Sun Protection From Your Clothes?
Why Do You Need Protection?
A Standard in Sun Protection: Ultraviolet Protection Factor
Assembling Your Wardrobe: Clothing to Protect Against the Sun
- Tight weaves are better than loose weaves (if you can see through it, UV can get through it).
- Polyester is better than cotton.
- Dark colors are better than light colors.
- Dry clothing is better than wet clothing.
- Choose outfits with long sleeves and long pant legs and collars to get as much protection as possible. Loose clothing can help you stay more cool, even when you are covered up.
Always wear a hat, because your face and head get so much sun exposure.
- A hat made with a light colored material on the outside to reflect UV radiation and keep you cooler, and a darker lining on the brim to prevent UV radiation from reflecting on your face
- A wide brim of at least three inches
- No hats or clothing made of netting, mesh, or other loose weaves because they offer little or no UV protection
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 04/2014 -
- Update Date: 03/26/2014 -