With Spring in full swing, I’m thinking about summer. I’m thinking about warm days spent outside in the sun enjoying our yard, kiddy pools, neighbors, grilled food, flowers and everything that is summer. We got lucky and had a day like this recently. We spent the entire day outside with our next door neighbors (who are amazing-we got so lucky having them move in 8 months ago).
I love dressing our boys alike and that goes for swimwear as well. Minneapolis-based (shout out to the hometown!) Coolibar sent us these adorable striped sun protective rash guards for the boys to try out. So much cuteness, am I right?!
But, spending countless hours in the sun’s rays can put us and our little ones at a higher risk for skin cancer. I love that Coolibar offers a line of sun protective clothing for the whole family including some pretty great options for mamas who are too close to postpartum for most swimwear.
The Skin Cancer Foundation warns that a person’s risk for melanoma doubles after five or more sunburns, making skin protection a priority for our little ones and ourselves.
In 2014, the acting the Surgeon General issued a Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer because skin cancer rates continue to increase, even though most cases of skin cancer are preventable. The SCF recommends sun-protective clothing as the first line of defense against UV exposure, which can lead to cancer. Coolibar is the first sun protective clothing line to receive the SCF’s Seal of Recommendation.
Tips for staying safe in the sun
- Wear lightweight moisture wicking sun-protective clothing. T-shirts are NOT adequate protection against UV rays. Along with the UPF 50+ rating in your clothing, it’s important to wear moisture wicking clothing so you don’t overheat.
- A wide-brim hat is a must for golfers, walkers and spectators and provides extra coverage to the neck and shoulders, areas that often get more sun exposure. Every inch of hat brim can lower your lifetime risk of skin cancer by 10%. For runners, choose lightweight hats that cover the top of the head and neck.
- When possible, avoid outdoor activity between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s UV radiation is most intense.
- Keep sunscreen and a hat in your sports/gym bag so they are always available. Use a golf umbrella for shade when walking or waiting. We keep a bucket of sunscreen in our mudroom for easy access.
- Remember to reapply your sunscreen every two hours, or more often if sweating or swimming. Use sport sunscreen so it doesn’t run and irritate your eyes.
- Wear sunglasses. In addition to protecting eyes from UV exposure, another cancer risk, the right sunglasses offer impact protection, and reduce reflection on the road, field or course.
Coolibar is the most recommended and tested sun protective clothing company in the United States. Based in Minneapolis, the company was founded in 2001 to bring Australia’s world-leading approaches to sun protection to the American market and beyond by producing and selling sun protective apparel for active families through catalog and online. Dedicated to the highest quality sun protective clothing, hats and accessories, Coolibar guarantees UPF 50+ ratings for the life of their garments. You can follow Coolibar on Facebook Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
Disclaimer: I received product for review from Coolibar. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.