The Ultimate Guide to Rash Guards: Everything You Need to Know

The Ultimate Guide to Rash Guards: Everything You Need to Know

Here is a guide to choosing and using rash guards, also known as swim shirts or sun protection shirts:

  1. Determine your needs: Consider the activities you will be participating in and the level of sun protection you require. Rash guards come in a range of UPF ratings, with higher numbers indicating greater protection.

  2. Choose the right fit: Rash guards should fit snugly but not be too tight. Look for a style with flatlock seams to minimize irritation.

  3. Consider the fabric: Rash guards are usually made of synthetic materials such as polyester or spandex, which are quick-drying and stretchy. Look for a fabric that feels comfortable against your skin and has good moisture-wicking properties.

  4. Pay attention to the care instructions: Rash guards should be rinsed in cold water after use and hung to dry. Avoid using fabric softeners or bleach, as these can break down the UPF protection.

  5. Wear a rash guard on its own or under a wetsuit: Rash guards can be worn on their own in warm weather or under a wetsuit in cooler conditions for added warmth.

  6. Don't forget to apply sunscreen: While rash guards provide some protection from the sun's rays, they should not be relied upon as a sole source of sun protection. Be sure to apply sunscreen to exposed areas of skin.

By following these tips, you can get the most out of your rash guard and enjoy sun-safe fun in the water.

UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) is a rating system used to measure the effectiveness of clothing in blocking UV radiation from the sun. UPF ratings range from 15 to 50+ and indicate the percentage of UV radiation that is blocked by the fabric. For example, a shirt with a UPF rating of 50 will block out about 98% of UV radiation. Sun shirts, also known as rash guards or swim shirts, are designed to provide protection against the sun and are often made with UPF-rated fabric. Wearing a sun shirt can be an effective way to protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays while participating in outdoor activities. It is important to note that sun shirts should be used in combination with other sun protection measures such as sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat, as they do not provide complete protection on their own.


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