While on holiday last year I was very excited to try out Bohn swimwear in the blistering heat of Florida. Being very fair, I don’t often take “sun” holidays, and this was our first in years. The first few times we went in the pool I was a pleased as punch to wear sun protection in the form of the Bohn Swimwear Jammer shorts and a Bohn Swimwear Short sleeve swim top. Swimming on these days was not that long, as it was after we had been to a theme park, or out for the day. With sun cream on the bits that were showing, that had a very slight colour already, I was sun burn free and very happy.
On the day we went to a water park all day, I got a bit over confident. I still wore Bohn swimwear, but this time opted for the Jansie tankini. Still covered in high factor sun cream we set off around the best water park I have ever been to. Rubber ring slides, water roller coasters, lazy river and the wave pool consumed our day. It wasn’t until that evening when taking a shower before heading out to dinner that I realised how good the sun protection on the Bohn Swimwear had been. Where the wide strap of the tankini had sat against my skin was a lily white patch of my normal skin colour. Either side of the tankini top, which has been exposed to the hot Florida sun most of the day, was what can only be described as flaming red skin.
Where I had been covered by Bohn swimwear I had not caught any sun, not a drop, but where I hadn’t, and to be honest the tops of my arms never see the light of day normally (always under a shirt or a cardi) were raw. My emotions were of delight that the swimwear had had such a successful product testing experience, and of embarrassment as I realised I had been so silly. I had made my daughter wear her sun top all day long. Duh. Good leading by example there.
Being pale and not a newbie when it comes to sun burn, I was armed with a large tube of Aloe Vera. Yes my shoulders were painful for a couple of days. Yes the rest of my family took the pee out of me. And yes I did wear a full cover up swim top (Bohn Swimwear of course) the next time I went in the water that holiday. But what saved the day was the aloe vera.
The best way to put Aloe Vera on is direct from the plant, by slitting open the mature leaf and applying the gel-like juice directly on to the skin. But you can’t take a plant on holiday. So the healing juices of the Aloe Vera plant can be found in tubes and tubs in health food shops and chemists. Having some in your wash bag may make or break a holiday if you are fair skinned like me, and it is also great to put on kids. But my serious warning is to select good sun protection for all the family. Creams alone are not enough in strong sunshine, especially on the parts that don’t come out often.
Stay safe in the sun and Happy Swimming