Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease the risk of sunburns and sun damage, take sun protection measures including:
- limit time in the sun, especially from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- wear UPF 50+ rated clothing including wide-brim hats, long-sleeved shirts, dresses, and pants
- seek shade from buildings and trees, or make use of a sun parasol
- use a broad spectrum mineral sunscreen rated SPF 50+
UVA rays cause tanning while UVB rays are responsible for causing sunburns. It is a common misconception that only sunburns are reason for concern, when the tanning caused by UVA rays is also a visible sign of sun damage and increases the risk for skin cancer.
Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) is a measure of how much UV radiation (both UVB and UVA) can penetrate through a particular fabric to reach your skin. UPF 50 fabric is able to block 98 percent of the sun’s rays and allows two percent (1/50th) to penetrate, thus significantly reducing your exposure risk. Unlike sunscreen the sun protection in UPF fabric will never be washed away and doesn’t need to be reapplied every 2 hours.
Below we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite UPF 50+ clothing, hats, and parasols – both in terms of style and function.
Don’t want to buy a new wardrobe?
The SunGuard laundry aid washes UV protection right into clothes. One pack of SunGuard per load of laundry washes UPF 30 sun protection into every garment, protecting against damaging rays for up to 20 washings.
You&UV protection wash is a hypoallergenic detergent additive that can be used together with any ordinary detergent. After one wash with You&UV protection wash, your clothing will have a protection factor of UPF 30+ to UPF 50+.