Sun Blocking Clothing
Sun protective clothing for kids and adults
With a growing awareness of the dangers of ultraviolet radiation taking hold in the general population, it's little wonder that the popularity of sun blocking clothing is at an all-time high. UV protective clothing includes all forms of apparel, from specially designed shirts and rash guards to shorts and long pants.
Your skin is not safe from ultraviolet rays when you're in the water. In fact, the effect of the sun shining on your skin can be even more dangerous when you're swimming. For this reason, sun protection swimwear is another line of apparel you should strongly consider adding to your wardrobe.
Features of Sun Protective Clothing
While it's true that all clothing protects your skin from the sun, laboratory tests show that up to 50 percent of the sun's ultraviolet rays are able to penetrate regularly woven cotton. Because summer clothing is typically designed to be lighter and more airy, this means that the majority of the sun's UV rays go right through your clothes and affect your skin.
Sun blocking clothing is woven or knitted much more tightly than regular fabrics. They are subjected to intensive laboratory tests to ensure that only a small amount of UV radiation is able to penetrate them. What's more is that many sun blocking clothing products are made even more effective with the addition of special ultraviolet ray–blocking chemicals that are still very safe against your skin.
As far as fabrics go, you should know that cotton offers the least sun protection while Lycra offers the best. While cotton is cooler, even specially designed, woven and sewn cotton clothing isn't as effective at blocking UV rays as thicker alternatives.
Sunblock Clothing Accessories
While sunblock clothing is very effective, you can never cover up 100 percent of your skin when you're outside. Thus, you should always treat exposed skin with a quality sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF). Sun hats keep your head protected while casting a bit of a shadow around the rest of your body, which can be very effective at keeping sunshine off your neck, and sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory. They also guard your eyes against exposure to both UV rays and excess brightness.
If you're going to be outdoors for an extended period of time, take care to protect your skin. The sun can cause serious short-term and long-term skin damage, and there's no reason you can't protect your health and enjoy the sunshine at the same time.