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Sun Protection Clothing Guide: Shield Your Skin without Sunscreen

Sun-protective clothing uses a special weave that blocks harmful UV rays, but is still light and comfortable in warm weather.

By Leah Zerbe

tags: SKIN CANCER, SUNSCREEN



If you're getting physical…

Sick of sunblock sliding into your eyes when you get sweaty during a run or hike, but don't want to be bogged down with dark, heavy, clothing to protect you from the sun? Manufacturers have perfected light-weight clothing with at least SPF-30 protection.

We like these:

• Chlorine Resistant Ultra Sport Hat, $38, Coolibar.com.

• Men's Rock Guide Shorts, $75, Patagonia.com.

• Men's Runshade T-Shirt, $39, Patagonia.com.

• Women's Ultra Athlete Pullover Shirt, $94.95, SunPrecautions.com.

• Unisex Active Pants, $64.95, SunPrecautions.com.

If you want an everyday look…

OK, so maybe the wrap-around-the-face sun protection hat isn't suitable for social affairs, because you're afraid someone will mistake you for a ninja or burglar. Don't worry! Cut sun protection clothing is on the market, too!

We like these:

• Women's Sun Shelter Shirt, $69, Patagonia.com.

• Women's Big Shirt, $79.95. SunPrecautions.com.

• Men's Safari Shirt, $79.95, SunPrecautions.com

For your commute…

Saint Louis Uni versity School of Medicines researchers recent found that your commute may increase your risk of left-sided skin cancers on your face, neck, and arms. You can probably rig something up with something in your closet, but there are protective products on the market that kept commuters in mind, too.

We like these:

• Shade Sleeve, $31.95, SunPrecautions.com.

• Hand Guards, $29.95, SunPrecautions.com.

For the little ones…

"Remember to aggressively protect children from the harmful effects of the sun since the damage accumulates over time," says Dr. Leffell.

We like these:

• Kid's Super Active Shirt, $50.95, SunPrecautions.com.

• Kid's Wide Brim Hat, SunPrecautions.com, $35.95.

Published on: July 19, 2010
Updated on: April 3, 2012



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