Posted by Heather McCartney

Now Mississauga-based, Heather McCartney is the entrepreneur who founded UV Couture. The clothing line is designed to protect women's skin from sun damage.

Mississauga News -September 19, 2013

By Jan Dean

MISSISSAUGA — You can take the woman out of Sudbury, but you can't take Sudbury out of the woman.

That seems to be the case for Heather McCartney, entrepreneur and founder of UV Couture. Born and raised in Sudbury, the Mississauga resident is donating items from her latest collection of sun-safe clothing to the Little Black Dress event being held Oct. 17 in Sudbury. The fundraiser is already sold out and proceeds will be used to improve health for post-menopausal women.

Over the past decade, since she has lived in Mississauga, McCartney became concerned about the damage and risk of skin cancer posed by exposure to sun.

Her solution was to found a sun-safe clothing line, and the result was UV Couture. Each item has an ultraviolet protection factor of 50. The collection includes shirts, sarongs, capris and dresses that flatter and protect at the same time. Prices range from $39-$129.

“Spending time outside is healthy and the sun can do great things for our bodies like produce vitamin D and improve our moods. Like most things in life, however, the sun is best enjoyed in moderation,” said McCartney. “We all know that sunburns increase the risk of developing skin cancer.”

The items she donates will be auctioned off at the Sudbury event.

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