Long pants and long-sleeved shirts can help, but you should still apply sunscreen to exposed areas. And even with a broad-brimmed hat, put sunscreen on your face, ears, neck, and chest. They’re extra vulnerable and sunlight can reflect off the ground to those areas. Tightly woven, dark-colored fabrics are better at blocking the sun’s rays. Clothes with a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rating also work well, and tend to be lightweight and work even if they get wet.
Jessica Krant, M.D., a dermatologist and member of CR’s medical advisor board says to look for a UPF of at least 50.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health July 2018
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