Sunscreen is vital but clothing is sometimes essential
The sunscreen is essential, but the right clothing is sometimes vital to protect yourself from sun damages. Sun protection is crucial when you are sunbathing at the seaside or having fun in outdoor activities but there are other circumstances when protection is key and risks even higher. Any outdoor worker, athlete exercising open-air and whoever is active long hours in the sun should consider additional measures.
Sunscreen can’t protect you completely, especially with prolonged sun exposure during peak hours. No matter how much sunscreen you apply or how high an SPF it offers, some of the sun’s rays get through to your skin. If for you daily UV exposure is unavoidable, appropriate habits on clothing are key as you are likely to be exposed for long hours with limited opportunities to re-apply sunscreens.
Therefore, along with using high SPF products and seeking shade, you should cover up as much as possible. Clothing and hats are among the simplest and most effective way to safeguard the skin from the harmful effects of UV rays.
Any kind of hat is better than nothing, but brimless caps may leave your ears, neck or parts of your face exposed. A wide-brimmed or foreign legion-style hat with extra material that covers the ears and neck is much better. Adding a long-sleeved shirt can significantly reduce the risk of sunburns too. You can add a long – sleeved shirt open over a common T-shirt to feel more comfortable and add airflow. Tightly woven fabrics are more protective than loosely ones and the heavier it is the fabric the better for the purpose.
Certain materials are more suitable than other to offer a barrier. Fabrics that are better at blocking the sun include polyester, nylon, wool and silk. White or light colours seem to be more cool but darker shades guarantee a better protection as they absorb more UV rays.
Many manufacturers offer high-tech sun clothes made of specialized fabric providing an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) therefore it is important to look for UPF information on labels when you buy a technical garment. A UPF factor of 50 indicates that fabric allow 1/50 (2%) UV radiations to pass through and reach your derma offering an excellent protection if you spend the day long in the sun.
If adding high tech protective clothes to your wardrobe is too expensive for your pockets or you need to safeguard your kids growing too fast to invest in a high tech solution, consider to use specific laundry additives that can add UPF 30 to your clothes lasting through 20 future washings: by far the most affordable way to get an effective sun barrier for your clothing.