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The Best Things to Wear for UV Protection

By Brandi Goodman

Not only is July UV Safety Month, it's also one of the busiest months of the summer with plenty of people out and about enjoying the outdoors. Now is the time to consider just which items are best to wear when you're in need of UV protection. You should wear certain things to help protect yourself from the sun's harsh rays no matter what time of year it is -- but especially on the days when the sun is shining brightly.

Dark and Bright Colors

People have often said that wearing white or light colors outside will help keep you from getting overheated. Black attracts the sun. However, black and other dark colors -- as well as bright ones -- are actually more beneficial for keeping your skin protected. Darker fabrics absorb the light from the sun, ensuring fewer UV rays are getting through to your skin. White lets light through easily, putting you in more danger. If you do choose to wear white, it's best to put a layer of sunscreen on under your clothes.

Denim or Polyester

A light, cotton fabric may feel breezy outside, but it's going to let more UV rays in. You want to avoid this so you don't have UV rays damaging your skin underneath the clothes. Options such as denim or polyester are best because their fibers are woven tightly together. They won't be letting anything in to cause harm to your body.

Sunglasses

Your eyes need protection just as your skin does. Make sure you're wearing sunglasses when you're outdoors so you can help avoid the UV rays from damaging your eyesight. Don't just grab a dollar store pair, either. You should find sunglasses that offer extra UV protection so you know they'll be worthwhile. It doesn't give you permission to look directly at the sun though. You should always avoid doing so to keep your vision safe.

Hats

Hats are also ideal to wear when you need protection from the sun. They'll help to protect your face and eyes and give you some personal shade. Make sure you're choosing a dark or bright color and one made of denim, polyester, or another tightly woven fabric as well. The ideas that apply to your clothes apply to hats as well if you want to be as safe as possible.

Though enjoying the sunshine outdoors can be nice, it can also cause unwanted problems. It's best to look online for the current day's UV analysis and avoid being outside when the sun's rays are the harshest. When you do go out, be sure to wear the right fabrics and colors so you can best avoid the impact of the sun and keep yourself safe.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Vacaville, Calif.

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