The Importance Of Sun Protection Year Round

Chances are, you’ve heard about the damage that the sun can do. If you haven’t, you must have been living under a rock and in that case, you need not worry about sun damage! Despite all the warnings we are subjected to on a regular basis, many think that utilizing sun protection is only for those hot and sunny days. This is wrong and can lead to serious skin problems later on. In fact, the sun rays on a winter day and on a cloudy day still possess a threat. Now, we don’t want to sound like Mom and scold anyone for not lathering in sunscreen but we can provide some more information on the importance of sun protection year round.

Fall/Winter

We hate to break it to you, but you’re not just trying to protect yourself from one set of UV rays but two: UVA and UVB. First the good news: You only have to worry about UVA in the winter months and not UVB. You see, UVA is around as long as there is sunlight and is at the same level all year round. When the earth rotates and tilts away from the sun, we experience winter, and the UVB is less intense as some of it barely reaches the surface. UVB is responsible for that golden tan we all love in the summer months and since it’s lacking in the winter, you can’t really get a suntan. Now the bad news: UVA rays have a longer wavelength and are able to penetrate deeper into the skin, thus causing more damage.

Options:

  • SunBum Suncare. These guys know their stuff and create a bunch of products that fit with your lifestyle.
  • Airhole Facemask. What’s covered up doesn’t get touched by the sun!

Spring/Summer

It’s really no surprise that the summer sun can hurt your skin and since the sun is at its closest point to the earth,  both those pesky UVB and UVA rays are hitting home. You may be able to get a nice tan but you’re also subject to more damage. What’s more, the rays of the summer sun, high in the sky, arrive at a steep angle and heat the land (and your skin!) much more than those of the winter sun, which hit at a shallow angle. All the more reason to play it safe.

Options:

  • Use the whole range of SunBum Suncare products. Their lines are formulated to protect against both types of UV rays, not just one.
  • Throw on a hat. The RipCurl sunhats are a great option or a Herschel SnapBack.

Don’t be afraid of the sun, just be wise. When heading out on your next adventure, make sure to pack the appropriate sun protection. Still not sure what gear you can use to minimize the impact of the suns rays? Ask one of our staff at McCoo’s! 

Whistler Tinder Dates

Whistler, being the small bubble that it is, invites relationships like bees to honey. Regardless of the small town and inevitably of bumping into to your crush, hot barista or sexy bartender, it can be a challenge to strike up conversation on the spot. Enter Tinder. Tinder is a great way to date, meet people and hook up. Here in Whistler, it’s with fair certainty that you can judge a book by its cover and know exactly who you’re going on a date with just by their flip flop brand. We’ve broken down the tinder dates you’re going to go on in Whistler by outfits so you can swipe left on the dude with the obvious shared room and swipe right on the babe with more bikinis than jeans.

Beach Babe

Spending her days soaking in the sun at one of Whistler’s many lakes, this girl’s go-to outfit is a RipCurl My Bikini. You may have trouble keeping track of how many swim suits she actually has as you swipe though her photos. Her Tinder profile pic is the token show a little skin bikini bottom that she has selected from the My Bikini line. Get ready to be her pool boy and designated tanning oil applier.

Ski Bum

The giveaway is picture on picture of bro’s hitting rails and being on snow in July. Rocking the latest Oakley sunnies and a mean goggle tan (also, brought to you by Oakley), this guy is shredding the glacier hard. You’ll find Skull Candy ear buds always on him and he’s got the latest Armada get up. Don’t be fooled by his new gear and style, he is here to ski and sharing a room with his homie is helping to make that happen.

Party Guy/Girl

Living for the nights is just one other thing to do in Whistler. Expect lots of party pics, taken directly off of Moe Joes Facebook page. Decked out in the latest RVCA, Rip Curl and Element attire, these party people are dressed to the nines. If you’re looking for a good time and not a long time, swipe right and get amongst the Whistler night life.

Bike Park Rat

You might not be able to get a good idea of what this person looks like by their profile picture since the helmet leaves something to the imagination, but you will be able to see their buff arms created by countless, maybe even obsessive hours in the Whistler Bike Park. The sheer intensity of the laps these park rats pump out means they need gear that holds up. Expect current Oakley PRIZM technology goggles further preventing you from seeing into the eyes of your potential date and POC gear covering every other inch (Minus the buff arms of course). These people are tireless until the park closes when you may be able to join them for beer with their buddies.

Its up to you who you want to swipe right and left for but hopefully these helpful hints will give you a better idea of whom you may be spending your time with. It’s fairly clear that most of these potential dates are doing there shopping at McCoo’s and you should to! Happy Tindering!

 

Inside Your Beach Bag

In Whistler, a lot of hours are logged at one of the many lakes. BBQ’s, sun tanning, docks, rope swings and even outdoor movie nights become part of your every day. With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start preparing and not in the getting beach bod ready way! Here is what you need in your beach bag to have the best time lakeside!

Battery Pack

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Don’t be caught with no battery so you can’t find out where the party is! The Outdoor tech battery pack has 6000 milliamps of power and can even charge a tablet, which is basically unheard of in the battery pack world. Oh yeah, did we mention it’s water proof?

 Swim Suit

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There is clothing optional beaches in Whistler but for all those other ones, your going to need a some thing to cover yours bits and pieces. Ripcurl swim suits come in all shapes and sizes to show off as much or a little skin as you’d like.

Sandals

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With only a few lakes in Whistler located right by a parking lot, your going to find yourself walking and bare feet are’t going to cut it on the trails. Grab a pair of Reef Sandals and be prepared to trek to the wildest locations to find rope swings and secret docks. Isn’t that what summer is about?

Towel & Sunscreen

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This is an obvious but often over looked necessity. SunBum sunscreen is formulated to protect those that live in the sun and therefore, fits our Whistler mentality of forever being outside. Tested, approved and recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation so you can lather up and feel really good about it.

Sun Hat

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Hats are so right now. Oh and they protect you from the sun but we are focusing more on how good they look! From wide brimmed sun hats to caps, we have all of them!

Make your lake time the best time by being prepared. You can knock everything off your list in one swoop here at McCoo’s; After all, we are your one stop shop!