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Plant Protection - Inside and Out!

Feb 24, 2015

Here at COOLA we love plants for numerous reasons! Not only because plant protection® and plant phyto-protectors lessen the actives in our sunscreens

by 85%, but because they are healthy for us all around and can benefit our well-being every day! From the office to our living rooms, the average American

spends roughly 90% of their day indoors. Not only does air pollution and free-radical damage occur outside, it can also occur inside as well with household

cleaning chemicals, formaldehyde from wood flooring, and poor ventilation. 

Clean, Green, Industry, Leaves, Plant

Environment, Home, Plant, Plants, Room

 

Benefits of Houseplants:

Purify air  -

According to NASA research, plants remove toxins from air - up to 87% of volatile organic compounds every 24 hours. This includes formaldehyde found in

flooring, chemicals from cleaners and plastic, cigarette smoke, benzene and trichloroethylene.

Breathe easier -

At night, once photosynthesis ceases, plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, thus increasing oxygen levels in interior spaces. 

Improve health and healing - 

Adding plants to hospital rooms have been found to help patients heal faster, have lower heart rates and blood pressure, experience less fatique and anxiety,

and are released from the hospital sooner. 

Release moisture - 

Plants release moisture vapor which decreases dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.

 

Our favorite Houseplants:

Gerbera Daisy

Aloe

English Ivy

Peace Lily

Spider Plant

Snake Plant

Red-edged Dracaera

Chinese Evergreen

Bamboo Palm

Succulents

Bromeliads

 

- Happy Sun-Blocking®!

 

Valentine's Day Wishlist

Feb 9, 2015

Whether you go BIG for Valentine's Day or just keep it low key with your significant other, these gift ideas are perfect for that special someone, or...

even as a gift to yourself!

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1) COOLA Mineral Face SPF 20 Rose Essence Tinted Moisturizer

What's better than romantic, divinely scented red roses? Our Rose Essence Tinted Moisturizer! A bouquet of red roses eventually gives out,

but this is the gift that will keep on giving every day with the faint scent of rose, light coverage, and healthy sun protection! 

Shop here >> http://www.coolasuncare.com/mineral/sunscreen-spf-20-rose

Face SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint

 

2) Succulent Garden

Okay, so you still want to go the flower route. Succulents are a great alternative because not only can you get really creative with these little guys,

they live A LOT longer! That means your special someone will think of you time and time again for as long as it survives (which can honestly be years

if you water them at least once in a blue moon). Just a thought!

Shop here >> http://www.shopterrain.com/blooming_gifts/?cm_sp=Homepage-_-week020115-_-bloominga

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3) Candles

You can never ever go wrong with a nicely scented candle! Simple and thoughtful. These SpaRitual candles smell amazing and are so relaxing! Not to mention

the cute little romantic titles on each scent!

Shop here >> http://www.sparitual.com/body-care/soy-candles.html

 

4) Spa Gift Certificate

There's nothing like the gift of pampering! A nice massage, facial, pedicure, we'll take it!

Here's a list of spa's where you can get pampered with COOLA >> http://www.coolasuncare.com/locator

Check out more spas here >> http://www.livelovespa.com/

 

5) Yoga Mat

The perfect gift for yogis or anyone! There's nothing like a new, cushy yoga mat. We're loving Prana's new Spring collection!

Shop here >> http://www.prana.com/henna-e-c-o-yoga-mat.html?color=marigold

 

6) Birchbox subscription

Another gift that keeps on giving, a Birchbox subscription! 

Join here >> https://www.birchbox.com/shop/join/#women-monthly

 

- Happy Valentine's Day & Happy Sun-Blocking!®

 

Healthy Beauty Smoothies

Jan 28, 2015

Good skin starts from within. Taking care of your skin from the inside out is important for an overall healthy, calm, clear, and beautiful complexion. And sunscreen

is just the icing on the cake! A healthy diet + healthy sunscreen = gorgeous skin for life!

Check out a few of our favorite smoothie recipes to make at home:

 

Sweet Beginnings:

Almond Milk (Vanilla or Unsweetened)

Cacao or Cocoa powder

Blueberries

Raspberries

1 Banana (peeled and sliced)

Spinach and/or Kale

 

Greens, Greens, Greens:

Apple (cored and sliced)

Celery (sliced)

Cucumber (sliced)

Spinach and/or Kale

Aloe Vera Juice

 

Carrot Ginger Smoothie

Chopped Carrots

Orange (Peeled and separated)

Apple (cored and sliced)

Ginger root (Freshly grated)

Filtered Water

 

Creamy Coconut

1/2 Avocado

1 Banana (peeled and sliced)

Spinach and/or Kale

Flax, hemp, or chia seeds

Honey

Coconut water

Coconut shavings for garnish and topping

 

- Happy Sun-Blocking! 

2015 Skin Resolutions

Jan 20, 2015

Our 2015 Resolutions for healthier, happier skin!

 

January is such an exciting and rejuvenating month! A time to reflect on your last year, and look forward to the next with new goals, resolutions,

hopes, and drive. This year, like every year, we strive to take care of our health and our bodies, thus of course, protecting our bodies' biggest

protector, our skin! We want to set attainable AND maintainable goals that all of us here at the COOLA HQ can hold each other accountable on,

and our friends and fans too! Follow along for the happiest, healthiest skin you've had in your life! Get ready for the never-ending compliments :)

 

1) First things first, STRESS LESS!

After the holiday madness it's sometimes hard to unwind and come down from the stress that comes with over-crowded malls, roads, family time, etc.

Here are our tips for stressing less:

·      Exercise. Get out and go for a run outside, join a yoga or pilates studio, cycle or ride your bike, just get moving and get those endorphins (a happy hormone) flowing!

·      Go on a hike or walk with a buddy

·      Take a bubble bath

·      Light your favorite candles

·      Engage in breathing and meditation exercises

 

2) Drink more WATER!

Our friends Karena and Katrina at Tone It Up recommend drinking half your body weight in fluid ounces every day for the ultimate hydration. You will be shocked

at how moisturized your skin is and how plump it looks! Plus you'll notice an instant lift on your mood!

 

3) EXFOLIATE all of that dead skin!

We suggest at least once a week taking the time to make a DIY natural scrub and really getting all of that dead skin off. It will reveal a brighter, more even complexion.

 

4) EAT WELL

Have you ever heard the phrase "good skin comes from within"? Well, it just so happens to hold some truth. A large percentage of how our skin appears

on the outside has to do with what is happening on the inside, we'd say about 30% of how your skin appears is directly related to your diet.  We strive to

live by a clean, holistic diet. Nourishing rather than depriving. It's all about balancing healthy fats with protein, veggies, grains, and antioxidant rich fruits.

Here are our top picks for superfoods that will make your skin look AMAZING!

·      Avocado

·      Salmon (ideally wild salmon)

·      Blueberries, Acai berries, pomegranates

·      Dark, leafy greans (Kale, spinach, swiss chard, etc)

·      Tomatoes

·      Walnuts

·      Oatmeal

·      Dark chocolate (Yes, that's right!)

·      Red wine (Hello resveratrol!)

 

5) Good news... SLEEP MORE!

We're not saying hit the snooze button until you're running late for work, but sleep is definitely pertinent to your skin's health. During deep sleep the rise in

growth hormones allows damaged cells to become repaired, and without this deep sleep, your skin's elasticity and vibrancy begins to break down over time.

Make your zzz's a priority and try for at least 7 hours a night!

 

6) PROTECT

Okay, we might be a little biased here, but our favorite tip is to of course protect your skin every day by wearing sunscreen. 24% of signs of aging are caused

by UV damage and sun exposure. Just think of how many years you can begin to shave off your skin if you start making SPF part of your daily skincare routine now.

 

Cheers to a bright 2015!

- Happy Sun-Blocking!

 

 

 

 

 

Chapped Lips No More

Dec 31, 2014

NYE Ready Lips

Getting those lips ready for that festive red lipstick or for that special someone when the ball drops at midnight? We've got the perfect remedy to rid your lips of any unwanted flakes or dryness. Here are our favorite natural DIY lip scrub recipes for the smoothest, healthiest and happiest lips you've had all season!

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1) Exfoliate! It's important to get all the dead skin and flakes off for a smooth and even surface. These DIY recipes are simple and easy to make, we'd even say they're fun too! Most of the ingredients you should be able to find right in your kitchen. Let's get started!

 

Holiday Lip Scrub

1 tsp honey

1 tsp almond oil

2 tsp brown sugar

2 drops peppermint oil

Directions: Mix together in bowl, apply to lips, rub gently in a circular motion, rinse

 

Java Lover's Scrub

1 tbsp ground coffee

1 tbsp olive oil

Directions: Mix together in bowl, apply tolips, rub gently in a circular motion, rinse

 

Coconut Scrub

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp coconut oil

Directions: Mix together in bowl, apply to lips, rub gently in a circular motion, rinse

 

2) Hydrate! Even if you're planning on wearing lipstick or gloss, it's important to start with a layer of sheer hydration to further conceal any cracks or flakiness underneath your color. Not to mention, our SPF15 Peppermint Vanilla Liplux is perfect for the Holiday season! 

Tip: Don't forget your Liplux in your evening bag for under touch ups! Trust us, you and your lips will be happy you did :)

 

All of us at COOLA hope you have a safe & Happy New Year!

 

- Happy Sun-Blocking!

COOLA Approved Stocking Stuffers

Dec 10, 2014

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Above photo via Pinterest

 

Our top picks for stocking stuffers 2014!

Whether you want to put together a generous, fully loaded stocking or just throw in a little "something something" for a special friend or loved one, these stocking

stuffer ideas have got you covered!

 

COOLA! The more the merrier ;)

Liplux SPF 15 Peppermint VanillaFace SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint

 

Tieks

Photo: Opening my first box of Tieks was like...

 

 

Sweaty Bands

Photo: Our popular classic Bedazzled is back with a colorful twist! Shop all three options now: http://bit.ly/1qxLeum

 

 

Sparitual Nail Lacquer

Photo: Six SpaRitual favorites, just in time for the holiday season! Perfect as a gift! 

#nails #nailart #nailpolish #naillacquer #sparitual #vegan #organic #5free https://sparitual.co.uk/index.php/shop/nail-lacquers/gift-sets/holiday-6pc-mini-kit

 

 

Tone It Up Perfect Fit Protein

Perfect Fit </br>45+ Serving Bag

 

 

Clarisonic Mia

 

 

Eco Candle Co. Soy Candle

Holiday Classics 26oz

 

 

 


 

- Happy Sun-Blocking®! 

COOLA Organic Suncare Travel Set

Dec 3, 2014

The perfect gift this season!

Our NEW signature COOLA Travel Set includes a quartet of our most popular luxury organic and natural suncare must haves, in TSA approved carry-on size! Each of our high-performance products protect and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants, while remaining free of parabens, paba, petroleum and phthalates. All in a reusable, travel-friendly and limited edition COOLA travel clutch! 

  • $75 Value!
  • Protects & repairs
  • Award-winning product assortment
  • TSA approved carry-on size products
  • Limited edition COOLA clutch

Includes TSA Approved Size Products:

  • 3.4oz Sport SPF 30 Pina Colada Sunscreen Spray
  • 2oz ER+ Radical Recovery® After-Sun Lotion
  • 0.85oz Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer
  • Full-Size Liplux® SPF 30 Original

 

ENTER OUR CONTEST!!! 

 


 

 

- Happy Sun-Blocking & Happy Holidays from COOLA!

Don't Let Your Healthy Glow Go!

Nov 19, 2014

Yes, it may only be in the low 70s here in San Diego, but we're definitely starting to feel the effects of the dry, chillier weather on our skin! Luckily with ER+ After-Sun Lotion, Lotion Bars, and SPF moisturizers strewn throughout the office, we're managing to keep our skin hydrated + protected throughout the day. But other than COOLA's lovely moisturizers what else can you do to keep the flakely, chapped, and cracking skin at bay? Check out our favorite products and remedies for keeping our skin healthy, hydrated, and soft throughout the fall/winter months! 

 

Coconut Oil... for everything!!!

Coconut oil isn't only for the kitchen! This oil has endless benefits for skin and hair! And the best part... coconut oil is great even for those with acne-prone skin! Before bed, take a little bit of unrefined or virgin organic coconut oil, rub it between your fingers to soften the texture, and then apply it to your skin. Face, hands, and even your entire body will benefit from the moisturizing benefits. If you're still afraid to cover your face in the oil, try starting off by dabbing it just under the eyes and on your lips. You'll be shocked at the results you wake up to!

 

Eating Healthy + Drinking Water

Sometimes on a chilly day all you want to load up on is broccoli cheddar soup and other sources of salty delicious comfort food. Don't get us wrong, this is totally fine, but don't forget to throw in your vegetables and fruit throughout the winter months! The food we eat does more for our skin's appearance than we think, as these foods including berries, greens, fish, and nuts are chock full of vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids that help fight free radical damage, keep our skin balanced, hydrated, and healthy. Keep drinking your water throughout the day as well! This will keep your skin's protective lipid barrier hydrated and able to protect your body against harsh winter elements including low humidity, harsh winds, high altitude, sun, long hot baths, the list goes on!  

 

 

Invest in a Humidifier

When humidity plummets our skin begins to pull all the moisture it can from out of the air. Humidifiers infuse the air with moisture, thus soothing dried out, itchy, cracked skin. These are best to use when you're just lounging around the house or while you sleep to wake up to a dewey complexion! 

 

Layering Products + Skincare

Layering skincare is always a good idea in the winter months to avoid flakey skin, especially if you wear makeup! Always start with fresh clean skin. Removing surface dirt and oil is the first step in allowing any moisturizer to penetrate your skin's surface. Next it's important to apply a moisturizer with SPF, as this is the first layer of protection to seep into your skin. You can then layer on your primer, tinted moisturizer, and/or foundation. Also, don't forget your lips! There's nothing worse than when you go to use that deep red lipstick you've been waiting to pull out all season and your lips are flakey, cracking, and dry! Always wear a lip balm with SPF protection and remember to reapply throughout the day.

So let's break it down:

Day

  1. Cleanse skin with gentle creamy or foaming cleanser - ER+ Clear Recovery Foam Wash
  2. Moisturizer with SPF - Classic Face Unscented SPF 30 Moisturizer OR Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer
  3. Eye Gel/Eye Cream - ER+ Calm Glow Eye Gel
  4. Primer (If needed) - Mineral Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte OR Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Tint
  5. Tinted Moisturizer/Foundation - Mineral Face SPF 20 Rose Essence Tinted Moisturizer
  6. SPF Lip Balm - Original SPF 30 Liplux OR Vanilla Peppermint SPF 15 Liplux

Night

  1. Cleanse skin - Any cleanser, this is a great time to exfoliate!
  2. Serum - ER+ Fresh Relief Serum
  3. Eye Gel - ER+ Calm Glow Eye Gel or use an eye cream if your skin can handle heavier moisture 
  4. Hydrate body (Our After-Sun lotion is great for year-round, or our Organic Lotion Bars are always a great go-to for deep, lasting hydration!)

Hot Showers... A big No No!

We know, this one is a toughy! You come home freezing from a long day in the chilly hustle and bustle and all you want to do is take a long hot shower or bath. While it feels great and is super relaxing, it isn't so beneficial for your skin. The heat sucks all the moisture out of your skin and therefore leaves your skin itchy, dry, and red after you towel off. It's best to bring the water down to a luke warm temp. But if you can't handle a luke warm shower or bath, moisturize right after you jump out of the tub when your skin is still damp to lock in the hydration.

I would just like a tub I could actually take a bath in...

We hope our tips and favorite products get you through the season comfortably with beautiful, radiant skin! After all, holiday parties are just around the corner and it's time to show off that healthy glow! :)

 

- Happy Sun-Blocking!

 


COOLA Pet Halloween Costume Contest

Oct 27, 2014

COOLA Pet Halloween Costume Contest

 

It's a Spooooky COOLA Pet Sunscreen GIVEAWAY! Enter for your chance to be one of THREE lucky winners to win COOLA Pet Healthy Pet Sunscreen, tasty doggy treats, and a COOLA Suncare goodie for the well-deserving parent :)

 

Here's how to ENTER:

 

1. Follow @COOLA_Suncare on Instagram

2. Take a photo of your pet's best Halloween costume and post on Instagram with the hashtag #COOLACostumeContest

3. All photos must be entered from NOW until Sunday, November 2nd  //  Winners will be announced Tuesday, November 4th!

 

Cute, spooky, funny & creative costumes welcome!!!

 

NOTE: Be sure your Instagram account is NOT set to private! Turn your "Photos are Private" options in your Instagram account settings to "OFF" so that we can see your contest photo!

 

Already have a photo posted of your pet in their Halloween costume? No problem! Just add the hashtag #COOLACostumeContest in the comments below your photo!

 

Contest Rules:

 

**For Dogs and Horses ONLY** Unfortunately cats and other furry friends are not able to participate, as COOLA Pet is only safe for use on dogs and horses.

 

 

We can't wait to see your SPOOKTACULAR COOLA Pets! Have fun and Happy Halloween from COOLA!

Inspired by Pinterest - What We're Loving for Fall

Oct 15, 2014

 

We've been getting in the spirit of Fall lately with some good ol' fashion Pinterest and found out what all of our followers are loving this season! 

 

Tinted SPF Moisturizers

Skin can get very dry during these crisper months, and so the last thing you want to do is cover your dry, flakey skin with thick or powdery foundation. Tinted SPF moisturizers are the perfect solution, like this Mineral SPF 20 Rose Essence Tinted Moisturizer & Mineral SPF 30 Matte Tint Sunscreen. They give the effortless, undone "no make-up" makeup look that we all love! Not to mention, it's just as important to wear sunscreen year round, as UVA rays are just as strong in the Fall/Winter as they are in the summer.

Face SPF 20 Rose Essence TintFace SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint

 

Nourishing Moisturizer

A nourishing moisturizer is crucial for colder weather, and if you're still dealing with damaged, sun-drenched skin, the ER+ Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion fits the bill. Not to mention the scent is divine and comforting with lavender oil and rosemary extract. 

Environmental Repair Plus® Radical Recovery® After-Sun Lotion

 

Cozy Sweaters

Pull out your coziest, lose-knit sweater because it's sweater weather! We think we can all agree that this is perhaps one of the best aspects of fall weather. There's nothing like being surrounded in the cozy softness of these chunky knits! And no, this isn't your typical "ugly sweater" material. 

 

 

Boots Galore - and More!

This season we are seeing high, low, and everything in between! We're also noticing that boot accessories, such as "boot warmers" or "boot socks" are equally important in the boot/fall footwear game this season.

 

 

Rich, Ombre/Balayage Highlights

These free-flowing highlights seem to be the best segway from sun-bleached tresses to a rich, carmelly color that screams the essence of fall! We love these beautiful warm hues to complement a healthy glow!

 

 

Healthy Fall Soups

Speaking of healthy glows, these soups are awesome for giving anyone a "I just went on a brisk jog" look. We're seeing anything and everything from butternut squash, pumpkin, ginger-carrot, roasted red pepper and tomato bisque, to chicken tortilla. The beauty of these healthy and hearty meals is that you can throw in almost anything and it will taste like Fall deliciousness!

 

 

Beach Bonfires

We may not have the mountains here in San Diego, but cozy beach bonfires can be just as fun and festive!

 

All photos via Pinterest

- Happy Fall y'all and Happy Sun-Blocking!

The Dirty Dozen

Sep 10, 2014

Organic or non-organic blueberries?? Oh the decisions that haunt us in our local grocery markets. If you are buying fresh produce every week, buying organic can get pricey. So which of the fruits and veggies that you purchase religously should you make sure to buy organic? According to the Environmental Working Group's 2013 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, some of our most popular fresh produce was analyzed and found to carry toxic pesticide residue. If you're worried about pesticides in your food, consider the "dirty dozen" and "clean fifteen" lists below!

 

The "Dirty Dozen"

These fruits and vegetables were found to have the most pesticides and are listed from worst to best. Make sure to buy these items ORGANIC at your next market trip!

1. Apples

2. Strawberries

3. Grapes

4. Celery

5. Peaches

6. Spinach

7. Sweet Bell Peppers

8. Nectarines

9. Cucumbers 

10. Potatoes

11. Cherry Tomatoes

12. Hot Peppers

 

The "Clean Fifteen" 

According to the EWG's Clean Fifteen list for 2013, the following popular fresh produce items are least likely to test positive for pesticide residues so are safe to purchase non-organic.

1. Asparagus

2. Avocados

3. Cabbage

4. Cantaloupe

5. Sweet Corn

6. Eggplant

7. Grapefruits

8. Kiwis

9. Mangos

10. Mushrooms

11. Onions

12. Papayas

13. Pineapples

14. Sweet Peas

15. Sweet Potatoes

 

 

- Happy Sun-Blocking!

It's Time to Get Sweaty!

Aug 25, 2014

 

 

COOLA x Sweaty Bands GIVEAWAY:

ENTER on our Instagram profile @COOLA_suncare or CLICK HERE: http://instagram.com/coola_suncare 

 

Here's how to ENTER - for the next 24 hours only! (Wednesday 8/27 @ 10:30am - Thursday 8/28 @ 10:30am)

 

1. Follow @Sweatybands and @COOLA_Suncare

2. Double tap this photo and tell us what inspires you to stay sweaty, sun-protected, and healthy all year long!

 

5 lucky contestants will be selected at random to win a COOLA prize pack and 1 special edition COOLA Sweaty Band!

 

 

Who/what is Sweaty Bands?

It's safe to say that we are smitten over Sweaty Bands. We can't get enough of them here at the COOLA office! And when Sweaty Bands made us our own COOLA special edition headbands, well it was game over! These are the most stylish and effective headbands that we have ever come across. All of the bazillions (over 800 to be more exact) of cute designs are enough to win us over, but not only are they cute, they stay put during all of your sweaty activities! We put them to the test through hot yoga classes, beach runs, tennis, hikes, paddleboarding, and they didn't. go. anywhere. From your morning yoga class, to afternoon errands, and even to a late night cocktail, the perfect Sweaty Band will complement any outfit!


Meet Donna  

After years of frustration with headbands constantly slipping out of her hair as she exercised, fitness instructor Donna Browning began in her basement on a quest to create the perfect headband. After she developed what is now known as a Sweaty Band, Donna began giving them as gifts and selling them out of her gym bag. With her immediate success, she knew she had to share her idea with the world!

Today their quality, hand-sewn, exclusive designs are sold in over 2,500 retail locations and are available in all 117 Nordstrom stores and at Nordstrom.com! Their headquarters are based Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Check out Sweatybands.com for their inspiring fitness tips, stories, workouts, and more on Sweaty Bands!

 

Staying sweaty, and sun safe, is beautiful!

 

'Liberty for All' Fitness Head Wrap

 

- Stay Sweaty & Happy Sun-Blocking!

 
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