For anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors, it is vitally important to take sun protection seriously. Today, it can be dangerous to spend time outside without sunscreen and sun protective clothing. Don’t forget that the skin is the body’s biggest organ and it needs protection when exposed to the sun!
Wearing protective clothing is one of the most effective ways to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Sunscreen, which must be re-applied every 2 hours, can become difficult for many throughout long days, especially for children. Protective clothing is a better option for many as it provides continuous protection throughout the day. Using clothes that cover more skin will eliminate the need to re-apply sunscreen and chemicals to protect your skin. We can’t control the presence of UV rays outside, but at least we can protect ourselves from them.
Here are two primary factors to remember when selecting protective clothing:
Clothes: Clothes designed to cover the most skin provide the most protection. Long-sleeved shirts with collars, long pants, and shoes and socks provide the best coverage. When participating in water sports and activities, we recommend wearing longÐsleeve rash guard shirts and knee length board shorts. Children, adults and teenagers will benefit from this recommendation. Infants and toddlers tend to do well with one-piece suits. Some of these come equipped with zippers to make changing easy.
Hats: The most sun protective hats have a wide brim all the way around. Other hats, such as baseball caps, can also provide some sun protection Ð just remember to also use sunscreen or a gaiter to protect your ears and the back of your neck.
Don’t forget that sun exposure occurs all the time, even while you’re taking a short walk on a cloudy day or driving in the car. This is why Dr. Grossman recommends sun protective clothing. We have provided a list of sun protective clothing websites that may assist you in purchasing and viewing clothing on line.
www.Miniboden.com – Girls Rash vests, surf suits, toweling rompers, cover-ups
www.Quicksilver.com – Men/Boys Short and long sleeve rash guards, wetsuits, board shorts
www.Volcom.com -Men/Boys Short and long sleeve rash guards, board shorts
www.Athleta.com -Women Cover-ups and short and long sleeve rash guards
www.Oakley.com – Men/Women Short and long sleeve Rash guards
www.Zappos.com – Men/Women/Boys/Girls Short and long sleeve rash guards, board shorts
www.Landsend.com – Kids Rash guards, cover-ups, shorts, water shoes
www.Oneill.com – Men/Women/Boys/Girls Short and long sleeve rash guards, wetsuits, board shorts
www.Patagonia.com – Men/Women/Boys/Girls Short and long sleeve rash guards
www.Coolibar.com – Men/Women/Boys/Girls Long sleeve rash guards, swim shorts, neck to ankle swim apparel
www.LLBean.com – Infants/Toddlers/Kids Long sleeve surf shirts, wet suits, swim shorts
www.Solartex.com – Men/Women/Kids/Infants Unisex long sleeve body suits, arm covers, swim tights, long sleeve rash guards, shorts, long sleeve swim suits
www.Sunprecautions.com -Women/Kids/Infants Hats, shirts, pool jackets, pants, water wear
www.Chasing-Fireflies.com – Boys/Girls Rash guards swim shorts, swimwear, and hats
www.Tugasunwear.com – Kids 1-2-3 piece swim suits, short & long sleeve rash guards, shirts, shorts, re-usable swim diapers, hats water shoes
www.UVSkinz.com – Men/Women/Kids Short &long sleeve rash guards. Shorts, swim bras
www.Evo.com – Women Long sleeve rash guards, board shorts
www.Swimoutlet.com – Men/Women/Kids Long sleeve rash guards, shorts, water shoes, sun hats, Goggles
Sports – Super breathable wickable fabrics help to keep you cool and protected
www.Nike.com – Men/Women/Kids Dri-fit athletic long sleeve shirts, training pants, tights, hoodies
www.Adidas.com – Men/Women/Kids Climalite long sleeve shirts, athletic shorts & pants
www.RalphLauren.com – Boys Active soft touch long sleeve shirts
www.ChampionUSA.com – Men/Women/Kids Double Dry long sleeve shirts, athletic pants/shorts, workout leggings, athletic skirts, Skorts, hoodies
www.Puma.com – Boys Long sleeve training shirts, Golf polo shirts
www.Athleta.com – Women Wick-It long sleeve shirts, pants, shorts, leggings
www.JCrew.com – Boys/Girls Long sleeve tees, rash guards, board shorts