It was hot in Sydney over the recent long weekend. H.O.T. I think it got to 33 degrees on Saturday and 35 on Sunday. Like the rest of the population, we headed to the beach.
Due to important AFL Grand Final viewing commitments, husband was busy on the Saturday afternoon so I took the little lords to the beach on my own. We’ve done this many times before and I’m always a bit stuck when it comes to applying sunscreen to my back.
Sometimes I try and dislocate my elbows and shoulders in order to reach every little patch of exposed skin but this is NEVER 100% accurate and I always end up with little red patches in the centre of my back. I’ve also done the sensible thing and slipped on a T-shirt for extra protection. But there are limitations to this strategy too – chasing two young boys in the shore dump will pretty much guarantee a soggy cotton T-shirt in about 3.8 seconds.
Why have I waited so long to wear a rash vest??!! Probably because I don’t love the idea of those high necked surf ones being too restrictive and not very flattering at all. So when the lovely Kym from Elsa sent me one of their gorgeous rashies, I knew it was the perfect solution for my solo parent beach outings!
Yes it was tricky to set up my phone and get this pic. Mr photo bomber thought he was hilarious.
I’m wearing the Elsa Ladies Black & White Mamiko Rashie with short sleeves*. At $69 I think this is a great investment for the summer season. The full zip opening allows you to get it on and off really easily and you don’t have to have it zipped all the way up which feels a little more stylish than the aforementioned high necked vests. It’s also UPF 50+ and the short sleeves provide great coverage. These also come in a long sleeved style too and there are some other glorious prints to choose from. You can view the full range here which includes sizes 8 to 20.
The only other effective strategy to stay out of the sun is to bury yourself under the sand. Allow Mr 3 to demonstrate:
How do you stay sunsafe at the beach? Any sunscreen application tips?
*Items gifted to me for my editorial consideration.