Have you seen the benefits of your kids wearing sun suits?

We all know that too much sun can be damaging to children. But do you know just how much?

According to Cancer Research UK and the Skin Cancer Research Fund, 80% of skin damage by the sun that can lead to all forms of skin cancer takes place in childhood. That means if you want to significantly reduce the chance of your children developing skin cancer in later life, it’s vital that you protect their skin as children. Using specialist children’s high factor sun cream is essential, as is getting them to wear a hat, but is there another way to protect them from the sun? There is…

Sun suits

UV Sun suits are made from special fabrics that offer built-in sun protection, whether through a special dye, treatment or how the material is woven. Regardless of the fabric though, sun suits block out harmful UV rays and help prevent damage to your child’s skin.

Why use a sun suit?

There are three great reasons to buy sun suits for your children:

  • They offer fantastic sun protection for sensitive skin – Children’s skin is especially sensitive to the sun, but it can also be sensitive to other things too, even sunscreen on occasions. There are a range of sun creams that offer chemical free protection, but these are often difficult to apply to the skin. Sun suits offer a fantastic alternative.
  • They offer constant protection – As good as sun screens are, when you’ve got kids playing in and out of the pool or sea, you need to keep reapplying sunblock at regular intervals to make sure that their skin is getting the protection they need. Even sun sunscreens that are classed as water resistant eventually wash off. It’s easy to forget though isn’t it? With a sun suit though, you can apply much less often, because they’re getting fantastic protection already from the suit itself.
  • Sun suits look fantastic – As well as all the sun protection benefits, quite simply sun suits look great on the beach. They come in a wide range of colours and designs so your child is bound to find something they love.

Ready to buy a sun suit now? Take a look at our range.

 

 

 

 

Dangers of the Sun

Whether you’re on holiday abroad or enjoying the sunshine in the UK, catching some rays can be both relaxing and invigorating. It can be healthy too, with sunlight being the major source of phosphate and calcium in the body, two nutrients vital to bone and teeth health.

However, exposure to sunlight is not without its dangers. Whilst you may think that prolonged exposure is doing you no harm at all, if you sit back and soak up the sun for too long, then you’re putting yourself at risk of a host of dangerous conditions and outcomes. These include:

Premature skin ageing

Overexposure to the sun can cause the skin to look far older than it actually is. Over time, it can make the skin become thick, leathery and wrinkled. Because this damage is done over time, it’s often put down as a normal part of ageing. However, up to 90% of all changes to the skin that are visible can be put down to the effects of the sun.

Eye damage

Overexposure to the sun and in particular UV radiation can cause and increase in the risk of cataracts, leading to the sufferer experiencing cloudy vision, and can lead to blindness if left untreated. Other types of eye damage the sun can cause include pterygium and macular degeneration.

Skin cancer

According to Cancer Research UK, skin cancer is the UK’s fifth most common form of cancer, with over 13,000 new cases every year. Melanoma is the most serious form, with sunburns and UV exposure being particular risks. Other forms of skin cancer include Basal Cell Carcinomas and Squamous Cell Carcinomas.

Immune system damage

Scientists have found that overexposure to the sun not only can put you at risk of cancer, it can also suppress your immune system. It’s been found that whereas the body may normally mount a defence against cancers and infections, being overexposed to UV rays can significantly weaken the immune system, meaning that the skin’s ability to fight against these invaders is hampered.

The good news?

The good news is that you can almost completely prevent any of the above by taking a few simple precautions. Limiting your exposure to direct sunlight by staying in the shade and wearing loose clothing and headwear as well as sunglasses are all good positive things to do. However, the main step you should be taking is to apply good quality, high SPF sun cream. Do this and reapply regularly, and you can continue to enjoy the fun in the sun.

Beach tent shelters

A family day at the beach is something that everyone enjoys and it is days such as these that create those wonderful memories from childhood that stay with you all your life. While many of us just ran around in the sun when we were kids, the damaging effects of the sun are now well documented, and now parents are ensuring that the sensitive skin of their little ones is as protected as possible when out in the summer.

  • Includes Free Delivery*

    The Abo Gear Instent beach tent has a unique ‘instant’ pop up frame mechanism, simply open out and pull on cord.

    The Abo Gear Instent beach tent features mesh screens and air vents located on every side, convenient internal storage pockets, deep filling sand bags around the sides for stability. New zippered door for privacy. Comes with carry bag for easy storage. UPF50+ protection.

  • Includes Free Delivery*

    The Abo Gear InsTent Max Beach Tent gives you a several feet of additional room when taking the family to the beach or camping and offers SPF 50 sun protection on those hot, summer days.

Apart from the sunsuits, sun glasses and sun block, there is another fun way of affording shade on the beach, especially during the hottest part of the day.  Beach tent shelters are great for those times when kids need a break from the sun, despite all their other protective pieces. They are also perfect for little ones to take a nap, thus allowing the rest of  the family to stay out in the sun and not have the day cut short by sleepy little ones.

 

There are a huge range of beach tent shelters available these days, and you are as likely to see these dotted around the beaches of Europe as you would see windbreaks and deckchairs in days gone by. Cheap, practical and a lot of fun, the beach tent means the whole family can have happy days at the seaside without any risks of burning. Sitting or lying a baby in one of these shelters means that they are taking part in the fun too, and nobody has to be left behind to take care of baby.

 

You can get them in whole range of colours and styles, so you will have no problem finding one that best suits the needs of your family. The lightweight portability of them also means that you aren’t weighed down by anything hefty when taking a trip to the beach, apart from the picnic hamper of course.

 

 

Do you know how useful a beach tent can be?

Think you know what a beach tent is for? Well think again, because it has so many more uses that you think. Here are our top 5 ways your beach tent can be used to make your day on the beach that much better.

 Protection from the elements

Beach tents can provide a great way to get some shade when the sun is at its hottest. But it’s not just the harmful UV rays a beach tent can protect you from. Beach tents can prevent painful sand blowing across you in blustery conditions and they can also offer some protection if you’re unfortunate to experience a shower on the beach.

  • A very popular UPF 50+ family beach tent – providing ultimate sun protection for you and your family.

    These features of the Shelta Beach Tent Family UV Protector make it a must-buy for any holiday or trip to the beach:

    THE SHELTA FAMILY BEACH TENT UV PROTECTOR UPF 50+ offers excellent protection from sun and wind on the beach for up to 2 adults and 2 children.

Protection for your valuables

Of course you should really keep an eye on your possessions all the time on the beach. However, is this realistically possible, especially when the kids are running about and wanting to have fun? Beach tents can help prevent thefts by opportunist thieves because they help shield your belongings from prying eyes and make them more difficult to get to.

Privacy

Beaches are very public places and whilst nothing is completely private on a beach, a beach tent can give you a good amount of private space. As well as helping you relax in the sun away from the eyes of strangers, you can also change your clothes without having to wrestle with beach towels.

Make your food last longer

It’s great fun taking your own food to the beach and it really cuts the cost too. The relentless sun though can mean some food can spoil quicker and if it’s a breezy day, it can mean sand getting into your food. Beach tents can shield your food from both, enabling you to enjoy a tasty picnic on the beach.

Give your children and babies a shady place to shelter from the sun (the most important in our eyes!)

Babies and children are particularly sensitive to the effects of the sun. Babies especially should never be exposed to direct sunlight for any period of time. Beach tents can provide a great place for them to shelter away from the direct glare of the sun and can also be useful as a baby changing station too!

  • Includes Free Delivery*

    The Abo Gear Instent beach tent has a unique ‘instant’ pop up frame mechanism, simply open out and pull on cord.

    The Abo Gear Instent beach tent features mesh screens and air vents located on every side, convenient internal storage pockets, deep filling sand bags around the sides for stability. New zippered door for privacy. Comes with carry bag for easy storage. UPF50+ protection.

  • Includes Free Delivery*

    The Abo Gear InsTent Max Beach Tent gives you a several feet of additional room when taking the family to the beach or camping and offers SPF 50 sun protection on those hot, summer days.

 

Where to buy a beach tent

Beach Tents

If you go to the beach regularly, then you might want to think about purchasing a beach tent so that you can have even more fun next time that you’re spending some time at the beach. Thanks to beach tents, you’ll be able to spend more time relaxing at the beach without worrying about getting sunburnt and so on.

As well as protecting you from the sun, a beach tent can also protect you from strong winds, insect bites and blowing sand, so it’s not all just about protecting your skin from the sun! The great thing about beach tents is that most of them can be folded up and put away in a carry bag so you’ll have no problem bringing it from place to place. Some of them can even be packed away within a couple of minutes so you won’t have to spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to fold it up.

Another thing that people forget about when buying beach tents is how they give you some additional privacy. It’s always nice to have some more privacy when you’re at the beach and you can do this by spending some money on a decent beach tent.

As you can see, there are plenty of benefits of owning your own beach tent, and since they are quite cheap there’s really no excuse for not having your own beach tent. Not only will you have more privacy and so on, but you’ll also be saving your (and your families) skin from getting badly damaged which is something that you really can’t put a price on. So, why not buy a beach tent so that you can enjoy yourself even more next time that you’re at the beach?

UV baby beach tent

UV baby beach tent

The first time you take your baby to the beach should be an exciting time for everyone, including your baby who will be, for the first time, undergoing a wonderful sensory experience through the sound of the waves, other children laughing and playing, and the texture of the sand itself. The one thing you cannot risk doing is turning this day out into a stressful one that revolves around your obsession with protecting your little one from the sun, as that can be resolved in one fell swoop.

  • One of our favorite tents, excellent fun for the kids, and it protects them from the sun too!

    This multi award-winning UV sun infant pop-up beach tent gives your child their own fun tent to play in on the beach. The material is UV resistant to factor 50+ UPF (the highest available), so it completely protects your child from the Sun and gives them instant shade on those hot summer days on the beach or in the garden.

    Pops-up in seconds – With one shake of the beach tent, the extremely lightweight pop-up tent will instantly unfold into a fully assembled beach tent ready to use! No poles, no ties, perfect

 

A UV baby beach tent does exactly what it says on the tin, it is a tent for the beach that provides UV protection for even the youngest of babies so there is no danger of their sensitive skin being damaged by the suns rays. Coupled with a pair of sunglasses, and a sun protection banz sunsuit these tents are invaluable as you can sit alongside your baby  as they lie in the tent, and enjoy the experience so much more yourself knowing that your precious little one is completely protected.

 

As it only takes 10-15 minutes for a baby to burn, then its advised that their high factor suncream is applied before you leave the house to give it time to work, and keep them in the shade until you get their UV tent up. When you are looking for these tents make sure to go for the ones with mesh panels or air vents to ensure the temperature doesn’t get too hot inside.

 

Key factors to look for when buying a UV baby beach tent is that is offers a UV protection of at least 50,  that it is lightweight and pops up instantly, and that it folds up just as easily. Don’t worry about fiddly ground stakes and the rest, simply popping your baby into the tent will hold it down, there is no need to spend money on special weights.

 

 

Kids Beach Tent – Features to Look for

Kids Beach Tent – Features to Look for

Just about every kid in the world loves going to the beach to have a bit of fun, but unfortunately kids don’t realise how much damage the sun can do to their skin while at the beach. One way to make sure that your kids don’t get sunburnt from the sun’s harmful rays is by purchasing a kids beach tent. This will give your child a place to get some shade away from the sun while they’re at the beach. Here are some features that you might want to look for when searching for a kids beach tent:

  • Includes Free Delivery*

    The Abo Gear Instent beach tent has a unique ‘instant’ pop up frame mechanism, simply open out and pull on cord.

    The Abo Gear Instent beach tent features mesh screens and air vents located on every side, convenient internal storage pockets, deep filling sand bags around the sides for stability. New zippered door for privacy. Comes with carry bag for easy storage. UPF50+ protection.

  • Includes Free Delivery*

    The Abo Gear InsTent Max Beach Tent gives you a several feet of additional room when taking the family to the beach or camping and offers SPF 50 sun protection on those hot, summer days.

Easy Wipe Surfaces – We all know how much mess kids can cause at times, and this is why you should try to get a tent that has easy to wipe surfaces. You don’t want to be spending a lot of time cleaning the tent while you’re at the beach, right? Thankfully you won’t have to spend much time cleaning the tent if it has an easy to wipe surface, even if your child makes a huge mess!

UV Protection – When you’re looking for a kids beach tent you really need to make sure that it has a strong UV protection such as SPF 50. Children’s skin is much more sensitive to the sun’s rays than adults skin, so this is essential. However, don’t forget that using suncream will still be needed to make sure that your child is protected from the sun’s rays.
Mesh Windows – If you’re worried about your child getting too warm in their kids beach tent then we’d definitely recommend that you get a tent with mesh windows on it. This allows some air to come in to the tent to cool the kids down while not allowing other things like sand to get blown in.

Pop Up Beach Tents – Features

Pop Up Beach Tents – Features

If you’re thinking about buying a pop up beach tent then you’ll probably be surprised by the amount of choice that there is on the market. This is a good thing, but sometimes this can confuse consumers since they don’t know which tent is better or worse than another. Here are some features that you might want to look out for:

  • One of our favorite tents, excellent fun for the kids, and it protects them from the sun too!

    This multi award-winning UV sun infant pop-up beach tent gives your child their own fun tent to play in on the beach. The material is UV resistant to factor 50+ UPF (the highest available), so it completely protects your child from the Sun and gives them instant shade on those hot summer days on the beach or in the garden.

    Pops-up in seconds – With one shake of the beach tent, the extremely lightweight pop-up tent will instantly unfold into a fully assembled beach tent ready to use! No poles, no ties, perfect

Heavy Duty Frame – Nearly all pop up beach tents are extremely light which makes it easier to carry around with you. This is what a lot of people want, but if you don’t mind carrying around some extra weight then you might want to think about getting a tent with a heavy duty frame. By doing this you’ll have a tent that can withstand strong winds and last for a lot longer than a normal beach tent!

  • A larger more sociable pop up beach tent for the whole family to use.

    This family beach tent has an extremely wide front opening, so you can sit or lie in it with ease and still feel like you’re sitting out in the fresh air.

    Simply pop open the tent, sit yourself inside it and you’ll get instant factor 50+ UPF sun protection. It’s excellent at providing thatall important sun shadefor the adults and kids during a long day out in the summer sun.

Mesh Sides – Mesh sides are another feature that many people look out for when looking for a new pop up beach tent. Mesh sides stop sand from blowing in to your tent while allowing a nice breeze to come in, which really helps out on those hot summer days at the beach.

Carry Bag – Just about every pop up beach tent comes with a carry bag, but unfortunately it’s extremely difficult to get the tent back in to the bag when packing up with a lot of tents. Because of this, it’s not a bad idea to try to get a beach tent that comes with a large carry bag so you’ll have no problems when trying to pack up after having a nice day out at the beach.

 

Dis-assembly – Pop up beach tents usually only take a few seconds to set up, but have you thought about dis-assembly? Make sure the tent that you’re about to buy is easy to disassemble before handing over your hard earned money.