Summer means…excessive sun and UV exposure can cause health problems.
– Lisa Lurie
Flip-flops, sandals, and water shoes are some of my favorite footwear. They rank high in my shoe hierarchy because they are worn during my favorite season– summer!
Summer means picnics in the park, family vacations, Fourth of July festivities, outdoor activities, and more. It also means that excessive sun and UV exposure can cause health problems including eye damage, sunburns, skin cancer, and premature aging.
To enjoy fun in the sun, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a complete protective strategy that includes protective clothing, a wide brimmed hat, UV blocking sunglasses, sunscreen, and seeking shade whenever possible. At first read, this strategy seems hot, over-dressed, greasy, ugly, and dull. Fear not! Here’s how you can follow the Skin Cancer Foundation’s clothing recommendations and still channel your inner sun god or goddess.
Sun Protective Clothing—Fashionable, Functional, and FabulousIf these three words “sun protective clothing,” bring to mind someone covered head-to-toe in hazmat-looking garb — then think again! New advances in fabric technology have created fashionable clothing with UPF 30-50+ sun protection built into the material. UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor.
Fashionable, soft, and lightweight, sun protective clothing includes swimwear, cover-ups, pants, shirts, dresses, active wear, hats, and more. Style yourself protected this summer on the golf course, at the beach or pool, or even as you relax in your own backyard.
Wide Brimmed Hats— Many Styles To Choose From
Hats are brimming with possibilities when it comes to sun protection. In fact, the brim, its size, slope, and shape are important to consider when choosing a hat for maximum sun coverage. Here are some features to look for:
- A hat with a wide brim of at least 3 inches will protect your eyes, ears, forehead, and scalp. A brim of 4 inches will provide even better coverage. In this case, bigger is better!
- Brims that slope downward offer better protection from the changing angles of the sun.
- Curved brims help protect against UV rays that bounce off of reflective surfaces. A curved brim that is positioned closer to your face provides better facial coverage.
- A hat’s weave is also an important sun protection factor. Hats made from tightly woven fabrics block out sunlight better than ones with a loose weave. If you have a favorite hat without a tight weave, tie a scarf underneath for better coverage.
UV Blocking Sunglasses: Statement Sunglasses
Sunglasses are a great fashion accessary but more importantly they protect eyesight from being damaged by the sun. Ultraviolet radiation can lead to eye problems including cataracts and macular degeneration. So keep your eye on more than a sunglasses’ cool style. Here are important safety features to focus on.
- Select sunglasses that provide full protection against ultraviolet light. 100% protection against UVA and UVB light is the most important element. The color and darkness of the lenses does not impact the level of sun protection.
- Opt for big sunglasses with large lenses and wide temples for increased sun and wind protection. Think Jackie O or Elvis Presley instead of John Lennon!
- Wraparound sunglasses offer extra protection against UV damage because they block more of the light coming from the sides.
Protective clothing, apparel, and broad-spectrum sun block are required long after the last shining rays of summer fade. Safe sun protection should be practiced year-round, including the winter. Eighty percent of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation can penetrate even on cloudy or foggy days. You’ll find more information about sun protection and apparel on our website.
Excuse me while I slip on my flip-flops. I’ve got some summer memories about to begin!
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