Protecting yourself in the sun is of the utmost importance. With 1 in 5 people developing skin cancer in their lifetimes, prevention should be at the forefront of your mind whenever you head outdoors.
Summertime is for getting outside and having fun with family and friends, but it’s also about being aware of what you’re doing to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. They may feel warm and soothing to your skin, but those rays are doing more harm than good.
That’s why using sunscreen and sun protective clothing is crucial for avoiding skin cancer and other ailments the sun can cause.
Our very own Laura Collins, APRN, DCNP, weighs in on some very impactful information about sun protective clothing and how it can help you.
While many different types of clothing can protect you from the sun’s rays, there are fabrics specifically made to protect your skin more so than normal materials.
“Garments manufactured with certain types of fabrics, dyes, weave structures, and thread counts with the intention of shielding a person’s skin from the damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation are known as ‘sun protective clothing.’
Over the past decade, sun protective clothing has become an important addition to our defense against UV radiation. These special garments are available for infants through adults in a variety of products. Examples include hats, scarves, rash guards, cover ups, jackets, as well as bathing suits, and more recently resort wear such as dresses, pants, and shirts.”