If you’re heading to the pool or beach this weekend you have more options to protect yourself from sunburn.
A bottle of sunscreen isn’t the only place to get protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays - t-shirts, bathing suits and other clothes now come with UPF or Ultraviolet Protection Factor. Depending on the manufacturer, it’s made with chemical blockers or a tighter weave. It’s one more defense that we have against the damaging effects of the sun.
Dermatologist Jodi Ganz tells her patients to wear sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30, but she also recommends they cover up on a sunny day. A regular t-shirt gives you about an SPF of 6 - a white t-shirt, whereas one of the sun protected clothing can give you an SPF of up to 50.
Sharon Doering said her kids don’t even know the difference when wearing clothing with UPF, but she does.
“Every three or four hours having to chase him down to put on sunblock was not fun,” Doering said.
While UPF clothing may protect against sunburn, Dr. Ganz warns her patients not to forget to give the other body parts that are still exposed, a good coating of sunscreen.