It’s getting nice out and it is hard to avoid being outside these days. From gardening and exercising to taking a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood with your dog – in my case, Scout the Italian water dog. There are so many measures to take to protect your body from the sun. I’ve put together a list of some great products to help protect your skin and eyes from UVA and UVB rays.
Before we get to the great finds, let’s understand what these rays are and what to look for in products to protect you from them.
What are UVA and UVB?
UVA and UVB are just two basic ultraviolet rays that reach the earth’s surface. UVA is ultraviolet long-wave rays, while UVB is ultraviolet shortwave rays. Both UVA and UVB are responsible for causing premature skin aging, eye damage (including cataracts), and skin cancers.
What are UPF and SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. These are commonly indicated on sunscreens and other topical products that protect your skin from the sun. Apparel is rated by UPF, which stands for ultraviolet protection factor. This is a numerical rating given to all apparel (hats included) to indicate how effectively the fabric blocks UV rays.
How can I protect my body from UVA and UVB rays?
- Seek the shade, especially when the sun is at its hottest point (between the hours of 10AM and 4PM)
- Cover up with clothing
- Wear a hat
- Wear UV-blocking sunglasses
- Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and reapply accordingly
- Choose a Broad-Spectrum sunscreen to make sure you protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays
- Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths or beds
With that in mind, I’ve gathered 4 product lines to protect your body this summer that you can get custom imprinted with your company logo or details for your event.
Past Trends In A New Light
If you are cruzin’ down the street and you happen to pass a Ferrari Daytona Spyder and a Ferrari Testarossa, you must have landed in South Beach on the set of Miami Vice. Get out your aviators and you are good to go! You don’t have aviators? No problem, we have some cool Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses or check out these sweet Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses. Maybe aviators aren’t your thing and you want a timeless yet classy look, check out these Ray-Ban Jackie Ohh Sunglasses instead. Be your own rebel, with or without a cause. Speaking of a rebel without a cause, we have Elvis Glasses, too!
80’s Fashion Meets the Millennial
They are from the ’70s and ’80s and I’m sure you rode in one in the 1980s. Woody Wagons were all the hype, especially if you won rock-paper-scissors and landed in the rear facing seat. They might not have been the safest invention of their time, but they sure were cool to ride in. If you loved the wood paneling of the Woody Wagons, you can now experience it on your shades! Sorry, no rear-facing cameras – but that might be a thing in the future. Just like the wagons you once loved; we have 2-toned styled glasses with wood arms that are handcrafted from 100% renewable bamboo wood. Choose your favorite color from blue, red, green, and black. Check them out here!
We have some solid wood lookalike options too! Check out these classic style sunglasses featuring a wood grain textured print, Wood Grain Design Sunglasses. Both provide lenses with 100% UV protection and are shatter resistant.
Perfect For Pride Month or Every Month!
It’s June and you have probably seen all your favorite sports teams and brands sporting new colors, not just any colors but the colors of the rainbow. It’s Pride Month! Well, my friend, we have the perfect glasses for your celebration. These are classic folding sunglasses with UV 400 protective lenses in full-color rainbow frames with silver mirrored lenses. Enjoy!
Sunscreen Lotions, Sticks & Lip Balms
When choosing the best sunscreen, be sure to check for UVA and UVB protection. You can be sure that it protects your skin from both rays if it states Broad Spectrum. Another thing to consider if you are swimming in the ocean is whether your item is Reef-Safe. I also recommend checking to make sure your skin protection lotions, sticks, and balms are PABA free and comply with CPSIA, FDA, and Prop 65.
Great for On the Go
Sunscreen lotion with a carabiner is great for on the go, school field trips, field days, and extended outdoor activities where you need to pack light and be able to easily reapply. This is perfect for our oldest to take on her 8th-grade class trip to Hershey Park, and protects her fair skin.
Sunscreen Lotions with Carabiners are available in various sizes from SPF 30 to SPF 50. Check them out here!
For Better Scar & Tattoo Protection, Choose A Sun Stick
Sun sticks are sunscreen in stick form, like deodorant. These are great protection for scars, tattoos, and can also be water resistant. If you don’t want your scars to look more pronounced or you are trying to extend the longevity of your body art, try a sun stick for better protection.
We have a variety available from SPF 15 to SPF 50. I’m including a few links to some of my favorite choices that are made in the U.S.A, PBA free, water-resistant, broad spectrum, and complies with CPSIA, FDA, Prop 65.
Perfect for Camp or a School Trip!
The younger girls in our house are in summer camp. From sports camp to creative arts, we want to make sure they are protected from the sun’s rays and hydrated all day long. This Bottle with Sunscreen and Lip Balm covers all the basics.
Perfect Combo Sunscreen & Lip Balm
3 out of the 4 girls in our house are playing baseball this year. We encounter burns and chapped lips, even in the warmer months. This Sunscreen and Lip Balm Stick Duo with SPF is the ideal combo to protect their lips and skin so they can continue cheering for their teammates and running the bases. Maybe I’ll be able to use it when I run my first marathon – life goals!
Clothing comes in all shapes, sizes, and applications. It’s getting hot out and you want your team to keep as cool as possible. In addition to UV protection, you also want to look for these other top items when considering summer apparel for employees and teams:
- UV protection
- Durability, snag resistant
- Breathable mesh
For instance, if you have a landscaping or tree service crew, you are going to want to make sure they are equipped with a UV protective shirt. Other things to consider for outdoor workers is whether the shirt is breathable and snag resistant. The last thing you want is to have a shirt sporting your company logo with a big snag down the front of it.
We have a line of professional, breathable, durable, moisture-wicking Port Authority® Dry Zone® UV Micro-Mesh Polo Shirts that you are going to want year-round. They come in a variety of different colors including a nice Bright Kelly Green or Deep Forest Green. Available in Ladies fit too!
Have you ever gone for a run or hike and had a pesky tag continuously stab you in the back of your neck and back? Well, I’m sure you can guess that I have. We have a solution for that. Moisture-wicking, pill-resistant, UPF 30+ protection, and tagless. Yes, you heard that right, TAGLESS! Say goodbye to the tag with the ULTRACLUB Adult Cool & Dry Sport Performance Interlock Sleeveless T-Shirt. It is tagless and sleeveless, so don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your arms and shoulders.
I also love this Badger Sport Ultimate Softlock™ Short Sleeve T-Shirt. It has short sleeves for those colder summer mornings, UPF 50+ protection, moisture management (for the sweaty types – like me), anti-microbial (so you don’t smell funky – no comment), and the double needle hem means these babies won’t fall apart in the wash. Ladies, it also comes in a scoop or V-neck. Get ‘em while it’s hot!
The ’90s Are Back – Bucket Hats & All Their Glory!
I am going to take a moment to regress to the ’90s with Kurt Cobain and reruns of Gilligan’s Island. What could these 2 things possibly have in common? If you guessed bucket hats, you would be right and if you thought those things would die with the ’90s, you would be wrong! They are back and cooler than ever. That’s right! For the 90’s fan in you, we have some great bucket hats of varying styles that will keep you in the shade, some better than others. For instance, take the HeadShots Sun Blocker Sun Shield Bucket Hat. Just like it sounds, this one has a sun shield that will cover your entire neck from the sun’s UV rays and is rated at UPF 50+. The Adams Cap Extreme Adventurer Hat is also rated at UPF 50+ but doesn’t sport the sun shield. They both come with a strap around your chin so you can rest your hat on your back when the clouds roll in and not have to think about where you put it down.
Helping Junior Hit Doubles Since 1849
Baseball caps are great for stopping that pesky sun from getting in the way of your swing. Originally, they were made of straw, but they didn’t quite fit the “bill” (pun intended). It wasn’t until 1860 for the version that most resembles what is worn nowadays, the “Brooklyn style” cap. With many innovations in manufacturing, we now have a slew of varieties of hats. We’ve accumulated so many caps over the years from T-Ball, Little League Baseball, and Softball. The hats are great for protecting the top of your head, eyes, forehead, and part of your face. Combine them with sunscreen lotion for the ultimate UV-ray protection on and off the field. We have a lot of different styles to choose from. I like this sporty 2-toned cap by Oakley®, Driver 2.0 Cresting Cap. If you love the Oakley® cap too but aren’t crazy about the 2-toned look, it also comes in solid black or white.
Baseball caps aren’t always for baseball, the avid golfer knows that! We carry a line of Titleist® caps available in a variety of colors that can be custom embroidered with your company logo or to celebrate Pop’s big 70th birthday extravaganza. Also, if you are following the charcoal gray and white trend, this one is for you. Titleist® Tour Elite Legacy Fitted Cap
At The End Of The Day
Whatever your priorities are this summer, I hope it is eventful with new places to explore and filled with great people. Most of all, I hope you enjoyed these product lines for timeless sun protection and my quirky sense of humor. Happy Summer!