I see that some people find the blog by searching for “do you need to put suncream under a rash vest” – “do you not need sunscreen if you wear a rash vest” etc.
The answer is – you do not need to put sunscreen on under a rash vest as these contain their own sun protection – either 30+ or 50+ are the most common I see.
You WILL need to put sunscreen on any area not covered by your rash vest. This includes your hands, neck, ears, face, etc. And you WILL also need to make sure you protect your scalp from the sun with a hat, and protect your eyes with a pair of sunglasses with UV protection.
Where can I buy a rash vest?
You can buy rash vests and full body suits in many places – they are fairly common these days – if you want to shop online in Australia you might like to take a look at the range of sun protection offered by the Cancer Council. Some of the items there are made by Stingray and you can look at their range online too. They also have a decent range of plus sizes which can be difficult to find.
If you want sun protection as well as wind protection and keeping warm in the water for extended lengths of time, you might want to check out Sharkskin. These are technically awesome garments with a micro fleece lining – great for snorkelling, surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, kite surfing, etc. I have a set of these for kayaking and I love them.
A little secret
For those of us not entirely bikini ready (and for those of us who do not want and never intend to be bikini ready!) rash vests or body suits can also be shapewear – they hold all your jiggly bits in just that bit firmer. For this reason combined with the sun protection factor I highly recommend these for your next beach trip.