SPF Fashion for the Sun Conscious

While sunscreen provides essential protection for uncovered skin, sun protective clothing is another option that has become surprisingly fashionable in recent years. Here’s a look at some of the top brands in SPF fashion that provide an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating of 50. This is the highest possible rating and means that the garment will block 98 percent of ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

SPF AddictSPF Addict founder Marina Arnold was a nurse who served in the cosmetic dermatology field for decades and saw how sun damages the skin firsthand. She recommended sun protective clothing to her patients but many complained that the options lacked style. This led her to launch SPF Addict. Coined by the Today Show as “a non-sticky and non-greasy alternative to daily sun protection,” SPF Addict features sophisticated scarves, tops, dresses, and more made out of fabrics with innovative organic fibers. Check out SPF Addict’s latest fashions.

SolumbraShaun Hughes launched his line of sun protective clothing after being diagnosed and treated for malignant melanoma. He was lucky – his deadly skin cancer was removed in time – and it inspired him to develop the Solumbra line, which includes everything from shirts and pants to hats and swimwear. Lightweight, comfortable, and with ample ventilation panels for serious athletes, Longevity Magazine calls this brand “the gold standard for people needing serious protection.” See the sporty Solumbra line.

Other Brands Offering UPF 50 Protection and Style

Click on any of the logos below to see more styles that look good – and are good for your skin.

To learn more about sun protective clothing, here are the basics from REI – which are actually pretty in-depth!

Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer

According to the “Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer,” five million people are treated for skin cancer each year in the U.S. It’s not only the most commonly diagnosed cancer, it also results in nearly 9,000 deaths annually. According to the National Cancer Institute, between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma at least once.

Last updated: 06.30.2017

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and it is not meant to be relied on as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult your physician before starting any exercise or dietary program or taking any other action respecting your health. In case of a medical emergency, call 911.

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