Soleo Organics sponsors around the world yachtswoman Abby Sunderland

When 16-year old Abby Sunderland sets sail on a planned 175-day voyage around the globe, Skin Elements USA will be protecting her skin from sun damage. Skin Elements is sponsoring Sunderland as she attempts to be the youngest person to circumnavigate nonstop.

"We applaud Abby's efforts to be the youngest person, male or female, to circumnavigate the world," says Rick Sample, CEO, Skin Elements USA, LLC. "We are humbled that Abby has chosen to bring Soléo Organics All Natural Sunscreen on her approximate 175 days at sea and wish her Godspeed and a safe return," says Sample.

Abby Sunderland turned sixteen in October 2009. To the outward observer, she is a seemingly cleancut, All-American girl…the second of seven children. But there is more to Abby than schoolgirl interests. Since becoming a teenager, she has had her sights set on making history as the youngest person, male or female, to circumnavigate the world.

Not only does she plan to accomplish this feat alone and unassisted, she plans to do it without once taking refuge on land. Aboard an Open 40 racing sailboat, Abby will embark on her voyage in January 2010 from Marina del Rey, California. By June 2010, Abby plans to have made history.

"Abby is truly amazing," says Dr. Tony Kovacs, Executive Vice President for Skin Elements USA, "we are very proud to be Abby's official sunscreen sponsor and wish her a safe journey and return to Marina Del Rey!"

Skin Elements USA, LLC is the exclusive distributor of Soléo Organics All Natural Sunscreen to the Americas, a top rated sunscreen by the Environmental Working Group. According to National Geographic magazine, pollution from sunscreen washing off swimmers' bodies is a major factor in degrading coral reefs. "Four commonly found sunscreen ingredients can awaken dormant viruses in the symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae that live inside reef-building coral species," according to the magazine.

According to company officials, the SE Formula™ does not contribute to coral reef degradation and it is made from ingredients that do not contribute to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage in human as other sunscreen ingredients can.

Skin Elements USA will feature Soléo Organics All Natural Sunscreen at ExpoWest in Anaheim, CA March 12-14, 2010, booth number 3201.

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