April 24, 2013 by PO.P Press
Whether you’re headed to the beach this summer or hanging out at swim team practice, the sun will inevitably find you and your child. Obviously, depending on skin type, kids can spend different (yet still small) amounts of time out in the sun unprotected to soak up Vitamin D, but if you’re planning to be in the water for more than a few minutes, you’ll need sun protection. We have several options to help protect your children from the sun’s harmful rays.
What is a rash guard?
Seems like a silly name for something to guard against sunburn, but rash guards were developed to protect surfers from getting a rash while they surfed. Since those rash guards also provided protection from the sun, parents realized these tops could be a great barrier to UV rays while kids were just digging in the sand or playing in the pool.
How much sun protection does a rash guard provide?
All of our rash guards (full, top and bottoms) have UPF 50 which gives 98% protection from UV rays. This is a great option if your kids plan to be in the water all day.
What about sunscreen?
While sunscreen is effective, many parents find sunscreen isn’t enough in preventing burns when children are outside at the beach all day, as it must be slathered on so often to keep kids from burning. Children’s skin can also be sensitive to sunscreens so rash guards provide an easy alternative. Be sure you bring along sunscreen for faces or those areas still exposed to the sun.
There are so many rash guard options—short sleeve, long sleeve, one piece, bottoms—how do I know what is best for my child?
Consider how your kids play in the sun during the summer and how long each day they are outside in the water. A week-long beach vacation where your play at the beach or pool all day might warrant one of our long-sleeve rash guard tops as it offers the full protection. If your son or daughter plans for snorkeling or body surfing, our long pants Rash Guard UV Surfer Pants would be a great option.
Why does my baby need to wear a rash guard?
We know so many parents are very careful with babies and toddlers being exposed to the sun for long periods of time. And while your son or daughter may not be out long enough to warrant a rash guard, getting him or her used to the idea of a rash guard from an early age, makes it easier to convince them how important it is when they’re older.
As always, if you have questions about which style is right for you, let us know.