Road-Tested Travel Gear: UV Skinz

Protection from harmful rays.


UV Skinz sells clothing that offers peace of mind from the sun’s damaging rays.

The company was launched after the owner Rhonda Sparks lost her 32-year-old husband to melanoma; she was determined to bring products to the market that can help people be safe yet still have fun outdoors.

The Claim: UV Skinz have UPF 50+ protection — every time, no reapplying needed; they block out 98% of the sun’s harmful UVA & UVB rays.

UV SkinzFirst Impression: The zip-up water jacket is cute and easy to fit into your existing swimwear wardrobe. It’s available in a five colors including sky blue, white, black, teal and hot pink. It’s lightweight and resists wrinkles.

Road Test: I zipped the water jacket over my swimming suit and tested it in multiple locations and weather conditions along Florida’s east coast; I did not use any additional sunscreen. The multi-purpose piece worked as a cover-up, light jacket and swim wear. The jacket is easiest to wear while walking on the beach, lounging near a pool or other scenarios that are mostly dry—splashes dry quickly, but when the garment is submerged the material becomes almost rubbery and is difficult to remove (of course, you’re supposed to leave it on the whole time that you’re playing outdoors under the sun). Though it feels odd at first, it’s easy to get used to swimming with long sleeves. The jacket offers excellent sun protection but only slight warmth from cold breezes since it is not a windbreaker.

Final Analysis: Excellent sun protection. For head-to-toe coverage, of course, you’d need additional pieces.

Get It: At Prices on pieces for adults start at $20.

—By Hope S. Philbrick

Photos courtesy UV Skinz

Product samples afford the research opportunity but do not sway opinion.

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