It’s time to start thinking about sun protection clothing. Clothing that is light weight and made of tightly woven fabric provide the maximum comfort and sun protection.
After a long cold winter I saw the first robin of the season today. Spring is right around the corner, and from there it’s a short hop to summer.
Before we know it we will be mowing our yards, having barbecues, going to baseball games and going to the beach.
Dark colors absorb the suns rays at a faster rate than light colored clothing. White clothing does not absorb heat and will reflect the sun’s rays out.
Why Worry about Sun Protection?
Let’s face it, sunburns hurt! A bad sunburn will leave your skin sensitive for days, causing pain with the slightest touch. And excessive sunning can cause skin cancer.
Wearing the improper clothing out in the hot sun can be a contributing factor to heat stroke. Sun protection clothing will keep you safe from the suns UV rays (ultraviolet rays).
What Kind of Hat Should I wear?
I remember one time me and my wife went to a professional baseball game. It was around 90 degrees outside, and the seats we had were directly in the sun.
I wore a full brimmed hat with a white t shirt, and my wife was wearing a red tank top. Her nose and face were completely red at the end of the day, but I was unaffected.
Wearing a hat with a full, round, brim will help keep your nose, face, and the back of your neck from getting sunburn. Baseball style caps are better than nothing, but they won’t protect the ears and the back of the neck.
What are the Best Sunglasses to Buy?
When choosing a pair of sunglasses, look for a pair that is labeled as having 100% UVA/UVB protection rating.
Don’t be fooled into thinking the darker a pair of sunglasses are, the more protection they will provide.
As I have stated earlier, darker colors absorb more of the sun’s rays, and they may do more harm than good unless they have the 100% rating.
Sunglasses with larger lenses provide more sun protection than the small lensed ones that can leave the area around the eye sockets sunburned.
What Clothes are the Best Suited for Sun Protection?
Sun protection clothing are clothes that are given a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor). Clothing with a rating of 50 allows only 1/50 of the sun’s rays to pass through the fabric and onto the skin.
Any clothes rated above 50 are unnecessary because any less than 2% of the sun’s rays is relatively harmless. When shopping for protective clothing, don’t buy anything rated under a 15.
What does Protection Clothing Look Like?
Sun protection clothing pretty much looks like regular clothes. There are long sleeved button up shirts, as well as polo and t-shirts.
You can even get them in golf pants, and swim wear. Whatever the occasion is, you should be able to find the right clothes for the maximum protection.
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