By Sarah Weir
May 08, 2014 @ 1:20 pm

Scary fact: the sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. With May being skin cancer awareness month, and upcoming vacations on your radar, this is your friendly reminder to be diligent about daily sun protection, whether at the office or with your toes deep in the sand. A beautiful addition to your daily sun protection game is clothing with UPF protection: Ultra Violet Protection factor, or the SPF of textiles. UPF protection covers both UVA and UVB rays and helps protect your skin from both sunburn and premature aging!

A current favorite is UPF laden SummerSkin clothing line started by Summer Kramer, a melanoma skin cancer survivor, who found a hole in the market for a comfortable, chic alternative to the bulky sun protective safari gear she was urged to wear by her doctor. “We are focused on comfortable, breathable fabrics that provide sun protection and are chic and easy to throw on,” says Kramer. Portable closet staples provide up to UPF 50 protection due to the tight weave and weight of the fabric that acts as physical block—no chemicals are added!

We love the ultra-portable multipurpose drawstring Endless Summer scarf (and perennial bestseller) that also doubles as a skirt. Kramer leaves one in her car to throw over her arms or legs at the sign of any unexpected sunrays. Fibers such as bamboo and viscose give the items a luxurious feel—the open cardigan is perfect for the Saturday outdoor brunch circuit and we have the Dolman Top on our wish list. When sun protection is this easy (and looks this good) there should be no more excuses. We're hooked!

You can find SummerSkin pieces at with prices ranging from $49 to $165. For the next month, SummerSkin has teamed up with Knight Cancer Institute and will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from purchase to cancer research by visiting