As the summers get hotter and the country bakes as a result of climate change, there are ever-increasing worries about the damaging effects of ultra-violet (UV) radiation.

We all know about SPF for sunscreens and UV factors in sunglasses, but how about UPF? This is a testing standard for sun protective fabrics, another way to save ourselves from the potentially harmful consequences of absorbing the sun’s rays. Wearing clothing that boasts UPF ratings of 40 and above is an excellent way to block almost all UV radiation from the sun.

Some fabrics, like dark denim, polyester, and tightly woven cloths (linen, etc.) provide protection but at the cost of heavy weight and dark colors that promote heat retention. Companies like Athleta, Coolibar, Solumbra, Sunday Afternoons, Merrell, and Cabana Life, among others, provide an alternative. They boast a wide range of apparel and accessories for women, men, and children which are not only lightweight, but where style definitely plays a major role. And it’s not just bathing suits and hats that are being marketed, it’s shirts, jackets, dresses, and pants so that you can be protected hiking, biking, or strolling the same way you are at the beach or in the water.

Slap on the lotion, don the sunglasses, put on fashion-forward clothing, and head out to enjoy the sun without getting damaged by it.

Beth Schlau
Vice President, Editorial


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