A rash guard, also known as rashie or rash vest, is a tight shirt, usually made of spandex, nylon, or polyester, that is great at protecting you from sunburns and damage caused by abrasion.
Protective & Stylish
Although rashies are primarily known for their protective capabilities, that's not their only advantage. A rash can make you look incredibly stylish and attractive.
It can heighten your curves as a woman, showcase your muscles and physique as a man, and give you a sharp look.
And our wide variety of colors and designs lets you pick the rash guard that will best fit your look and any other swimwear you might be wearing.
Swim Shirt Variant
At SwimOutlet, we also offer the swim shirt type of rash guard, which are looser and more casual. Most of them also offer a strong Ultraviolet Protection Factor and can be casually worn even outside of water activities.
What does a rash guard do?
As the name implies, it protects against rashes from abrasion as well as from sunburns caused by being too long in the sun, which makes it sun-protective clothing. Do keep in mind that they are not a full replacement for sunscreen, and the best outcome happens when you use both.They can also be worn under wetsuits to reduce chafing and prevent irritation from impacts with waves.Rash guards even offer some extra protection against jellyfish stings if that's a problem you might run into, and they are often used for a wide variety of watersports, like surfing, bodyboarding, bodysurfing, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and more.And that's not all - they can even be useful when performing certain martial arts, such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) and MMA, though those practices typically have more specialized rash guards.
Why should you wear a rash guard?
Simple! To protect your body from unhealthy and dangerous ultraviolet rays and to prevent rashes and skin damage.
Is it OK to wear a rash guard?
Absolutely. They're completely safe to use.In fact, they're more than ok to wear. They're of great help to prevent sun damage and chafing, and they also tend to be quite comfortable so you can wear them with ease.
Do you wear a bathing suit under a rash guard?
Most women tend to wear either a bikini top, a one-piece swimsuit, or a sports bra underneath their rashguard. Men typically wear briefs underneath it. With that said, what you wear underneath your rash guard is up to you and what you feel comfortable with, there's no hard rule that you have to follow.
Are short sleeve or long sleeve rash guards better?
It depends on what your priority is. If you want maximum protection against UV rays, then long sleeves are better since they'll cover more skin.If you're in a hot area and you want to sweat less and be more comfortable, short sleeves will be your pick. Alternatively, if you want to protect yourself a bit better against the cold, long sleeves would be better (although you should keep in mind that rash guards aren't very hot, so you won't feel a gigantic difference between the two).