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Taking on Colorado Rapids

Spend a moment with Rose, Coolibar’s do it all extraordinaire, as she shares her exhilarating story of taking on the rapids of the Arkansas River in Colorado.

Colorado – what a fun state to visit! In the winter, skiing can be exhilarating and overwhelming compared to riding the relative mounds that we have here in Minnesota. I thought no experience that Colorado offered could beat snowboarding from the crest of a towering mountain, but that was before I tried white water rafting!

This summer, I took a weekend trip to Colorado that was jam packed with a small sampling of exciting activities. Rafting a mighty river, hiking up a mountain, keeping one eye peeled for the nature that surrounded us and perusing a street fair filled our time. Even though we spent the majority of the weekend out in the pounding sun, our friends were shocked that neither my boyfriend Aaron, who is very fair skinned, nor I got a sunburn!

We started the weekend with the most exciting, and most terrifying activity – White Water Rafting! I was pretty anxious about rafting, because I’m not the strongest swimmer, and I was secretly, very secretly, hoping that something would prevent us from plunging into that rapid filled water – a flat tire, bad directions, stomach flu – I would even settle for our rental car getting trampled by a herd of feral elk! But, we made it to the rafting company offices in one piece, ready to risk our lives for a thrill.

After numerous safety and training talks, which somehow only made me more nervous, rather than putting me at ease, we plunged into the cold water of the Arkansas River. I was shocked by the temperature of the water, and by the sudden feeling of calm that came over me. I figured that there was no turning back at that point, so I may as well embrace the adventure. We had an easy morning, getting used to the river and to paddling as a team. Then, after a delicious steak lunch, we took on the big rapids. The counter intuitiveness of paddling into a large wall of water mixed with the disorienting feeling of plunging your paddle into water that suddenly is no longer there, took a while to get used to, but eventually was addictively thrilling. After we tackled the final rapid of the day, I was surprised by the disappointment I felt – I wanted to continue battling that river.

It turns out all the trepidation I had felt was for nothing, and in truth, the most dangerous element that I battled all day was probably the sun. Halfway through the day, our guide remembered that he hadn’t applied sunscreen. Luckily for him, I had some sunscreen with me which I gladly offered to share. After all, he was keeping me safe on the river, so I found it only natural to help keep him sun safe! And besides, though I had generously applied sunscreen to my face and hands, I had plenty of sunscreen to share because I was shielded from the sun by my Coolibar Fitness Jacket (great for this kind of activity because it’s quick drying).

My Fitness Jacket and Aaron’s Short-sleeve Swim Shirt got a lot of use the rest of the weekend, as did our brand new Coolibar hats (he had the Reversible Bucket Hat and I had the Packable Wide Brim). I was really impressed with how well my hat stayed on my head, even when I was exploring the windy area near the Alpine Visitor Center at the top of a mountain! I’m really glad I packed along my Coolibar gear, because it made all the difference between filling our time with fun activities, and spending our weekend inside, nursing a bad sunburn.

We had such a great time, and I can’t wait to go back next summer!

Rose

Coolibar Employee

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Wellness Warriors

Providing Sun Protection to Sailors

Brenda Scannell

Sun protection is important for everyone, but especially for sailors who spend most of their days in or by water. The FDA advises using extra caution near water and sand because these surfaces reflect damaging UV rays and increase your chance of sunburn, premature aging of the skin and skin cancer.

Brenda Scannell is a huge fan of sailing and recently took over the Q-Mart sailing apparel and gear store at the Quissett Yacht Club (QYC) located in Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod. She has also made it a priority to provide all of the 2011 QYC summer sailing instructors, the role models within the club, with Coolibar sun protective swim shirts and sun hats.

So why provide these instructors with sun protective clothing? Turns out Brenda knows a thing or two about sailing and why it’s a brilliant idea to forgo a bikini for a UPF 50+ swim shirt.

Brenda lived the first ten summers of her life on a wooden boat and then came to Quissett in 1978. For ten years, she raced Herreshoffs, a historically significant type of sailboat. Then, Brenda was forced to take a break from sailing when she was diagnosed with skin cancer. “I’ve had 18 Squamous Cell Cancer surgeries below my knees. My regular dermatologist at Mass General Hospital said, ‘Be sure to tell your group that any one of them could have killed you!'”

After this life altering experience, Brenda, her sons, and her husband decided to ‘pay it forward’ as they know sun protection is key in preventing skin cancer. “In my name, and as a gesture to me, my sons and husband decided to fund Sun Protective Clothing for the 2011 sailing instructors,” says Brenda. Both of her sons Matt, the lead singer, writer and guitarist of the band Vertical Horizon, and Ryan, a Reconstructive Surgeon in Otolaryngology, Ear, Nose, and Throat, went through the QYC sailing program. Brenda says, “Ryan deals with so much skin cancer. He has seen terrible things! Regarding the sailing instructors and sun protection he said, ‘Mom, whatever it takes, make it happen!'”

QYC Sailing Instructors
QYC sailing instructors sporting their Coolibar hats and rash guards

Brenda asked each QYC sailing instructor go to the Coolibar Sun Protection Clothing website, which was recommended to Brenda by her Mohs Surgeon, to choose a UPF 50+ Swim Shirt and Hat to have red QYC Logos embroidered on so they could wear protective swim shirts during their sailing classes. Brenda also told the instructors that she is now bringing Sun Protective Clothing to the Q-Mart for the sailing class students to purchase. “You [the instructors] are the role models. If the students see you wearing these clothes, they will follow suit as YOU ARE THEIR HEROES!”

Sun protective clothing has been worn at the club over the past few years, but now, sailors are taking sun protection more seriously. “Our lives at Quissett are spent outdoors all of the time on the boats and the beach,” says Brenda. “All are truly positive about the sun protective clothing that is being provided. I feel that the sailing instructors might have some resistance  to  the protective clothing in very hot weather, but the answer to that is to wet the shirt and the sailor is immediately cooled down. I know we’ll continue to promote sun safety at the QYC in the future.”

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Coolibar Women's Swim Shirt
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Coolibar Men's Swim Shirt
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Expert Rx Videos

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
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…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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Inside Coolibar

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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Expert Rx

Discuss Sun Protection with Your Dermatologist

Edmund Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

Attention Dermatology Patients!

You may have seen your local dermatologist to discuss any number of skin conditions.  Or perhaps, you’re planning your first visit to a dermatologist soon.  Either way, our medical expert Dr. Lee, encourages you to address UV protection at your next appointment.

Board certified Dermatologist Edmund Lee, M.D., Ph.D. of Mount Sinai North Shore Medical Group has been practicing dermatology for 11 years outside of New York City and works with a large number of patients that have skin conditions caused or affected by the sun. According to Dr. Lee everyone should protect their skin from UV, and he eagerly shares his experience with us.

The patients I see on a daily basis live a very active outdoor lifestyle. Golfing, boating, tennis, soccer, among many other activities, are part of daily life here.  As a result, sun damage and its consequences are a large part of my Dermatology practice.  My advice to my patients includes a discussion about the use of sunscreens and also UPF clothing to help protect them when they are outdoors.

Sunscreens are very useful, but lately have come under some scrutiny for safety.  While I have no problem recommending a variety of SPF products, I do have some patients who are wary of any SPF products.

On the other hand, I always recommend UPF clothing. I tell my patients that UV rays can penetrate clothing which they find hard to believe.  So, I have a photo of a patient who indeed got burnt right through his tee shirt last summer!  A picture is worth a thousand words.

To get the UPF word out in my community, I’ve held a Sun Protection Fair in my office for the past 4 years on a weekend in May or June.  No patients are scheduled that day.  Instead, I have the halls filled with UPF clothing and hats from large and small companies.  Since the first Fair, several of my patients have become advocates for UPF clothes.  The sailors and golfers are the best friends I have in persuading others to try these clothes.

I keep UPF clothes after the fairs to continue to demonstrate UPF clothing all summer long—including apparel from Coolibar!

Take it from our expert and discuss UV protection with your dermatologist.  They will have insight into appropriate recommendations for your individual sun protection needs.   Your skin is your largest and most visible organ, protect it for a long and healthy life.

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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Expert Rx Videos

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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SunAWARE

Beat the Heat Wave

With temperatures indexing over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in at least 20 states across the country, the ongoing heat wave has been making more than headlines. The extreme heat and humidity have caused serious health problems for many individuals, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and fatal heat stroke for those who haven’t taken the proper precautions. Most heat disorders occur from being overexposed to heat or over-exercising. Older adults, young children, and those who are sick or overweight should take extra precautions.

Beat the heat over the following week by taking simple steps to stay cool.

– Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.

– Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.

– Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings with circulating air.

– Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.

– Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.

– Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.

If you must work or go outside:

Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Despite conventional wisdom that we put on long-sleeves and pants to warm up when cold, we can do the same to cool off when the sun causes us to overheat.

– Protect face and head from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat. Choose a hat with a 3” brim or greater.

– Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.

Construction Workers Bear the Heat
Construction Workers Bear the Heat

Visit FEMA to learn more about signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke and see all of their suggestions on how to prepare for extreme heat.

‘Leave a Reply’ below or post a comment on Facebook to ask Coolibar experts how to choose the best UPF 50+ apparel and hats to stay cool outdoors.

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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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FDA Updates Sunscreen Regulations

Sunscreen Label Changes

In case you haven’t heard, on Tuesday, June 14, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new guidelines that sunscreen manufacturers will be required to follow for sunscreen labeling in order to help protect consumers from skin damage caused by sun exposure. Beginning summer 2012 the new rules dictate that in order to earn a “broad spectrum” designation, sunscreens must protect from both UVB rays, which cause burning, and UVA rays, which cause wrinkles.

 

New FDA Sunscreen Guidelines

Here’s what you need to know about the new Broad-Spectrum labeling.  An example of the new FDA label is pictured above.

 

  • Established standards have been set for testing the effectiveness of over-the-counter sunscreens and will be labeled as “Broad- Spectrum” according to the test results.
  • A certain percentage of a broad-spectrum product’s total protection is against UVA.
  • If a sunscreen is labeled as both “Broad-Spectrum” and “SPF 15” (or higher) it can claim to protect against sunburn and if used as directed, can help reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.
  • The familiar “Drug Facts” box found on most OTC drugs will be required.
  • Any sunscreen not labeled as “Broad-Spectrum” or that has an SPF value between 2 and 14, has only been shown to help prevent sunburn.
  • Sunscreens that are not broad-spectrum or that are broad-spectrum with SPF values less than 15 will be labeled with a warning that reads: “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert:  Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.”
  • No “waterproof,” “sweatproof” or “sunblock” labeling.  Water resistant labeling is allowed with SPF effectiveness times of only 40 or 80 minutes.
  • Sunscreens cannot claim protection immediately upon application (instant protection) or for more than 2 hours without reapplication, unless they submit data and get approval from FDA.
  • The FDA is proposing that the maximum SPF value on labeling is SPF 50+.
  • The agency currently considers wipes, towelettes, powders, body washes, and shampoo not eligible for the monograph. Therefore, they cannot be marketed without an approved application.


Guaranteed Broad-Spectrum Sunscreens from Coolibar

Hooray to the FDA for finally making these necessary improvements to sunscreen labeling.  If, however, the new guidelines seem overwhelmingly complex, let Coolibar take the guesswork out of your next sunscreen purchase.  Our merchandising team has researched and tested the best sunscreens on the market.  As always, we offer only broad-spectrum sunscreens with at least an SPF of 30 or higher.  You can trust that any sunscreen you purchase from Coolibar will provide both UVA and UVB protection; you have our word on it.  And when combined with a hat, Coolibar clothing and sunglasses, you’re equipped for all day, worry-free UV protection.


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3D dri SUNTECT – Coolibar’s “Coolest” New Fabric

Scott Boating

3D dri SUNTECT®, one of Coolibar’s latest innovative fabrics, does more than offer UPF 50+ sun protection. It’s a performance fabric that uses tiny grid patterns to prevent this lightweight polyester fabric from sticking to the skin, enhancing breathability and moisture-wicking effectiveness.

Coolibar customer, Scott Eisen (pictured to the left) has always enjoyed boating and fishing and loves to hit open waters where the sun’s rays reflect off the water’s surface, intensifying UV exposure. After spending some time out in the boat on a hot sunny day in his new Coolibar Sunblock Hoodie, Scott decided to share a few thoughts on the garment’s design and Coolibar’s new 3D dri SUNTECT® material.

 “Great material, very lightweight … and good to use even when it’s hot outside,” says Scott referring to the Sunblock Hoodie. “The hood is a great feature as well. I also like the white color and the vents that are in the sides that let air in to cool me.”

We asked Scott to tell us the overall comfort level of the fabric (ranging from 10 great to 0 horrible). His response – a 10! “The 3D dri SUNTECT® fabric is very soft and very light. You don’t notice that you’re wearing anything.” Scott repeats, “The fabric keeps you cool because you don’t feel that you’re wearing it, yet it blocks the sun. And it does not stick to your skin at all!”

“My favorite feature of the fabric is how light it is. The fabric has no downsides. The garment itself is a bit tight around my torso when putting it on, but once it is positioned properly it’s not tight at all,” says Scott. We also asked Scott if he would recommend this garment to a friend and he said, “Yes, absolutely.”

The Coolibar Sunblock Jacket, another one of Coolibar’s new 3D dri SUNTECT® garments, was recently featured in Antenna Magazine, the first mainstream magazine to target individuals who are on a constant quest for the newest and coolest products on the horizon.

Antenna Mag - Summer 2011SUNTECT® Sun Protective Clothing for Men

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SUNTECT® Sun Protective Clothing for Women

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