Summer means extended time outside and in the sun. While feeling sun on your face is one of life’s simple pleasures, those rays include ultraviolet radiation, and exposure to those rays can lead to sunburn, premature skin aging and skin cancer. While you can slather on the sunscreen, why not add an additional protective layer by choosing clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor.
UPF is the rating system used for apparel. It’s similar to SPF, the rating system used for sunscreen products. The higher the number, the better the sun protection. UPF gauges a fabric’s effectiveness in blocking ultraviolet radiation. For example, a UPF rating of 25 means that only 1/25 or 4% of the UV radiation can penetrate the fabric.
The highest UPF rating a garment can be assigned is 50+. A piece in this range is determined as providing “excellent” protection from UV radiation. All items listed have a UPF 50+.
Slip on this stylish uni-suit with gold hardware. This suit gives you the added protection of long sleeves. Supportive bra cup feature stays put no matter how active you get, and it’s a sleek pairing for beach and lounge pants. cabanalife.com
The sporty design of this polo is perfect for outdoor activities like running, golf, tennis or riding. Made with soft, slightly textured material that is lightweight and breathable, providing superior moisture management for dry comfort in warm conditions. Contrast mesh lining on the underside of the arms allows for increase air flow for added cooling during activity in the heat. coolibar.com
Casual Traveler Women’s Sun Protection Hat (pictured above)
This casual, summer style has a 4″ adjustable brim that can be worn up or down. With an assortment of colors, the Casual Traveler is sure to be the best companion for any summer outing! Extremely easy to pack and care for. wallaroohats.com
Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily Shirt
Versatile performance knit for use on trails or on the water provides 50+ UPF sun protection and Polygiene permanent odor control. Patagonia tech tees keep you comfortable when you’re working hard in conditions ranging from cool to hot. Fair Trade Certified sewn. Available in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes. patagonia.com