Here Comes the Sun: Shine in these Skin-Saving, Summery Tops!

Nothing says summer like sun-kissed skin.  See ya, Spring (unofficially, but that’s fine with me and my mayo arms).  Hello, tanned skin!  Well, maybe not so fast.  Before we kick get-a-tan mode into high gear, let’s do our best to save our skin with summery tops.

While the rays feel awesome and the results make us smile (not to mention the sun’s dose of Vitamin D does us some good), too much of it can wreak havoc on our skin.  Peels, burns, the George Hamilton/Snooki/Tanning Bed Mom Effect . . . not sexy.  And it only gets worse here on.

I know, I know. Here I am raining on our tanned bod parade and mentioning stuff we’ve all heard a million times before, but admittedly, I still have moments where I blow off skin-saving measures.  Time to take it more seriously.  After all, we work hard on all that exfoliating and moisturizing, so why ruin it with blistery peels and wrinkling skin?

In addition to suntan lotion and using moisturizer (and lip balms) with a high SPF, certain tops can offer some skin-saving help.  From cute plaid numbers with built-in UV protection technology to sheer long sleeves, we’ve got it covered with tops that’ll keep us looking summery while keeping harmful rays at bay.  Bring it on!

Tops to Help Keep Rays at Bay

Perfect for those cooler afternoons.  Help keep UV rays away in this casual top.  Leave unbuttoned with a tank underneath to reveal a more summery style.
Merona Women’s Favorite Lawn Shirt, $22.99 from Target

Perfect for those cooler afternoons. Help keep UV rays away in this casual top. Leave unbuttoned with a tank underneath to reveal a more summery style.

White cotton buttondown
Merona Women’s Plus-Size Long-Sleeve Classic Shirt, $24.99 from Target

A classic white cotton top not only keeps us cool but helps sheilds rays. Cute as is or over a tank or other top.

Sheer black and white patterned top
Pins And Needles Pintuck Shoulder Blouse, $49.00 from Urban Outfitters

Every little bit helps when it comes to saving skin. A sheer layer can help fend off harmful rays. Plus, it’s too cute!

Pink cardigan / sun wrap
Zno Sun Wrap, $59.50 from Coolibar

Created with a fab fabric technology that includes the same ingredient found in sunscreens, this cute wrap has us covered.

Plaid short sleeved buttondown top
ColumbiaSilver Ridge™ Multiplaid S/S Shirt, $50.00 from Zappos

This cute top has a sun protection collar, Omni-Shade® UPF 30 to protect skin and is even designed to keep perspiration at bay.

Sheer bright yellow top
Ibiza Flocked Tunic by Sabine, was $69.00, now $29.97 from Piperlime

Wear it over a tank and this sheer top keeps skin safer while still keeping the heat at bay.

Gray patterned tunic top
Merrell Awenda Tunic, $50.00 from Zappos

Perfect for a casual evening, this top lets us step out in style with built-in UPF 50+ fabrication protection.

Pink lightweight tee shirt
Under ArmourHeatGear® Flyweight Tee, $29.00 from Zappos

Get your sporty mode on with this pretty pink top: UPF 50+ fabrication, anti-odor design and a cooling upper back mesh. Love it!

What tops will you try?  Let us know your thoughts or share your skin-saving tips in the comment section below!