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Just 19 of the best rashies and long-sleeve swimmers because sun safety is damn sexy.

This summer, it’s time to bring back the good old fashioned rashie.

Remember when you used to HATE being forced to wear a rash top at the beach by your parents as a kid? Or when you always wore one at swimming carnival because you didn’t want anyone to see your tummy?

Well, we’re here to tell you rashies are cool again, and thanks to initiatives like Call Time On Melanoma, a not-for-profit sun safety Instagram account making sun safety cool, wearing one to look after your skin in the sun has never been sexier.

Want some great swimwear inspiration? Check out how these Aussie women are owning summer in the awesome video below. Post continues after video.

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Along with slathering on sunscreen every single day, seeking out shade, covering up and getting regular skin checks, chucking on a rashie is an easy way to reduce your risk of sun damage and skin cancer while you’re enjoying the Aussie summer.

It’s also really important for your health because melanoma, a largely preventable skin cancer, is the third most common cancer in Australian women. Plus, it’s predicted there will be one death from melanoma every five hours. Those a pretty great reason to wear a rashie.

Think about it: We put our kids in rashies to protect their skin from the sun (it doesn’t hurt they also look cute as heck and make for a great Instagram shot), so why wouldn’t you do the same for your own skin?

Oh, then there’s the fact wearing sun-safe swimmers makes you look like a badarse real-life Bond girl.

 

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Rashies don’t look naff anymore. Now, they come in sleek styles, brilliant patterns and actually look really chic. You can grab a long or short sleeve top with a high neck or a zipper neckline to put over your bikini or buy a one-piece that comes with long sleeves and in-built bust support. And you can even find matching rashies so your whole family can match.

The undisputed queen of the long-sleeve rashie swimmers has to be the Aussie brand UNE PIECE, that is known for creating the ‘Sexie Rashie’, but there are SO MANY OPTIONS out there for rash vests, tops and one-pieces at all different price points.

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And if you still need another reason to get on the rashie train, there’s also a cosmetic/appearance-based benefit to wearing a rashie or long-sleeve one-piece, too.

Areas like the neck, chest, decolletage (the top of your boobs) and shoulders often are some of the first places to show signs of ageing caused by sun damage. Think dehydrating, wrinkles, a crinkling of the skin, freckles and pigmentation.

You can find out more about why it’s so important to wear sunscreen on your face EVERY DAY in this helpful episode of the You Beauty podcast below. Post continues after audio.

On that note, keep scrolling for 19 of the best women’s rashies in Australia so you can look fine while being sun safe this summer.

P.S. Thursday, January 9 is a great day to go out and grab a rashie from THE ICONIC because the Aussie retailer is donating 100 per cent of profits from all sales to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

This is a part of the ALL IN Australian Retail x Red Cross Bushfire Disaster and Recovery Relief initiative, which will see over 30+ retailers across Australia band together to support affected communities.⠀

Cotton On Body Callie Long Sleeve Swim Top, $29.99.

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Cotton On Body Long Sleeve Cheeky One-Piece, $34.99.

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UNE PIECE Original Sexie Rashie in Black, $199.

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UNE PIECE Original Sexie Rashie in Snow Leopard, $229.

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UNE PIECE Surf Sexie Rashie, $199.

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Piping Hot Rash Vest, $35.

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Artesands Sunsafe Top, $89.95.

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Seafolly Spirit Animal Long Sleeve Surf Suit, $189.95.

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Seafolly Milea Artistic Expression Rashie Sun Vest, $169.95.

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Roxy Women's Beach Classics Long Sleeve UPF 50 Rash Vest, $59.99.

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Roxy Tropical Day Sunsuit, $119.99.

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Roxy Women's ROXY Long Sleeve UPF 50 Onesie, $109.99.

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Target Long Sleeve Rash Vest, $30.

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Matteau The Long Sleeve Sun Tee, $240.

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Target Leopard Print Short Sleeve Rash Vest, $30.

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Saint Somebody Life In The Fast Lane Swimsuit, $240.

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Patagonia Microswell Rashguard, $129.95.

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Kmart Short Sleeve Rash Vest, from $9.

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BIG W Wave Zone Women's Core Long Sleeve Rashie, $20.

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Have you found any great rashies? Tell us about them in the comments below!

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