IS All Sun Blocking Clothing Created Equal?

To protect our skin from sun burn

It really is true that all fabric used in sun blocking clothing is not created equal. There are some polyester blended fabrics being used that are not so comfortable to wear, and if worn for a lengthy time can cause some stinky issues. There is the ability to treat the fabric to wick the moisture away to make the fabric more comfortable. But does not necessarily help the stinky issue. Your body will smell sour, and then there is just a foul smell. A smell from the moisture of your body sitting on the fabric too long.

When you have spent a number of years thinking that having a tan was so cool, change takes a while  I still think a tan is attractive even seeing and knowing what I know now about the price your skin pays for that tan.

Finding your self needing to shop for sun blocking clothing is the time you know you are becoming a responsible adult.  Even when you are 45 years old.  Cut yourself some slack and be ready to look at things from a different angle and get your skin protected.  You will need your mental state to do an about-face to make this work for you.  Going from exposing your skin to the sun to cover-up?  For me, it was the visit to the dermatologist.  

It should have happened earlier in my life, but sadly, it didn’t.  Don’t allow the sun to damage your skin any more than you have already. Get yourself protected from the sun. 

Learning As You Go

Finding what works for you to help protect your skin from the sun will sometimes be an adventure.  Sometimes, a slam dunk.  If you are not out a lot in direct sun between the hours of 11 AM and 4 PM, you will need less protection, but you will still need the basics and sunscreen.

Here in Central Texas with our many hours of sunlight cause even just riding in a car to give you a sunburn. Know that you need to use sunscreen and sun blocking clothing to protect yourself.  Regardless of the time of day. Our sun is direct and burns your skin to the damaging point quickly and easily.  

Be prepared to read labels, maybe make notes on what works and what doesn’t.  After a season or two, you will be and feel an accomplished shopper for sun blocking clothing.  You will enjoy having a nice sun protection clothing wardrobe. 

You can spot that special sun hat or those sunglasses that make you feel great.  When you invest wisely your sun blocking clothing items will be worn for several years, and you will love them.

Sun Blocking Clothing protection

Bit Of Advice

Finding that happy medium for you and your families skin protection can sometimes seem a thankless chore.  Even if you are only shopping for yourself and no one else, there will be errors.  For the first purchase to help take care of your skin, start with the obvious, sunscreen and sunshades, a hat.  Then a long-sleeved shirt.  Find one that dries quickly.  Finding a lightweight fabric to protect you from the sun, drying quickly is important.

When being in and out of the water getting your shirt wet is a given.  Sitting in a wet shirt is OK for a short while, but you will be happier if it dries quickly.  You need to keep the shirt on to keep the sun off your body.  Some men and women as well try to wear a long-sleeved terry cloth robe or beach robe.  They are just flat out hot, and our crew won’t wear them.  The thinner fabric of the lighter weight shirts is just more comfortable.

Personal Likes

In a shirt, some are more comfortable in a lightweight tee shirt. Me, I prefer a button-up long sleeve shirt.  I like what started out being called fishing shirts for women when I know I am going to be out in the direct sun between 11 AM and 4 PM.  When I am wearing a shirt over a swimsuit, I like an oversized shirt.  So a men’s long-sleeved shirt in the same fishing style with the vented back yoke.  

So far the 2 shirts and are my only purchases.  They work well for what we do while out in the sunshine for periods of time.  I added one of the 2 farmer style brimmed hats, and am happy, and didn’t freckle so much this summer.

At home, I have some oversized long-sleeved shirts for working in the yard and helping with clean-up.  They allow air to move in around my body and work for me.  So with the other farmer style brimmed hat, I feel the first stages of this new effort for wearing sunblocking clothing is moving forward.  I am trying to learn to wear the cuff of the long sleeve down over the tops of my hands when I am outside.  Will use tee shirt yarn to make finger holds to keep them in place when not wearing gloves.  

Sun Blocking Clothing Summary

Summertime is often when these issues are the most apparent. Winter can also be tough as well because the polyester is usually a shell on the outside of a windbreaker or light jacket. If you perspire and get soaked through the layers of lining and quickly sour as your body heats. This will cause odors as well. If there isn’t enough insulation in the polyester, it can also be very cold. This inability of the polyester to breathe can be improved upon with different finishing methods. These methods make the fabric more comfortable, while also adding to the cost of clothing.

Yes, you can find quality clothing at reasonable prices. Clothing that has the right balance of all the factors needed for protecting the skin from the sun. This will provide you and your family with the skin protection they need. So be sure to read labels and do some trial and error to find what works best for you and your family. A tag stating the UVB numbers is important, but so is comfort and your willingness to wear the clothing.

Will you be as happy with some of the lesser expensive fabrics? I think the answer is yes. The main thing to remember is that we often expect more from the clothing than it was designed to do. Again, read labels and find out what the clothing is created to do for you. How it is supposed to protect your skin?  Sun Blocking Clothing And Skin Cancer

By Sami

I want to be able to alert others to how the sun affects your skin. Awareness is the first step in learning how to protect ourselves from the sun and the skin cancer that often results.
Help your family get through life without skin cancer issues.

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