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Posted on: July 10, 2015

The skin care clothing you wear are your first defense against sun damage. Sun protective clothing is rated by the ultraviolet protection factor or UPF. Clothing ratings are from 15 to over 50. The Skin Care Foundation urges everyone to wear pants and long-sleeved shirts and a wide-brimmed hat to protect as much of the skin as possible from the sun. Look for clothing that has tight weaves where the sun is not able to penetrate through. Open weave fabrics are not recommended when you are spending a lot of time outdoors.

Sun Protection Basics

Clothing that has a high UPF rating should especially be worn by people who are light skinned, kids and people who participate in outdoor activities such as boating or snow skiing. The water and snow reflects the sun and makes the UV rays stronger. Choose clothing with natural fibers like linen, hemp and cotton. Sunscreen and other skin care products should be used often when you are outdoors. Your body needs one full ounce of sunscreen in order to be effective. One ounce equals two tablespoons of sunscreen protection. For the best skin care, you should choose a sunscreen that is also water-resistant. Apply sunscreen every 30 minutes when swimming outdoors. The ultimate time to go to the beach is before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. when the sun is not as strong.


Choose sunglasses that filters out most UV rays with wraparound shades to reduce radiation at the temples. Oversize frames are a good choice for maximum protection. Do not choose sunglasses that are too large and slip down your face. Sunglasses are an essential part of protecting the health of your eyes. The sun can damage the lens and cornea of the eyes. The sun’s rays will increase your odds of getting cataracts and reduced  eyesight. Highly reflective surfaces like water, sand and snow are even more dangerous to the eyes.

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