There are so many messages out there about being sun smart and protecting yourself from the suns harsh and damaging rays. The best one is slip, slop slap! Slip on sun protective clothing and sunglasses, slop on the sunscreen and slap on a hat. Pretty easy to remember.
However, what many people don’t realise is that with today’s harsh sun, the sunsmart items that you put on need to be specialized for the ultimate in sun protection. Given today’s sun smart ways, there are a lot of products out there which are specifically made to be sun protective.
When you think of wearing a rashie, the most common place that comes to mind is the beach. The beach has been the birth place of the iconic rashie as this was primarily worn by surfers for protection from their boards and the sun.
However, as this humble rashie has gone through a transformation or face lift it is now a much more stylish item of clothing. Add to that the fact that the sun is so much more harsher and damaging than even 10 years ago, the rashie is an item of clothing that can be and should be worn whenever you are sitting somewhere in the sun.
When it comes to selecting a rashguard, how do you know what is right for you? The right fit and style can become overwhelming especially if wearing a rashguard is something new.
Historically rashies were worn by surfers to stop getting abrasion burns by their surfboards and to stop getting sunburnt when out on the waves. Here, the tighter the better was the way to go as the rashie was like a second skin.
Here at Cat&i we have put together some tips to hopefully help make this decision easier.
Protecting young ones from the sun is so important as they are so vulnerable to the sun and the damage it can do. A fact which is not as widely known as it should be is that getting sun burnt in younger years can drastically increase the risk of skin cancer later in life. Hence, sun protection for our young ones is an absolute must.
Keeping children safe from the sun is not that hard to do provided you have got the right tools at hand. Sunscreen and sun protection clothing (including a hat!) are an absolute must if they are playing outdoors.
All through summer you hear the word ‘sunsafe’ and even though it is so important to do, it also conjures up thoughts of ‘where am I going to find the time!’
In a time poor world where every minute is precious, adding another ‘thing to do’ can often make people decide to give it a miss. Giving sun protection a miss is never a good thing to do, especially today where the sun is so much harsher and damaging than ever before.
The secret here is to be prepared. Whether it is just yourself or your whole family, it is about having the right tools at hand and also getting into a routine.
Everybody hears about the damage UVB does to the skin and the rising incidence of skin cancers. But UVA is not as nearly talked about and it can have some pretty damaging consequences too! So what is the difference between UVA ands UVB?
What is UVA?
Ultraviolet A is considered to be a long wave and we are exposed to large amounts of this radiation throughout our life time. In fact, UVA rays account for 95% of all the UV radiation we get from the sun (Skincancer.org). This is because they are 30 – 50% more prevalent than the UVB rays and are present all year round during the day even penetrating clouds on a cloudy day and windows.
As a Sun Protection design company selling UPF 50+ rash guards, we often get asked the question: what is the difference between UPF and SPF? There is actually a huge difference between the 2 ratings as they mean different things, all related to sun protection of course!
What is SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and it’s what you see written on bottles of sunscreen and other sun protection products. It is a standard that is used to measure the effectiveness of sunscreens and how long it takes for sun screened applied exposed skin to start showing signs of redness.
Rash guards are really starting to become the new fashion accessory, just take a look next time you are at the beach. As we are becoming more sunsmart, we are finding new ways to try and protect ourselves from the sun. Yes there is still the slop on the sunscreen, slap on a hat, slide on a pair of sunglasses and now slip into a chic and stylish rash guard. All these will help keep you protected when out on the beach or pool this summer.
So what should you be looking for when buying a rash guard?
It seems like there are more and more cruise ships making their way into our ports each summer. There are so many more cruise ships today than there were 10 years ago and they are only getting bigger and more fun than ever. So is this an illusion or is there really an explosion of cruising going on? And if there is, is it taking over from the iconic beach holiday?
At Cat&i, we dug a bit deeper to get an understanding of what is really going on.
Coming into summer when the sun is at its strongest, it is vitally important that you educate yourself about the harsh reality of the damage that the sun can do and the scary implications of this. Melanoma is on the rise and it can affect anyone. The best defence to keep yourself safe is to understand more about it and of course being sun smart is the best prevention.
In saying that, skin cancers can be easily prevented by equipping yourself with the knowledge and know how to be sun safe. It is recommended that you follow sun smart directions with these 5 easy steps:
One of the most perfect way to accessorize your beach attire is with a simple classic beach bag. A bag that is big enough to hold everything you need but is small enough not to looking like you have packed the kitchen sink! A bag which has got zipped compartments to pop keys and phone into so they don’t fall out is a necessity!
Here are 8 great ideas of what you should pack for the beach to make sure you have got everything covered.
Are pregnant women more susceptible to the sun and UV light? Fact or fiction? This is actually a fact. Did you know that a women’s skin during pregnancy can become more susceptible and sensitive to the UV light from the sun due to all the hormone changes?
This means that covering up out of the sun and wearing sun protection is all the more important for a pregnant woman and her baby.