Protect Yourself from the Sun with UV Protection Clothing
The first thing that comes into mind whenever we think about sun protection clothing are long sleeves, pants, and hats to protect ourselves from the direct rays of the sun. We think we are safe from the sun just because of our clothes are able to cover large portions of our skin. Well, it’s safe to be wrong about something every once in a while.
It has been proven by research that our light weight clothes are able to be penetrated by ultraviolet rays. What this means is that despite the long flowing pants and sleeves that we wear during the summer, we are still affected and exposed to the harmful ultraviolet rays that come along with the sun’s rays. The best solution is not long clothing but to wear the proper kind of sun protection clothing instead, also known as UV protection clothing.
We all know the effects of long unprotected exposure to the sun, we know this because of the many studies that we can find all over regarding the topic but a vast majority of our knowledge comes from our very own personal experiences.
The right fabrics.
Now that you have the idea as to what uv blocking clothing is about, you should know that not all of them are created equally. Now it is your job to find and choose the best fabric to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.
The first thing to talk about when talking about fabric is the weave, a rule of thumb is that looser woven fabrics are less able to protect the wearer from the sun. To be able to see the cloth’s weave tightness, try holding it up to a light source, if you can see a lot of light that passes through, this means the same or more amount of sunlight will also pass through.
The next thing is the color of the fabric itself. As you might have noticed, darker shades of fabric can provide more protection as it prevents lesser amount of light to pass through it. This means that black is going to be able to protect you more from the sun than white.
But color and weave is not enough to make a fabric UV resistant enough. UV protective clothing have been out on the market for some time now and it offers the best amount of UV protection, these clothing is made out of a tightly woven cloth that has been treated with UV inhibiting solutions to provide the wearer with the best protection. The most common fabric being used to make UV blocking clothing is nylon but other fibers such as cotton as well as polyester is also being used. These uv clothing have features unique to them such as air vents to keep the wearer cool and an added roll up collar to add an extra level of neck protection.