Why UV Swimwear is Better Than Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a necessary weapon in the fight against the harmful rays produced by the sun, which over time, can lead to unsightly sun spots, or worse, skin cancer. However, sunscreen isn’t the only weapon at your disposal for keeping your skin safe from the sun.

UV swimwear, a relatively new product, can do an even better job of protecting you from UV radiation than sunscreen.

UV Swimwear is Easier to Use

Mayo Clinic recommends putting sunscreens that contain aminobenzoic acid, lisadimate and roxadimite, active ingredients that are used to block UV radiation, on the skin 1 to 2 hours before sun exposure.

Sunscreens that contain ingredients like zinc oxide should be applied at least 30 minutes before you go out in the sun.

Unfortunately, putting sunscreen on in advance isn’t always a possibility, and if you have squirming kids that are dying to get to the pool or beach it just isn’t practical. UV swimwear doesn’t need to be put on in advance, making it easier to use. Once it’s on you and your children are immediately protected from the sun.

You Don’t Have to Reapply UV Swimwear

Sunscreen needs to be applied to the skin regularly if you spend long periods of time in the sun. This could mean applying sunscreen 4 or 5 times during a day at the beach, hiking in the mountains, or even an afternoon playing tennis or golf, especially in the summer months when the sun is at its hottest and brightest.

With UV swimwear and clothing you never have to reapply. UV swimwear and clothing doesn’t wash off when you go for a swim or sweat, either.

No Mess

Sunscreen is messy, and it can leave stains on and in your expensive beach or handbags, on your towels and on your clothes. When you apply sunscreen, it gets all over your hands, and the oily residue that some sunscreens leave on your skin can make it hard to perform basic tasks.

Just imagine holding a golf club, tennis racquet or basketball with sunscreen smeared all over your palms and fingertips! That’s no fun. UV Swimwear and clothing offers protection from the sun without the mess.

UV Swimwear Doesn’t Expire

Sunscreen doesn’t last forever. In fact, Mayo Clinic recommends throwing your bottle of sunscreen out at the end of the summer and buying a new bottle to replace it.

Buying and replacing sunscreen is expensive, and over the course of a year, you’re likely going to spend more money on sunscreen than UV swimwear. The active ingredients in sunscreen can also become unstable if you leave them in your car or backpack. UV swimwear can be stored anywhere and won’t expire.

About Donna M.

Donna May is an at home skin care specialist who researches and writes about skin care products, does product reviews, and likes to discover new techniques for dealing with the many different kinds of skin issues that people develop over the course of their lives.