If you haven’t noticed by now, the sun isn’t my best friend… So much so that I had to go down a shade in my powder. UGH, the struggle. BUT I would 100% rather cake on the sunscreen and lounge with my oversized hat than get sunburned. As a kid, playing sports outside or swimming with friends, I never saw sunscreen as a necessity. I’m sure most of us didn’t at a young age, even with our parents nagging us to put it on. Now, my skin is so sensitive that I’ll go outside for a few minutes and immediately get burnt, splotchy and produce a mass amount of freckles. The past few years I have been strict on myself to wear SPF moisturizer every day and always keep sunscreen on hand if I have a long work-day outside. But did you know that over 20% harmful UV-rays can get through your clothing and do just as much damage?
Who else’s skin is highly prone to getting freckles or burning easily? I was such a freckle covered kid and it would just get worse with all of the time I spent outside. Back then we didn’t have clothing options that protected us from the sun. In this Texas heat we were all trying to workout/play sports in the least amount of clothing as possible without dying of a heat stroke. And like I said above, who was actually that dedicated to putting on sunscreen religiously?? I know I wasn’t. I HATED sunscreen and hated how greasy I would feel after I put it on, so I elected to get a burn and freckles instead. Today, I absolutely regret that decision and my dermatologist likes to remind me of how damaged my skin is every time I go get my moles checked.
So, when I first heard about SummerSkin, I was hooked. They are a line of stylish women’s lifestyle apparel and accessories with sun protection or UPF, built right into the clothing. I’m sure most of y’all don’t know what Ultraviolet Protection Factor or UPF is, so let me tell you. Similar to the SPF of sunscreens, clothing is labeled with the associated UPF. The highest UPF rating possible is UPF 50+ and is classified as “excellent sun protection,” blocking over 98% of UV rays. All SummerSkin apparel is rated at UPF 50+. This doesn’t mean you can get away with wearing something and skimp on the sunscreen though!! Even if you just put on a daily moisturizer with SPF, you are still doing a great job protecting your skin.
With Fall on the way we still need to think about sun protection to prevent further damage to our skin. Most people don’t know that even when it’s cloudy outside we can all get sun damage! SummerSkin doesn’t only carry summer clothing but an array of pieces that you can mix, match and layer with your everyday Fall accessories. You know that I’m a little obsessed with maxi dresses and found the BEST grey (another fave) 3/4 sleeve length maxi on the website. I immediately gravitated towards this dress because 1. I can still get wear out of it in the summer and 2. I can EASILY layer this dress with a leather jacket, as I show below, or even a coat, blanket scarf, etc. The options are endless!
Now let’s talk details. This dress is SO SOFT, to the point you would never know it was good for you! ha! I am wearing a size Small and it fit me perfectly but I do love my clothing a little on the looser side. I don’t think I showed this detail but this dress also has buttons on the side, by the hem, that you can undo to make your own side slit! I opted for a knot to give it more oomph but you can wear it unbuttoned to show those sexy legs!!
I urge you to check SummerSkin out! A cause like this is so near and dear to my heart and the word needs to get out. I am such a huge advocate for sun protection and will always spread the word on the importance of sunscreen and skincare.
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