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Garments That Battle UV Rays

Hats, Shirts, Dresses, Shorts & More

Family with three year old boy on beach

The Skinny:

Outdoors enthusiasts (hikers, bikers, fishermen, surfers and swimmers, etc.) usually face a vexing dilemma. While they love being out in nature, they worry about what the sun’s UV rays are doing to their skin. There is a good reason for this because overexposure can lead to more than a ruddy complexion. It can cause serious and potentially deadly consequences from skin cancer. Yes, there are lots of ways to get protected from the sun, including everything from ointments and lotions to hats, flaps and nose guards. There is also a growing legion of outerwear specifically designed to block the sun’s harmful hits. These garments range from functional to trendy and almost always provide a specific UPF rating.  WellWell is providing some examples of the type of duds that are available. There are plenty more. Read on.

The Slate:

Columbia Chill River Dress

A hugely popular brand, Columbia’s Chill River dress is designed to be stylish, while also providing a UPF 50 protection rating. Great for humid destinations as well thanks to its sweat-wicking and cooling properties.

Prana Fenton Boardshort

Prana has built its brand on providing sustainably produced garments that are also stylish. These printed swim shorts, for example, are made from more than 90-percent recycled polyester and offer UPF 50+ protection rating.

Forloh Solair Hooded LS Shirt

This made-in-America hoodie is designed with a proprietary technology that helps keep skin up to 3.5 degrees F cooler while increasing moisture-wicking by 300 percent. It also boasts a whopping 1,000+ UPF rating.

Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Seacoast Swim Cover-Up Dress – Sun Protective

This cover-up dress is built for the beach and includes a 50+ UPF rating. It is made with a blend of several materials and is treated with zinc oxide to block UV rays.

Women’s Pizzazz Pullover

Tasc Performances’ MOSOtech materials boast the ability to deliver SPF protection in a natural way. Developed with an organic cotton/bamboo viscose/lycra combination, it offers a natural UPF 50+ rating.

Hoka Performance Short Sleeve

Designed with a loose summertime fit that makes this top great for hot weather running, the recycled Polartec Power Dry polyester fabric used is lightweight, breathable and dries quickly. It also has a built-in UPF 50+ sun protection rating.

Eddie Bauer Guide Long-Sleeved Shirt

Eddie Bauer’s guide shirt is ideal for fishing fanatics. It includes a UPF 50+ protection rating and its AirSpace technology design that keeps fabric away from your skin to speed up cooling.

UShake Mosquito Head Net Hat 

Anyone fishing in buggy, sunny waters could be enticed by the UShake Mosquito Head Net hat. As the name implies, it can ward off bugs thanks to its detachable mesh net that covers the face and neck, while also offering a UPF 50 protection rating.

Home Prefer Men’s UPF 50+ Sun Protection Cap

This lightweight hat offers a sizeable UPF 50+ rating and has a breathable mesh top to help the wearer stay cool. Beyond this, its detachable neck flap offers another layer of UV ray protection.

Wide Brim Bucket Hat

Looking for something simple, yet effective? This wide brim bucket hat may be the answer. It is lightweight, breathable and waterproof. It also has a 50+ UPF rating.

Simms SunGaiter 

Neck and face gaiters have become increasingly popular with fisherman and outdoor enthusiasts in recent years and with good reason. They are lightweight, comfortable, diverse and offer great UV ray protection for the neck, face and ears. They also help keep people warm on chilly days. There are many options to choose from, but this Simms SunGaiter is a good place to start. It is made with moisture-wicking technology that keeps sweat away while also providing a 50+ UPF protection rating.

Eyes Up: 

Do you have a favorite type of sun protection garment? Let us know at info@wellwellusa.com.

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