Protect yourself from summer’s harsh rays with these sun-protection clothing picks – Los Angeles Times

Hey, sporty!

You already know you need to slather on the sunscreen when you’re outdoors this summer. But here’s another tool in your arsenal: UV-blocking sun-protective clothing.

Look for clothing that boasts a high Ultraviolet Protection Factor and one that’s been pre-treated with UV-blocking chemicals or made with a specialty fabric, or a dense-weave fabric. (What does UPF mean? A UPF of 50, for example, allows only 1/50th of UV radiation to pass through the garment.)

“You don’t always have to seek out clothing with the UPF rating,” said David Andrews, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit agency that specializes in research and advocacy. “But if you’re spending significant time in the sun or you’re going to be at high altitude, the beach or on the water, you may want to seek out clothing that’s been rated and offers a high rate of protection.”

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