What Kind of Clothes Should I Wear?

To protect yourself from exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays, you need to wearing clothing that covers your skin. A long-sleeved shirt and long pants with a thick weave provide the best protection. However, when the temperature gets into the upper 90s like it does in Oklahoma, wearing this type of clothing is not practical.

An alternative might be to wear a t-shirt or a beach cover-up, but be sure to use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 (with UVA and UVB protection), and also stay in the shade whenever possible.

  • Loose-fitting clothing made from tightly woven fabric will offer you the best protection against UV rays.  
  • Keep your clothing dry. Wet clothing doesn't offer as much protection from UV rays  
  • Darker colors may offer more protection again UV rays than lighter clothes

Hats can also help shield your skin from the sun. Look for a hat with a wide brim (4-inch) that will shade your face, ears, and the back of your neck. Again, the material should be tightly woven material, such as canvas, that will not let the sun through.

Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and help reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the sensitive skin around your eyes. For maximum protection, look for sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays. The majority of sunglasses in the United States meet this criteria. Also, wrap-around lenses work best to block UV rays from coming in from the side or behind your glasses. Protecting yourself from the sun's UV rays doesn't have to be a major chore. It's just a matter of knowing your options and using them.

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