Protecting your skin from UV damage goes beyond applying sunscreen regularly. If you really want to shield your skin from the sun’s rays, you probably have started wearing sun resistant clothing when you are spending more time outdoors. The American Melanoma Foundation reports that regular clothing doesn’t fully protect your skin from the sun and rates less than SPF 8 when wet. However, newer sun resistant clothing can protect your skin from both UVA and UVB damage. You can check the label to determine its Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF).
Sun resistant clothing is made with special fabrics that block UV rays and protect the skin. You will be protected in all areas covered by the fabric but will need to apply sunscreen to other areas such as the neck, ears, hands, and feet.Sun resistant clothing can be a wise investment, especially if you live in a very hot climate or travel to places close to the equator regularly. Some of the benefits of wearing sun resistant clothing include:
In addition to wearing sun resistant clothing and wearing sunscreen, there are several things you can do to protect your skin from UV damage including:
Taking good care of your skin involves protecting your skin from sun damage. Investing in some sun resistant shirts, pants, hats, and other protective clothing can reduce the risk of skin cancer and prevent extensive UV damage. For more information about skin cancer prevention and treatment options, schedule a consultation with Northwest Face & Body today!