As we creep out of our winter hibernation, all eyes are now set on the summer that lies ahead. With Easter holidays around the corner it won’t be long before our toes are leaving indents in the sand and our bodies feeling that first crisp bite of the ocean blue.

Whether at home or abroad, the ocean calls; picnics on the beach, paddle boarding with friends or learning to surf (or feeling like you’re having a quick spin in the washing machine, as per my own experience). While swimming outdoors harnesses one of nature’s greatest gifts, it's important to take precautions to protect our skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation.

As passionate advocates for a life spent in the great outdoors, we have been working hard behind the scenes on our first waterwear range. Our range encompasses all of the critical elements for outdoor swimming; soft and supple it protects to UV SPF 50+ whilst ensuring maximum breathability, the bright and vibrant colours allow immediate visibility when children are in the pool or sea and it has been made using recycled plastics, which in turn protect the oceans.

Our UV SPF 50+ swimwear is designed for maximum coverage of key areas exposed to the sun, including shoulders, back, chest and arms. Our peach-soft swimwear includes features such as a round neck eliminating chest exposure to the sun and long sleeves. Our swim bottoms are a flattering shape, designed to meet unisex requirements.

So, what is UV swimwear and why is this such a major consideration when choosing swimwear for your children?

UV Swimwear is specially designed to cover as much skin as possible and provide an extra layer of protection against the sun's harmful rays. It is made with a special type of fabric that has a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating, which measures how much UV radiation is absorbed by the fabric. The higher the UPF rating, the more protection the fabric provides.

When you wear UV swimwear, the fabric acts as a barrier between your skin and the sun. This helps to prevent sunburn, skin damage, and even skin cancer. UV SPF 50+ swimwear is especially important for children, who have more sensitive skin and are more susceptible to sunburn.

One element of UV swimwear which is often overlooked is that it isn't just good for our skin - it's also good for the environment. By wearing UV swimwear, we reduce our reliance on sunscreen, which can be harmful to marine life when it washes off in the water. If you wear sunscreen it is important that you check whether it contains oxybenzone and octinoxate, both of which are chemicals harmful to coral reefs and other marine organisms. By wearing UV swimwear, we can help protect our oceans and the creatures that live in them.

Our UV swimwear is made with high-quality, eco-friendly materials and features contemporary, vibrant and colourful designs that kids and parents alike will love.

By choosing Töastie Kids UV swimwear, you can help your child stay safe and stylish while also doing your part to protect the planet.