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Backyard BBQ Recipes for Healthy Skin

Jul 17, 2014

Summer barbeques are the best! But when we think of the food that is usually served at these backyard summer rendezvous it's not the healthiest. After an evening of indulging on greasy hot dogs, burgers, ribs, and beer, the aftermath on our skin can be not so pretty (breakouts, greasy skin, etc). But we have a solution... These dishes are so tasty that nobody will even have to know that they are actually healthy for our skin too!

Pull out the white Christmas lights and string them up outside to make the nighttime sparke!

Above Photo courtesy of: http://www.rachaelraymag.com/

 

Cocktail

Cranberry-Grapefruit Sparkler

Cranberry-Grapefruit Sparkler

Cranberries, citrus, and pomegranates all harbor antioxidants such as Vitamin C.

Ingredients

1 cup cranberry juice

1 cup grapefruit juice

1 cup sparkling mineral water

juice of 1/2 lime

Directions

Combine ingredients in 2 tall glasses, adding 1/2 cup of each juice, 1/2 cup of sparkling mineral water, and a squeeze of lime to each glass. Stir, add ice and serve with a slice of lime.

Appetizer

Roasted Eggplant, Red Pepper, + Garlic Spread

Ingredients

1 medium eggplant, peeled
2 red bell peppers, seeded
1 red onion, peeled
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon tomato paste

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut the eggplant, bell pepper, + onion into 1-inch cubes. Toss them in a large bowl with the garlic, olive oil, salt, + pepper. Spread them on a baking sheet. Roast for 45 minutes, until the vegetables are lightly browned + soft, tossing once during cooking.

Cool slightly.

Place the vegetables in a food processor fitted with a steel blade, add the tomato paste, + pulse 3 or 4 times to blend. Taste for salt and pepper.

Recipe courtesy of Fearlesshomemaker.com



Starter Salad

Tone it Up's Sweet and Spicy Kale Salad

Tone It Up Kale Salad with Toppings copy

Meet your daily vitamin C needs with just one serving of this salad. Vitamin Cis great for collagen synthesis and wound healing, which promotes flawless, healthy, younger looking skin - get glowing!

Makes 4 servings
  • 1 large bunch of kale
  • 1 orange,  juiced & peeled (your preference)
  • 1 Tbs fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, finely sliced
  • 2 tangerines, peeled and sectioned
  • 2.5 oz macadamia nuts, crushed or whole
  • 1 large carrot, grated or chopped
  • 2 Tbs raisins

Directions

Tear kale off the vein into bite-sized pieces and place in a mixing bowl. Coat leaves with orange and lime juice, olive oil,  honey, salt, and a dash of cayenne pepper. Massage leaves in dressing for a few minutes, add garlic and allow mixture to sit for at least 30 minutes or even overnight. After the kale mixture has marinated, top with remaining ingredients, toss and serve. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Toneitup.com

 

 

Side Dish

Lentils and Quinoa with Mint and Lemon

Day 2: Clean-Eating Dinner Idea

Ingredients:

Add ingredients to liking

1 red onion

1 - 2 clove garlic

celery

red bell pepper

extra virgin olive oil

lentils - vacuum sealed or canned

1- 2 pack quinoa

fresh mint

1 lemon

Directions:

Sauté chopped red onion, minced garlic, celery, and red bell pepper in extra virgin olive oil until tender. Add lentils (vacuum sealed or canned, rinsed, and drained are both fine) to heat through. Serve over a small scoop of cooked quinoa and garnish with fresh mint and juice from a fresh lemon wedge

Recipe courtesy of Shape.com

 

 

Main Course

Grilled Salmon with Tomato & Basil

Grilled Salmon with Tomatoes & Basil Recipe

This recipe is so beautiful and yet so simple to prepare—it’s perfect for entertaining. You just spread a side of salmon with minced garlic, sprinkle with fresh basil, then layer sliced tomatoes on top. Put it on the grill for 10 minutes and you’re done!

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 whole wild salmon fillet (also called a “side of salmon,” about 1 1/2 pounds; see Tips)
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided
  • 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Directions
  • Preheat grill to medium.
  1. Mash minced garlic and 3/4 teaspoon salt on a cutting board with the side of a chef’s knife or a spoon until a paste forms. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in oil.
  2. Check the salmon for pin bones and remove if necessary (see Tips). Measure out a piece of heavy-duty foil (or use a double layer of regular foil) large enough for the salmon fillet. Coat the foil with cooking spray. Place the salmon skin-side down on the foil and spread the garlic mixture all over it. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup basil. Overlap tomato slices on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer the salmon on the foil to the grill. Grill until the fish flakes easily, 10 to 12 minutes. Use two large spatulas to slide the salmon from the foil to a serving platter. Serve the salmon sprinkled with the remaining 1/4 cup basil.

Recipe courtesy of Eatingwell.com


 

Dessert
Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles 
This sneaky dessert features a secret ingredient - avocados. The creamy green fruit contains high levels of pantothenic acid (also known as vitamin B5). A number of B vitamins, including B5, promote healthy skin by decreasing oil production and reducing the size of pores. 
Ingredients:
1 ripe avocado
5 oz dark chocolate (try to avoid using chocolate chips)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
2 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (separated)
Directions: 
Pit the avocado and mash the flesh with a fork until completely smooth and lump free
Melt the chocolate in either the microwave or on the stove, taking care not to burn it. Once melted, stir in the mashed avocado, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and 1 1/2 tbsp of the cocoa powder until thoroughly combined.
Place the truffle mixture into the fridge for 30 - 40 minutes and let cool until partially set.
Use a small ice cream scooper or tablespoon to dollup out the truffles and form balls with you hands. Roll in the remaining 1 tbsp of cocoa powder

Recipe courtesy of Apple-of-my-eye.com

 

 

- Have a great weekend and Happy Sun-Blocking!

 

 

DIY Sun Damaged Hair Remedies

Jul 8, 2014

It's summer! You diligently apply your SPF moisturizer every morning and reapply every 2 hours when out in the sun for extended periods of time (that deserves an A+) but then.. come September... you look in the mirror and realize you completely neglected your hair! Like skin, hair is comprised of proteins that need moisture to function - but unlike skin, once hair loses its moisture it dies. Split ends, breakage, frizziness, and limp, dry, dull tresses are all that remain due to salt water, chlorine, and UV damage.

The repair process isn't easy, but here are our favorite natural home remedies to bring some bounce back to your locks and keep your hair healthy and shiny all through the summer. You can make your hair masks all organic as well by using organic produce, honey, coconut oil, and olive oil! Now that's COOLA approved :)

 

Things to have handy: wide tooth comb, clip (to clip up hair while letting the mask sit)

 

Banana and Coconut Oil Hair Mask

What you need:

2 bananas

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon honey

What you do:

Mash 2 bananas so that no chunkiness remains, add the honey, coconut oil and olive oil to the mashed bananas and mix. Apply starting at the scalp and distribute through the lengths of your hair. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Finish off with a spritz of cool water.

 

 

Tone It Up's Avocado Hair Mask

What you need:

1 ripe avocado

1 banana

2 tsp olive oil

apple cider vinegar

What you do:

Blend together and then massage into your hair from roots to ends. Let sit for 30 minutes. Shampoo well, then rinse with apple cider vinegar and cool water for extra shiny hair! 

 

 

Egg Yolk and Avocado Hair Mask

What you need:

1 ripe avocado

1 egg yolk

What you do:

Mash avocado and then add egg yolk into a bowl. Using a fork, whisk the ingredients together to create a creamy consistency. Dampen your hair, and then apply from roots to tips. Massage gently into scalp and then let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse well with cool water and then shampoo.

 

 

Strawberry Hair Mask

What you need:

handful of ripe strawberries (nearly 10)

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon coconut oil

What you do:

Mash strawberries to a puree substance. Add the honey and coconut oil and mix. Apply from root to tip to damp hair. Let sit for 15 mins and then rinse well with luke-warm water. Finish with cool water for extra shine!

 

 

- Happy Sun Blocking! 

Addicted To Tanning... Is There Such a Thing?

Jun 24, 2014

Despite the numerous PSA's and FDA warnings to stop tanning, some sun worshippers just can't go cold turkey on sun-bathing. Is it possible that outdoor and indoor tanning can be addictive?

Researchers have found that UV radiation not only causes skin to synthesize Vitamin D upon contact but it also causes skin to produce beta-endorphins (the "feel good" hormones). A daily dose of UV light boosts blood levels of beta-endorphins that act on the same brain pathways as so-called opoid drugs like heroin and morphine. So, similar to drugs, alcohol, and even food, UV exposure activates the "reward centers" of the brain and therefore potentially becomes addictive. 

 

The rewarding feeling we get from sun exposure isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the national rate of melanoma tripling since the year 1975 to about 24 cases per 100,000 people in 2010 is. The consequences of sun-bathing and indoor tanning have reached an all time high with more than 76,000 Americans diagnosed with melanoma and more than 9,480 Americans dying of the disease each year in the United States. Exposure to tanning beds alone can increase the risk of melanoma by up to 75% especially in women age 45 years or younger. So would people stop tanning with the notion that it could become addictive? Experts say that this knowledge might make people think twice before soaking up the sun or hitting up the tanning salon.

 

 

We agree that Vitamin D and beta-endorphins are an absolute necessity to be healthy AND happy, but there are other ways to reap the benefits of these chemicals without putting your skin and body in danger of sun damage, aging, and skin cancer. Foods fortified with Vitamin D or taking a Vitamin D3 supplement will help ensure that you don't become Vitamin D deficient. Exercise gives you a plethora of beta-endorphins, which make you feel great and not to mention look great as well! We're not saying to never step foot outside or on the sand ever again, just make sure to take extra precaution and sun safety measures such as wearing at least SPF 30 and reapplying every 2 hours, wearing sunglasses, a hat, and even bringing an umbrella! It may seem like a little much, but trust us it will be worth it to keep your skin healthy, vibrant and young!

 

 

- Happy Sun-Blocking!

Are Your Sunglasses Aging Your Face?

Jun 19, 2014

Like sunscreen, sunglasses should be worn every day, year-round, rain or shine. But not just any old pair of frames will do, as some pairs have even been found to cause more damage than good and can actually age your face quicker! Sunglasses that have little to no UV protection can let more light into your eyes causing you to squint, which results in wrinkles or "crows feet" around your eyes. Up to 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by the sun. More important, over-exposure to UV light can affect the eye itself causing cataracts, cancers of the eye (5 to 10 percent of all skin cancers appear on the eyelids!), and macular degeneration. In fact the first place dermatologists check for melanoma is in and around the eyes. So we think it's time (there's no better time than now with summer only 2 days away!) to invest in a quality pair of sunnies that are UV protective, are functional for all your outdoor activities, and look great of course! 

Sifting through endless frames, colors, and lens types can be overwhelming... so we've done some of the dirty work for you! Here are some points to keep in mind when looking for your next pair:

Look for complete UVA/UVB protection

Look for a label or sticker that says one or more of the following:

  • Lenses block 99% or 100% of UVB/UVA rays
  • Lenses meet ANSI Z80.3 blocking requirements. (This refers to standards set by the American National Standards Institute.)
  • UV 400 protection. (These lenses shield your eyes from even the tiniest UV rays and block light rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers)

The right frames

Oversized sunglasses aren't only a fashion statement. Look for large plastic frames as opposed to metal, which can actually burn the skin touching the frames and cause age spots along with other skin damage. Large, plastic frames that wrap around your eye area are ideal, like these 'Oakley Break' Point frames.

The right hue

The coating that blocks UV radiation is clear, so a darker lens doesn't necessarily mean it's more effective. However, keep in mind that mirrored or reflective lenses (even if they have UV protection) can reflect more light on to your cheeks, nose, and eye area. Opt for a black, brown, grey, or neutral lens color like these Ray Ban Oversized Cat-Eye frames.

 

 

Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses are a great option for those who spend a lot of time on the water, as they reduce glare by filtering out the reflected sunlight. Vonzipper Castaway Polarized Lenses

 

Now that you've found your perfect pair, don't forget to apply a nickel - quarter size amount of broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen to your face and around your eyes! 

- Happy Sun-Blocking!

The Lowdown on UPF

Jun 4, 2014

Ahh summer... break out the shorts, tank tops, strapless maxi's and head to the beach... but not so fast!  While the warmer weather makes us want to wear as little clothing as possible to bear the heat, it's important to stay covered during your outdoor adventures and activities and even during your day-to-day routine! Wearing SPF from head to toe is the first and absolute necessary preventative measure for preventing skin cancer and sun damage, but wearing UPF protective clothing can also further protect your skin from daily exposure to harmful UV rays!

 

So what is UPF?

Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) indicates how effectively fabrics shield skin from ultraviolet rays (including UVA & UVB) and ranges from UPF 15 to UPF 50.

 

What makes a fabric UPF approved?

These sun protective fabrics are woven tightly together (letting minimal UV rays to pass through the fabric), use dyes that disrupt UV light, and/or are infused with UV resistant ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are active ingredients found in mineral sunscreens. To put the scale of UPF clothing in perspective, an average white cotton t-shirt has a UPF of only 5. You might not get burned underneath the cotton fabric but there are still a plethora of UV rays filtering through the fabric causing irreversible sun damage such as wrinkling, age spots, and skin cancer.  However, a shirt made with a fabric of UPF 50 can block out 98% of UVA/UVB rays!  

Here are our must-have UPF pieces from some of our favorite brands to throw on all summer (and year) long!

 

Mott50 Sun Protective Fashion

 

 

JCREW

 

 

Cabana Life

 

 

Bloxsun

 

- Happy Sun-Blocking! 

COOLA Memorial Day

May 22, 2014

 
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! 
 
 
Our Memorial Day essentials:
 
COOLA SPF 30 Pina Colada Sunscreen Spray
 
Mott50 Open Cardigan (UPF 50) & Sun Hat 
 
JCREW Colorblock Stripe Scarf
 
Oakley Women's Sweet Spot Sunglasses
 
Havianas Flip Flops
 
 
 
Fruit Popsicle Recipe: 
 
ingredients:
1 peach, cut into 1/2 inch slices (1/2 cup)
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
3/4 cup strawberries, finely chopped
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruit punch, white grape juice, and/or water
 
directions:
1. mix peeled and chopped fruit into a bowl and arrange the mixture into 8 3-ounce popsicle molds
2. pour enough juice into each mold to just cover the fruit
3. insert popsicle sticks and freeze until solid (about 6 hours)
4. Enjoy! 
 
 
 
 
ingredients:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 cups cranberry juice, chilled
1 cup orange juice, chilled
1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice, chilled
3/4 cup lemon juice, chilled
1 liter bottle ginger ale, chilled
ice cubes
fresh cranberries
lemon slices
 
directions:
1. for syrup, in a small saucepan, combine sugar and the water. cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. transfer to a small bowl or a 1-cup glass measure. cover and chill for 1 hour.
2. in a large punch bowl, stir together cranberry juice, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and chilled syrup. slowly pour ginger ale down side of bowl; stir gently to mix. serve over ice cubes. if desired, garnish with cranberries and lemon slices
 
 
A big thank you to everyone who has served our country! COOLA is so proud to be made in the USA! 
 
 
- Happy Memorial Day and Happy Sun-Blocking! 
 

 

National Women's Health Week

May 12, 2014

May 11th - May 17th is National Women's Health Week!

With the consequences of sun bathing and indoor tanning at an all time high, it is incredibly important to change the way people think of their skin. In an online survey conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly 58% of respondents 18 to 29 years old thought people looked more attractive with a tan. While melanoma can effect all ages, skin types, and both genders, melanoma is increasing faster in females 15 to 29 years old than males in the same age group. In females 15-27 years old, the torso is the most common location for developing melanoma, which may be the result of high-risk tanning behaviors. Exposure to tanning beds can increase the risk of melanoma by up to 75% especially in women aged 45 years or younger. 

The public service advertisement titled "Born" conveys the natural beauty of the skin tone we were "born" with and asks the question: At what age is the color your skin was meant to be no longer beautiful?

 

So stop tanning! It's not worth the wrinkles, sun spots, and risk of skin cancer. Wear SPF every single day from head to toe to keep your skin healthy, happy, and beautiful! 

- Cheers to healthy skin and Happy Sun-Blocking!

Rock COOLA Blue Eyeliner for Spring/Summer

May 9, 2014

COOLA blue is the hue for the season! We're seeing this trend everywhere from the beach to the runway for Spring & Summer 2014! Go on and give it a go :)

 

To keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum, pair this look with COOLA Mineral SPF 30 Matte Tint and COOLA Peppermint & Vanilla SPF 15 Liplux

 

- Have a great weekend and Happy Sun-Blocking! 

Melanoma Monday

May 5, 2014

Today we give voice to those who are fighting, have lost loved ones, or who may have lost their own voice to melanoma. Referred to as a "skin" cancer disease, many disregard this disease as merely remaining on the surface of our bodies and therefore do not realize the seriousness in contracting this deadly disease. More than 76,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma and more than 9,480 Americans die of melanoma each year in the United States. Melanoma is the number one new cancer diagnosed in young adults ages 25-29, as the consequences of sun-bathing and indoor tanning have reached an all time high. So maybe that tan for prom or winter formal doesn't sound so appealing anymore. What would you tell your sixteen-year-old self? While you can't turn back time, you can take preventative measures from here on out and help spread the message for raising sun protection awareness. There is no better day than today, Melanoma Monday, to do so! 

 

Here are some precautions you can take for preventing Melanoma:

1. Apply SPF Every. Single. Day.

Even on cloudy days or days when you are going to work or running errands, it is pertinent that you still wear sun protection as UV rays can penetrate through the windows of your car, office, or even home.

2. Wear clothing to further protect your skin

Today's trends make it easy to be stylish yet sun safe at the same time! Kimono tops, linen beach pants, and a wide-brimmed hats are perfect for adding that extra layer of protection when out at the beach or pool this summer.

3. Consider a Self-Tanner

Can't live without a tan? Consider a self-tanning formula (one that is as natural as possible, as many can be filled with harmful chemicals) and continue to layer on SPF daily. Some of these formulas can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage, so be sure to take extra precaution! Whatever you do, avoid indoor tanning at all costs, as tanning beds can increase the risk of melanoma by up to 75%.

4. Limit sun exposure from 10am - 12pm

Seek shade or limit sun exposure between the hours of 10am and 2pm when the sun's rays are at their strongest. If your shadow is shorter than your height, you know the sun's rays are at their peak!

5. Check for signs of skin cancer at least once a month

At least once a month, take 10 minutes to check your skin, from head to toe, for signs of skin cancer. Catching melanoma in its early stages can increase the chance of being cured by 98%.

Here are the ABCDE's for detecting melanoma:

Asymmetry - one half of the mole does not match the other

Borders - borders of the mole are rugged, notched, or blurred

Color - color varies from one area to another of the mole

Diameter - melanomas are usually 6mm in diameter when diagnosed, but can be smaller

Evolving - continues to change in size, shape, or color

 

How are you celebrating #MelanomaMonday and spreading the message today?

 

- Happy Sun-Blocking

MRA & COOLA Special Edition SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray

May 1, 2014

Melanoma Awareness Month is finally here! Join COOLA and the Melanoma Research Alliance in helping raise awareness and support in the effort to accelerate research, advance cures, and ultimately eliminate melanoma with our Special Edition SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray.

For every Special Edition SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray sold, COOLA is donating $5 to the Melanoma Research Alliance, the world's largest private funder of melanoma research. 100% of this donation will support research programs to help better prevent, detect, and treat melanoma.

More than 76,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma and more than 9,480 Americans die of melanoma each year in the United States. Despite tremendous advancements in medicine, the melanoma death rate has remained static over the past 30 years while the incidence is rising. But there is hope for a better outlook! 

Please contact hello@coolasuncare.com for local retail availability.  There is a limited production of 2,500 units available. For more information on our Special Edition SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray please click here

COOLA and the MRA sincerely thank you for your support!

*The MRA name and logo are used with its permission which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any company or product.

 

- Happy Sun-Blocking

Summer Skin Routine

Apr 28, 2014

Warmer weather can make your skincare routine a bit tricky, but these simple tips will get your skin prepped and protected for those longer days and stronger rays!

1) Start off your summer skincare routine with a kick and sluff off that winter skin! Not only does coffee get us rolling in the AM, but it also stimulates and wakes up our skin as well! It contains caffeic acid, which has anti-inflammatory effects and can boost collagen production. Just another reason to love your java! Make this invigorating natural coffee scrub by combining just 1 Tbsp of ground coffee, 1 Tbsp of olive oil or 1 Tbsp of water (if you tend to have an oily complexion use water, and if you have drier skin use olive oil). Stir it up, gently scrub, rinse, and voila! Instant glow. 

 

2) In the summer months, your cleanser should have some sort of de-greasing effect to rid your complexion of buildup that occurs either while sleeping throughout the warmer nights or running around during the hot days. Ditch your heavy, creamy face wash and opt for a gentle foaming formula that won't completely strip your skin but be just strong enough to break down excess oil or sebum.

 

 

3) During drier winter months skin requires a heavyweight night cream, however the more humid months of summer call for just a lightweight serum. This cooling face serum promotes collagen production, improves elasticity, fights wrinkles and even contains Wakame, a natural UVA shield that combats exhaust, smoke, heavy metals and free radicals. So go ahead and put your freshest face forward!

4) In order to keep your skin balanced it is still just as important to wear a moisturizer in the summer as it is in the winter. Our SPF 30 Mineral Cucumber Matte Finish sunscreen is fantastic for helping skin retain the moisture it needs while controlling shine and/or oil production throughout the day. Not to mention wearing SPF daily is crucial during summer months! 

5) Swap your foundation for a tinted CC or BB cream. These light formuals are perfect for giving you just the right amount of coverage you need without feeling too heavy or cakey in warmer weather. Organic linseed oil and evening primrose will also keep that dreaded redness at bay!

 

 

6) Beach, wind, hair, and thick, sticky lip gloss makes for one uncomfortable situation! Sometimes just a sheer, moisturizing and protective lip balm is all you need in the summer, and not to mention it will give you that natural, beach beauty look!

7) As we break out our T-shirts and shorts it's necessary to wear a daily moisturizer with SPF to protect exposed skin from the sun. Even just walking from your car into the office can add up in UV exposure! Sun damage is cumulative and even just 15 minutes here and there with no protection can add up to a few hours a week.

8) Lastly, don't forget to switch up your diet! Eating summer produce such as blueberries, avocados and cucumber will help your skin glow from within! 

 

 

What's your summer skincare routine? Feel free to comment and share below!

- Happy Sun-Blocking! 

#AskCOOLA Twitter Party with BIRCHBOX

Apr 18, 2014

 

Thank you again to everyone who participated in the #AskCOOLA Twitter chat with our COOLA Founder Chris Birchby and BIRCHBOX on Wednesday! Chris couldn't have asked for a better hour chatting with all of you about his favorite topic... healthy, organic sun protection! There were so many fantastic questions that he couldn't get to them all, but here is a recap with many of the questions and answers from the hour!

Q: Organics are awesome but are they as effective comparatively to chemical/physical "blocks"?

Chris: Yes, by incorporating natural plant phyto-protectors into all of our products we are able to boost our sunscreen’s SPF value naturally making them just as effective using up to 85% fewer actives!  

 

Q: When should I put on SPF? Before or after makeup?? Can make-up be applied over your products?

Chris: Yes our products work wonderfully under makeup as a moisturizer or even as a primer. We recommend putting on an Face SPF and then makeup. Here’s a video from Birchbox demonstrating how to layer your skincare like a pro!

 

Q: Do I need to wash face before reapplying sunscreen?

Chris: No, it is not necessary to wash your face before reapplication. Our sunscreens are light enough that you can layer without feeling greasy or too heavy.

 

Q: Which product do you recommend for someone who works outside 8 hrs a day/7 days a week?

Chris: Our high-performance Sport sunscreens offer up to 80 min water resistance which is ideal for working outdoors, but still should be reapplied every 2 hours!

 

Q: What causes freckles? They cover my face during the hot summer months! Any way to prevent that?

Chris: Freckles occur when pigment producing melanocytes become damaged by sun exposure. Use spf (mineral works best for preventing freckles, and always try to wear a hat/sunglasses for extra protection

 

Q: Are spray sunscreens safe?

Chris: COOLA’s Sprays are the highest ranking continuous sprays on the EWG, is hydrocarbon free and has a 97% organic ingredient base.

 

Q: Will my tinted moisturizer with SPF that's applied early in am still be effective in the pm?

Chris: You will need to reapply your SPF to be fully protected from sun exposure in the pm, as it’s recommended that you reapply your SPF every 2 hours when out in the sunlight.

 

Q: Does makeup provide any sun protection for my face even if it doesn't say SPF anywhere on the label?

Chris: If it is not labeled with any SPF protection it will not protect your skin from sun exposure. You will still need to wear an SPF moisturizer underneath your makeup to get broad spectrum protection!

 

Q: What is difference between SPF level numbers, does higher mean better?

Chris: SPF rating is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to burn sunscreen-protected skin vs. unprotected skin. So if a person who might typically burn after 10 minutes in the sun puts on SPF 2, they have double that time before a sunburn, so 20 minutes. Skin protected with SPF 15 would take 15 times longer, or 150 minutes for a sunburn to occur.

 

Q: Which type of sunscreen works best? The lotion or the spray?

Chris: The spray works just as good as the lotion, it all comes down to personal preference or lifestyle on whether you want to use a spray or lotion!

 

Q: Hitting up amusement parks this summer how long does your spf work and how often do I apply?

Chris: You should reapply spf at least every 2 hours, however variables such as skin type, water activity, etc play a factor as well.

 

Q: Why is it important to apply sun care products if you don't plan to bask in the sun?

Chris: UVA rays can penetrate thru glass, leaving you exposed in your car and office. Fight signs of aging w/SPF

 

Q: My kids have VERY sensitive skin & can't use chemical sunscreen. Do you have a physical block sunscreen?

Chris: Our Mineral Baby SPF 50 Sunscreen is a mineral base rather than chemical base, and it’s designed specifically for the delicate skin of your little ones!

 

Q: Does using multiple SPF products together increase your protection or not?

Chris: SPF does not stack if you use more than one SPF Value. For example, SPF 15+20 does not equal 35!

 

Q: I have Lupus-What is the best sunscreen for me?

Chris: With Lupus, it's recommended by doctors to use higher SPF sunscreens that include antioxidants. Like COOLA!

 

Q: What would be my reasoning for choosing the mineral vs. classic collection?

Chris: Our Classic Sunscreens use organic active ingredients designed to absorb and dissipate UVA/UVB rays, while our Mineral Sunscreens use mineral or physical active ingredients to scatter and reflect UVA/UVB rays

 

Q: What is the best SPF for extremely sensitive skin? In particular on the face?

Chris: For sensitive skin, use Face SPF 30 with few actives. Cucumber Classic only has 4.1% total actives and Matte Tint has 5% actives. Lower active levels = less irritation and is ideal for sensitive skin!

 

Q: Is there a recommended SPF for lips??

Chris: We offer 2 SPF products for the lip: Liplux SPF 15 Vanilla Peppermint and SPF 30 Original. Both are delicious and are 70%+ organic using food grade ingredients!

 

Q: Can these products be used year round!?

Chris: We STRONGLY recommend SPF for year-round use! The sun doesn't take a vacation after yours! Daily SPF use a must.

 

Q: My mom gets on to me for not wearing sunscreen on my feet everyday. Would you recommend it daily?

Chris: We recommend SPF on your feet because a burn can happen anywhere. Bob Marley died from melanoma on his foot.

 

Q: How important is after sun care??

Chris: Both PRE + POST Suncare is VERY important! Check out COOLA's unique ER+ line of Eco-Certified recovery products for after sun exposure and also for use on a daily basis!

 

Q: What is a good every day sunscreen to wear?

Chris: For everyday use, find a light sunscreen with high SPF, few actives + lots of organic ingredients and anti-aging benefits!

 

Q: What can you do to prevent signs of aging from sun exposure?

Chris: Aging from sun exposure can be fought by wearing SPF from head to toe daily, hats, and sunglasses. Also, try to limit your UV exposure between the hours or 10am to 4pm as much as possible!

 

Q: Are your sunscreens for the face safe for sensitive and acne prone skin?

Chris: COOLA Face SPF is safe for sensitive and acne prone skin, and we make 6 different types to match skin types. Our mineral collection is ideal for oily, acne prone skin, and our classic collection is ideal for dry yet sensitive skin as well. COOLA has something even for the most finicky complexions!

 

Q: What is the best sunscreen for dry, mature skin with lines, wrinkles and sagging?

Chris: We recommend our COOLA Classic Collection for drier, more mature complexions, as these sunscreens are hydrating and loaded with anti-aging benefits yet light weight and perfect for every day use!

 

Q: Would you put on less sunscreen if you have darker skin?

Chris: You still need to apply just as much SPF even if you have darker skin. Though effects of UV damage may not be as visible, the damage is still occurring will eventually show up in the form of wrinkles, age spots, and other skin conditions.

 

Q: Is there a difference for men and women on sunscreen products?

Chris: Sunscreens are completely unisex. COOLA offers sunscreens that vary in SPF value, scents, tint, textures, and water resistance to match anyone’s sunscreen preferences.

 

Q: Do you recommend SPF for lips and neck too?

Chris: We recommend SPF for the entire body! Lips and neck get a lot of sun and unfortunately often melanoma. Plus both lips and neck are one of the first areas on our bodies to show signs of aging!

 

Q: What do you suggest to protect your scalp from the sun? If hats aren't an option.

Chris: Hair specific SPF is no longer FDA approved, but our Spray line is perfect for scalp application. That is my go-to! No head hair? No problem! Any of our lotions and sprays would be perfect for use.

 

Q: How many minutes should one wait before going outside after putting sunscreen on?

Chris: In a best case scenario, SPF should be applied 30 minutes prior to going outside.


Q: Are your products cruelty free?

Chris: All COOLA products are PROUDLY CRUELTY FREE and PETA approved!

 

Q: What is the best way to stay protected from the sun while on the ski slopes?

Chris: Use a Water Resistant Face SPF on the slopes because of the reflection of the snow!

 

Q: is there a specific SPF strength that I should use for my face?

Chris: We recommend SPF 20-50 for daily FACE use, although 15-50 is what we recommend for Body

 

Q: This looks amazing! Any safe for eye area?

Chris: Yes, all of our SPF face sunscreens are perfectly safe for the eye area as they are designed specifically for the sensitivity of the face, just be careful to not get any product directly in the eye!

 

Q: What is the best product for reapplying sunscreen to your face with minimal impact to makeup?

Chris: You can refresh with a light and sheer Face SPF like our Classic Cucumber!

 

Q: Is putting sunscreen on every hour overkill or enough?

Chris: Depending on SPF value, application, time of the year and your location, every hour may be necessary.

 

Q: What's the best way to protect the area around my eyes from sun damage?

Chris: The best way to protect your eyes is by wearing sunglasses with UV protection and apply one our Face SPF’s around the eye area.

 

Q: Does it really smell like piña colada?

Chris: Pina Colada SPF Spray is 100% natural scent! We're proud of several awards for BEST SMELLING SPF! :

 

 

We are so thrilled with all of the positive feedback from the BIRCHBOX community and are so glad that it was a fun and educational experience for all! 

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