Do I always need a swim shirt?

Do I Always Need a Swim Shirt?

Who doesn't love fun in the sun? Soaking up rays can feel great, but it harms your skin. Just one serious burn increases your risk of cancer, but wearing a women's swim tee – when needed – can help you stay healthy.

If you're swimming inside, you may not need to cover up. However, regular windows don't stop UV rays, even on cloudy days. Some skin conditions, like melasma, can be triggered by indoor lights, so talk to your dermatologist and consider wearing a swim shirt.

Going for a dip in the ocean, or heading to the lake with friends in your new bikini? You should definitely wear a Lands' End swim shirt, as they offer UPF 50 protection and stop 98% of the rays that age and damage your body. They're even recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV protectant.

There are other things that can ensure you remain burn-free, too. A wide-brimmed hat looks fabulous and shades your face, neck and chest. Sunglasses are stylish, but they can also stop your eyes from getting fried by UV rays, so tuck a cool pair in your roomy canvas tote, along with a women's cover up you can drape over you.

Swim tops are also handy for keeping snug after dark. When you're watching shooting stars on the beach or roasting marshmallows with your sweetie, put one on and enjoy how warm and cozy it feels. If you go for a moonlight swim, it will help you feel warm, too.

You can also wear your swim shirt when you're hiking, kayaking, cycling or enjoying another outdoor activity. The soft, moisture-wicking material keeps you fresh and cool when you're hitting the trails, or just taking the dog for a walk in your favorite pair of sport sandals. They're also nice for gardening and doing yard work, as they won't chafe.

Dressing your kids in boys and girls swim shirts is much easier than trying to cover them in sunblock when you're at the ocean or lake. They're also good for long summer days. Instead of sending your munchkins out in cotton tees, dress them in something made with safety in mind.

Also, swim shirts work when wet, but there are ways you can improve protection. Darker colors are better at blocking the sun, so choose one in black, navy or another deep shade if you're concerned. Stretching your shirt out of shape can also reduce its effectiveness, so handle it with care.

Rough treatment can diminish your swim shirt's UV-stopping ability. Help yours stay strong by rinsing it in fresh water immediately after wearing to remove things like sweat, salt and chlorine. When you're done, squeeze it to get rid of excess moisture without wringing or twisting, and hand-wash it when you have time.

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