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    Skin Cancer Awareness Month - May

    When was the last time you had your skin checked by a Dermatologist? I'm sitting here feeling a bit guilty as I type this because I have so many spots that I need to get checked ASAP, but I keep putting it off. Are you like me in that you hope it's nothing other than a new mole or birthmark you hadn't noticed?  

    I'd like to share a few facts with you about Melanoma that really opened my eyes... 

    -Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer for males and seventh most common for females.

    -Women aged 39 and under have a higher probability of developing melanoma than any other cancer except breast cancer. 

    -Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is a proven human carcinogen.

    -More people develop skin cancer because of tanning than develop lung cancer because of smoking. 

    -People who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent.

    -More than 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the sun.

    -Each year in the US, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer. In 2006, in the most recent study available, 3.5 million cases were diagnosed in 2.2 million people.

    -One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 57 minutes).

    -1 in 50 men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma of the skin during their lifetime.

    -The vast majority of mutations found in melanoma are caused by ultraviolet radiation.

    Those facts are pretty scary, aren't they? We will be spending the month of May sharing stories of Skin Cancer and Melanoma survivors from around the globe. If you know someone who has suffered from this type of cancer, please email us: Melinda @ swimzip . com

    Betsy will also be sharing her story of being diagnosed with Skin Cancer in her twenties. 

    Please protect your skin. We are in this business because we want to make it easy for you to stay sun safe. It is also our duty as parents to keep our babies sun safe and help them to avoid hearing those terrifying words..."it's cancer..." 

    xoxo 
    Also remember to check out our new beach Roundie Towels people LOVE at Swimzip.com!! 

    SOURCE: http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts

    Introducing… Wide Brim SUN HATS with SPF 50+! Plus, a giveaway.

    Our new SwimZip wide brim sun hats with SPF 50+ UV sun protect ("Fun Sun Play" Hats) have us jumping for joy over here at SwimZip Headquarters. Betsy designed them to be slightly longer in the front and back, along with a wide brim, to protect your little babes from the sun's harmful UV rays. Our new hats come in MANY colors including a darling soft lavender, light pink, white, orange, dark blue, light blue, bright orange, bright yellow, and more. 

    We know the beach can get a bit windy, so we added the elastic cap tightener (seen in the photo above) so that your littles have a snug fitted sun hat that stays on! The hats also have a simple string that tightens below the chin (as seen below). 

    We have customized the colors so that they go with your favorite SwimZip! We are so excited for you to try them out and let us know what you think. 


    GIVEAWAY: 

    Go to our Facebook or Instagram (or both for double chances to win!!) and follow the simple instructions there to enter yourself and TWO friends to win a SwimZip sun hat of their choice. 

    Can't wait to see your photos! Remember to tag us and use #SwimZip so that we can follow your sun safe adventures. xoxo 

    Spring Swim Fashion for Kids with SwimZip!

            Spring is finally here and we couldn't be more excited here at SwimZip headquarters! A little recap on the past few months--we launched our new 2015 kids line which was a huge success... 


    We received a lot of incredible feedback on our latest designs and let me tell you... April is a big month for SwimZip! Each Wednesday this month, we will be launching a new product. We cannot wait to show you what we've been working on all year. 

    Spring Fashion for Kids

    Our goal at SwimZip is to keep your family safe from harmful UV rays, which means more fun in the sun! Our sizing starts at Newborn and extends to Pre-teen, Women's and Men's.

    With a good sun hat, a little sunscreen, and a UV safe SwimZip, your adventures are no longer shortened by the risk of sunburn and overexposure.

    This season is all about soft pastels and powder blue's. Here are a few favorite styles from our new line that are perfect for Spring 2015: 


    Pool Party Geo Print Girls Rashguard set.

    This set has flown off the shelves since the day we opened our new line up for pre-sale. We can't seem to order enough!! With a little girly ruffle, high-fashion geo print, and a mix of eye catching pastels, we understand why it's been a first choice for girls all around the globe. 


    Ruffle Me Pretty in Mint Chip

    Mint has been a major hit since we started SwimZip, so we decided to extend the color to a few other styles this season! Ruffle Me Pretty is now available in Pink and Mint Chip. There is something about mint... we cannot keep these on the shelves! The moment we stock them, they seem to sell out in a blink. Side note: We are working quickly to get everything restocked, so if you see a style you love which is sold out--it'll be right back, promise! The Ruffle Me Pretty in Mint set is perfect for your tinsy sweetheart. 


    Lucky Stars SwimZip set. 

    We brought this design to both the girls and boys line and it has been a major hit for Spring 2015. This powder blue and grey set has fun detailing with it's racer stripe sleeve and white star print shorts! 


    Hampton Getaway in Green

    In the original line, we designed Hampton Getaway in yellow and it was a huge hit, so we decided to try it out in green and red--and we've been blown away at the response!! The green has been highly popular for boys this season. We know you'll love Hampton Getaway for Spring 2015. 

    Check out the rest of our new line on http://swimzip.com/ to see more of our latest styles. Our website has a new look and we've made it easier than ever to browse our swimwear, hats and rashguard sets! 


    Check back here every Wednesday this month for new product launches AND giveaways! You all rock and we couldn't have made it this far without your support. Thank you, thank you! 
          

    Melanoma Awareness Month Sun Protection Tips

    May is  Melanoma Awareness Month and How to Be a Redhead has some great sun protection tips!  Skin cancer is the leading form of cancer and fair skinned people can be particularly susceptible to cancer causing UV rays.  Getting protected with sun protection swimwear and clothing - like SwimZip swimsuits - is a must! [caption id="attachment_83" align="aligncenter" width="625"]uv protection Many melanomas can be prevented with UV protection swimwear and clothing with UPF 50+.[/caption] SwimZip sun protection swimsuits and sun protection clothing features UPF 50+ UV protection from the sun, blocking 98% of UVA and UVB rays.  Our stylish designer swimsuits are perfect for kids who want to look good and be protected from the sun.  Remember, the pool and beach are particularly intense UV environments, and UV exposure builds up over time.  Too much UV exposure as a child can lead to skin cancers - including melanoma - later in life!

    Sun Protection Kids Swimwear andTrying to Help Stop Skin Cancer

    I look into skin cancer a lot – after my diagnosis and my kids swimwear business, I really have to stay on top of it!  Skin cancer is scary, and today I wanted to jump on our kids swimwear blog to let you know something ... Most people don’t realize that more than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed each year or that the incidence of melanoma in teenagers has increased by 100% over the past 10 years.   Did you hear that!?!  MELANOMA IN OUR TEENAGERS HAS INCREASED BY 100% in 10 years!  How scary.  :(   Swimsuit time around the pool or beach can be a particularly intense UV time because all the sun’s rays are bouncing around off of the water or sand.  Getting your kids and children to wear sun protection kids swimwear is there for extremely important!  We strongly preach … “No hat, no sun shirt, no play!”   I founded SwimZip sun protection kids swimwear with my brother, Berry, because we truly want to help turn these skin cancer statistics around.  Our with our sun protection, UPF 50+ UV protection swimwear is a simple and adorable way to help keep kids sun safe.  Having found skin cancer on my back, and having the doctor question if it we should really test it, I know it can be hard to get people to listen.  But I am listening!  I am here to help you and your little babes stay UV sun safe.   Did you know that 95% of skin cancers are preventable!  SwimZip is on a mission to develop awareness of UV protection kids swimwear and how easy it can be!  Thank you for joining us on our journey to grow the sun protection kids swimwear industry...   Thank you, Betsy [caption id="attachment_64" align="aligncenter" width="625"]kids swimwear with sun protection SwimZip offers the best sun protection kids swimwear with UPF 50+ UV protection.[/caption]