by Michelle

Mott 50 in LivingHealthy: This Summer’s Ultra-Protective Beachwear

June 30, 2015


Going to the beach just isn’t as simple as it used to be. I grew up in the Coppertone era, when Johnson’s Baby Oil and Hawaiian Tropic were the only alternatives, meant to “enhance” the tanning process, not prevent it. When I was a teenager, there was no sun protection factor (SPF); I had never heard of UVA or UVB (ultraviolet radiation), not to mention melanoma or signs of aging. After decades of being somewhat (read: very) addicted to tanning, I started to study the effects of the sun on skin. That was my rehab.

Now when I go to the beach, it’s close to 5PM. On sunny days, I wear an SPF 50 tinted sunscreen on my face (as foundation); on cloudy days, an SPF 15 tinted moisturizer—so I’m protected pretty much every day of the year. I also don’t feel the need to be in any kind of skimpy bathing suit—for many reasons. What’s wrong with a nice flowy caftan at the beach?

Well, for one, lightweight cotton doesn’t really protect your skin from the sun. “A T-shirt is equivalent to about an SPF 8,” Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, MD, PhD, a dermatologist in New York, tells LivingHealthy. This summer I’m going a step further and embracing UPF—ultraviolet protection factor—in addition to my SPF.

Mott 50 is a line of stylish sun-protective beachwear and clothing that can be worn to a festive summer lunch as well as a day at the beach. Mott 50 is serious about its protection; it’s sold not only online, but in dermatologist practices all over the country from Westlake Dermatology in Texas and The Skin Ranch in Virginia to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

I’ve totally embraced Mott 50’s Sonja swim dress, which doubles as a dress and a top. For me, it’s the perfect beach cover-up as I never take it off and the fabric actually feels cooling. I could even paddle-board in it (the only time I actually paddle-boarded I was so self-conscious standing in my swimsuit that I could barely move).

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Courtesy of LivingHealthy