The best thing about the rash guard shirt is that it provides protection from the sun so that you can enjoy more time in the sun and water without having to constantly reapply sunscreen to the back and shoulders. Of course, you still need to protect your face and other exposed areas with sunblock and/or hats, but it is much easier to apply it to those areas than the back.
This short sleeved men's rash guard is a best seller on Amazon and has great reviews. It also comes in many colors and sizes.
Here is one of the top selling long sleeved women's rash guards on Amazon. It comes in several sizes and 8 colors. I especially like the ones with the side stripe because they are very slimming.
Here is a short sleeved rash guard for teens or juniors that has great reviews. Roxy is a very popular brand for women.
Here is a neon yellow short sleeve swim shirt for kids, but it also comes in some other color combinations.
This rash guard fits babies and toddlers 9 to 18 months and comes in 18 colors, including some short sleeve and some long sleeve.
Whether you swim, dive, surf, snorkel, kayak, wakeboard, skim board, body board, water ski, wind surf or just plain play in the sun and surf, a rash guard can help protect your skin from cumulative sun damage, which may not show up for years.
No matter if you are at the beach, the river, a lake or a pool; the sun's rays reflect off the water, making you burn faster. Rashguards (as they are also called), also help prevent the chafing rashes that can occur from doing watersports.
Children, with their tender young skin are especially vulnerable. They love to play in the sand at the water's edge as long as they can. They tend to like to go in and out of the water a lot, and even waterproof sunscreen needs to be constantly reapplied, which isn't easy to do when they are sandy, wet, or both!
A rash guard swim shirt is also beneficial to those with sensitive skin who can't or don't like to wear suntan lotion. Many think that white teeshirts over your swim suit protects you, but not so much, especially when wet. Plus, the teeshirt gets soggy and baggy when wet, whereas the lightweight rashguard stays sleek, dries fast and is more comfortable. Most importantly, it provides much more UV protection.
Also known as rashguards, surf shirts and swim shirts, the rash guard shirt comes in short sleeves or long sleeves. You can get them for men, women and children. They come in different colors, mostly solid or two tone. Some come in print designs.
When shopping for a rash guard shirt, check its UPF or ultra violet protection rating. It should fit fairly snugly. If it is too large, it reduces the UV protection.
Local sporting goods shops may or may not have a selection of rashguards to try on. Beach and surf shops usually have them also.
For the most variety, shop online at one of the many stores that carry the rash guard shirt.
The best thing to do is to limit your sun exposure between the hours of 10 and 4. Stay in the shade or under an umbrella or wide brimmed hat whenever possible. Don't forget sunglasses, lip block and sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, reapplied every two hours.
Protective clothing (out of the water) should be dark colored with a tight weave. Even waterproof sunblock tends to wear off from sweat and water play, so you should reapply it every 2 hours.
If you come prepared, your beach vacation will be memorable and enjoyable. Don't get burned!