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Skin Shield

By Elizabeth A. Ginns — October 2003


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Sunburn or unprotected exposure to the sun's UV rays causes skin damage, and just one sunburn increases the odds of developing skin cancer. The American Cancer Society reports that about 80 percent of skin cancers could be prevented by protecting skin. But let's face it: It's nearly impossible for boaters to avoid all sun exposure.

Enter Solartex Sun Gear. The newest line of sun-protective swimwear and active wear from Australia-based Cwear provides 50 SPF against both UV-A and UV-B rays, wet or dry. The clothing is made of lightweight, tightly woven, chlorine-resistant polyester fabric that shields your skin from the sun without the hassle of applying--and worse, reapplying--sunblock. And it never wears off!

I have extremely fair and sensitive skin, so I tested the polo-style shirt and wide-brim hat for two days on the water, without sunblock. I never felt hot and, more important, didn't get sunburned. Both washed easily.

The clothing comes in a wide range of sizes (including children's) and styles to suit most everyone's body-type. Prices range from $15 to $50.

Solartex Sun Gear Phone: (877) 476-5789.

Is there something you would like to know more about or see PMY put to the test? Write: Latest & Greatest, Power & Motoryacht, 260 Madison Ave., 8th Fl., New York, NY 10016. Fax: (917) 256-2282. e-mail: No phone calls, please.

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This article originally appeared in the September 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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