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A company that makes sun protective swimshirts.

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#1 Chemical Free Sun-Protection: UV Skinz Clothing!

  • Sep 3, 2010
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When I was just 36 weeks pregnant I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. I didn't know exactly how bad it was at that time because I had to have surgery first but after all was said and done I ended up with stage 3a. Now, it could be worse of course, but there are only 4 stages to cancer. I was never a tanner, but I was also never an avid sunscreen user. I thought a tan was a "healthy" glow though, so I never prevented it from happening. It doesn't take much to get skin cancer so the best thing that you can do is protect yourself and your family.
Now that I have been through all that I have I make sure that I am extra careful with Elijah. We try to stay inside during the peak hours, I constantly use safe, all natural sunscreen (you need to be cautious about what kind of sunscreens you are using. Check out the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for safe sunscreens and information).
The one good thing (and I mean ONE, only!) about melanoma is that I have met a lot of wonderful people through online melanoma groups and social networking sites, one of those people happened to be the woman who started UV Skinz, Rhonda Sparks. 
Rhonda lost her 32 year old husband, Darren, to melanoma, just days after 9/11 in 2001. You can read Darren's story here on the UV Skinz website. Darren is survived by Rhonda and their 3 children. Rhonda made it her mission to raise awareness about the disease and get kids (and everyone!) covered everywhere. 
Rhonda was nice enough to send me a baby swim shirt, swim trunks, and a sun hat for myself to try out. I was really excited to get this stuff because I didn't have any swimwear with sun protection for Eli, and I have never had anything with sun protection for myself.  All UV Skinz clothing has UPF 50+ sun protection, that means they block 98% of the suns harmful UV rays. It's all day protection that doesn't wear off, and it's 100% safe unlike some of the mainstream sunscreens that are out there. UV Skinz + an all natural safe sunscreen from the EWG's top 10 list = bulletproof sun protection.
The first thing that I noticed when I received these items was how soft the swim shirt was. Elijah is sensitive to what he wears and you will frequently see him pulling on stuff that he doesn't find comfortable (such as shirts with heavy transfers that make the inside of the shirt stiff). Elijah was totally fine wearing the swim shirt and didn't try to pull it off at all! I especially love that there are no seams inside the shirt to dig into Eli, they are all flat locked on the outside.
The swim shorts have a built in swim diaper with elastic legs, so no need to put anything on underneath.

Since this is our first swim shirt and shorts with sun protection, I have nothing to compare it to, but for us it's now a tried and true brand. They also sell skinz for men and women, sun hats for children and adults, and some outdoor sun shade protection tents with a UPF!

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September 04, 2010
Nice! I didn't know that there were companies out there making sun protective clothing for children, but that's wonderful!  Sorry to hear about your bout with melanoma, but thank you so much for spreading the word about the importance of sunscreen and taking care of your skin.  If you ever work out outdoors, you might want to check out Under Armour (check out my review of their shirt).  They also protect you from the sun.
September 03, 2010
Thanks for the great review Jess! This summer we've spent a lot more time in the sun with my daughter than last year. I've been using Loving Naturals sunscreen and it has been working great for both of us. I barely have a tan (I like being tan) at all and it is September! Next year I'll need to get some protective clothing like this for her though.
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review by . September 05, 2010
My eyes have truly been opened to the importance of sun protection. I was shocked to find out that skin cancer is most deadly among african-americans, asians and latinos. I am african-american and growing up in Colorado I never saw the importance of using sun block or wearing a hat on a regular basis. I remember before we went swimming or to the amusement park, my Mom would make my brother and I put on sunblock, but other than that I didn't wear any. I figured that since I was darker complexted …
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Single, cloth diapering, attachment parenting, vegetarian mom who makes and sells cloth diapers and other eco-friendly baby goods.
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UV Skinz is a company that makes sun protective swimshirts that carry a UPF rating of 50+, which blocks out over 98% of the sun’s harmful rays, protecting skin from sunburns. Sunscreen isn’t always enough, is often not used correctly and some folks have skin allergies or sensitivities to chemicals that sunscreens can contain. UV Skinz are sun shirts that are not made with any chemicals or lotions. The UV protection is in the tight weave of the fabric. Wearing UV protective clothing, such as our fun, cool UV Skinz sun protective swim shirts, is an important step in preventing sunburns, premature aging of the skin and skin cancer.
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