You may have noticed that with our swimsuits, there is an additional detail that makes our material stand out from most others. As well as using a perfect researched blend of Nylon and Spandex, our swimsuit material offers UV +50 protection.

But what does that mean? What exactly is UV protection material? How is it made? How does UV treated material protect your skin anyways?

Let us dive into the interesting science behind UV treated material, what UV rays are, and how it protects your skin!

What Are UV Rays or Ultraviolet Light?

Ultraviolet light is a type of electromagnetic radiation. The easiest means to visualize it is to think of how black-light objects glow. Ultraviolet light is what makes some skin tan and some burn in summer. However, too much exposure is damaging to the living tissue of our skin.

Coming from the sun and transmitted in waves or particles at different frequencies and wavelengths, this vast range of wavelengths is known as the EM spectrum divided into seven regions in order of decreasing wavelength and increasing energy and frequency.

There are some designations you may be quite familiar with in your life already, like radio waves, microwaves, infrared, X-rays, visible light, and gamma-rays. Ultraviolet falls in the range of EM between visible light and x-rays.

UV radiation has enough energy to begin to break chemical bonds. These higher energies cause ionization, where electrons break away from atoms and the resulting vacancy affects chemical properties of the atoms, causing them to form or break chemical bonds that otherwise would not.

An example would be placing a lawn chair with a brand-new cloth patterned cushion in the sun for the entirety of the day, all day, for months. Eventually, you might notice that what was once a bright and bold cushion has had its color faded and almost bleached from the fabric. That is part of the chemical makeup of that cushion breaking down in the sun. The technical term is called photodegradation, where UV rays break the chemical bonds.

Almost all the UV light we encounter comes directly from the sun. While 10% of the sunlight we get is UV, and 1/3rd of that penetrates the atmosphere, broad-spectrum ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB) is one of the strongest and most damaging to living creatures.

Why is UV Protection Important for Skin?

When you are outside for long periods on a sunny day without sunscreen or sunscreen of a minimum recommendation of SPF 15, either a sunburn or a tan is often the result. A suntan is a reaction to exposure to harmful UVB rays. Your body's natural defense mechanism kicks in, which is a pigment called melanin, produced by the cells in the skin called melanocytes. Melanin absorbs UV light and dissipates it as heat. When the body senses sun damage, it will send melanin into the surrounding cells to try and protect your skin from further damage, causing the pigment in the skin to darken.

While melanin is the body's natural sunscreen, continued exposure to UV radiation can overwhelm your body's defenses and when this happens, the reaction becomes toxic, resulting in a sunburn. UV can also damage the DNA in the body's cells, and the body floods the damaged areas with blood to help with healing, resulting in the bright red-lobster look and the pain felt of a sunburn.

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the leading cause of skin cancer, premature aging as well as wrinkling of the skin. UV plays a role in also causing basal cell carcinoma (the most common form of skin cancer and the most frequent), squamous cell carcinoma (the second most common form), and melanoma (the most serious type of skin cancer that develops in the cells that produce melanin).

UV protection for your skin is essential to fight the chance of damage or causation of skin cancers, wrinkling, and premature aging of your skin.

What is UV-Treated Material?

Sun-resistant fabric, such as the materials we work with when creating our swimsuits have been treated to withstand UV rays, which account for that 10% of the sun's light. UV resistance is perhaps one of the most important choices for swimwear specifically as swimwear is most often the one piece of clothing most exposed to sunlight for longer periods.

Our novel weave structure, denier, and a supreme selection of materials and fabrics allow our swimsuits to be UV-protectant swimwear, with modest yet fashionable cuts that promote fuller coverage for your skin that is the most susceptible to UV damage.

Why We Chose UV-Treated Material

It is not just about the swimsuit to us. Lime Ricki committed themselves to a dream. A dream of modest, fun, fashionable, and cute swimwear for every woman, every shape of woman, to give them the confidence to get back into the water again. We care for each of our customers and want to not only provide the best in swimwear but the best choices in modest and UV-protective materials for healthier, happier skin.

Blocking harmful UV radiation is one of the most effective forms of protection against sun damage and cancer. Ill-fitting swimwear, accidental slips, whether you have enough sunscreen on, wondering how you look, constantly fiddling and adjusting your suit…these are things you shouldn't have to worry about when you're ready to dive back into the beach, lake, or pool life. That is why we chose to give the ultimate in UV-protective fabrics in our suits with 50+ UV protection.

We are committed to creating high-quality swimwear with comfort as the core concept, and that includes not only how our suits fit and feel but the comfort and confidence that an amazing piece of swimwear brings.

With UV protection, we want you to get back to what truly matters—fun in the sun and water!