"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson sums up a life on the water so simply. For those who enjoy being on the water living in the sunshine, swimming in the sea, and drinking in the wild air is all part of the experience. Sailing obviously entails plenty of time in the sun, particularly if you like the climate and warmth in the little latitudes like I do. So if you're going to float and be on the water for any length of time, you'd better have good protection from the sun's UV rays. Enter the line of clothing from UV Skinz.
They have affordable and stylish clothes, or "Sunwear", that offer sun protection for the whole family. But that's not entirely unique since many clothing brands offer swimshirts and UV protection. What is unique is that UV Skinz focuses entirely on producing UPF50+ sunwear products. I also appreciate their family focus and company foundation that didn't begin with just a push to make money. UV Skinz's founder, Rhonda Sparks, lost her 32-year old husband to skin cancer and made it her life's mission to raise awareness about the disease.
My family and I each have an item of UV Skinz sunwear and have found the quality, fit, and feel to all be very nice. I personally have a pullover hoodie that is lightweight and comfortable even in the sun. Hoodies are my "go to" choice for comfort, but most that I have are heavy and hot and don't leave my closet once spring arrives. The UV Skinz hoodie is perfect for keeping the sun off your skin but still allowing air flow and freedom of movement. It can also serve as a swim shirt, though I haven't had it in the water yet myself. Erin went with a v-neck Maxi Dress, a modest choice for either a beachside cover-up or dinner out. Note that it's made of 52 percent cotton, 43 percent bamboo and 5 percent elastane blend giving it a light, stretchy feel while still providing UPF 50+ sun protection. The girls each went with something to match their own style and personality. This meant Soleil chose the Sunny Swim Shirt, perfect for the girl with a solar name and a love for the beach and swimming. Izzy has the Feats Over Faults Wrap Top and Hannah the Feats Over Faults Crop Top. If you're looking for sunwear that's made right and from a company that cares, give UV Skinz a look.