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You May Already Have Sun Safe
Clothing In Your Closet

Clothing you already have in your closet may offer UV protection for work and everyday wear. Remember that the sun in winter, especially during winter sports, can give a sunburn just as much as summer sports, so the heavy fabrics mentioned below are useful for cooler weather.

  • Tightly woven or closely knitted fabrics with smaller holes between the threads, like denim and wool
  • Synthetic fabrics such as polyester and rayon
  • Heavier, denser fabrics such as corduroy and velvet
  • Glossy fabrics that deflect rays

Love the feel of natural cotton? The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests washing new cotton and cotton blend clothes two or three times before wearing to purposely shrink the spaces between the fibers, effectively raising their UPF, the rating system that measures the UV protection provided by fabric.

UPF is very similar to the SPF rating system used for sunscreens.

Resource: The Skin Cancer Foundation


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