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The Best Sun-Protective Clothing for Summer 2016


Summer is all about having fun in the sun. Hiking, hitting the beach, and wandering around a new city are some of life’s greatest pleasures. But while soaking up fresh air and sunshine can be good for your health (Vitamin D! Exercise!), soaking in too much sunshine can also be bad for your health. (It’s estimated that more than 8,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day.)

So get outside this summer, but be safe. The easiest way to do it—without having to spend all of your time reapplying sunscreen—is with sun-protective clothes. You’ll be stylish and, best of all, safe. Nobody ever looks good in lobster red, anyway.

Note: I’ll be mentioning the term “UPF” quite a bit in this story, so you should know that it’s different than the SPF rating you see on sunscreens. The UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) is a rating system used for clothing, to indicate how effectively it blocks UV radiation. The UPF scale only goes up to 50+ (but for comparison, a UPF rating of 25 means that the fabric only allows 4 percent of the UV radiation through). 


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Caroline Morse loves combining fashion, beauty, and travel. Follow her adventures around the world on Instagram TravelWithCaroline and on Twitter @CarolineMorse1.

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