Behind-the-scenes footage from Coolibar’s spring 2013 photo shoot, including a sneak peak at our new UPF 50+ sunwear. Look for our catalog in your mailbox starting January 21 (may arrive anytime within a three week time frame).
Exercising benefits your heart, lungs and mental health – fairly common knowledge these days. But did you know exercise benefits your skin too, and can even help your skin stay younger looking longer?
Exercise increases blood flow throughout the body, including to your skin. According to dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, in a WebMD article, she cites, “Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells.” Since exercise improves circulation, it makes it easier to cleanse skin from the inside-out, keeping skin healthy and vibrant looking!
If you exercise outdoors, be aware that the sun can have reverse effects on skin. You don’t want to spoil all the hard work you put into looking and feeling great! UV exposure from the sun can damage and age skin that’s not well protected. Following tips from SunAWARE, a non-profit helping prevent and detect skin cancers, will help you avoid sunburn and get the maximum benefits exercise provides.
A – Avoid unprotected UV exposure and avoid peak sun hours (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.).
W – Wear sun protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, tights/pants, and wide-brimmed hat and UV sunglasses. This may seem warm, but numerous companies, including Coolibar, are manufacturing lightweight, moisture wicking UPF materials. Sun protective clothing actually keeps you cooler since your skin is not in direct contact with the sun.
A – Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to all exposed skin. Reapply after sweating, swimming or as recommended on the label. Athletes: look for a sport sunscreen that’s oil-free.
R – Routinelyexamine your skin for changes. Seek a dermatologist if you notice anything suspicious.
Exercising may exacerbate existing skin problems such as acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. However, the benefits far outweigh the possible skin side-effects from exercise. Additionally, by working with your dermatologist, you’ll likely find solutions to battle your skin issues while getting all benefits exercise has to offer.
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.
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 email@example.com. The Foundation will compile all emails of support and send them to the FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg’s office.
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!”
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.
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.”
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. 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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!
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.”
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.