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    Toddler Rash Guard Swimwear - SwimZip has You Covered! (SPF 50+)

    Toddler rash guard swimwear with SPF 50 is a no-brainer for any mom.  As a mommy to two amazing little guys - and one is a toddler - I know first hand what fun (but also a handful) these little ones can be.  One of our daily oh-so-fun interactions involves his clothes.  He loves to pick out his clothes and be independent!  It's awesome and wonderful ... but sometimes I just know what is best.  One of my favorite things is that he LOVES his SwimZips.  Yes, I'm a mommy that owns many SwimZip toddler rash guards - imagine that.  ;-)

    But he actually asks to wear them!  What is so nice, is that most people don't even notice that it is a rash guard for little boys. He wears them to the park, the beach, the playground, school, and the pool - oh yeah and ice cream (here in Kansas summers hit 100 degrees and ice cream is a must).  

    SO, here are just a few so you can see how stylish these UPF rash guards are, which do you love?

    Toddler rash guard swimwear

    How cute is this little guy in his Hamptons Getaway in Red with navy and off white stripes.  LOVE!

     

    Oh! Oh! Summer Fun!  Does it get must cuter than this.  I love this simple style, with a few fun bows for fun girly flair!

     

    Yes Please!  I mean come on - Shark Attack SwimZip is SO gosh darn cute.  Little "bite" on their booty.

     

    Classic.  SwimZip Sassy Surfer in Navy is one that will be able to be used in every occasion!  It is simple, sleek, and nautical.  LOVE those polka dots!  Can't go wrong.

     

    Moms know these days that toddler rash guard swimwear is incredibly important for keeping their little ones skin safe.  Be smart mamas! … Choose rash guard swimsuits with SPF 50+ sun protection and great style.  Choose award winning SwimZip toddler rash guard swimwear!

    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

    How to Clean Your SwimZip and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

    One of the questions we often get is, "How Do I Clean My SwimZip?" 


    Before you toss it in the wash, here are a few tips to keep your SwimZip in mint condition for a long time! 

    1) If you've been in salt water or a chlorine pool, rinse your swimwear with COLD water immediately after wear. This helps to prevent any potential damage due to chemicals or natural elements.

    2) Always hand rinse your SwimZip's with COLD water, with like colors, and use a mild detergent if needed. I wear mine for yoga and running, so they sometimes get a little sweaty--follow these wash instructions if this is the case for you, too! 

    3) Do not bleach your swimwear. 

    4) Line Dry or lay flat to dry. Never lay your swimwear on a towel that may bleed color onto your suit. Your SwimZip will dry quickly, so lay it out and let it dry.

    5) Never hang your swimwear from a hook or obscure object as this can deform or stretch your clothing. It's truly best to shake out the water and lay it flat or drape it across the waist-line over a towel rod. 

    These instructions will keep your swimwear vibrant and in great condition for a long time. 

    MAY is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

    Do you know someone who has been impacted by skin cancer? We are talking about skin cancer prevention, causes, and cases starting next month.

    If you have a story you'd like to share, please email us with your photo and story.

    Have a great MONDAY!! 

     

    Sun Safe Tips and Tricks for Your Family by SwimZip

     

    Family sun safety is increasingly important as doctors find stronger and stronger links between sun exposure and skin cancer, so here are some helpful sun safe tips and tricks!

    Whether you're out for a run or chasing your little's around outside, it's important to take a moment and protect YOUR skin, too! 

    How many times have you packed your beach bags and realized you forgot sun protection for yourself? I'm guilty! I get so worried about making sure the kids don't burn, that I sometimes forget about my delicate skin and the reality and risks of skin cancer.  

    Here are a few tips to avoid this mistake! 

    1) Pre-pack. 
    Try to avoid packing your bags just before heading out the door. The night before your outing, take five minutes and toss your UV Safe SwimZip into your bag. Include some of your favorite sunscreen, lip balm, a bottle of water and a wide brim sun hat so that you're comfortable all afternoon. I put my SwimZip on over my swimsuit or unzipped over a t-shirt when I know I'll be in the sun for a while. These are great to pack for hiking and camping!

    2) Apply Sunscreen Prior to Leaving the House. 
    If you're a parent or guardian--try this trick! Right after morning showers/bath time, apply your favorite sunscreen to your little's face's, necks, hands and legs, then get them dressed once its dry. Be sure they are wearing UV Safe attire before sending them off to play outside or before loading them into the car for an outing. This has prevented many tantrums during outings, in our experience. Re-apply a little once you're there and voila! No more sandy, sticky babies. 

    3) Use a Face Lotion That Includes Sunscreen. 
    One trick that keeps me from burning during long afternoons at the ball park, is having SPF facial lotion which I apply before leaving the house. Even SPF 15 can make the difference between pink splotchy skin and a healthy glow. Keep your skin protected! 

    4) Remind Yourself That It Only Takes One Burn. 
    It only takes one burn to cause skin cancer. Before heading out the door, consider the time of day, the weather, and the length of time you'll be in the sun. The more time spent outdoors, means the more coverage you'll need. It only takes one burn to ruin a wonderful vacation or outing with family! 

    5) Drink Lots of Water! 
    I'm also guilty of forgetting snacks and water for myself. When mama is happy, everyone's happy--so don't forget to pack a few snacks and a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated. 

    6) Sun Hat's Are a Must. 
    We swear by Sun Hat's here at SwimZip. Our kid's swim sets offer quite a bit of coverage and we do have full-coverage suits which offer UV Protection from the neck to the wrist/ankle. That being said, the face is a whole other factor that must be addressed. Wide-brim sun hats help to keep their little face's and heads from burning. Their scalp is so sensitive. Please remember to protect their beautiful faces, too. They will thank you later. 

    7) Beware of Beach Umbrellas! 
    Our pediatrician warned us that beach umbrellas are commonly used to shade people in an effort to prevent over exposure... but what can end up happening is the sun reflects down on the sand and the light bounces up into the umbrella, casting more direct UV rays back down onto your family! Yes, light moves like that. It bounces. Be sure to put a beach blanket down before using any sort of beach umbrella, or you may end up speeding up the burn process, unintentionally. Never set a child directly on the sand, under an umbrella--or you may be taking home one very cute, very red, lobster. 

    8) Remember Your Shades.
    I was never one to wear sunglasses on a daily bases until I learned more about what UV Rays can do to your vision. Did you know you can sunburn your eyeballs?! You can! Purchase shades with UV protection built into the lens. Make it a habit to bring them with you everywhere you go...and don't forget to keep them in the case to avoid scratches and breaks. Be careful about buying Polarized Lenses as they can cause dizziness. Go for UV Safe lenses and talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have regarding your vision. 

    9) If You Burn... 
    Don't panic. Get to shade quickly and begin First-Aid. The heat will need to release from the skin, so be careful about slathering layers of cold aloe too soon. You don't want to trap the heat under your skin and further the damage. We've found that a luke warm shower, cool (not cold) compress, and lotion help to soothe the burn. Drink lots of water and rest. Stay out of the sun until the burn heals. 


    We hope you have a great spring and remember, you can absolutely burn when it's overcast outside--stay Sun Safe during day time hours. xoxo 


    Stay tuned for an awesome product launch this Wednesday that'll knock your socks off. :) 

     

    *Disclaimer* All skin care advice in this post is from experienced moms, not licensed doctors. Please speak with your doctor directly regarding any health concerns you may have and before starting any health care routine. 


    Next Monday's post will be about Washing and Caring for Your SwimZip! What you need to know. Stay tuned! 

    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