Remember the days of “laying out”? Back in the day, I paid no attention to sunscreen, I just wanted to be tan, but my fair skin always burned. I was always so envious of my friends, who were beautifully bronzed. Fast forward to my adult years, and I’ve had several basal cell carcinomas removed, which is not fun. Instead of sitting in the sun on our patio, I’m on our covered front porch out of the sun’s harmful rays, and a self-tanner is my best friend. I wish I could go back and tell my younger self to be more careful in the sun. I also wish there were more stylish sun-protective clothing options back then!
Skin Cancer Statistics
*Did you know that skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States?
*1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer by the time they are age 70.
*Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer, and an estimated 4.3 million cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
*Having five or more severe sunburns in your lifetime doubles your risk of melanoma.
*More than two people die of skin cancer every hour in the U.S. But, when detected early, the 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99%.
*90% of skin aging is caused by the sun.
*People who use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily show 24 percent less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily.
Those facts are eye-opening. I think now more than ever, most of us use sunscreen as part of our daily routines and never leave the house without our sunglasses to protect our eyes. But did you know that what you wear is just as crucial for sun protection? While our clothing shields our bodies from the sun, the sun’s harmful rays can still do their damage.
Dress c/o Cabana Life | Earrings | Hat
Enter Cabana Life. A brand created by a skin cancer survivor with a mission to offer stylish sun protective clothing for the entire family. They offer everything from suits, and coverups, to shirts, pants, and dresses. They use the highest-rated UPF and luxurious fabrics to make pieces that you actually want to wear and make you feel and look your best. What I like most about Cabana Life are their vibrant prints and fun details like tassels and flutter sleeves.
What is UPF 50?
UPF measures a fabric’s effectiveness against UVA (the rays that age you) and UVB (the rays that cause your skin to burn). UPF 50+ is the highest fabric rating available, blocking 98% of UVA and UVB rays. Cabana Life sun protective clothing fabrics are lightweight, breathable, and wrinkle-resistant and offer UPF 50 U.V. protection.
Stylish Sun Protective Dresses
I received two UPF off-the-shoulder dresses from Cabana Life. These fabulous day dresses can double as a coverup and take you from the beach to dinner. The material is soft, feels luxe on your skin, and you can be confident that your skin has that extra protection from the sun. You don’t need to worry about the shoulders sliding up. These stay put!
Dress c/o Cabana Life | Sandals (similar)
The Prettiest UPF Kimono
This fun printed sun protective kimono gives me all the breezy vibes. It’s light and flowy and keeps you comfy on a cooler summer night or indoors with the A.C. blasting. I’ll wear my kimono into fall with denim, booties, and a tee.
Kimono c/o Cabana Life| Shorts (similar) | Cami | Sandals (similar)
How to Care for your Cabana Life Garments
To ensure these stylish pieces of sun protective clothing last for the long haul, make sure that you are not using a sunscreen with avobenzone as it can stain fabric. Handwash your garment with cold water and lay flat to dry out of direct sunlight.
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