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    Resort Wear - Light Weight Sun Protection

    Resort Wear - Light Weight Sun Protection

    If you're headed somewhere warm for the holidays and looking for high quality light weight sun protection look no further - SwimZip has you covered (literally).  SwimZip offers beautiful light weight cover ups that are perfect for walking the beach, or headed to the palapa for a yummy lunch.  It provides awesome coverage and also UPF 50+ sun protection.  

     

    Light Weight Sun Protection

    Kids Beach Must Haves

    I love being out side with my boys!  I love playing at the park, chalk in the driveway, digging for worms (maybe not too much, but it's fun), eating ice cream, splashing in the ocean, riding bikes, the list goes on.  I'm just an outdoors person (winter is SO hard for me)!  Anyways, if you ever see any of my photos you will see that my kids do NOT go outside without a sun hat.  Why?  Being diagnosed with skin cancer at 26, I have learned my lesson.  Sun hats ALL the time, and sun screen.  Kids can get a lot of vitamin D from food you give them, and also sun screen wears off and they will get some sun. So for me keeping them sun safe is #1 and it starts with wearing a hat daily. 
    For me a good sun hat is everything.  SwimZip now offers Sun Hats which have a UPF 50+ protection in the fabric.  Not all hats provide this type of sun protection.  Also, we have a wide brim that provides extra sun protection around the face and back of the neck.  It is also ADJUSTABLE!  It's awesome!  It really can fit any head perfectly.  We have colors for boys and girls!  Here is the red hat - these are unisex so you can go gender neutral or gender specific!  
     
    So, again why not make an outfit out of this one!  I love seeing how outfits come together by Sarah of Jude and Hudson!  She makes adorable outfits for her boys and I love what she did here!  
     
    We love rocking our SwimZip war by the beach and also in daily life!  Here is our red Hat and Board Shorts yellow shorts
    Shirt: finfirst: www.finfirstmb.com
    Pineapple shorts: trendy_little_creations: www.instagram.com/trendy_little_creations
    Shoes: reignlandconcept: www.etsy.com/shop/reignlandconcept
    sunglasses: littlesunshineshades: www.littlesunshineshades.com

     
    Here you can see the SwimZip Sun Fun Play Hat in Red on an adorable little girl!  Our Sun Hats can be work for girls or boys!
     
     

    Fashionable Beach Cover Up

    Having two boys let me tell you staying fashionable is tough.  I have boogies wiped on my pants daily, usually after lunch leftovers as well - and then baby brother has some on his face he loves to rub into my shoulders.  So cute clothes that are not washable are out the window.  

    So, we love heading to the pool in my SwimZip Sun Dress!  It is light weight and the prints are fashion forward.  The cut is extremely flattering and you don't have to worry about applying sunscreen.  SwimZip offer UPF 50+ which is just like SPF 50 - that blocks 98% of UVA and UVB rays!  Also, did I mention you can just toss these in the washer to get them clean, I wash them on cold and hang them dry, but they are super easy.  

    Also, the light weight keeps you cool, but also dries extremely quick!  You can thank me later for this little tidbit - having 2 boys under 3, I need all the little tips and tricks I can get so share them when I can!

     

    Much Love!

    Betsy

    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!