Avoiding the sun in Southern California isn’t an option. Rather than fearing the sun or over-exposing ourselves, being mindful of sun safety in daily life — not just at the beach or on a tropical vacation — can help keep skin healthy.
July is UV awareness month and I am thrilled to partner with Lands’ End to share how everyone in your family can stay sun savvy wherever you are in the worl, because you can certainly still have fun in the sun if you’re prepared.
(I love the beach and have some of the gear I usually take pictured above, including a cute UPF 50 Land’s End swim tee, a monogrammed tote and a monogrammed UPF 50 towel.)
Always Apply Sunscreen
Cover any exposed skin with a sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays. This means your feet, ears, armpits, hairline and other spots we typically forget about. Talk to your dermatologist about a type that is appropriate for you.
Wear UPF Clothing
Your best line of defense against the sun is clothing but harmful rays can pass through the average cotton T-shirt, for example.
Lands’ End has a new collection of lightweight, soft swim tees for women and rash guards for men and children (as well asa borad assortment of swim wear). All are made from fabric with UPF 50 sun protection which is a level recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV protectant.
In the last few years, I’ve become a big fan of swim tees worn over my swimsuits when in Hawaii or at the beach in San Diego. The ones I already have, however, might look out of place if I were to wear them normally outside of a water-based activity.
Lands’ End designed their tees for swimming, beach and every day wear. It would be easy to pair my Land’s End swim shirt with a pair of shorts for increased sun protection on a bike ride or similar.
I have the long-sleeved Women’s Swim Tee Rash Guard in Classic Stripe (which was also recently featured in Cosmopolitan magazine), but there are a variety of sleeve lengths, patterns and necklines to choose from.
Lands’ End also sent me a monogrammed, vertical rugby stripe UPF 50 towel (as seen in HGTV magazine) which makes sense because I do like to sit in the sun wrapped in a towel while my hair dries after swimming. And, of course, it matches my swim tee. You can even monogram one of their totes to completely match.
Support Melanoma Awareness
Skin cancer is on the rise. In fact, the number of people diagnosed last year was up 30%. Land’s End has partnered with the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) to help find a cure for melanoma as well as prevent more melanomas from occurring.
Here’s how you can help. Show Lands’ End how your swim tee is keeping you ‘sun savvy’ using #LandsEndSunSavvy and tagging @LandsEnd on Instagram and Facebook. For each photo posted, Lands’ End will make a donation to the Melanoma Research Alliance.
Wear Sunglasses and a Hat
And, don’t forget about UV protection for your eyes. Sunglasses are a must as eye melanoma is very difficult to detect because it can form in places that aren’t immediately visible.
We all know this but I’ll say it again… keep that sun off of your face with a hat!
See also: 10 Ways to Teach Kids About Sun Safety
Keep an eye on changes in your skin. I see a dermatologist once or twice a year for a full body check. If melanoma runs in your family, this is particularly important.
Be a Good Role Model
Your kids aren’t going to wear UPF clothing unless you are (I’m convinced that my daughter wears swim tees because I do). They’re less likely to cooperate with sunscreen applications and sit under an umbrella if you aren’t doing the same. Everything on this list applies to them, too. Plus, swim tees and rash guards for kids are cute! To give you an example, I just noticed this adorable sun hoodie which is perfect for my fair-skinned daughter. But, here are a few other swim tee choices.
[Pictured above is the Striped Swim Tee in Color Block Multi Stripe ($39 – $55) and Women’s Swim Tee Rash Guard in Tie Dye ($45 – 50). Both come in sizes Regular, Petite, Long, Plus, Long Plus and in sizes XXS-XL. Hint: Right now both are on sale!]
How do you stay sun savvy? Don’t forget to share using #LandsEndSunSavvy and tagging @LandsEnd on Instagram and Facebook.
*Thanks to Lands’ End for sponsoring this post and for sending me the adorable beach bag, towel and sun tee! Love them all.