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Laurie and I began Solartex Sun Gear in 1998 to promote child safety products that make life easier for parents. Solartex had its genesis when my fair-skinned, red-headed son was a toddler. I wondered then, just like I wonder now, how effective is sunscreen? Are the sunscreen chemicals safe for my children? Are there cancer causing agents in sunscreen? In 1995, I saw some sun-protective swimwear for sale in a baby catalog and decided to give it a try. When the swim shirt and shorts arrived, my 3 & 1/2 year old son didn’t want to take them off, wearing them to the pool and even sleeping in them! At the beach, I didn't have to repeatedly chase him and hold him down to cover him with sunscreen and he didn't get sunburned or freckled, even though he was outside all day. It turned out that the shirt and shorts were well-made, too. Even after three summers of wearing them to the local pool, to theme parks like Busch Gardens and Water Country and to the beach, they still looked great!

In 1998, when my fair-skinned, red-headed daughter turned 2, I decided to get her a suit like my son's. I was so impressed with my son’s swimwear that I didn't want to buy an imitation. Since this was before the days of Internet shopping, the distributor was very difficult to find, but after diligently searching, I located them in Canada and placed another order. I received the same quality product, this time in a one-piece pink suit. My daughter loved hers, too! The Canadian license-holder asked if we'd like to begin selling the sun protection swimwear in the United States and that is what we did! Since then, we have promoted other unique safety products for children and adults. Laurie found our second product line in the My Pool Pal flotation swimsuit and swim diaper line. The demand for adult sun protective rash guard shirts led us to add an adult swim shirt line (up to plus size 8XL) and we have added many other great products since those early days.

One thing we have not been able to shake is the idea that sunscreen may be harmful and that chemical free, sun protective clothing is the best defense against sunscreen chemicals AND damaging UV rays. In fact, a recent article in the New York Times touched on this issue. Are we relying on sunscreen to prevent cancer when in fact it might be causing or accelerating it? The Environmental Working Group has been testing sunscreen for cancer causing chemicals for years. These concerns have always made me stop and think…do I really want to slather chemicals on my kids over and over, each time they are in the sun? For me the answer is “no” and sun protective swimwear has been a lifesaver….maybe in more ways than one!

To combat this chemical concern, Solartex sells a number of sunscreens that are natural and chemical free. But most importantly, we sell long lasting, well made, chlorine resistant sun protective swimwear and hats to keep your children (and you) safe from the sun and from most of those sunscreen chemicals.

Solartex features cool, comfortable, chemical-free, chlorine resistant, 50+SPF sun-protective swimwear, activewear, clothing and hats for babies and children and adults from sizes Newborn to Plus Size 8XL. We also offer lots of accessories such as sun hats ; baby, kids and adults sunglasses ; baby, special needs and adults swim diapers ; UV gloves and sun sleeves ; mineral and natural sunscreens ; flotation suits for kids ; and an extensive variety of adult plus size items up to size 8XL.

Visit us at www.solartex.com

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Solartex Sun Gear, Inc.
  • 10608 Purcell Rd
  • Glen Allen, VA 23060
  • (877) 476-5789 - Phone
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