but surely, states across the country are beginning to reopen with the summer
season not far behind. As we emerge from our months of social distancing, many
of us are eager to hit the beach, tee up with friends on the golf course, and
soak up the sunshine as much as possible. Unfortunately, when it comes to sun
protection, sunscreen just isn’t enough. What you wear is also important and
means making some strategic choices for ultimate sun protection.
out our suggestions for sporting your strongest defense against the sun’s UV
rays this spring and summer, starting with a reminder about why sunscreen is so
Don’t Skip the SPF
you venture outside, make sure you slather up with sunscreen. How much?
According to Harvard Medical School, rely on the “teaspoon and shot glass” rule.
Use a teaspoon-sized amount of sunscreen on your face and neck, with enough
sunscreen to fill a shot glass (approximately one ounce) on the remaining
exposed areas of your body.
sunscreen works best when applied before sun exposure, take the time to put it
on ahead of your outdoor plans and reapply often, especially after swimming or
take your sun protection a crucial step further with your clothing choices…
Make Smart Wardrobe Selections
is as simple as wearing a wide-brim hat or baseball cap, along with sunglasses
to protect your eyes (pick polarized whenever possible for reduced glare and
maximum visibility, especially when on the water).
should even opt for darker-colored clothing, as well as long sleeves and pants.
In other words, keeping your skin covered as much as possible while also
staying cool and comfortable, is key. Doing so protects your skin from exposure
to harmful UV rays, minimizing the risk of sun damage and even skin cancer.
fact, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation:
“clothing is the most effective form of sun protection.”
SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, which only measures UVB rays as listed on
sunscreens, UPF or Ultraviolet Protection Factor, measures how much UV
radiation from both UVA and UVB rays reaches your skin, which helps determine how effective certain materials and
fabrics are at sun protection.
you wear matters.
this comparison provided by the Skin Cancer Foundation: a dark, long-sleeved
denim shirt provides a UPF of approximately 1,700, which is considered complete
sun protection; while a white tee-shirt only offers a UPF of approximately 7.
best bet is to look for clothing items that have been awarded the Seal of Recommendation by the Skin Cancer
Foundation. These will have a minimum UPF rating of 30.
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