As a kid, we used to sit on the beach all day long with barely a drop of sunscreen on. Our parents had no idea about the harmful effects of the sun and the potential for skin cancer. We burned and blistered and only just now are starting to see consequences. My close friend had a melanoma removed from her arm three years ago. She no longer goes out in the sun uncovered, despite living in sunny Florida.
Rhonda Sparks lost her husband to melanoma in 2005. He was only 32 years old. He left behind 3 beautiful boys that Rhonda vows to keep sun-safe. Rhonda founded UVSkinz and devotes her time to raising awareness about the danger of the sun and helping to “get kids covered!” all over the nation.
UVSkinz produces swimshirts and focuses on providing the highest quality and hippest designs so that kids literally want to “Live in our Skinz”.
Celebrity mom (and Desperate Housewife) Marcia Cross swears by them saying:
“I love these skins!! My daughters have not been out in the sun without them. They can swim and play without me worrying about sun damage. I plan on using them for years to come.”
Rhonda sent me two shirts for my boys and I really cannot wait for the weather to warm up so they can wear them. The UVSkinz shirts provide 50+ UV sun protection and come in sizes ranging from babies to adults.
I love them because they cover most of their little bodies without having to slather on sunscreen all day long. (especially given the recent concern over the dangers of some chemicals in sunscreen.)
The shirt features are:
- a larger neck hole, for easy on, easy off
- name tag on the inside collar
- raglan cut sleeves for maximum range of motion
- unique micro fiber blend for quick drying (so kids can wear them all day)
- comfort fit, which is less restrictive than traditional rash guard shirts
- Each shirt comes with a silicon bracelet for your child that says “Live in my skinz”
You can also get sun hats, skirts, and boardshorts to help protect your little ones from the sun.
Skin cancer is 100% preventable if caught early! Protecting your skin during the first 18 years of life can reduce the risk of some types of skin cancer by up to 78%.
If you buy one piece of clothing this summer, please make it a UVSkinz shirt for your kids and for yourself. You can also win one here! I have one UV Skinz item to give away to one lucky reader.
Please leave a comment below telling me which shirt you like best and you will be entered in this contest. The winner will be chosen at random on Saturday, April 4th at 10pm EST. This contest is open to US addresses only.
Cover up and stay safe!