This past weekend, the weather decided to skip straight to summer. Not that I’m complaining although I all but forgot what 80 degrees with high humidity felt like! Really, it felt like I needed a swimming pool STAT and unfortunately we don’t have access to one quite yet. When the pool does open up in a couple weeks though, we will be ready for it. Betty and I got new swimsuits!
I was recently contacted by a swimwear company called Cabana Life and my interest was piqued right away. Cabana Life has a completely adorable line of beach wear including suits, tunics, hats, coverups, shirts, and pants, but it is so much more than just looking fashionable. The company was founded by a woman named Melissa Papock, who is a melanoma survivor. Cabana Life fabrics are created with a patented SkinSafe™ technology that has 50+ UV protection. To give some perspective on this, a typical white cotton tee is the equivalent to only SPF 5.
Obviously I pretty much dip Betty in sunblock when I know we are about to spend any amount of time in the sunshine, but I love the idea of this extra protection for her sensitive skin and for my own as well. I did a little shopping for the both of us on their website. This took about a hundred years because deciding which one I wanted for Betty was nearly impossible. I was completely overwhelmed by all the cute options.
I put this pic up on Instagram over the weekend and Michael made a mention that it looks like she is talking to the camera. She was. In fact, she was asking me when we were going swimming and I wish the answer would have been RIGHT NOW. These suits are so cute, well made, and flattering and I can’t wait to get poolside in them. Betty’s also has an adorable terry coverup:
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and this is a disease that hits pretty close to home for me. I have several family members and close friends who have been treated for it in various stages, so of course I jumped at the chance to get the word out about sun safety on my blog. Here are just a few of the facts. Warning: Not pretty.
- 1 in 4 people who develop skin cancer is under the age of 40.
- 1 in 5 Americans will contract skin cancer in their lifetime.
- More than 1,000,000 people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year.
- 2 or 3 blistering sunburns during childhood can double the risk of skin cancer.
- If detected early, melanoma is almost always curable. It is almost always fatal if left undetected, as it becomes metastatic (cancerous cells spread to other areas).
- Cloudy or sunny, the sun is the strongest and most likely to cause skin damage during the hours of 10am – 4pm.
Source:The Skin Cancer Foundation
And yet, even with all these scary statistics, 67% of people do not routinely use sun protection. I may be terrible at math, but even I know that is way more than half.
Because it is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and Cabana Life would love for everyone to protect themselves, they are currently running an amazing series of giveaways on their Facebook page called S.O.S.: Save Our Skin. Every single day this month, they are giving away a piece from their UPF 50+ collection. All you have to do is like their page and fill out the form on there! And also because they are awesome, they have set up an exclusive promotion for all the wonderful people who read my blog. For a limited time you can get 20% off your entire order if you use the code RSR20 at checkout. If you have a hard time with purchasing swimwear online, I can report that the ones I ordered for us are true to size.
I’ve been asked about my hat and yes it is also from there. I LOVE THE HAT.
Whether you are in the market for a new swimsuit or not, I really do urge everyone to take extra special care of your skin this summer and always. Cabana Life suggests living by the acronym SUNWEAR!