer, conducted a survey to reveal the top 10 dermatologist recommended sunscreen brands. The survey was conducted at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) from March 1-5, 2013 in Miami Beach, FL.  Neutrogena and Aveeno top the list as perennial favorites followed by La Roche-Posay, Elta and Vanicream in the top five.

We had a record number of 1,572 dermatologists weighing in on the most reliable sunscreens recommended to patients as part of their sun safety education.

“Optimal sun protection comes from a combination of sun-protective clothing and sunscreen,” said John Barrow, founder and president of Coolibar.  “Coolibar remains committed to educating the public on sun safety and ways to prevent the risk of skin cancer and avoiding the  damaging affects of the sun. “

A mix of mass-market sunscreens combined with specialty brands are listed in order of the frequency with which they are recommended to patients:

  1. Neutrogena
  2. Aveeno
  3. La Roche-Posay
  4. Elta
  5. Vanicream
  6. Coppertone
  7. Blue Lizard
  8. Eucerin
  9. Solbar
  10. Fallene

 About Coolibar: Coolibar is the most recommended and tested sun protective clothing company in the United States. Based in Minneapolis, the company was founded in 2001 to bring Australia’s world-leading approaches to sun protection to the American market and beyond by producing and selling sun protective apparel for active families through catalog and online. Dedicated to the highest quality sun protective clothing, hats and accessories, Coolibar guarantees UPF 50+ ratings for the life of their garments.  Each garment is developed with sun protection as the number one priority with a full line of proprietary SUNTECT® fabrics. Coolibar has been recognized by the Skin Cancer Foundation, the American Academy of Dermatology and the Melanoma International Foundation for effective sun protection. Coolibar Cares, the company’s giving back initiative, supports programs such as SunAWARE, School Sun Hat program, Doctor Connect, the AAD Camp Discovery for sun sensitive children as well as athlete sponsorships and product donations. For information about Coolibar, go to www.coolibar.com or call 1-800-926-6509.

Contact: Carol Schuler, Schuler Publicity – 612-281-7030, carol@cschuler.com

 

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Summer Nostalgia Album

It was the summer of ____. What fond memories long summer days bring. We’ve changed so much, but our love for summer remains the same.

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Educate Others Events SunAWARE

World Vitiligo Day

Today, June 25, 2013, is World Vitiligo Day, a day that aims to increase awareness of vitiligo and raise funds needed for research and education.

Michael Jackson, one of the most famous entertainers in the world, suffered from vitiligo. And even after his death it’s still one of the most misunderstood things about the king of pop. Vitiligo is a skin disorder in which there is a loss of color (pigment) from areas of skin, resulting in irregular white patches that feel like normal skin. It’s the reason one of the most famous men on the planet went from black to white.

Well over 100 million people from all over the world suffer from this disease. It affects all nationalities, ages, genders and levels of social strata.

Vitiligo is an acquired disease characterized by progressing skin depigmentation, due to destruction or malfunction of melanocytes, cells that produce melanin. It is present worldwide, and its prevalence in different countries ranges from less than 0.1% to more than 8% of general population (~1% in the United States and in Europe), while many cases go unreported due to the current dermatology practice.

Although vitiligo has impacted the lives of millions of individuals since recorded history, predominantly in the developing world, there is no cure in sight. And because it is not contagious or life-threatening, patients often receive no support from national healthcare systems or insurance companies whatsoever.

The World Vitiligo Day is a public initiative aimed at building global awareness about vitiligo.  Click here to join a list of 500,000 signatures needed to address the United Nations and highlight vitiligo.

Check out these resources on vitiligo:

VR Foundation
Firmly committed to curing Vitiligo, the VR Foundation is a non-profit organization funding and fast-tracking medical research across the biomedical spectrum. With bio-IT tools, it provides a collaborative an environment to bridge the gap between scientific frontiers and the patients who need treatment. The VRF has recently joined a group of biotech companies that are bypassing traditional mass-market cosmetic and orphan drug development indications to expedite product development.

Vitiligo Bond Inc.
Founded in November 2010, Vitiligo Bond Inc. (VBI) is a registered nonprofit 501c(3) organization that aims to provide support for those living with vitiligo. VBI has grown into a worldwide support group, through its Facebook and social media presence. As an advocacy organization, VBI is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for vitiligo; increasing awareness of vitiligo spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with vitiligo and their families. Natasha Pierre, founder of VBI, is a current vitiligan. Her experience in living with the skin disorder has given her the passion and understanding of vitiligo.

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American Academy of Dermatology
The AAD is the largest, most influential and most representative dermatology group in the United States. With a membership of more than 17,000, it represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the United States, as well as a growing number of international dermatologists. Read what the AAD says about vitiligo and the importance of sun protection. Find a board certified dermatologist.

Read about other famous people with vitiligo: NY Jets DL Coach Karl Dunbar – Seeing Beyond My Vitiligo.

Michael Jackson photo credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson

A portion of this post is part of a news release originally published by the VR Foundation.

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Parenting

4th of July Safety for Kids

Anticipation is growing as everyone awaits a weekend filled with water play, lip-smacking barbeques and grand firework displays this Independence Day. While the 4th of July can be fun, it can also be a hazardous day, especially for children who do not understand the dangers associated with some of the traditional festivities. This 4th of July, keep these simple safety precautions in mind when you and your kids are out at play.

 

Be SunAWARE

Whether this Independence Day is sunny or cloudy, you and your family will need sun protection when outdoors. If you’ll be around water, remember that the sun’s UV rays reflect off of the water’s surface, so you and your kids will be getting sun exposure in all directions! Be SunAWARE and protect yourself and your family from the problems associated with sun exposure by following these steps:

SunAWARE Advice

Be Alert Around Water

Any body of water can be dangerous for children who are not under close adult supervision. The American Red Cross offers this safety advice when in or around water.

* Actively supervise children whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach—designate a responsible adult to supervise. Teach children to always ask permission to go near water.

* Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.

* Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone. This includes when boating too.

* Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.

See all of the American Red Cross water safety tips.

Play it Safe with Fireworks

Each year approximately 8,800 people visit the emergency room due to firework-related injuries. The risk of fireworks injury is highest for kids ages 10 to 14 – more than twice the risk for the general population. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission asks that you please use the following safety measures if fireworks are legal in your area and you plan on creating your own celebratory display.

* Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

* Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Young children often suffer injuries from sparklers, which burn at temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees—hot enough to melt some metals.

* Never place any part of your body directly over a firework when lighting the fuse. Back up a safe distance immediately after igniting.

* Never re-light or pick-up fireworks that have not ignited fully. If possible reach them with a hose and dowse with water before approaching.

* Keep a bucket of water or hose handy in case of fire and to dowse fireworks after use.

See all of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission firework safety tips.

Have a fun and safe Independence Day!

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Avoid UV & Seek Shade

Texas teens bid farewell to tanning beds

Texas will now join California, Vermont, Oregon, and Nevada in prohibiting tanning beds for minors younger than 18 years of age. This announcement comes shortly after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed a strong recommendation against the use of tanning beds by minors under the age of 18.

Anti-skin cancer organizations are pleased and hope to see a decrease in skin cancer rates over time. “The American Academy of Dermatology Association is proud to have supported this legislation and commends the state of Texas for joining the fight against skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer,” said board-certified dermatologist Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD, president of the American Academy of Dermatology Association. “Melanoma incidence rates have been increasing for the last 30 years, with the most rapid increases occurring among young, white women, the most common users of indoor tanning beds. Prohibiting minors’ access to indoor tanning stops this behavior before it can become a habit that continues into adulthood.”

Legislation prohibiting the use of indoor tanning beds by minors under 18 passed both the Texas Senate and House in May. Gov. Rick Perry did not sign or veto the bill within the 20-day period. Therefore, the bill automatically became law. The ban will go into effect on Sept. 1, 2013.

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