Sun Protection

The importance of sun protection can not be overstated.

When we get things ready for an outdoor adventure we always seem to forget how much sun protection do we need? When do we re-apply? What if I just wear a long sleeve shirt and pants, shouldn’t that be enough?

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Skin cancer isn’t something that everyone thinks about, but sun protection should be the first thing we pack. Because of losing a friend and family members to Melanoma at very young ages I still don’t feel like we protect ourselves enough.

Sunscreen is a good protector against the sun’s harmful rays but to understand what we are protecting against let me answer some questions. There are two kinds of Ultraviolet radiation (UV). Ultraviolet A (UVA) causes lasting skin damage, skin aging and can cause skin cancer. Ultraviolet B (UVB) can cause sunburns, skin damage and can also cause skin cancer.

Many manufacturers such as Columbia have stylish clothes made of specialized material that provides good Sun Protection
Many manufacturers such as Colombia have stylish clothes made of specialized material that provides good Sun Protection
There is a standard measurement for SPF or Sun Protection Factor – the ability to prevent UV rays from damaging the skin. Always read the bottles to ensure the contents protect from both UVA and UVB. How to measure the application would be to determine how long it takes for your body to turn red after being in the sun, let’s say after 20 minutes this begins to happen. Using an SPF 15 should protect you 15x longer, or five hours. You also have to consider how much to apply, so if the bottle is 4oz that means you will need about 1/4 of the bottle to get that rating each time you use it all over. Always remember that water and sweating will decrease your ability to stay protected, so you need to re-apply.

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Hook & Tackle’s sun protection fabric is available in many verities.
Hook & Tackle’s sun protection fabric is available in many varieties.
Protective clothing can increase the protection from the sun. The standard measurement of protection for fabric is UPF, or Ultraviolet Protection Factor. To understand the rating let’s say a garment is UPF of 50 this would mean that the fabric only allows 1/50th of the UV radiation to pass through the garment. The advantage is that it doesn’t wash off and you don’t need to remember to re-apply. Some things to remember when picking out clothing: A tight weave is better than loose weave (if you can see through it, UV can get through it), polyester is better than cotton, and dark colors are better than light colors.

Sunblocker clothing

Many manufacturers understand that people want the protection and also want to look stylish. In previous years the clothing seemed to be geared to men who fish, which meant loose-fitting, frumpy clothing. Now you can find many companies that have stylish clothes for everyone in the family. As we are an active family with all different shapes, sizes and tastes it has been difficult to find something for everyone but I have now found sites with stylish clothing for everyone. Below you’ll find a list of the sites.

There are more options of stylish sun protective clothing today for men and women than ever before.
There are more options of stylish sun protective clothing today for men and women than ever before.
For added protection you should always wear a hat and sunglasses. The hat should be of a light color material on the outside to reflect and a dark color on the brim to reflect the rays away from your face. A three-inch brim would give you the most protection.

Sometimes buying a whole new wardrobe for sun protection isn’t feasible. There are options. You can treat your clothing with a sun protective laundry detergent. It’s easy to use. You add the sun protective detergent with your regular laundry detergent and you wash in skin protection for up to 20 future washings.

Make sure you take care of everyone while having fun in the sun.

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