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Swim Shirt Choice And Care

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Adults and children alike have adopted swim shirts as an effective means for protecting against the sun’s damaging rays. As the popularity of these shirts has grown, so have consumer choices for design and fit. A few basic considerations will ensure a comfortable product that can be worn repeatedly for the long run.

Originating in Australia, swim shirts were created to protect the skin from the intense sun common to that part of the world. Also referred to as rashguards, these shirts provided the necessary shield swimmers needed to brave the Great Barrier Reef. But now the desire for these sun barricades has flooded the rest of the world as well.

The sport of surfing consists of harsh temperatures, prolonged sun exposure, and constant motion. Swim shirts were initially used by surfers to combat the elements. The garment protects against rashes and irritation caused by material rubbing against the skin. It also helps to hold heat under a wetsuit during cool temperatures and, of course, blocks the wearer from UV rays when the sun is out.

Consider the type of activity and environmental aspects in which the shirt will be worn. Long-sleeve tops will provide maximum sun protection but may limit movement slightly. Short-sleeve options are cooler for hot weather but also offer less coverage.

Although sun screen is helpful for limited time in the sun, extensive exposure should be approached with the complete protection of a swim shirt. The long-sleeve variety is essential for those who often experience sun burn or are at risk for melanoma. Although it may seem uncomfortable to sport a long-sleeve shirt in hot weather, each time the wearer enters or exits the water, the transition will cause a cooling effect making the shirt a reasonable option.

Determining the size of the swim shirt is fairly easy. Always match the fit with the situation. A very fitted design is essential for water sports such as wake boarding or water skiing. This ensures that the shirt will stay in place through wind and waves. Choose a rashguard just a little tighter than a regular shirt for leisurely beach activities with infrequent dips in the water.

Swimming shirts are made of durable material that is resistant to chlorine and salt water. Most also include a layer of UV protection, providing maximum resistance to the sun’s rays. Frequent athletic activity can be done safely and comfortably. Damage to shirts is usually caused by direct contact with hard and abrasive surfaces that scratch or fray the material.

Caring for swim shirts is fairly simple, but a few considerations will prolong the life of the garment. Wash the shirt only when necessary, opting for a through rinsing with clean, cold water whenever possible. Machine washing and drying is acceptable, but the material will respond best to drying on a line or flat surface.

The ever-changing array of swim shirt fits and fashions makes this sun safety purchase a must-have for heading to the beach, with countless choices for best products. Offering complete protection from the damaging rays of the sun, the rashguard is also easy to maintain and provides added comfort. With such obvious benefits, it’s no wonder the swim shirt has become a world-wide summer staple.

Robert Mann has written textbooks, poetry, and numerous consumer articles. He outfits his family in swim shirts and suggests visiting

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