Today I want to tell you about a product that is an absolute necessity for a traveler that spends a lot of time in the sun, but even more for those (like myself), that burn easily. The one part of the cruise that I am not looking forward to, is how sunburnt I will come back. Somehow I burn no matter how much sunscreen I use, if it is overcast, etc. My siblings think it is funny, because after we've been out in the sun for a while they will come in with slight burns that slowly tan, and I come in bright red with burns that take a bit to heal, and as a result my skin peels off and I am the same paler skinned person I was before being out in the sun. :) Coolibar can REALLY help with that problem.
"Founded in 2001 by an Australian who knew the harshest of sun climates, Coolibar has evolved to be the leader in innovative sun protective fabric design. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Coolibar takes its name from a eucalyptus tree native to the Australian outback - offering welcome relief and reliable protection from the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays, on the continent where sun protection began.
Coolibar is the first company to receive the Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation for sun protective clothing. Additionally, our sun protective apparel was the first ever endorsed by the Melanoma International Foundation, and as a sun protective clothing company Coolibar has also been endorsed by the Pediatric Sun Protection Foundation."
- "Teach kids that being safe in the sun is as important as wearing a bike helmet! Limiting sun exposure now helps prevent skin cancer in the future.
- Make sure to wear lightweight clothing that is tightly woven (t-shirts do NOT block UV rays!), and contains a UV protection factor of 50.
- Keep sunscreen and a hat in your gym/travel bag, stroller or diaper bag so it¹s always accessible when needed.
- Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes BEFORE going out in the sun, and remember to reapply to exposed areas every two hours, and more often after swimming or sweating.
- Take regular breaks from the sun especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest, and make sure to drink lots of water. Set your phone¹s alarm for reminders.
- Wearing a wide-brim hat provides extra coverage to the neck and shoulders. Every inch of hat brim can lower your lifetime risk of skin cancer by 10%.
- Wear a swim shirt specifically designed for water activities while at the pool or beach. These provide maximum sun protection, cover a large amount of exposed skin, and dry quickly so they are great for trips.
- Wear sunglasses. In addition to protecting eyes from UV exposure, another cancer risk, the right sunglasses offer impact protection, and reduce reflection if you are participating in any rigorous activities."
As you can see, I enjoy pairing my hat with this striped maxi skirt... I think they go so well together! This is definitely a hat/outfit that I will be packing for the cruise. I love that I can wear it with a dressy outfit (above) or a more casual, but still stylish, outfit. The 4" front brim is perfect for keeping the sun off of your face, and it also has the "SmartStrawTM fiber - packable, crushable, salt resistant, easy care" which is perfect for traveling. I hate when a hat gets crushed, loses all of its shape, and is ruined. Another of my favorite features is that the scarf is removable, so I can trade it out with my own and it can coordinate perfectly with any outfit.
It is definitely worth purchasing this sun hat. I have received many compliments, and also those that would like to "borrow" it. :) You can purchase this sun hat, as well as many other sun protective items, on the Coolibar website. You can also Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter to see updates from them in your feed (such as the sun protection tips shared above).