PROTECTIVE CLOTHING FOR THE SUN
The sun is shining and everyone is headed outside to be in that glorious natural warmth and to absorb all of that great vitamin D, whether it’s at the beach, lake, on a cruise, camping, attending an out of doors game, an amusement park or a picnic. Now before rushing out that door, do not forget your sun protection, hats, umbrellas, sunglasses and proper clothing. That’s what I said, sun-protective clothing. Did you know there are many, many choices for UPF clothing for men, women and children? There are now several companies that now make hats, pants, shirts and other garments with sun-protective fabrics that are even lightweight and are reasonably comfortable to wear for the higher temperatures. Another less expensive way of protection is to wash your clothes in Sun Guard, which is a product produced by Rit that treats the fabric with 96 percent UV protection and will retain this value for approximately twenty washings.
One Step Ahead is my on line shop for my grandchildren’s clothing. They have a great line of protective clothing, sunglasses, cabanas, tents, bathing suits and more for children. This year Lands’ End introduced their new line of UPF clothing called Sun.Life. Sun Precautions has a line called Solumbra which blocks more than 97 percent of UVA and UVB. Their shirts and hats are ideal for boaters and hikers alike. Coolibar designs, manufactures and markets sun protection including clothing, sun hats, swimwear, sunglasses, umbrellas, sunscreens and sunblock. On ABC’s Good Morning America on June 11, 2008, Dermatologist and Skin Cancer Foundation spokeswoman, Dr. Doris Day, discussed among other things proper protective clothing. She went on to say that Coolibar clothing is not only fashionable and comfortable, but also retains UVP of greater than 30 after many washings. Naturally sun protective clothing blocks UV rays more effectively than most summer tees. Made from lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric treated to absorb UV rays, a new generation of summer cling makes it easier than ever to shield yourself fashionably. The effectiveness is measured by UPF, which is similar to SPF, but gauges how well fabric blocks the sun. The Skin Cancer Foundation considers sun-protective fabrics with a UPF of 30 to 49 “very good” protection and 50+ “excellent” -- “Protect your skin when you’re in the water…swimwear from Coolibar.” Shop around; there are now many very good lines of clothing for that provide protection in the sun and look good too.
Look for the Academy of Dermatology Seal of Approval, Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation or approval by the Melanoma International Foundation to make sure you are getting the quality you are paying for.
Whatever you choose, make sure you are safe from the rays, but still enjoy yourself no matter what you are wearing at the beach or anywhere while in the sun.
Now get outside and enjoy the sun! -Ms Suntan