Women’s UPF Clothing: Perfect for Packing This Summer
Summer is the time of year that all of us are heading somewhere to soak up the sun. I don’t know about you, but as I have aged the amount of sun that I let my skin soak up has greatly diminished. Yes, I still love my trips to the beach; however, umbrellas, higher SPF lotions, sun hats, and UPF clothing now go with me. The last few years I have started adding more UPF women’s clothing to my closet. Trust me. It is stylish and I am going to convince you to include it in your suitcase every time that you go away and enjoy the great outdoors.
Don’t think that UPF clothing is just for sporting activities like golf and tennis or even hiking. There are great pieces that you can have with your for sightseeing and going out for dinner.
What is UPF clothing?
Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) clothing is sun protective clothing specifically designed for sun protection. It is produced from a fabric rated for its level of ultraviolet protection. The UPF factor (the # behind the UPF on the label) is how you know how much Ultraviolet Radiation (UV) allows to reach your skin.
So how do you know what clothing you should buy? According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, a fabric must have a UPF of 30 to qualify for its Seal of Recommendation. So a UPF of 30 to 49 offers good coverage for your skin. If the label has a UPF of 50, then you know that it is rated as excellent and will block 98% of the sun’s rays where it covers your body.
Sunscreen and UPF Clothing
Wearing UPF clothing help keep the sun’s rays from penentrating your body parts that are covered. For the rest of your body, remember to reapply every two hours. Yes, think of your face, neck, hands, and feet. You can read about my dermatologist’s top recommended face sunscreens here. I never leave home without it.
Does All Clothing Protect You The Same?
Just like any type of clothing, women’s UPF clothing has some things that you should look for when you are making a purchase. Most brands will give you lots of options so keep these things in mind.
- Color. Believe it or not you want to go for dark or bright colors. The reason being is that the colors will soak up more of the UV rays versus letting them penetrate.
- UPF. You always want to look for the number and get clothing that is UPF 50 and has the Seal of Recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation for the best protection.
- Construction. Look for densely woven fabrics versus sheer loosely woven fabrics. Make sure you can’t see thru the fabric. If you can see through it, then the sun can penetrate your skin through it. Most brands will use fabrics that are moisture wicking and breathable so that you are able to stay cool on hot, sunny days.
- Coverage. The more coverage, the better. When you are going to be outdoors think long sleeves, higher necklines, longer skirts and dresses, or even pants.
My Choice for UPF Clothing
Coolibar is a brand that I like and trust for my UPF clothing. Health, happiness and life in the sun is what they are all about. You can read more about their mission, guarantee, and what makes their fabrics so good here. Whether I am off on a trip to the beach or the mountains they have something that will work for my outdoor time, day or evening.
Below are some of my favorites that should be in every woman’s suitcase for the summer.
As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the internet to read today. I really appreciate it. If you haven’t incorporated UPF clothing into your wardrobe, then I hope this post helped to shed some light as to its importance for our sun safety. Gotta do everything that we can to keep our skin healthy and from aging prematurely.
Remember to always have a little SASs in your day!