Summer Series: Sun Protective Clothing

LUBBOCK, TX - Protecting your skin from the Sun's rays goes beyond wearing a good sun screen; often times knowing what clothing and accessories to wear is just as important. Clothing is the most basic, and generally the best means of sun protection. However, not all clothing is equal, and some types of clothes are not effective in protecting us.

The more skin that is covered, the better. So long sleeved tops are more effective than a t-shirt, especially if it has a high neckline or a collar that shields the back of the neck.

A wide-brimmed hat protects more of the face than a baseball cap, and close-fitting wraparound sunglasses protect more of the area around the eyes than small lenses do. It is important to remember that even if you are covered, UV rays can still pass through your clothes. 

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