Families with swimming pools spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer, which naturally means a lot of time in the sun. Here in the USA the sun’s rays are the strongest in the summer so the danger of harmful UV ray exposure is highest. This danger is further magnified by proximity to pool water. UV rays reflect off of pool water at a higher rate compared to the lawn or other surfaces in a typical backyard. These factors necessitate vigilance in monitoring and managing your and your family’s sun exposure.
Sunscreen is a great place to start. Sunscreen with a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) will block out 97% of harmful UV rays. Ideally, however, it needs to be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapplied every two hours (or after swimming). That’s a lot of sunscreen and a lot of time spent applying it. It is borderline impossible for a family with a swimming pool in their backyard to keep up with that schedule. Moreover, as parents know, planning 30 minutes in advance and patience for reapplication does not go hand in hand with active children who want to swim and play.
This is where UV protective swimwear can save the day. This specially designed clothing blocks harmful radiation more effectively than the best sunscreen lotions. It’s available for men, women, kids, and babies, and in countless different styles and forms. Whether it’s a pair of swimming trunks, a fashionable bikini, or a full-coverage “flap hat”, you and your family can safely enjoy your swimming pool without the hassle of applying and reapplying sunscreen. It’s best to use sunscreen and UV swimwear together, but the ability to safely go without it on most of your body while swimming is something all parents can appreciate!