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Packing for a Day at the Beach (Video)

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

I wanted to give you some pointes on getting ready for a day at the beach or pool.  You know you are going to be outside, you’ve got the kids in tow, and you’re wondering – What do I put in my beach bag?

Sunscreen

The basics to keep you Sun Safe the whole day include sunscreen, what you choose depends on your preference, but a nice high SPF sunscreen, such as Vanicream 60, or the kid’s love the Blue Lizard sunscreen which is a combination of chemical and physical, plus the bottle will also tell you when to put it on, it turns blue in ultraviolet light. 

Sunglasses and Sun Hat

The other thing – sunglasses.  Even for the kids, eye protection is important.  For the kids, Coolibar makes an excellent UV protective lens, but also this nice strap so that it stays on in the water.  And I do recommend leaving the sunglasses on in the water as well as the hat, which might be a surprise.  But Coolibar makes some chlorine and salt water resistant fabrics that the kids put on and just leave on all day.  They can be simply washed, but they are resistant to those chemicals that otherwise might harm fabrics.

Sun Protective Clothing

Last but not least, the sun protective clothing.  There are some absolutely adorable outfits for kids you put on and you don’t have to worry about re-applying the sunscreen except for those little parts that are showing, like the tops of their feet, tops of their hands. 

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Sunscreen
Sun Protective Clothing
Sunglasses

…keep your family sun safe for the whole day. 

So teach your family to be SunAWARE and you’ll keep them safe!

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.

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Meet Coolibar’s New Apparel Designer

We’re extremely excited to have Alicia Pizzo Eakright join Coolibar’s merchandising team. Alicia will be taking on the role of Design Director for women’s and children’s clothing. The blog team decided to get to know Alicia a little better and see what we can expect for next season’s Coolibar designs.

What inspired you to get into clothing/fashion design?

I grew up sewing and designing clothes with my mom, it just seemed like a natural career move. 

What helped prepare you for working in this industry?

Starting out as an assistant 8 years ago and learning from the ground up…lots of experience!

Where do you get your design inspiration?

I get a lot of inspiration from traveling, people watching and doing trend research online.

What are you most excited about now that you’ve started working at Coolibar?

I am excited to get to know everyone here-it is really fun to work at a small company again. As for the product, I am looking forward to introducing many exciting new styles to the line-up for women’s and kids.

What trends do you see being big for 2012?

For women’s-I think we will see another wave of American inspired sportswear with classic themes (like nautical styling).  For kids, bright bold graphics will be everywhere!

What are your hobbies outside of the office?

Hanging out with my dogs (Beagle and Steve), playing with my new baby (Bee), making jewelry, yoga, going to comedy shows (my husband is an actor at the Brave New Workshop http://bravenewworkshop.com/) concerts, dinner with friends, reading, travel…

What’s your favorite Coolibar product and why?

I am still getting to know all of the Coolibar product, but so far my favorite product is anything in the ZnO fabric, it is AMAZING!

We look forward to seeing Alicia’s new apparel designs this upcoming season!

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Get Glowing Skin, No Sun Required

Pat Scherven

Want to make your skin as healthy and attractive as possible and give it some natural glow? With an overwhelming number of products on the market these days claiming to improve skin and reduce signs of aging it’s hard to know what claims are true. How can you be sure you are making the best and safest decision for your skin? Take some skin care advice from an experienced esthetician.

Pat Scherven is an established esthetician and founder of Skin Therapease, a skin care and rejuvenation clinic located outside on Minneapolis, MN in Wayzata.  Over the past 15 years she’s worked with thousands of clients at her clinic. She reaches out with products that will help skin thrive and also make this planet a safer place to live. She takes a holistic approach to skin care, which includes sun protective clothing as the sun plays a large part in aging skin. She’ll take you back-to-the-basics on how you can keep your skin glowing and ease signs of aging.

Pat Scherven, Owner Skin Therapease in Wayzata, joined the KARE 11 Today Show on 7/28/11 to talk about some ways to keep your skin healthy, attractive and safe all summer long.


 

Key takeaways from the video

  1. Men have skin issues too. Outside, cover your ears with sun protection as many skin cancers are appearing here on men. Cover the back of the neck with sunscreen or a hat. For sports like golf, wear gloves to protect your hands from the sun.
  2. Women, remember sun damage is cumulative and ages skin. Fair skin women should apply a SPF  30, keep covered and stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or seek shade under a tree or an umbrella.
  3. Take supplements to protect and build your immune system. Go back to the basics and protect from the inside-out with a Multivitamin, Vitamin D and Lipids, which are an anti-inflammatory and help the immune system.
  4. There are multiple kinds of SPF sunscreens, including oil free ones for acne prone skin.  Look for fewer ingredients on the label as they tend to be healthier.
  5. Sun protective clothing and hats with SPF are available for all ages. Choose large brims and long sleeves as they protect more skin.

You can also see Pat’s blog post on Choosing Safe Sun Protection

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.

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A Memorable Trip to Nicaragua

Yosseling and Anna

Regale with Coolibar’s Creative Specialist, Anna, and her husband Bevin on their culturally immersed journey to Nicaragua. Hiking volcanoes, cooking exotic meals, attempting newbie surfing and visiting a young girl they sponsor though a charity organization is just a taste of how this couple travels. Oh, and they did it all while learning and speaking in Spanish, which they claim is definitely not their first language!

This summer my husband and I decided to spend our five year anniversary exploring the country of Nicaragua and meeting the young girl that we sponsor through Compassion, a Christian organization that focuses on the spiritual, physical, economic and social needs of children in poverty.

After arriving in Nicaragua, we boarded a 12 seat plane and flew from the capital, Managua, across the country, and 50 miles into the Caribbean Sea to Big Corn Island.  We then took a boat, which my husband described as a giant bathtub, seven miles North to Little Corn Island, the most remote place we have ever been to, for some much welcomed relaxation.

After traveling back to the main part of Nicaragua we decided to explore some of the more than 40 volcanoes that cover the landscape of Nicaragua.  We drove right up to the mouth of Volcano Masaya, one of the more active ones, and hiked around the smoking crater.

Later in the trip we took a cooking class in Granada.  We were given our list of ingredients and guided down to the local markets to purchase everything we needed to make Indio Viejo, a traditional Nicaraguan dish.  Once back from the market, our teacher talked us through every step in Spanish.  Talk about learning a language through immersion.  Our high-school level Spanish was put to the test!

Eventually we made it to the Pacific coast of the country.  It was the first time either of us had ever tried surfing and we both stood up on our boards right away!  Not bad for a couple of Midwesterners.

After working on our Spanish for a week, we went to meet Yosseling, the young girl we sponsor.  It was great being able to meet the girl we had written letters to and to learn more about the organization and the work they are doing in Nicaragua.

Coolibar generously donated some clothing and hats to give to her and her younger brother.  She was very excited to receive new clothing, especially the Coolibar shirt in her favorite color.  It was a great ending to such a memorable trip.

– Anna

Anna’s Photos

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Spreading Shade in Joplin after Tornado

Hats for Joplin Relief Efforts

Two months after the devastating tornado touch-down in Joplin, MO the relief efforts continue. Over 8,000 homes were destroyed and more than 150 lives were lost. Relief workers and Joplin residents alike are working together to rebuild the city, spending countless hours in the summer sun.

The recent heat-wave has been taking its toll on everyone including volunteers, residents and those living outdoors all day, every day, since losing their homes. The people in Joplin have enough to worry about already, let alone the dangerous heat and UV they’re now facing. In an effort to protect those putting Joplin back together from the sun’s harmful rays and heat, Coolibar, in partnership with the American Academy of Dermatology and AmeriCorps, was able to provide some UPF 50+ hats to the relief efforts.

Wide-brim hats not only protect the scalp, face and neck from sunburn, they also help keep the body cooler as skin is not directly exposed to the sun. Coolibar is proud to help, even in the smallest way, with the relief efforts in Joplin, MO. Our thoughts and hearts at Coolibar go out to everyone in Joplin.

If you’re looking for a way to contribute to Joplin relief efforts, visit the American Red Cross website.

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Spend a Day with Allyson in Customer Service

Allyson in customer service

It’s 7:30 am and right off the bat the phones are ringing off the hook! Excellent, I say, that’s why we’re here and why we rose with the sun and the birds this morning!  Minutes before, we Customer Service Representatives – CS Reps for short – have already greeted each other, made coffee and we’re ready for our primary focus, our customers.

The day whisks by pretty fast. When were not on the phones, we’re answering emails, helping a customer in our retail storefront, processing hundreds of web orders, learning about new product styles and colors hot off the presses, and maybe taking a snippet minute to hear more about a fellow CS person’s day yesterday.  Our CS Reps help each other out too, if there is a customer question that occasionally stumps us temporarily – ahem, key words, “occasionally “ and “temporarily”! 

We really are a happy bunch here and genuinely like each other. (SEE PICTURES) I think that translates to our interactions with our customers. Happy Customer Service Representatives translate to pleasant customer service representatives that are ready to assist customers.

We all jot down “notes to self!” so we are sure to follow up for customers on various changes to orders and questions that came in over night or that we want to look into further and get back to them in a timely manner. Taken care of – check! 

I have an important little sign next to my phone, “Customers Really Are Everything” which of course creates an interesting acronym, “CARE”.   Am I corny? Some of the most wonderful intangible things in life are “corny”, right?!  This sign is one decoration among many we all have at our desks – a fluffy  flower, an “I like you “ pin,  inspiring quotes, cool doodles, family photos, etc…

The other day I asked some colleagues what were some of their favorite things about working in Coolibar’s Customer Service.  Answers from all:  heartfelt stories and thank yous from customers about how our clothing has made it possible to “play” out in the sun w/out the nasty UVA and UVB rays sneaking through their clothing. And bonus- they appreciate looking good in the clothing too-it has style!

It’s also good to know that young parents are definitely being “sun-smart from the start” for their children these days. As one parent put it after discovering our sun protective swim shirts and shorts, “Wow, what a relief, my kid won’t fry at camp if the counselors forget to put sunscreen on them every 2 hours.”

A real wow factor for our customers and for me was discovering that we stay cooler having our skin covered with the sun protective clothing than if our skin was bare and exposed, (healthier too of course!).

Pleasure to work at a company that operates with integrity and respect in their daily business – for our bread and butter customers, our internal customers (staff) and in our sun–protective products.

At the end of the day, the ideal scenario is all emails are answered, “notes to self” are checked off and cleared from desk and all of our customers have had positive experience with Coolibar Customer Service.

Allyson

Coolibar Customer Service

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Sunscreen Tips for Toddlers

Summer is the perfect time for the pool, playgrounds and sun-filled activities. Fortunately, with good sun habits, children can enjoy sunny days outside without risking their health. Just one blistering sunburn in childhood more than doubles your chances of developing melanoma later in life. And unfortunately, 54 percent of children burn or tan in their second summer, and 22 percent burn in their first, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Board certified Pediatric Dermatologist Dr. Manju George specializes in personalized care for infants, children and young adults.  She understands that kids have unique dermatologic requirement because “children are not just small adults.”  Dr. George offers advice on how to keep your kiddies protected from the sun’s rays by knowing what to look for in sunscreen, how to use it, and how to add fun to habits so that your kids will enjoy sunscreen time.

Dr. George’s Sunscreen Tips

1. LOOK AT THE LABEL. A lot of parents assume, well, the higher the SPF, it must be better. What you really want to look for is the ingredients in your sunscreen. What I recommend is zinc oxide or titanium dioxide [These are physical sunscreen ingredients.] Choose an SPF of 30 that’s labeled broad spectrum. That means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

2. AVOID SPRAY ON SUNSCREENS. The major drawback of an aerosol sunscreen is that it could get into the eyes or inhaled by a child, and we really don’t have the long-term data on those effects.

3. USE GENEROUS AMOUNTS ALMOST EVERYWHERE. One of the biggest mistakes parents make is number one: not applying enough sunscreen. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before leaving the house, no matter what the weather. Even on a cloudy day, you still get 80 percent UV exposure. Start with the neck down, make sure you cover thick and evenly on all areas of the body, not forgetting the ears, backs of the hands, crease of the neck, underarms, between the fingers, underneath the bathing suit. After you’ve covered those major areas, you should do the face last.

4. REMEMBER THE LIPS AND SCALP. The lips need protection as well. Another tip that I give parents is to put it in his or her part line. But one of the best ways to protect scalps is to actually purchase a hat.

5. MAKE APPLYING SUNSCREEN FUN! I like to call it your magic cream or magic lotion. Children like making it special. Don’t make it a chore. One mom actually told me she uses a paintbrush and has the child paint the sunscreen on themselves. Another thing that children really like to do, is they like to apply it on you, so let them apply it on Mom or Dad. They tend to be much more receptive when you do things together and you make it a fun activity for them.

Parents, it’s up to you to keep your little ones protected from the sun, so keep Dr. George’s advice in mind during outdoor playtime. To best protect your child from the sun, cover them with a hat, pants and long sleeve shirt, apply sunscreen every two hours or after sweating or swimming and limit time outside when the sun is strongest (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.). Have fun making fun with sunscreen!

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.

Dr. Manju George - Pediatric Dermatology West Palm Beach
Dr. Manju George - Pediatric Dermatology West Palm Beach, FL
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Sun Safety for Junior Sailors

Danger at Graves Light

Adult sailors and junior sailors alike must be able to swim, wear a personal floatation device, and stay calm in an emergency. However, sun safety is often forgotten or left out when teaching children important sailing safety basics. 

The reflection of the sun off the water represents a significant skin cancer risk to sailors. One person dies every hour from skin cancer in the United States and melanoma is responsible for 90% of these deaths. Melanoma is associated with both childhood sunburns and recreational boating, which emphasizes the need for children interested in sailing to be educated about protecting their skin from the sun. 

This is why Maryellen Maguire-Eisen (Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation Executive Director) and Mary Mills Barrow (SunAWARE Executive Director) decided to write “Danger At Graves Light”.  “The book will empower adolescent sailors with current and reliable information about the dangers of overexposure to ultraviolet radiation on the water and will offer five easy action steps for sun protection,” says Barrow. 

The sun protection steps are described by using the SunAWARE acronym, which provides a useful and memorable way to get across all important information about sun safety. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More about Danger At Graves Light: 

“Danger At Graves Light” tells the story of five young sailors who don’t believe that bad things can happen on a calm, sunny day on the water. When their grandmother tells them the amazing story of a sunny day rescue at Graves Light, they finally understand that the sun can be just as dangerous as a storm at sea. 

“Danger at Graves Light” has been endorsed by US SAILING and features a personal introduction by Susan Epstein, US SAILING Director.  The book hopes to raise awareness of the need for sun safety and aid US SAILING in developing a skin cancer prevention education campaign.

If you are interested in more information or in obtaining copies of the book, contact CMPF or SunAWARE.

Danger At Graves Light” can also be purchased at Coolibar

 

MaryEllen Maguire-Eisen at the Release of "Danger At Graves Light" on Don't Fry Day 2011
Susan Epstein (US Sailing), Adam Lipson (Community Boating Inc.), Charlie Zechel (Community Boating Inc.), Maryellen Maguire-Eisen (CMPF) and Mimi Svenning (CMPF) at book release on Don't Fry Day 2011
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Minute to Win It Coolibar Style

To celebrate Independence Day, Coolibar’s Customer Service department hosted a 4th of July themed lunch for the rest of the Coolibar team. It was too hot to hold the festivities out in the sun, so we decided to stay sun-safe, and move the party indoors to our cool warehouse. We enjoyed delicous taco creations follwed by some homemade deserts and fun games inspired by the hit TV show “Minute to Win It”!

 

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How to Add Sun Protection to Your Beach Wardrobe

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You’ve heard about the dangers of tanning, and worry about UV rays causing skin cancer and wrinkles.  You want to protect yourself, but you don’t want to look like a beekeeper at the beach.  Sound familiar?    

We at Coolibar have a few simple tips on incorporating sun protection into your beach wardrobe.  It’s easy and you get to keep your bikini!  By adding key beach accessories to your broad-spectrum sunscreen and sunglasses you’ll be ready for a worry-free day at the beach.   

Wide brimmed hats offer excellent sun protection

Add a Wide Brimmed Hat

Big hats are hot this season!  Not only do they look good, they provide excellent sun protection.  Wide brim hats, with 3” brims or greater shade your face, ears and neck and the enormous 8” brim beach hats even protect your chest and shoulders.  Not to mention they keep you cooler since you’re not exposed to as much direct sunlight. 

 

Cover-ups are a versatile sun protection accessorie.Add a UPF50+ Cover-Up

Sun protective cover-ups, tunics and sarongs are essential sun protection accessories and can block up to 98% UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. In fact, CNN reported that sun-blocking styles are A Healthy New Fashion Trend. The beauty of the cover up is its versatility. Cover-ups offer shoulder, chest, back and arm UV protection depending on the design. You can wear it or take it off according to the amount of sun you’re exposed to.  

You’ll only need to apply and re-apply sunscreen to the exposed areas of your skin.  

These tools are your best defense against sun’s rays. So, grab your hat, sun tunic, broad-spectrum sunscreen and sunglasses for your next beach adventure.  

You’ll look great and your skin will thank you for it!

Shop Coolibar hats and cover-ups.

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