May 3, 2015

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Tips for outdoor enthusiasts to reduce skin cancer risks! Stay proctected with @Coolibar #spon


With spring in full swing, nothing beats getting outside to participate in your favorite sport or outdoor activity. Whether it¹s running, golf, soccer, baseball, basketball, cycling or just cheering on your kids or favorite athlete at practices and games, outdoor enthusiasts spend countless hours in the sun's rays putting them at a higher risk for skin cancer.

The Skin Cancer Foundation warns that a person¹s risk for melanoma doubles after five or more sunburns, making skin protection a priority for those who spend an extended period of time outside.

Fortunately, skin cancer is also the most preventable form of cancer, and the SCF recommends sun-protective clothing as the first line of defense against UV exposure, which can lead to cancer. Coolibar, is the first sun-protective clothing company to receive the SCF¹s Seal of Recommendation.

I have two kids who are not only active in sports, but love to spend every minute of their free time outdoors!  Our evenings and weekends consist of practices and games, so as a family we are outside a lot.  Recently the temps have warmed up and we were finally able to put away the winter coats and sit in short sleeved shirts at the games.  This weekend we reached high 70s and the sun was shining bright.  It was a perfect time to wear  clothing made with UPF 50+ fabric and apply the sunscreen to the faces!

I was recently sent the Girl’s Hooded Swim Shirt and the Boy’s Hooded Swim Shirt.  It is definitely great for the kid’s sports and outdoor activities as the UPF 50+ fabrics never wash out. 

The swim shirts feature:
  • Soft, lightweight aqua SUNTECT® fabric
  • Chlorine and saltwater resistant
  • Shape-preserving four-way stretch knit
  • Hood for added head and neck protection
  • Front pouch pocket
  • Imported
  • Easy care: machine wash, line dry
  • UPF 50+
 
Hooded Swim Shirt features hooded swim shirt makes it easy for parents to protect their children with a full hood to cover the head and neck. It also makes sunny days more fun for kids, with a front pouch pocket and plenty of exciting colors and patterns.

Just because these saw they are swim shirts, you can wear them anytime!   My daughter likes to wear hers when she is practicing soccer.  It is a nice light fabric, keeps her cool and we don't have to worry about the harmful rays!  These are also the perfect cover-up when walking to and from the beach, at the pool, etc.   The kids will look cute and not red like a lobster!



Tips for outdoor enthusiasts to stay protected from harmful UV radiation:

  • Wear lightweight moisture wicking sun-protective clothing. T-shirts are NOT adequate protection against UV rays. Along with the UPF 50+ rating in your clothing, it¹s important to wear moisture wicking clothing so you don¹t overheat.
  • A wide-brim hat is a must for golfers, walkers and spectators and provides extra coverage to the neck and shoulders, areas that often get more sun exposure. Every inch of hat brim can lower your lifetime risk of skin cancer by 10%. For runners, choose lightweight hats that cover the top of the head and neck. 
  • When possible, avoid outdoor activity between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun¹s UV radiation is most intense. 
  • Keep sunscreen and a hat in your sports/gym bag so they are always available. Use a golf umbrella for shade when walking or waiting. 
  • Remember to reapply your sunscreen every every two hours, or more often if sweating or swimming. Use sport sunscreen so it doesn¹t run and irritate your eyes. 
  • Wear sunglasses. In addition to protecting eyes from UV exposure, another cancer risk, the right sunglasses offer impact protection, and reduce reflection on the road, field or course.

About Coolibar
Coolibar is the most recommended and tested sun protective clothing company in the United States. Based in Minneapolis, the company was founded in 2001 to bring Australia¹s world-leading approaches to sun protection to the American market and beyond by producing and selling sun protective apparel for active families through catalog and online. Dedicated to the highest quality sun protective clothing, hats and accessories, Coolibar guarantees UPF 50+ ratings for the life of their garments. Each garment is developed with sun protection as the number one priority with a full line of proprietary SUNTECT® fabrics. Coolibar has been recognized by the Skin Cancer Foundation, the American Academy of Dermatology and the Melanoma International Foundation for effective sun protection. Coolibar Cares, the company¹s giving back initiative, supports programs such as SunAWARE, School Sun Hat program, Doctor Connect, the AAD Camp Discovery for sun sensitive children as well as athlete sponsorships and product donations. For information about Coolibar, go to www.coolibar.com or call 1-800-926-6509. You can also follow us on Facebook Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram


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