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    Sun Protection

    Summer is often a time when everyone likes to strip down and catch some rays, whether at the pool, playing on the lake, hiking the trail or even just mowing the lawn. It's awful tempting to wear the bare minimum on the hottest of days or pull a Mathew McConaughey and just toss your shirt to the side, but like my wife says, "Unless you?re David Beckham or Mark Wahlberg, no one wants to see you without your shirt on." When it comes to sun protection there really is some truth to that. It all starts with your first line of defense: clothing. Read More ...

    How to Protect Yourself

    Wearing proper clothing is the best way to avoid the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that the sun showers us with. Have you ever had that hat that you wore all the time and noticed how the color faded and started to look like it had been bleached? That fabric was taking the brunt of those UV rays rather than letting them by and cooking your skin. Clothing works as a shield to keep those cancer causing UV rays at bay. The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests wearing a wide-brimmed hat in addition to as much clothes as you can stand to wear on a hot summer day. Wearing long sleeved shirts and long pants will protect you best, if you can't stand the heat wearing those clothes be sure to get yourself covered with sunscreen. Color also plays an important role in protecting yourself from the sun; in general darker colors work best, but bright colors such as red also soak up a lot of those dangerous UV rays.

    UPF vs. SPF

    Not all clothing is created equal, certain clothes will allow more UV rays to bypass fabric and reach our skin. If you've used sunscreen you've probably noticed that it comes with a Sun Protection Factor or SPF rating. This basically tells you how long you can be out in the sun before you start to bake. Clothing, much like sunscreens, has it's own rating factor. Clothing and other textiles use the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) to determine how much of those harmful UV rays make it through the clothes. For instance a shirt with a UPF rating of 50 would allow 1/50 of the sun's UV rays through. The tighter the weave and the thicker the fabric the fewer UV rays reach your skin. Look for UPF rating labels to be sure you know how well protected you are while wearing certain clothes.

    Eyewear

    When it comes to protecting your eyes from the sun you can either stay indoors all the time, or as ZZ Top puts it: "Go get yourself some cheap sunglasses." Now your sunglasses don't have to be cheap, but they do need to block those UV rays in order to protect your eyes. Find a good pair that fit your face well and are suited to your activity. Polarized lenses are great for driving, fishing and sports. No matter the shape, style price or color of lens, make sure that your sunglasses block 99-100 percent of the sun's UV rays.

    Keeping yourself protected from the sun is as easy as wearing the right clothes, having a good pair of UV blocking shades and covering yourself with enough sunscreen. This will keep you from looking like a lobster this summer and help keep you from falling victim to skin cancers.


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