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UV Protective Clothing for Girls

Updated on January 20, 2015

Sun Protection for Girls

Summer is nearly here and we are all looking forward to some sunshine and beach/pool days. This page features a selection of summer clothes for girls, all of them UV sun protected. All of these sun and swimwear clothes have a UV protection rating of 50 - perfectly adequate for sun protection. Included here you will also find some useful information on the effects of UV radiation and some tips on how best to protect your child. These tops and water shorts are all comfortable enough and stylish enough to satisfy most kids. So if you are shopping for a baby, toddler or teenager, you are sure to find something suitable here. Enjoy this online shopping experience.

Featured here - Image credit: Girl's long-sleeved top on Amazon

UV protective clothing - tweens and teens

O'Neill Wetsuits Girls Skins Long Sleeve Crew, RubyBlue/White, 10
O'Neill Wetsuits Girls Skins Long Sleeve Crew, RubyBlue/White, 10

This pretty ruched swim shirt is sure to be a bit hit. It is colorful and stylish and makes a great cover up. It is made of soft, lightweight polyester and is choline and saltwater resistant. More importantly it is rated UPF 50+.


Sun protection clothing - toddlers swimwear

Splashy touches will make this infant swimsuit her favorite outfit -- and that means peace of mind for you. Our Ruffled Swim Romper has delightful twirly lettuce-edge ruffled skirt and a comfortable baby romper base. Add our Infant Floral Splash Bucket Hat, and she's totally set for the sun.

UV radiation - causes and effects

Call them UV rays and we may not be concerned, name them UV radiation and we begin to understand the significance. UV rays are classified in 3 wavebands:

UVC is the shortest and does not penetrate through the ozone layer that surrounds the earth.

UVB is the mid range wavelength and is at it's highest when your part of the planet is closest to the sun ie summer.

UVA is the longest and although we once believed this was less harmful than Uvb rays, more recent research suggests this is not so. UVA is particularly sneaky and penetrates through cloud cover, through clothing and through glass. It is UVA that is used in sun tanning beds that experts noe believe more harmful than previously realised. People using tanning machines are twice as likely to contract skin cancer as these rays penetrate more deeply than UVB rays.

The following is a list of the harm UV rays can cause.

  1. Damage to skin tissue. - By the age of 18 we have received something like 80% of our exposure to sunlight which means the damage to our skin leading to skin cancer and premature aging is set in place at a very young age. Prolonged exposure to sun also leads to ugly brown spots on the skin that may not be malignant but are unsightly.
  2. Immune suppression. - Continual exposure to sunlight suppresses the immune system which means the body is less equipped to fight disease, including cancers.
  3. Damage to eyes. Early exposure to too much sun can lead to eye problems later in life. These include cataracts and macular degeneration both of which can lead to blindness.

Girl's sunshirt - UV protection clothing

Shoreline UV Sun Protective Long Sleeve Girls Sunshirt (UPF 50+)
Shoreline UV Sun Protective Long Sleeve Girls Sunshirt (UPF 50+)

She won't mind wearing this pretty sunshirt. Made of a nylon and lycra mix, the top is light-weight enough to be comfortable while providing the most coverage. It is rated UPF 50+ for maximum efficiency. Made of chemical free fabric. To read some product reviews click this link --> Product Review


O'Neill Girls Skins Long Sleeve Crew

Tropical Breeze UV Sun Protective Girls 3 Piece Set:

3/4 Sleeve Sunshirt, Bikini Bottom & Detachable Skirt

(UPF 50+)

Sun protection for children - hints and tips

  1. Keep children in the shade as much as possible.
  2. Apply copious amounts of sun protection lotion or cream. The most common mistake is not using enough.
  3. Apply sun protection cream at least 15 minutes before exposure and reapply after half an hour then every 2 hours thereafter. Reapply after swimming or if the child is sweating a lot.
  4. Don't forget noses, ears and neck and lips are particularly vulnerable - you can buy some wonderfully colored lotions for faces the kids will love.
  5. Cover up - use UV protection clothing preferably with long sleeves and high necks to protect these vulnerable areas.
  6. Make them wear a sun hat with a wide floppy brim or one with a baseball cap plus a neck shield.
  7. Make them wear sunglasses.
  8. Be particularly careful if they are playing in or near water, are under glass or somewhere there are large area of concrete. All of these increase the intensity of UV rays.
  9. Do not expose your child to harsh sunlight in the middle of the day.
  10. Remember it doesn't have to be sunny for damage to happen - they need protection even on cloudy days when they are outside.

Buying sun protections kids clothes? - did you like this selection?

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      Melissa Miotke 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      These are so convenient to not have to put sunscreen on those areas.

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      gelbikini lm 

      6 years ago

      Great lens on an important subject!

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is really useful especially this summer.

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      6 years ago

      I really like these selections. My girls are in the sun a lot at our farm in AZ and they also love to swim. These clothes would be fun to wear, and keep them from getting sunburned. Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      Great collection! Squidlike

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      Darcie French 

      6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      We've been buying protective kids clothes since our daughter had her first outbreak of hives upon the season's first exposure to the sun. These uv protective bathing suits are brilliant!

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      6 years ago

      my kids always had swim shirts...they're great!

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      6 years ago

      Nice collection!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      Really, really awesome! I had no idea there was UV protective clothing for children!

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      6 years ago

      Yes, it's is needed specially the sun's heat is different nowadays.

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      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      I don't know if it's my age or the suns rays are stronger but I've developed a total sensitivity to the sun in the past year. I cannot go out year round without at least SPF 50 or I get a horrible face and neck burn that is worse than any sunburn I might have had as a child or young-to-middleaged adult. This clothing is part of my granddaughter's wardrobe and I'm now shopping for my own sun protective apparel because I love to be outdoors.


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