Get kids covered with UV Skinz

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.

sparks_familyRhonda 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:

home_right“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!


  1. Alyssa says

    (I like the Popsicle one.)
    I’m paranoid about sun exposure now. I lost my dad 5 months ago today to melanoma. His was discovered internally, which we didn’t even know was a possibility. It eventually spread to his brain.
    I heard the other day that sunscreen is not enough, that we need to cover up. So these sound like a great idea.

  2. Robin Brooke says

    I have three wonderful little girls that would look great in these shirts! They are stylish and fun…love the butterfly ones,and willhave to add them to our summer attire!

  3. Marissa M says

    Wow all of them are quite nice. For me, I would like any of the zip up long sleeve skinz! Thanks for the contest!

  4. Ruth says

    I like the Kristin Sky Blue :) Heaven knows I need some skin protection from all that tanning bed garbage I did in high school!

  5. says

    i have uv shirts for my kids but i have been wanting a flattering one for myself. i like the sarah light blue/aloha one.

  6. says

    My son would wear the Taylor Blue Tie-dye Skinz. I had my 2nd melanoma removed about 2 months ago–scary stuff! Yes, I was the no sunscreen generation that went to highschool going to the tanning beds everyday…now I’m staying on top of it!

  7. says

    What a great idea! I’d love the Carly Blue/Purple long-sleeved shirt for our 2-year-old daughter. The blue would really bring out her sparkling blue eyes and I would feel better knowing her skin was protected from the Arizona rays this summer.

    It’s wonderful that UV Skinz offers clothing options for adults too. I’m definitely going to bookmark the site.

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  8. says

    My mom had melanoma a few years ago. She is fine now but it really put skin care on the top of my priority list. Thanks for sharing this product. (I like the blue “Lindsey”)

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  9. Kelly says

    I would love to have one for my daughter, she would look great in the “casey”. Thanks for the great product info!

  10. says

    my mom has had a melanoma removed along with a lymph node close to it and since then i have been a sun screen addict. i would choose one of the plain white shirts for my husband or one of the navy ones for my little boy that wiggles so much it is hard to get him covered in sun screen!

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  11. Diane Baum says

    I have Lupus, so I have to be careful about my sun exposure. These shirts are great.

  12. Wendy Wallach says

    I like the aloha short sleeve womens shirt in XL.

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  13. joanna smith says

    I would love to choose the Sarah – Long-Sleeve – Black/White Aloha shirt. This is actually for my daughter who is going to be waterskiing for the first time this summer. In the past she has watched while my husband and I and our son and whomever else is on the boat waterski, and for some reason she just didn’t want to try or learn. Out of the blue she announced that she couldn’t wait to try it so I thought this would be nice to surprise her with and give her a chance to start off on the right foot with some cool and protective gear! Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter and I sent out some Twitter love for you too about your giveaway!

  14. Meredith Rogen says

    The “Allison Sky Blue/Navy Aloha Print” top would be great for running.

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  15. Sharon A says

    Just took up long distance bike riding and hate to use sunscreen. The Women’s Emily Brown/Teal Aloha Print would be perfect.

  16. Brooke Fields says

    I LOVE this idea…but with 5 small kids, it could get pretty expensive! I guess no cost is too much to prevent any skin damage. I, of course, love the kids long sleeve Brooke shirt in the brown and pink. Very stylish. I don’t think my fashionista daughters would have any problem wearing it with some cool bottoms! Great website.

  17. Qwerty says

    Sarah – Long-Sleeve – Blue/White Aloha
    would be like wearing
    the islands
    without having to go-ah
    all the way across the sea
    PLUS it’d protect my skin
    and be good for me!

  18. Paige says

    My daughter and I are both very fair-skinned; these shirts are a great idea. She’d like the Mollie Pink Tie-Dyed shirt.

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  19. Mir says

    I like the Ava – Pink Tie-Dye. My baby is only 10 months old and with the summer coming, I want to protect that sweet skin.

  20. Kathy Scott says

    We will be spending a lot of time at the lake this summer. I like the Taylor Blue Tie-dye Skinz.

  21. Heather C says

    I love the Olivia in Hot Pink/Orange. I have a redhead, so sun protection is priority.

  22. Candie L says

    I like the Jaden in red/ navy. I am glad they have sizes for the big kids. Many times they get left out

  23. workoutmommyworkoutmommy says

    Brooke Fields, congrats–you are the winner! Please email me with your mailing address and the shirt/size/color that you would like. Thanks!