Have Sensitive Skin? Wear This Clothing Outside

  • By Ashley Bechtloff Springible Contributor
  • Reading Time About 3 minutes
  • PostedMay 24, 2017
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The days are getting warmer, and with summer just a month away, it’s time to think about sun protection. We have talked a lot about the importance of using SPF and the best sunscreens to prevent skin damage. While sunscreen helps protect your skin from danger, clothing is the most basic means of sun protection. When you have sensitive skin, or you are dealing with a skin cancer diagnosis, protecting yourself is especially important.

Here are 4 tips for picking out clothing that will provide you excellent protection from the sun’s UV rays:

  1.      Coverage is Key– If you are going to be spending a long period of time outside and won’t have access to reapply sunscreen, the best way to protect yourself is to cover your skin. Long sleeve shirts with collars or high neckline to shield the back of your neck are a must. Long pants and wide-brimmed hats are recommended as well. Though you may be a little hotter in the sun, your skin will be protected. Check out these great options for ultimate coverage:
  1.      Choose Colors Wisely- Most of the dyes used in our clothing absorb UV rays, which reduces exposure. There are certain colors that absorb more UV rays than others though. Vivid colors absorb more UV rays than pale colors, such as royal blue versus baby blue. This is not to say that white and pale fabrics do not offer protection from the sun in all cases. It depends on the weave, material, and weight of the fabric as well. Here are a couple of items that offer great coverage and color:
  1.      Facts About Fabrics- The tighter the knit or weave of the fabric, the less of a probability that UV rays pass through, providing you more protection from the sun. Fabrics, such as Twill (used to make tweeds or denim) are very tightly woven, providing minimal space for the UV rays to be exposed to your skin. Looser weaves fabrics will provide far less protection. When choosing what clothing to wear for your next adventure in the sun, stay away from the lighter, sheer fabrics, such as bleached cotton. Here are some twill options to choose from:
  1.      Don’t Risk It- If you feel like you have tried these tips and still seem to have skin damage from the sun, there is something you can look out for called the UPF label, standing for ultraviolet protection factor. These labels quantify how much the piece of clothing will shield your skin from the sun. The label certifies that the fabric has been tested against UV rays and properly marked with its effectiveness. The level of protection is based on the following factors: weight, content, construction of fabric and color. Reading the UPF label is simple. If a garment is labeled with a UPC of 60, the fabric allows just 1/60th of UV rays to reach your skin. Here are a few brands that offer clothing designed to protect your skin: