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Latest Fashion Trend: The Bucket Hat?

Coolibar Bucket Hat

We first started hearing rumblings about his about a year ago, when some of the hip fashion bloggers started saying the bucket hat was a thing again. We love bucket hats; admittedly, we have an extra-large crush on them because they protect your face. But we last saw our friend the bucket hat as a major fashion player in like 1999. We thought these rumblings would go away.

They didn’t. Instead, they got stronger.

And stronger. Rihanna in a bucket hat? That’s a long way from Gilligan, or even LL Cool J. The latest homage comes from Refinery29, and we’re sure there will be more.

Coolibar has always offered bucket hats, but if there’s going to be a trend we’re more than “Happy” to throw our hat into the ring.

Of course, Coolibar bucket hats have an extra bonus: they’re UPF 50+. How much trendier can you get?

 

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Events Inside Coolibar

Coolibar Goes to Camp

Coolibar at AAD Camp Discovery

One sunny morning last week, Coolibar employees got up early, grabbed their gear and made the three-hour journey from Minneapolis to Crosslake, Minnesota to attend Camp Discovery. This one-week summer camp for kids with chronic skin conditions is operated by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), and encompasses five such summer camps across the country.

During the afternoon the camp split into eight teams, and each composed a skit or song about sun protection that they presented to the larger group. Afterward, everyone headed to the lakeshore for some sun safe swimming. Coolibar passed out UPF 50+ swim shirts and sun hats to 98 campers and staff!

Crosslake is the original location for the AAD’s Camp Discovery, and it includes Camp Little Pine (for ages 10 – 14) and Camp Big Trout (ages 14 – 16). This is the third consecutive year that Coolibar has dropped in for a visit.

Check out our fun photos!

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Expert Rx

The Eyes Have It: Exposure to UV Rays a Silent Threat to Vision

Acuvue - Eye Care

By Millicent Knight, OD, Head of Professional Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, North America

Are we taking the proper precautions to protect our eyes?  Unfortunately, the answer is no. Eyes may be windows to the soul, but they are also windows for harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can cause silent, long-term damage on our vision that may occur decades later.

This issue is particularly timely with summer here—a season in which it’s almost intuitive to lather on the sunscreen before we head to the beach.  While most Americans understand the link between UV radiation and skin cancer, many are less aware of the connection between UV radiation and eye damage. Yet the truth is that harmful UV rays are not just bad for skin; they also can inflict significant eye damage over time. Worldwide some 12 to 15 million people become blind from cataracts annually, of which up to 20% may be caused or enhanced by sun exposure according to estimates from The World Health Organization1. UV rays also have been linked to other ocular conditions.

What’s more, UV rays can cause short-term conditions such as photokeratitis (a corneal inflammation) and photoconjunctivitis (an inflammation of the conjunctiva under the eyelid). If you’ve ever had sore, tired eyes after a day at the beach or on the water, you may have experienced UV radiation overexposure.

The simple fact is that we need to take better precautions to protect our eyes. With skin, when you are out in the sun too long, you see an instantaneous change in the form of sunburn. But unlike skin, short-term damage to the eyes is sometimes hard to notice. For some people, over the long-term, though, the sun can cause irreversible harm to parts of the eye and surrounding tissue that are left unprotected or under-protected. So, what happens to our kids today may not be evident until decades later. That’s why it is important to get maximum protection beginning in childhood.

The good news is that there are easy steps, which, when taken together, can help minimize UV exposure to our eyes.  Wear a wide-brimmed hat. Wear wrap-around sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of both UV-A and UV-B rays, with lenses large enough to completely cover the eyes. And wear them all day; UV radiation for the eyes is actually worse when the sun is lower in the sky. While it has long been thought that the risk of UV exposure to the eyes is greatest during the mid-day hours, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, research suggests that from spring through fall, when the days get longer, the incidence of exposure is actually greatest earlier and later in the day.

UV-blocking contact lenses, when worn in combination with UV-absorbing wrap-around sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat can offer an added measure of protection for those who need vision correction. However, not all contact lenses offer UV protection, and of those that do, not all provide similar absorption levels. An eye care professional can prescribe Class 1 or Class 2 UV-blocking contact lenses, which provide high levels of UV blocking. Although UV-blocking contact lenses are beneficial in helping to protect against harmful UV rays, clinical studies have not been done to show they reduce the risk of any specific eye disease or condition.

By becoming better educated about the dangers of UV rays on the eyes and the importance of choosing proper eyewear that provides the best UV protection, we can lessen the risk for ocular UV exposure and help protect the long-term eye health of ourselves and our children.

1Health effects of UV radiation, World Health Organization, www.who.int/uv/health/en/

Millicent Knight, OD, is Head of Professional Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, North America.  In this role, Dr. Knight leads the development and deployment of the company’s professional strategy across the United States and Canada.  She also directs the company’s professional and education platform through THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE®, LLC and other educational outreach programs. Dr. Knight brings 25 years of comprehensive experience in multiple areas of optometry,  including contact lenses, contact lens research, ocular disease management, and integrative eye and systemic care to the position.

This blog was originally published on the Johnson & Johnson Corporate blog, www.blogjnj.com

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Coolibar Athletes Leslie Jackson

Bringing the Love of Stand Up Paddleboarding to Every Part of Life

Leslie Jackson - SUP

Coolibar highlights another Sponsored Athlete for 2014.

By Leslie Jackson

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a new sport to me, and one that makes both my body and mind feel good.  The sport itself is a great core strengthener and one that allows you to push yourself to your limits.

It’s fun to test your speed and balance and practice little tricks that make you faster. What I really love about the sport is the ability for everybody to enjoy it. I can go out with my kids or I can go out with a friend and I know I am going to have fun and get a really good workout. That to me, is what exercise is all about!

On days when I paddle, my routine starts well before I make it to the water, but it’s all part of the sport and nothing I complain about. I get dressed in my Coolibar workout attire and lather up in sunscreen, then throw on a hat and sunglasses and am ready to begin. If only I could walk out my door and into the water, but that is not the case.

So, I walk out the door and load my gear.  I drive a big SUV and have a nice SUP rack on it, but it is still work and part of my routine. I grab my paddle and put in the car, then take my board out of the bag and hoist it over my head.  Once I get it on the roof racks, I tighten it down and away I go.

I generally paddle with at least one friend and we meet at the water’s edge ready for a workout.  Somedays we go for a long easy paddle where we just enjoy the water and feel the glide under our feet and other days we do fast intervals with a beach workout.

Whatever it is we decide to do, it is always nice to be out on the water and to enjoy the Southern California weather!

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Contests What's Hot

Enter the Coolibar Summer Selfie Contest!

Coolibar Summer Selfie Contest

Great news: it’s time to show off your summer and yourself in Coolibar sun protective clothing. And you could win a $100 Coolibar shopping spree!

How to Enter Our Summer Selfie Contest:

– Take a selfie of you, your friends and family enjoying your summer, looking great and staying safe from the sun in Coolibar clothing

 

– Follow Coolibar on Instagram

– Upload your photo(s)

– Tag @coolibar

– Use #coolibarselfie

You could WIN a $100 shopping spree on Coolibar.com!

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Summer Selfie Contest Guidelines:

– Have fun

– Look great

– Stay safe!

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Start date:

Thursday, July 10th

End date:

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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Shopping Tips:

– Include the guys – Coolibar has an entire selection of UPF 50+ sun protective clothing for men!

– It’s easy to stay current with our “New Arrivals” tabs for women and men – all of our newest items are just a click away!

– Our Coastline Cover Up Dress is magical…our (not-so-scientific) studies have shown that it looks even better on everyday girls than it does on our models!

– Don’t forget sun hats! You can get them for women, men, boys and girls!

Facts About Sun Protective Clothing:

– UPF stands for “Ultraviolet Protection Factor,” and it is used specifically for measuring UV protection for fabrics. UPF 50+ is the highest possible rating for sun protective clothing.

– You can choose a Coolibar fabric for every outdoor activity, including swimming, fitness, golf, tennis, beach and many more.

– The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends sun protective clothing as the first line of defense against the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Contest ends midnight July 20, 2014. Winner will be chosen by Coolibar and announced via social media on July 21, 2014. All posted photographs are eligible to win. No purchase is necessary to enter. By entering the Coolibar Summer Selfie Contest, you are authorizing Coolibar to repost/share your photograph (if necessary) from our Instagram page. Winner will be supplied a promotion code for the $100 shopping spree (can be used online at www.coolibar.com or at our corporate headquarters, 2401 Edgewood Ave. South, Ste 400, St. Louis Park, MN 55426).

 

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Educate Others Events Wear Sun Protection What's Hot

July is UV Safety Month!

July - UV Safety Month

It seems there is a month for everything, but this one comes directly from the US Department of Health and Human Services: it’s UV Safety Month!

This makes sense. July is one of the hottest months in the US, and it’s also right in the middle of prime vacation time. As we know, UV rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer, which is the nation’s most common type of cancer. And that’s not to mention the painful sunburns, dry skin and wrinkles that UV rays can cause.

Coolibar supports the efforts of the United States HHS department and the Federal Occupational Health agency to raise awareness about skin cancer and the dangers of UV rays. They include encouraging families to adopt good sun safety habits together, to include wearing sunscreen; we would add don’t forget your UPF 50+ sun protective clothing!

Watch for posts throughout July about UV safety for your skin and even for your eyes!

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

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Coolibar Athletes Trey Seibold

A Tennis Pro, A Teacher…And That’s Just the Start

Coolibar continues to highlight our 2014 Sponsored Athletes. For a look at all of this year’s sponsored athletes, go here.

By Trey Seibold

I am a tennis professional and have been teaching tennis in Florida for the past 27 years.  Growing up swimming and playing tennis competitively I have continued with both sports as an adult.  In 2012 I competed in the U.S. Masters Swimming in Omaha, Nebraska, where I finished 5th in the 800-meter freestyle. Once a month I do Sprint Triathlons and race my surfski (kayak), and I have finished on the podium in both!

I love to compete and to teach, both of which I do outdoors. On top of teaching tennis I also teach sailing, personal training, and pursued my certification in kite boarding.

Performing all of these activities outside obviously requires lots of sun protection.  I have tried so many types of clothing to keep me protected but nothing has worked as well as Coolibar.

For the past year I have been wearing Coolibar’s UPF 50+ Cool Fitness Shirts and Fitness Pants.  Not only have they worked better than any other clothing that I have tried, but also better than any sun block.  I wear Coolibar 10-12 hours every day and these clothes are very comfortable to wear; with their side mesh panels, they produce nice moisture wicking capabilities!

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Is This A Magic Dress, Or…?

Coolibar Coastline - Beach to Street

We haven’t seen anything like what’s going on with our new Coastline Cover Up Dress.

We’ve talked to a LOT of people about this. And most have told us that when they saw the Coastline Cover Up Dress in our catalog or online, they didn’t even notice it at first.

They think it looks okay on the model. But when they put it on themselves – BOOM.

They love it. We don’t know anyone who owns the Coastline Cover Up Dress that doesn’t love it. Everyday girls love it. Bloggers love it, too.

We can only say it’s a magical dress. We suspect we might be the first clothing company, sun protective or not, ever to create a dress like this. But we don’t know for sure.

Tell us here.

Or comment below!

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Events

It’s World Vitiligo Day (Almost!)

Coolibar - World Vitiligo Day

World Vitiligo Day is a public initiative aimed at building global awareness about vitiligo (pronounced: vit-til-EYE-go). The Vitiligo Research Foundation (see below) launched a website and an online petition, aimed at the United Nations, to highlight vitiligo and officially designate June 25 as World Vitiligo Day annually. The petition needs 500,000 signatures. It’s almost there!

And so you’re asking: what is vitiligo? It’s an acquired skin disease where the cells stop producing melanin – the pigment that gives color to skin – causing irregular white patches. There is no way to tell where the patches will form, or if they will spread; however, they are more common on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun.

You might have heard of vitiligo because pop star Michael Jackson suffered from it. But since the beginning of history people all over the world, regardless of gender or nationality, have struggled with vitiligo. Today, as many as two million Americans have vitiligo. By many estimates, it affects more than 100 million people worldwide.

You’re also asking: why does the world need a vitiligo day? Vitiligo is not life-threatening or contagious. It’s not well-known compared to lots of other diseases and disorders. But let’s take a moment to realize what vitiligo does: Many of them are forced to live in the shadows of society. They become anxious and self-conscious. They often receive no support from healthcare providers or insurance companies. Depression and low quality of life is common among vitiligo sufferers.

The cause of vitiligo is unknown. There are accepted treatments depending on the severity, but no cure.

A petition has been created to officially designate June 25 as World Vitiligo Day every year. It is almost there. Click here to add your name to 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. The organization is committed to a mission of developing effective treatments for millions of people around the world who suffer from vitiligo.

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 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.

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Coolibar Athletes Valerie Stewart

Learning to Win: Coolibar Athlete Does It Her Way

Valerie Stewart - Coolibar

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Snowboarding is the sport that makes me feel truly alive. I’m fully present when flying down a mountain on a race course, or carving powder in the trees. My thoughts are not cluttered or stuck in past or future; I am completely in the moment. For me, snowboarding creates an ideal state of mind.

I’m a self taught boarder because snowboarding teachers didn’t exist when I started 21 seasons ago. The first few days were tough, but then it clicked. I decided to compete in the Lake Tahoe division of USASA (United States of America Snowboard Association) when I heard I could win a snowboard.  I had no idea that it would lead to years of competing on the national level. USASA has an Open Class category which any age can enter if they are good enough and brave enough. Olympic medalist Shaun White was in that group as a very young teenager.

Intently observing the Open Class compete is how I learned to win. I watched the racers with laser focus. What was their body position in the start gate?  Their angle out of the gate? Where did they land, and what happened – did they hit a rut or patch of black ice?  When did they initiate their turn around the first gate? Did they fall in the trough formed by all the previous racers, or did they cut the gate a little wide to avoid the trough – losing a hundredth of a second, but still standing to charge the next gate? Observation is a marvelous teacher. My other “teacher” is simply time on the hill, always pushing myself to go faster and carve like a pro.

Valerie StewartWhen I’m boarding, the only skin that is exposed is part of my face. I always wear a helmet and goggles, so the big issue is my nose and mouth. Zinc-based sunscreens are definitely the best protection. Blue Lizard is a great brand, because the zinc disappears instead of making me look like a ghost. I also apply it to the back of my hands for when I take my gloves off.  To cover my neck, I wear Coolibar’s Sun Gaiter, which comes in a rainbow of colors. If it’s cold out, I pull the gaiter up over my nose and can still breathe without fogging my goggles. My other protective strategy is to do some stretching before and after boarding to avoid injury.

The Waterfront Pullover is ideal for a spring day on the slopes, or over a swimsuit in the summer. It’s super stylish, with ruching at the shoulders and wrists, as well as very technical. The aqua SUNTECT® fabric resists chlorine and saltwater, stretches four ways, dries quickly, and is super breathable. The half zipper allows for temperature adjustment, and the thumbholes protect hands from the sun. There’s even a hidden zipper in the side seam for money and keys. The fabric doesn’t wrinkle, and doesn’t shrink when machine washed and dried. I’m lovin’ this shirt, and own it in three colors.

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