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Policymakers Regulate Indoor Tanning for Minors

If you’re under 18 years old and live in the state of California or Vermont, say goodbye to tanning bed use once and for all. California stepped up and became the first state in the nation to ban the use of indoor tanning beds for all minors under 18. The CA ban went into effect on January 1, 2012, followed by Vermont on July 1, 2012 – both monumental dates in the anti-tanning movement.

“According to (California) State Senator Ted Lieu, who introduced and sponsored the legislation on its long journey through the state assembly, the bill’s successful passage provides hope that similar action can be achieved in other states across the United States. ‘I strongly believe that this law is a good model for other states and countries to follow,’ says Mr. Lieu. ‘Every year the evidence is more overwhelming that tanning greatly increases one’s likelihood of skin cancer, which is why we need to keep pushing the envelope to bring about more legislation to restrict indoor tanning,’ Mr. Lieu notes.”

The National Council of State Governments has assembled an easy to read graph and table for state indoor tanning laws and regulations for minors for a side by side comparison. Visit their website to learn more about the anti-tanning legislation in your state.

2012 State Indoor Tanning Laws for Minors 2012 State Indoor Tanning Laws for Minors

Make your voice heard.

If you believe indoor tanning devices should receive the maximum amount of regulation, which more closely matches the health risks of these harmful devices, write a letter of support to your state elected representatives urging the FDA to regulate tanning beds and ban those under 18 from using them.  You can also email The Skin Cancer Foundation at advocacy@skincancer.org. The Foundation will compile all emails of support and send them to the FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg’s office.

Resources:

National Conference of State Legislatures

Practical Dermatology

The Skin Cancer Foundation

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Traveling to Paradise in Coolibar

After a lifetime of holidays abroad, Suzanne Morphet combined her passion for travel with her profession as a news reporter and became a travel writer. Suzanne shares her latest venture to Marquesas Islands – which she calls a tropical paradise – as well as the Coolibar gear she took along.

“Before my recent cruise through the Marquesas Islands in the South Pacific I looked for clothing that would protect me from the harsh equatorial sun. But I also wanted clothes that would be comfortable in the heat and stylish.  I was pleased to discover Coolibar, which uses innovative new fabrics and technology to make clothes that are breathable and a pleasure to wear.

For ease of travel, I pack lightly. I took just one small suitcase for my two-week cruise, with only clothes that I could wash and hang-dry overnight. Coolibar clothes fit the bill perfectly. These are some of my favorites:

Sport Shirt: I wore this shirt many of the days we went ashore. It’s light as a feather, with a hidden front pocket for a passport or money. I loved the vibrant color (Lagoon) and got lots of compliments on it.

ZnO Sun Wrap: This is what I mean by innovative technology.  The ZnO line is made with bamboo cotton embedded with micro-particles of zinc oxide. Sounds like sunscreen for your skin, but there’s no messy application. It’s safe to say I wore my ZnO Sun Wrap every day. It kept me comfortable in air-conditioned restaurants or out on deck late at night while stargazing.

ZnO Beach Pants: They might be considered beach pants, but I got away wearing them into town, to market, sightseeing, you-name-it. Indispensable, they are the perfect accompaniment to the Sport Shirt or other sun-protective shirt. Mine are white and I worried if they would stand up to frequent hand-washing but they did and still look like new.

Sun Shawl: Sometimes I just wanted to wear my skimpiest bathing suit and lie in the sun. That’s when my sun shawl came in handy. It’s long enough to cover me from head to toe. And it’s so lightweight I wouldn’t heat up underneath it. Perfect for lying poolside and reading. 

ZnO Maxi Dress: You can dress it up or down. Nicely fitted, but not clingy. Does double duty as a sundress and a dinner dress.  I never thought a little black dress could be so versatile!”

For an article and more on her in the Marquesas Islands, see Suzanne’s article in The Dallas Morning News.

For more on Suzanne Morphet, visit her website: http://www.suzannemorphet.com/

Suzanne ran into two more Coolibar customers on the freighter! 🙂
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Winter fitness tips from Bob Greene

Bob Greene is an exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer specializing in fitness, metabolism, and weight loss. Greene is the creator of Best Life, a diet and fitness plan, and Best Life Foods, author of “20 Years Younger” and numerous other health books. As an avid exerciser, he wishes to share his winter fitness gear picks with you!

“I usually prefer outdoor workouts to indoor workouts—you don’t have to worry about fighting for the treadmill at the gym, the scenery can be inspiring and the fresh air is invigorating,” says Greene. “But as the temperature drops, you might be tempted to head indoors. Don’t let the weather ruin your workout plans. Use the tips below to stay warm until spring.

Step One: Select the right shirt. Layers are an exerciser’s best friend. Your first layer should consist of a long-sleeve undershirt (I love turtleneck and mock turtleneck athletic wear) made of wicking fabric without any buttons or zippers. Then, cover it with a sweatshirt made of a “Polar-guard” type of material. If needed, add a final layer of a wind-resistant shell or jacket. Even though it’s cooler out, you still have to worry about sun protection. I recommend choosing sun-protective clothing, like those sold from Coolibar.

Coolibar UPF 50 Long Sleeve Fitness Shirt

Step Two: Go light on your lower half. Your legs will stay pretty warm once you get going so you don’t need as many layers on your lower half. Jogging tights are a good option because they don’t move and won’t chafe your skin. When it’s cold, you can add a layer of pants made of a “Polar-guard” type of material.

Step Three: Don’t forget about your feet. Don’t just throw any old socks on your feet. To keep your toes toasty, steer clear of cotton socks—once they get wet, they stay wet! Go for a sock made of material that wicks moisture away from the skin (you can find them at athletic specialty stores).

Step Four: Accessorize. Your body loses a large amount of heat through your head; you can retain heat by wearing a head covering of some sort. A simple ski cap or headband that covers your ears will work on most days. When it’s very cold, you may want to go with a full head mask (look for one made of a wicking material; running specialty stores sell them.) Also, you may want to consider investing in running gloves. They protect you from the cold and sun damage. Finally, don’t forget the sunscreen.”

Read more from Bob Greene and other health experts on The Best Life Blog.

See full winter fitness article here: http://www.dietsinreview.com/diet_column/11/stay-warm-strategies-for-winters-outdoor-workouts/

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3 Personal New Year’s Resolutions to Stay Skin Cancer Free in 2013

When thinking about your 2013 New Year’s Resolutions, consider making a conscious effort to prevent skin cancer in 2013. Yes, skin cancer is preventable in many cases. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually (Skin Cancer Foundation).

Prevention starts with education, and knowing exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVA – aging, and UVB – burning rays) from the sun and tanning beds contributes to your risk of developing skin cancer. The good news is an individual can take simple steps to ensure a lifetime of healthy skin and still enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer.

3 Simple New Years Resolutions for Healthy Skin in 2013:

1. Use Sun Protection (Photo: Raw Elements SPF 30 Sunscreen)

1. Incorporate sun protection into your daily routine.

Use sun protection every day of the year. Even if you are indoors, windows allow UVA rays to penetrate the glass (glass blocks UVB rays). Start by incorporating sunscreen into your daily routine. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher on your face and all exposed skin. If you wear makeup, apply a face sunscreen underneath your foundation even if your foundation has SPF, as most people don’t use a thick enough application to provide adequate sun protection. (Click here for dermatologist recommended face sunscreens.) If you’ll be outdoors for an extended period of time, wear a wide brim hat, UV400 sunglasses and UPF 50+ sun protective clothing. If you cannot wear sun protective clothing, apply sunscreen underneath your T-shirt since most regular clothing offers less than SPF 30 protection. Not only will this keep your skin healthy, but as added incentive, you’ll look younger longer since UV rays significantly contribute to visible signs of aging.

2. Perform a self skin exam

2. Perform a self-skin exam every month and track your mole changes.

You know your body best, so you’ll likely be the first to notice changes in the skin. Also, when caught early, skin cancer is easily treatable in most cases. This is why performing a self-skin exam is important. Print this body map from the Skin Cancer Foundation and then look for the following:

1. A skin growth that increases in size and appears pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black, or multicolored.

2. A mole, birthmark, beauty mark, or any brown spot that: changes color, increases in size or thickness, changes in texture, is irregular in outline, is bigger than 6mm or 1/4”, the size of a pencil eraser, appears after age 21.

3. A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab, erode, or bleed.

4. An open sore that does not heal within three weeks.

If you notice any change in an existing mole or discover a new one that looks suspicious, see a physician immediately.

If you’re more of an smart phone app aficionado, technology is making performing a self-skin exam an exceedingly simple task. Check out smart phone apps on the Coolibar Pinterest page.

3. Get a full-body skin cancer screening (Photo: Charles Crutchfield III, M.D., M.B.B., F.A.A.D.)

3. Make time for a full-body skin cancer screening with a board-certified dermatologist once per year.

While you should check your skin every month, a board-certified dermatologist that works with skin every day may notice changes that you didn’t. Schedule an annual skin cancer screening to ensure your skin is healthy as can be!

The American Academy of Dermatology designates the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday (5/6/2013). Dermatology offices often provide free skin cancer screenings. Find a free skin cancer screening on the AAD website or by calling your local dermatology office. Mark your calendars now!

Have a great 2013 and keep your skin healthy!

– Coolibar, Sun Protection You Wear

DisclaimerThe 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.

What are your 2013 New Year’s Resolutions? Join the conversation on the Coolibar Pinterest page!

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Winter Solstice means sunny days ahead

Good news for the Northern Hemisphere, for the next six months days will get longer and brighter! Today, during Winter Solstice (6:12 am EST), the Northern Hemisphere was tipped as far away from the sun as it gets, so now daylight will begin to increase faster the farther north you go

The Science of solstice:
Varied seasons across the globe are possible because of the Earth’s axial tilt. As the Earth orbits the Sun, the axis stays pointed in one direction on the sky. So during the winter, the Northern Hemisphere is tipped away from sun. Thus, the Sun is lower in the sky; it heats the ground less efficiently; and days are shorter.

Photo credit: Dna-webmaster, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AxialTiltObliquity.png

No Doomsday, just sunnier celebrations ahead!
The middle of winter and brighter days is something to celebrate. It was for ancient cultures as well! While Winter Solstice is celebrated in numerous ways across the globe and by each culture, the Northern Hemisphere cultures have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time!

Happy Winter Solstice!

Resources: Slate.com; WashingtonPost.com; National Geographic

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The season of thanks

This time of year we like to take a moment to give thanks. To start the conversation, we asked our friend Karl Dunbar, DL Coach for the New York Jets, to share what he’s thankful for. Join in our conversation on Twitter @Coolibar #Thankful, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coolibar.

“This year in NY with the Jets, we have had a lot of story lines but none bigger than being thankful no matter the circumstances. 

I look back on the year and I see a Nation moving forward. My son is finishing his first fall of college with a 3.75 GPA, and his team is playing in the New Orleans Bowl against East Carolina University. My girls are healthy and playing basketball at the local high school and doing well. My wife and I are doing better after the loss of her mother and the graduation of our son from high school. I don’t know which one was harder.

My Jets have had a tough season and last Monday we were eliminated from the playoffs after our loss to the Titans. My faith keeps me strong no matter what goes on outside of my control. 

I’m also thankful that Coolibar has teamed up with me to help protect people with sensitive skin and I’m hopeful this off-season we can get on the road and speak to young kids about having a positive self-esteem no matter what their circumstances are. Happy Holidays to all of our followers and God Bless.”

– Coach Dunbar

Share what you are thankful for. Join in our conversation on Twitter @Coolibar #Thankful, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coolibar, or comment below.

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All I want is a Coolibar gift certificate!

Need a last minute gift idea? We’ve got one — a Coolibar Gift Certificate!

Coolibar gift certificates are a great way to say you care – and to let recipients select the sun protective clothing they want. Choose from six denominations ranging from $25 to $500. We can send them instantly via email or get it to you by postal mail.

Call 1-800-926-6509 to order your gift certificate today!

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Expert Rx

Sugar and Food Addiction: How to Stop Caving to the Craving

Limiting sugar intake is no simple task. Giving it up all together seems like mission impossible. Last month we revealed why refined sugar is harmful to our skin and body in the blog post “The Not-So-Sweet Truth: Sugar & pre-mature skin aging”. Now, Dr. Pamela Peeke, an internationally recognized expert, physician, and scientist of nutrition and fitness and author of the New York Times bestseller “The Hunger Fix: The Three Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction” will tell you how to “trick” your brain into seeing that yogurt and blueberries is far more rewarding than a family size candy bar.

“For years I have listened to men and women who have experienced what they describe as a real addiction to refined (white) sugar in foods they eat— pastries, candies, desserts,” says Dr. Peeke.  “They have found that ingesting even one serving will lead to a binge.”

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP

While sugar “addiction” may never fully subside, Dr. Peeke has some suggestions to help minimize cravings. “Not all sugars are the same,” says Dr. Peeke. “The worst ones are refined, processed sugars and they’re usually white – table sugar, white rice, white pasta, white bread… You can never have just one serving of this stuff. Your brain has attached such reward to having a sweet something, that you’ll always over eat it. Instead, avoid it.”

While it may be too hard to cut our sugars all-together, you can substitute refined sugars with natural sugars. “Natural sugars (or healthy carbs) are primarily derived from plants, have lots of satisfying fiber (that’ll fill you up the right way and keep you regular), and include whole grains, veggies, fruits and beans,” says Dr. Peeke… “If you feel you have an addictive situation, I would steer clear of refined sugars and substitute with healthy natural sugars instead. It will take you about a week or so to make the taste switch and a month to really effect a longer term change. Reward yourself not with a moment of fake bliss after devouring refined sugar, but with new energy, a leaner body and a satisfaction greater than any lump of sugar can ever provide you.

More on “The Hunger Fix: The Three Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction” www.drpeeke.com

Take the Food Addiction Quiz: http://www.drpeeke.com/PopQuiz.htm . The Hunger Fix lays out a science-based three-stage plan that shows how to break addiction to False Fixes and replace them with healthier rewards. Fun fitness activities, customized meal plans, and delicious, satisfying recipes are designed to trigger the specific neurochemical cascade that stimulates your body’s reward system, reclaims your hijacked brain, and supports your lifelong recovery. Energizing Healthy Fixes such as meditating, having sex, writing your own blog, or going for a walk on the beach— even laughing—quickly replace the junk food, couch time, and other self-destructive habits that can leave you unhappy and overweight.

Photo credit: Eric Gibson

Resources:
http://forums.webmd.com/3/diet-exchange/forum/716
http://www.empowher.com/healthy-eating/content/truth-about-food-addiction-dr-pam-peeke-and-michelle-king-robson
http://blogs.webmd.com/pamela-peeke-md/2009/08/sugar-addiction.html

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A trip down Coolibar Holiday Lane + Cookie Recipes!

The holidays are near and already here for some. There is much hustle and bustle in the Coolibar building: treats on the corner of every desk, talk of presents and of course the Coolibar holiday party! This year, our employees wanted to share their ways to get into the holiday spirit with you – including their favorite part of the holiday season, their ultimate gifting wish, and infamous holiday cookie and treat recipes!

Pat in Customer Service: My favorite part of the holiday season is spending more time with family and friends; and all of the beautiful lights and decorations.

If money was no object, I would give to Mary Jo Copeland of Sharing and Caring Hands – she is tops on my list if I ever win the lottery!

My Favorite Recipe is: Sweet and Saltine

40 saltine crackers

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

1 cup light brown sugar

8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (about 1 1/3 cups)

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large jellyroll pan with alumi¬num foil and the saltine crackers.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour over the crackers, covering them evenly. Put the jellyroll pan into the oven and watch closely. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes, or until just bubbly. Remove from the oven and pour the chocolate chips over the crackers. When the chips melt a bit, spread them over the crackers with a knife. Transfer the pan to the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until completely cold. They will form one big sheet. Break up into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Substitute graham crackers for the saltines for a sweeter snack. Use 1 stick of butter instead of 2 for a crunchier, saltier cracker.

Use anywhere from 35 to 45 saltine crackers, depending on the size of your pan.

I used milk chocolate chips instead of semisweet once because that’s what I had on hand. They tasted great, too.

 

Alan in Marketing: My favorite part of the holiday season is getting out the Christmas decorations and decorating the house.  It is fun to remember who gave us the decorations, what we were doing at that time in our lives, and to prepare the house to make new Christmas memories.

If money was no object, I would give continued good health to my family.

My Favorite Recipe is: Cathedral Windows

1/4 cup butter

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

2 eggs, beaten

1 (10.5 ounce) package rainbow colored miniature marshmallows

1 cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for decoration

Melt together the butter and chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler or in the microwave. Stir to blend, then stir in the eggs, colored marshmallows and pecans.

Pour the mixture into a 9×5 inch loaf pan, lined with foil. Dust with powdered sugar and refrigerate until firm.

Remove chilled dough from loaf pan, remove the foil, and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Cookies resemble stained glass windows. Note: pregnant women, young children, the elderly and the ill should not consume raw eggs.

 

Kara in Creative:

My Favorite Recipe is: Purist’s Lefse

5lbs White Russet Potatoes (yes, the type of potato is important).

Peel and cook. Mash whilst still warm, and add to the mash:

1 Stick of Butter

2 Tablespoons Sugar

2-3 Tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream

Cool mixture overnight. The NEXT DAY Add:

3 Cups of Flour to every 9 cups of potatoes.

Work flower in with hands.

Scoop out potato dough in balls slightly larger than a golf ball – approximately 1/3 cup. Keep the rest of the dough cool.

Roll out the ball of dough thin and round – use plenty of flour.

Bake on 450 degree griddle until brown spots appear – a couple of minutes. Pull off the grill and fold in half (use the flipper) and lay between 2 clothes (generally, cotton flour sack rags).

 

Kelly in Customer Service: My favorite part of the holiday season is decorating and attending fun events like the Holidazzle Parade, Macys display, seeing all the Christmas lights, etc.

If money was no object, I would buy my boyfriend Noah who is a chef this cookbook set he is dying to buy: Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking (over $500!)

My Favorite Recipe is: Special 7-Layer Bars

Preheat oven at 350 degrees –

¼ Cup Butter

Melt in the 9” X 13” pan in the oven

Place 1 can of Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk into a bowl with hot water (do NOT open the can until later step) 

1 Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs

1 Cup Coconut

1 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips

1 Cup Butterscotch Chips 

Add graham cracker crumbs, coconut, chocolate and butterscotch chips (separate layers).

Pour warmed milk over the top.

Layer 1 cup of Heath brand toffee chips and then 1 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans). Gently press the toffee chips and nuts into the milk layer.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Score the edges with still hot. Cut squares into the pan while still warm. Remove bars when completely cooled.

 

Chrissi in Customer Service: My favorite part of the holiday season is spending time with friends and family.       

I have a few friends who are working overseas with various organizations and have to raise support to be there. If money was no object, it would be awesome to be able to cover what they need to alleviate some stress and allow them to focus on their work. If money were no object, I would also buy everyone in Minnesota a shovel and some quality boots for shoveling your car out of the snow.

My Favorite Recipe is: Almond Glazed Poppy Seed Bread

3 cups flour, all-purpose

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3 large eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 1/4 cups sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds

1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract

1 1/2 teaspoons liquid butter flavoring

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

 Almond glaze

 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup orange juice

3/4 cup sugar

Combine ingredients and beat with mixer 2 minutes.

Pour into 2 large or 5 small greased loaf pans.

Bake large loaves for 1 hr. and smaller ones for about 25 min. Or until brown. Cool 10 min and remove from pans.

To make almond glaze, mix ingredients together until sugar dissolves. Spoon glaze generously over tops and sides.

 

Ben in Merchandising: I love snowy pine trees during this time of year.

If money were no object, I would give free surgery to those most in need.

 

Jennifer in Marketing: My favorite part of the holiday season is being with friends and family.  I also love watching my loved ones open a gift that I have specially chosen for them, and they really love it.

If money was no object, I would give my mother a new car/truck. She needs something with 4 wheel drive to get through all the snow in ND.

My Favorite Recipe is:  the classic Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookie and I still like to eat the dough.

 

Heather in Customer Service: My favorite part of the holiday is sitting around the tree on Christmas Eve with my family playing board games and sipping on hot chocolate.

My Favorite Recipe is: Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies. You have to use the chocolate stars, not the chocolate kisses. 😉

Happy Holidays from all of us at Coolibar!

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Cooper knows, you can sunburn your eyes

Last week, Journalist and TV Personality Anderson Cooper shared that he went blind for 36 hours after suffering eye sunburn. Cooper was in Portugal where he spent ample time out on the water reporting for CBS’s “60 Minutes.” Cooper was not wearing sunglasses.

“I wake up in the middle of the night and it feels like my eyes are on fire, my eyeballs and I think, ‘Oh, maybe I have sand in my eyes or something,” Anderson said.  “I douse my eyes with water. Anyway, it turns out I have sunburned my eyeballs and I go blind. I went blind for 36 hours.” Other symptoms of eye sunburn include blurred vision, irritation, pain, redness, tearing and (like Cooper) temporary vision loss called photokeratitis.

Just like our skin, our eyes are susceptible to damage from the sun. Exposure to intense sunlight for even a short period of time can essentially cause your eyes to develop sunburn. Both short and long term exposure to UV rays could create vision problems and eye damage, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation.

It’s extremely important to not only protect your skin from sunburn but your eyes as well. We’ve compiled some simple tips to keep your eyes protected.

1. Always wear protective eyewear outdoors

The sun’s ultra violet rays reach the earth’s surface even on cloudy days. Also, bright reflected sunlight from sidewalks, sand, snow, water and other surfaces can cause UV damage just as easily as direct sunlight.

 2. Look for UV 400 sunglasses

Look for lenses that blocks 100% of UVA and UVB rays (label could also say blocks 100% of harmful UV rays or UV 400 protection).

 3. Size matters

Bigger frames mean bigger coverage. Look for wide temples so sunlight doesn’t seep in the sides of the sunglasses too.

Your eyes can sunburn too, so take care to be SunAWARE. We hope your eyes are feeling better Cooper! – Coolibar, Sun Protection You Wear

We, at Coolibar, Sun Protection You Wear, wanted to ensure Mr. Cooper had gear to protect the rest of his body from the sun’s harmful UV rays, so we sent him a small care package with the items above!

Main photo credit: Instagram

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