Most people don’t realize that 1 in 5 Americans will have some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. Most people also don’t realize one severe sunburn as a child more than doubles the risk of getting skin cancer as an adult. It’s scary stuff… but there’s a way to protect yourself and your family in the sun.
Did you know sun can penetrate your clothing?
How to Protect Your Family in the Sun
The Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating system measures the UV protection provided by fabric. Clothing with a UPF of 50 only allows 1/50th of UV radiation to pass through the fabric.
Wear UPF protective clothing. It works.
My husband and Annabelle have golden skin that tans even with sunscreen, but Ailey was born with my fair skin. She will always need to be covered with both sunscreen and UPF 50+ sun protective clothing or or we risk painful sunburns and premature freckles. The pediatrician said she will most likely develop freckly skin like myself when she is older, but for now we have to be careful.
Both Annabelle and Ailey love to run wild on the beach – well Ailey can’t run, but she sure can crawl. I know that the sun is hitting the girls from all angles even on a cloudy day. We always put on sunscreen before heading outdoors, but the girls are temperamental and squirmy, so I worry about missing hard to reach places. Dressing the girls inUPF 50+ Sun Protective swim shirts and bottoms are a perfect solution for the adventurous duo.
How to Protect the Adults in the Sun
As for Mom and Dad – Brandon and I are often too focused on the girls to remember our own skin. The UPF 50+ Sun Protective clothing for adults is trendy, comfortable, and waterproof, too. Who has time to worry about their skin in the sun when your baby has her mind set on eating half the beach?
Notice she has one hand going in with sand while I clean off the other. We were lucky that Annabelle disliked the taste.
Another thing Annabelle doesn’t like is sun in her eyes. It’s hard to find a hat she will actually wear since she is all about pink bows and ballerina buns. We couldn’t believe Annabelle’s enthusiasm over the cheerful mermaid print hat sent to her by UV Skinz to match her adorable bathing suit (and personality). A moisture-wicking terry cloth sweatband lines the inside of the hat to keep moisture out of her eyes and the sun off of her head.
I feel a certain peace of mind knowing we are protected from the sun on another level with UV Skinz. UV Skinz clothing carries a UPF rating of 50+, so their products block over 98% of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. Brandon and I hate having to worry to reapply sunscreen or that we’ve missed a spot on our backs. This pink striped half zip rash guard and Brandon’s white shortsleeve rash guards takes a little bit of stress off our shoulders (literally).
Rhonda Sparks, president of UV Skinz, founded the company back in 2002 after she lost her husband, an avid surfer and snowboarder, to skin cancer. I’m all about small businesses built on a cause, so I can’t help but love UV Skinz and their passion for living safe in the sun. From board shorts to ruffle skirts, boy shorts to long sleeved rash guards, the variety of styles and patterns are endless. Plus, they offer Free Shipping on orders over $50!