And why should you buy one? If you grew up in Australia, as Coolibar’s founder did, you already know the answers to these questions. If you didn’t, allow us to explain.
A rash guard is almost always a shirt, specifically one that’s worn in or around water. This might seem strange; after all, we have swim shirts and wraps and beach cover ups that do the same thing, right? But the original Australian rash guard was called a rash guard (or “rashie”) for its ability to protect against rashes.
In the beginning, rash guards were almost exclusively for men. Almost all of these men were surfers and most of the rashes came from chafing – against fast-moving water, or against sand caught in waxed surfboards. These rash guards fit very tightly so they didn’t rub against the skin at all; sometimes people even used them underneath wet suits to protect them from neoprene chafing.
Rash guards were normally fashioned from combinations of polyester, nylon, lycra or spandex for stretch, breathability and quick-drying properties.
All of the above is still true today. But nowadays you don’t have to surf to wear a rash guard (in fact there are specialized rash guards for a variety of sports including baseball).
You don’t have to be a guy, either – women’s rash guards are available in a range of colors and styles.
Do you have kids? Rash guards are also available for children of all ages as well. From babies to teenagers, you can have the entire family in UPF 50+ rash guards!
In fact: you don’t even have to be athletic to wear a rash guard. It helps…but it’s no longer necessary.
Much of this is because many of the “rashes” that today’s rash guards prevent are not caused by surfboards or saltwater or too much body motion. Rash guards today actually guard against the sun’s UV rays – good old-fashioned sunburn.
The need for sun protection is universal. Whether you live in a hot or cold climate or have fair or dark skin, we all need to be mindful of our exposure to UV rays. Coolibar recommends gifting UPF 50+ protection to the people you love most as a way to help them live a sun-safe lifestyle while enjoying the outdoor adventures they love most.
For tiny cuties who already love the water:
“Because babies have thinner skin, sunscreen is not recommended for infants under 6 months of age.”
Are you on the hunt for the best apps for your mobile device? We asked Coolibar’s employees what apps they can’t live without, and here is what they shared. These apps can help you keep your body and mind healthy with a little bit of fun and organization.
We love MyFitnessPal to help track your daily calorie intake and exercise. It has one of the largest food databases, which is especially important if you like to eat out. You can look up restaurant menu items in advance to find those that fit your goals and enable you to stay on track. MyFitness Pal is simple to use and connects with other devices. You can also follow your friends to help keep you accountable. It’s completely free and available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone.
If you’re looking for something fun to do with your friends and family, try playing Heads Up! by Ellen Degeneres. Much like the game charades, the app has multiple categories to choose from, such as superstars, animals gone wild, and accents and impressions. This may be the best 99 cents you spend on an app. After each round you can watch the hilarity of your impressions on video from your iPhone or Anroid.
Take time to meditate each day with Omvana. Meditation can increase happiness, improve sleep habits, decrease stress, and help you to live an overall healthier lifestyle. Omvana offers a variety of meditations ranging from three to 60 minutes, and it includes a music mixer so you can customize your practice. It also connects with the HealthKit app to help you stay calm throughout the day. Omvana will recommend mediations based on your stress level and state of mind. It’s free, but only available for iOS.
In addition to wearing Coolibar, one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from the sun is the Sunscreen Re-applying Reminder App. Whether you work outdoors, are at the beach, or enjoying a day at the pool, it’s important to apply and reapply sunscreen throughout the day. This app will help remind you when to reapply sunscreen for free! It’s available for both iOS and Android.
Think you know your trivia? Think again with Trivia Crack. Spin Willy the Wheel and challenge your friends in six different categories – science, entertainment, art, geography, sports, and history. Whoever wins all six categories first, wins the game. It’s free and available for iOS and Android.
Stay organized this year with Todoist by carrying your to-do list with you everywhere! It works on 13 platforms including iOS and Android, and syncs across all your devices so you never lose sight of your tasks. Download the app for free to try it out and upgrade to premium once you’re ready to take your productivity to the next level.
Whether you walk for fitness, run, jog or hike, Runkeeper is a great way to track your workouts and your routes, and get the motivation you need to hit your fitness goals. The app has more than 30 million people around the world using it to power their active lives, and it uses GPS technology in your device to track your fitness activity. The app syncs with MyFitnessPal, FitBit, LoseIt and more, and you can also link with friends through Facebook and Twitter.
If you’re feeling nostalgic, download Timehop. It syncs with your phone’s camera roll, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Foursquare, and Flickr to highlight moments of your life. It’s like celebrating #TBT everyday. Once you view one of your Timehop’s you’ll be addicted. It’s free and available for iOS and Android. We want to see you in your Coolibar of the past, present and future.
If your idea of a white Christmas means a white sandy beach, you are not alone. Even though the temperatures are dropping, many still try to make it a priority to stay active outdoors. We have handpicked a few of our favorite gifts to help you tackle your list faster than singing “The 12 Days of Christmas.”
For the Runner
If someone on your list loves to pound the pavement, treat them to a unique pair of custom running shoes from NIKEiD. With a wide variety of shoes, styles, and colors to choose from, your recipient can be completely unique. Make running a fun activity for the whole family by spicing up the entire shoe rack.
For the Foodie
Satisfy your loved one’s sweet tooth with The Original Peppermint Bark by Williams-Sonoma (shown above). Their taste buds will go wild once he or she experiences the rich flavors of dark and white chocolate, peppermint oil, and peppermint bits. You will want to buy your own because your loved one will be tempted not to share.
The woman in your life is sure to love our ZnO Cowl Neck Pullover. This best seller is stylish, lightweight, and breathable. It’s available in eight colors and two prints. Whether she is running errands, sipping morning coffee, walking to her next yoga class, or enjoying a cocktail by the pool, the ZnO Cowl Neck Pullover is so versatile you may want to get her two!
For the Sports Enthusiast
Picking the right pair of sunglasses can be daunting. So why not take the guesswork out? In Oakley stores, experts work one-on-one with your gift recipient to build sunglasses with the best performance features for any outdoor activity such as golf, cycling, running, hiking, fishing, hunting, or water sports. There are millions of possible combinations of frames, lenses, ear socks, and icons to create a unique and custom look, and they can even handle prescriptions. Your loved one will not only look stylish but will be protecting their eyes from the sun as well.
For the Person on the Go
Help your loved one stay organized with a customizable bag. Jon Hart Design creates fashionable yet durable bags for anyone. You can find bags for work, travel, and sports and outdoors. They offer a wide variety of colors, materials, and monogram styles to choose from allowing you to make a one-of-a-kind bag for the special someone in your life.
Give the man on your list the gift of style and comfort with our timeless UPF 50+ Sport Polo. He will look polished anywhere he goes, whether it’s the gym, office, or a casual dinner. Choose from three vibrant colors that are great for any time of year.
For the Musicoholic
It’s no fluke that Beats by Dre are the worlds most popular headphones. These headphones are stylish, comfortable, and allow listeners the ability to feel, and not just hear, the music whether indoors or out. The noise-canceling feature will reduce most surrounding noises while playing their favorite tunes. Beats come in a variety of colors to suit their taste, and have a 20-hour rechargeable battery.
For the Writer
A personalized journal from Gallery Leather is the way to go for the person on your list, who loves to stay organized, make lists, or jot down their thoughts. He or she will enjoy writing in their hand-bound Spanish leather journal every day.
Little girls will stay sun safe and look fashionable in our Girls Swim Skort. The Navy Polka Dot pattern pairs well with our Girl’s Short Sleeve Surf Shirt in Bubblegum Zig Zag, or any shirt of your choice. Busy girls can go from swimming in the ocean to a nearby jungle gym, and then out to lunch in this outfit.
For the Outdoor Lover
Encourage your loved ones to stay sun safe year round! Temperatures may be cooler this time of year, but the sun can still damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. Sunscreen should be used as a second line of defense, behind sun protective clothing. Neutrogena is the favorite of dermatologists to provide sun protection for the whole family.
For the DIYer
Make it easy to capture memories by giving your loved one a Shutterfly gift card. He or she will have the opportunity to create a unique and special gift by uploading their favorite photos and choosing from pre-made designs. They can choose from a variety of items such as coffee mugs, calendars, photo books and more.
Our Boy’s Island Board Shorts and Long-sleeve Rash Guard is a must have for families who are planning a tropical winter getaway. This outfit is cool, yet sun safe for boys of all ages. He is sure to love boogie boarding and lounging around the resort in his new Coolibar.
For the New Year!
Cross that “hard to buy for person” off your list! A Fitbit is a great gift for anyone! Fitbit tracks a variety of health stats including activity, calories burned, heart rate and more. There is a variety of models to choose from designed for everyday, active or performance fitness levels. We love the new Fitbit jewelry from Tory Burch.
We hope you enjoy some of our favorite gifts this holiday season! Remember to stay sun safe and have fun doing what you love. Consider your shopping done and done!
Coolibar has the light, comfortable sun protective fabric for any activity, any time of year. So we’re giving away one of our original ZnO Sun Wraps! It features ZnO – our most technically advanced fabric with tiny zinc oxide sun blocking particles permanently embedded into every fiber. It’s cool, soft, comfortable and always UPF 50+!
To Enter: “Like” our ZnO Sun Wrap giveaway post on our Facebook page, and comment “I want to win ZnO”!
Coolibar ZnO Sun Wrap Giveaway Official Rules:
Coolibar ZnO Sun Wrap Giveaway is open for entries on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. To enter, you must be 18 years of age or older. Open to residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia. The winner will receive one (1) CoolibarZnOSun Wrap(Product #01263),retail value $59.50.Winner will be chosen at random by Coolibar representatives. Winner will choose the Sun Wrap from available sizes and colors. Comments deemed inappropriate by Coolibar, or not owned by the posting individual, will be deleted and disqualified. No purchase necessary to win. Prize is non-transferable, not returnable and cannot be sold or redeemed for cash. Coolibar, Inc. employees, employee family members and affiliates are not eligible to win. Rules subject to changes at the discretion of Coolibar. Facebook is not affiliated with Coolibar, Inc. or this giveaway. Deadline for entry: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST.
UV Safety Month Women’s Swim Shirt Giveaway Official Rules:To enter, you must be 18 years of age or older. Contest open to residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia. The winner will receive one (1) Coolibar UPF 50+Women’s Long Sleeve Quarter Zip Swim Shirt (Coolibar Item #03245, retail value $75). Winner will be chosen at random by Coolibar representatives. Winner will choose the swim shirt from available sizes and colors. Comments and photos deemed inappropriate by Coolibar, or not owned by the posting individual, will be deleted and disqualified.No purchase necessary to win. Prize is non-transferable, not returnable and cannot be sold or redeemed for cash. Four entries maximum per person. Coolibar, Inc. employees, employee family members and affiliates are not eligible to win. Contest rules subject to changes at the discretion of Coolibar. Facebook is not affiliated with Coolibar, Inc. or this contest. Deadline for entry: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST.
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.
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).
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!