What Is Sun Blocking Clothing?

Sun blocking clothing is the first and most obvious thing you can do to protect your skin from the sun’s burning rays.  Hats to protect your head and face, ears and neck.  You already know these are the first areas to sunburn when not covered. There are many kinds and styles of hats to help you protect your skin.  Something is better than nothing.Information about skin cancer

A layer of clothing will help protect you.  When deciding what to use what you already own, look for a tightly woven fabric.  Denim is good, as well as cotton-polyester blends.  There are many stretch fabrics as well.  Just make sure you can’t see through it.

We have long thought that sunscreens are the best and the first protection you have for your skin.  They are important. They do have their place.  However, covering up from the sun is the best first move.   Make sure to grab a long sleeve shirt before heading out into the sun to work or play for any length of time.

There is not a guide for how long you would be safe to be out before covering up, even though you have sunscreen applied. 

Our Dertimalogist says that 15 minutes top!  Then head for the shade, sunscreen, and sun blocking clothing.  However, when we mentioned the thinning ozone layer, he agreed that 10 minutes would be more accurate in our present situation.

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That safe period is short.  I know, you’re willing to chance skin damage to have fun in the sun.

This is what created the need for Sun Blocking Clothing.  Avoiding skin damage from the sun is the best way to avoid skin cancer.  If we are going to need to wear clothing to protect ourselves, in the central part of Texas where we live, it needs to breathe and be lightweight.  Looking good makes you feel better about having to wear protective clothing.

Having the sun’s rays blocked from your skin by sun-blocking clothing is important for keeping the sun from ageing you.

Sun’s Damaging Rays

Let’s talk about the sun’s rays as you are getting accustomed to the need for protection from the sun.

Electromagnetic radiation that is mainly from the sun is called UV Radiation.  That is the dangerous stuff!

Three kinds of UV rays

UVA  rays:  the weakest, but do cause skin cells to age faster.

UVB rays:  somewhat stronger, can cause skin burn and skin cancer         Remember that if you are getting the UVB rays, the UVA rays are there as well.

UVC rays:  react with the ozone and don’t reach your skin, unless they are from man-made sources. UV sanitizing blubs to kill bacteria, mercury lamps and welding torches are examples of man-made UV rays or UVC.

The main source of our UV radiation is the sunlight.
 
With the stronger sunlight between 10 AM and 4 PM, this is usually the source of most skin issues.  Wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, clothing, hats, and staying in the shade are the most effective ways to try and prevent skin damage. Don’t forget the magic times, before 10 AM and after 4 PM.  Better times for your sun exposure.  You can still tan, and with sunscreen can have lots of time out in the sun.  Just avoid the hottest 6 hours.
Skin Cancers
Basal and squamous cell skin cancers, as well as melanoma, are the results for most of us who get too much sun. 
 
We also need to watch out for Merkel Cell carinoma, a less common type of cancer of the skin.  Don’t forget cancer to the lips and eyes!
So Is It Easier To Avoid The Sun Altogether?
With all this, one might think it is easier to just avoid the sun altogether, but remember we need the vitamin D that the sunlight provides.  While we need sun exposure to get vitamin D, there isn’t yet a way to determine how much sun exposure we need.  So is 15 minutes the magic number, or maybe half-an-hour?  There is research to get to this magic number, but just not available yet.
 
Research has seems to indicate that even when protected with sun screen or sun blocking clothing, our skin still absorbs enogh sun light to manifacture the needed vitiman D for our bodies.  
 
As I was disappointed that there was not a magic number of minutes to limit our exposure to, I have taken the approach that knowledge is where my power can lie to help my family.  Maybe there will be something here to help you help yourself and your family.
What Is Sun Blocking Clothing
Maybe some of the sun-blocking clothing will help your family avoid skin cancer.  For sure, grab those teeshirts for the trunk of the body.  If not of the sun-blocking weave, a dark-coloured long-sleeved tee-shirt would be a defence and protection between you and the sun.  Hats with brims, sunglasses, a long-sleeved shirt.  They are all important.
 
Next layer on the sunscreen to help protect your face, ears, neck, nose, arms, and hands, any part of the body not covered. So along with the sunscreen, hats and protective clothing are important. Please note:  Any clothing that is between you and the sun is protective clothing.
 
The heavier the fabric, the tighter it is woven, the more protection.  So it is possible to get as much protection from everyday garments as from specially treated or woven fabrics that get your highest ratings for skin protection.  They may not be as comfortable in the heat.
 
The specially treated and woven items are usually lighter weight and easier to wear in hot weather.  Lighter colors reflect the heat better than darker colored items. 
 
The companies selling these specially treated items usually remember the “cool” factor, as in appearance cool as well as the cool of the garment when you wear it.
 
I would like to remind you about being extra vigilant.  The next post will give more information about the most common skin cancers.
Disclaimer
Healthline.com was one of my resources for this information.  There is so much information online.  You don’t want to read through all these sites.  I didn’t either, but as member after member of my family has dealt with this result from too much sun.  Well, there seemed to be no choice, so I decided to take the plunge.  There has been a month of research and study.  Visiting with my Dermatologist and other members of our clan comparing what we have learned.
 
We have found that each Dermatologist has his or her own ideas about how we can help ourselves.  Hopefully, this information will help you protect yourself.  Now you understand more about what is sun blocking clothing. 
 
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