Sun Protective Clothing
In Arizona, not being in the sun during the summer time isn't really an option. Most of us slather on our favorite sunscreen and go about our day from May to September. Sure, there are plenty of conversations on how much protection sunscreens actually provide. Some people just steering clear from what's in sunscreens, altogether.
A chemical-free alternative is sun protective clothing. Here at The Shack, we offer sun protective products from our top vendors ExOfficio, Marmot, and Outdoor Research, just to name a few. Ranging from UPF 15 to 50+ (clothing based ratings, unlike SPF for gels and liquids), there is no one product solution. Just like proper hydration, it depends on your activity level. Your whole body needs protection from the sun's harmful rays. Sunglasses, hats, gloves, sleeves, tops, hoodies...the list of available solutions is long. You might be asking what's the difference in protection from your favorite cotton tshirt? According to ExOfficio, cotton tshirts only provide UPF 6 - 8 protection, allowing up to 20% of the sun's UV radiation to get to your skin. A UPF 50 shirt will block up to 98% of the suns rays.
Ok, now that you know why, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, here are some key tips for buying and staying sun-safe with clothing:
Come by The Shack and let one of our knowledgeable team members help you stay protected and select the right garments for your outdoor activities.
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