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12 Packable Sun Hats That Are Stylish and Loved by Dermatologists
12 Packable Sun Hats That Are Stylish and Loved by Dermatologists
May 2022
12 Packable Sun Hats That Are Stylish and Loved by Dermatologists
May 2022
12 Packable Sun Hats That Are Stylish and Loved by Dermatologists
12 Packable Sun Hats That Are Stylish and Loved by Dermatologists

Whether it's finally warming up where you live or you're heading out to a beach vacation, you need protection if you're spending time in the sun. A good sun hat is "absolutely critical" according to Dr. Melanie D. Palm, a board-certified dermatologist based in San Diego. "Even on cloudy days, we still are exposed to 80 percent of the UV of a sunny day."

Ideally, your hat will have a UPF factor of 50+ and at least a 4-inch brim to guarantee you're getting enough coverage from damaging UV rays. We also looked for hats specifically designated as packable or travel-friendly to make sure they're easy to toss into a suitcase or beach bag and then pop on at your destination with no structural damage.

"Sun-protective clothing is one of the easiest and most important tools we can use to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun and allow us to enjoy the outdoors safely," says Pasadena-based, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Ivy Lee. A crucial factor, though? Making sure you like it enough to actually wear it. "I've seen many expensive UPF 50+ hats that sit lonely on a closet shelf," says Lee.

These are the best packable sun hats to shop:

  • Best Overall: Coolibar Women's Aubrey Wide Brim Beach Hat at Amazon
  • Best Visor: San Diego Hat Company Signature Women's Ultrabraid Large Brim Visor at San Diego Hat Company
  • Best for Hiking: Solbari Wanderer Sun Hat at Solbari
  • Best for Larger Heads: Sungrubbies Ribbon Braid Big Floppy Hat at Sungrubbies
  • Best Style: Madewell Packable Braided Straw Hat at Nordstrom
  • Best Style, Men's: Coolibar Men's Galileo Packable Travel Hat at Amazon
  • Best Active: San Diego Hat Company Women's Active Sun Brim Hat at Amazon
  • Best Active, Men's: Solbari Traveller Broad Brim Sun Hat Best Bucket Hat: Solbari
  • Getaway Reversible Sun Hat at Solbari
  • Best for Basking: Coolibar Women's Shelby Shapeable Poolside Hat at Amazon
  • Best Colour Options: Columbia Women's Global Adventure Packable Hat II at REI
  • Best Squashable: Wallaroo Scrunchie at Amazon

    Best for Hiking: Solbari Wanderer Sun Hat
    Why We Love It: A removable chin strap and water-resistant fabric keep the Wanderer fit for wherever your adventure may lead.

    What to Consider:
    Since the fabric is designed to be light and breathable, the brim may blow around a bit in the wind.

    A more adventure-friendly option from dermatologist-recommended Solbari, the Wanderer Sun Hat works for both trail or teatime afterward. It has a removable chin strap to make sure your hat doesn't fly off on a windy boat ride, then you can switch over to a more chic look when it's time for afternoon cocktails. It's also water- and stain-resistant, so any drops in puddles or unexpected showers won't be a problem. The soft, stretchy fabric comes in five colours, but we're especially fond of the stylish mulberry shade. It's available in three sizes and also includes an adjustable drawcord at the back to fine-tune your fit.

    Best Active, Men's: Solbari Traveller Broad Brim Sun Hat
    Why We Love It:
    The Traveller will stay on and keep you out of the sun even in the choppiest waters.

    What to Consider:
    The brim is shorter than dermatologists recommend, but the high UPF helps make up for it.

    This straightforward men's hat is one of the most popular designs from Solibari. It has just a 3-inch brim, but it still maintains a UPF of 50 in the fabric. The water- and stain-resistant nylon should hold up to the even intense hiking or water activities; if the seas get rough, the chin strap and its locking toggle, as well as the drawstring at the back of the hat to adjust the fit, make sure it will stay on. There's also an integrated sweatband and mesh paneling on both sides to stay breezy. Choose from white or beige with navy accent, or go full navy.

    Best Bucket Hat: Solbari Getaway Reversible Sun Hat
    Why We Love It:
    Bucket hats are coming back in style, and the longer brim on this reversible option keeps it on-trend and protective.

    What to Consider:
    This brim is a little shorter than the dermatologist recommendation.

    If bucket hats are more your style, go for the Getaway. This reversible option sneaks in at a 3.75-inch brim that's also shapeable, so you can adjust it over the course of the day. Choose from the neutral black-and-white option or three ice cream hues that will have you ready to hit the boardwalk; just pop up the brim to show off your colour selection. Sun protection doesn't mean sacrificing breathability; the hat is 100% cotton to help keep air flowing and prevent sweat buildup. That cotton build also means rolling it up and throwing it in your luggage won't be a problem.

    Tips for Buying Packable Sun Hats
    Look for UPF
    The first qualification to look for in a good sun hat is its UPF, or UV protection factor, grading. As the name implies, this system indicates the item's level of protection against ultraviolet energy, taking into account colour, weave density, and fabric. Lee cites a UPF factor of 50 as the general dermatologist recommendation, which means it will protect your skin from 98 percent of UV radiation.

    Think about brim size and material
    The next thing you want to look for is the structure of the hat itself. Ideally you want a brim of at least 4 inches and not too many openings in the structure for sun to sneak through. "Because a broad-brim hat also provides you with your own shade structure, the hat may protect your eyes from UV rays," says Lee. "A broad-brim hat is an easy, effective, and fashionable way to keep our skin safe and healthy."

    Materials themselves can vary, as long as they have sufficient UPF. "Tighter weaves, darker colours, and believe it or not, washed fabrics (which shrink the weave) are more advantageous," says Palm. If a hat doesn't have a UPF rating, you can try holding it up to the light and seeing how much light gets through.
  • 20 protective sun hats that are surprisingly stylish
    20 protective sun hats that are surprisingly stylish
    April 2022
    20 protective sun hats that are surprisingly stylish
    April 2022
    20 protective sun hats that are surprisingly stylish
    20 protective sun hats that are surprisingly stylish

    The arrival of summer means open-toe sandals, maxi dresses and more garments that leave your exposed. Being prepped with the right sunscreen, a beach umbrella for shade and sun-protective clothing will help in many situations, but one of the best (and easiest) ways to protect our faces from the unbearable heat during outdoor activities is a sun hat.

    To avoid hyperpigmentation and other long-lasting skin issues, Shop TODAY spoke with a handful of experts to get the lowdown on why it's essential to protect yourself from the sun throughout the year. We also found some of the best sun hats on the market to help shield your face from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

    Why do I need accessories and clothing with UPF?
    If you're looking for the ultimate sun protection, experts advise investing in clothes and accessories with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating. “Broad-brimmed hats are one of the most important steps when it comes to safe sun practices,” said New York-based dermatologist Melissa Levin. “Heavy perspiration, water activities and incomplete application of sunscreen lend to sunscreen products that rub off and lose their effectiveness, resulting in incomplete sun protection.”

    “All fabrics can shield some UV radiation, but clothing [and hats] that are designed to do the most effective job are items that are labeled with a UPF rating. The ratings range from UPF 15 to 50+. The higher the number, the better,” she added.

    If you're trying to protect yourself from skin cancer, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends looking for clothing with a UPF of at least 30.

    “Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas account for about 90 percent of all skin cancers, and often appear on the head and neck,” a representative for the Skin Cancer Foundation told us. “Hats help safeguard your face, scalp and neck.”

    In addition to a protective hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are always a good idea. “Hats are a perfect complement to UV-filtering sunglasses and broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your face and eyes,” said the SCF. While there are plenty of trendy sun hat options, it’s important you invest in a design that will actually protect your skin.

    “The best hats for sun protection have a brim of at least three inches to shade the face, scalp, neck, shoulders and upper back, along with easily overlooked places like the tops of the ears and back of the neck,” the SCF explained. “Look for a tightly woven hat rather than a loosely constructed straw hat that lets in the UV rays.”

    Sun protection hats for women

    Solbari Reversible Ultra Wide Brim Hat UPF50+
    Reversible Ultra Wide Brim Hat
    With a near-perfect rating, this is the sun hat that will keep you summer-ready. It features an ultra-wide brim to protect your face, neck and shoulders. Plus, it's rated with UPF 50+ to give you the necessary sun protection during your outdoor activities. In other words, think of it as a wearable umbrella.

    Stay dry this April with these fashionable finds, from rainboots to umbrellas
    Stay dry this April with these fashionable finds, from rainboots to umbrellas
    April 2022
    Stay dry this April with these fashionable finds, from rainboots to umbrellas
    April 2022
    Stay dry this April with these fashionable finds, from rainboots to umbrellas
    Stay dry this April with these fashionable finds, from rainboots to umbrellas

    The weather can have a big impact on our mood, and while spring is filled with sunny days, April showers can sometimes put a damper on things — like your fun spring outfits. However, just because it's rainy doesn't mean you have to change your fashion sense.

    While you might not be able to rock the shoes or jackets you originally planned on wearing, there are fashionable waterproof options that will keep you dry, comfortable and looking good despite the rain.

    To help you find stylish wet weather options, style expert Kathy Buccio stopped by the 3rd hour of TODAY to share some favourites. From rainboots to a waterproof backpack, she has all of the advice you need on how to look good while staying dry.

    If you find yourself wanting even more rainy day fashion staples, Lori Bergamotto, Good Housekeeping's Style Director, previously joined TODAY with Hoda & Jenna to share some recommendations on how to prepare for April showers.

    Rainy day accessories
    Solbari UPF 50+ Women's Sun Protective Umbrella
    This Solbari umbrella is designed with UPF 50+ protection so you can stay protected from the sun while also shielding yourself from the rain. The extended handle works to provide extra comfort while the compact design makes it easy to carry around.

    Cleaner pores from Santa Clause
    Cleaner pores from Santa Clause
    November 2021
    Cleaner pores from Santa Clause
    November 2021
    Cleaner pores from Santa Clause
    Cleaner pores from Santa Clause

    I have to admit, I’m a bit of a spa rat – even more so than Christina. So skincare for me for Christmas is always well-received.

    These gift ideas are all things I’d definitely use – especially the Enbacci scrub, which leaves your skin feeling ridiculously smooth, and the Vatéa gift pack is like a whole skincare routine.

    I also love the Solbari moisturising sunscreen, which goes on so smoothly and easily with no ghosting, and the body washes and face creams from Melissa Allen Mood Essentials are so uplifting.

    These are all Australian-made products too, which is great. I’m still getting my head around the RoC Retinol Correxion kit, but Christina’s really excited about this one.

    5 Christmas gift ideas for beauty essentials:

    1. Melissa Allen Mood Essentials fragrances and body washes — Developed from her love of fragrances, Melissa Allen’s Mood Essentials range of scents is designed to give you back the power of being you.

    These Are the Gifts Gardening Lovers Will Actually Want This Year
    These Are the Gifts Gardening Lovers Will Actually Want This Year
    October 2021
    These Are the Gifts Gardening Lovers Will Actually Want This Year
    October 2021
    These Are the Gifts Gardening Lovers Will Actually Want This Year
    These Are the Gifts Gardening Lovers Will Actually Want This Year

    Whether you're a beginner to the green thumb lifestyle or a seasoned gardener, taking care of plants is a 24/7 job. In many cases, it requires a lot attention and passion if you want to keep your plants thriving. If you have a loved one whose ultimate hobby is planting and harvesting, they'll appreciate these gifts for gardeners. And though summer is long gone, the TLC of their plants never stops for the gardener in your life. In fact, it's the perfect chance to get ready for next year's harvest and continue their love of all things horticulture. (Ps. If you have a plant lover in your life, you should also check out our curation of plant subscriptions which make amazing gifts, too.)

    No matter if you have an outdoor garden or a small patio with a planter box, there's always an opportunity to plant and harvest some beautiful perennials and delicious herbs and produce. To help that became a reality, below we've rounded up some of the most useful gifts for gardeners to enjoy both in and out of harvest time.

    Seed Paper Greeting Postcards — $25.00
    Share your love of all things horticulture with your family and friends with these seed planting postcards. The cards are made of tri-herb seed paper that contain basil, oregano, parsley, which are perfect to plant in your small outdoor garden.

    Herb Drying Rack — $63.00
    Looking for a decor piece that’s both stylish and functional? This herb drying rack has got you covered. It comes with five metal clips for you to hang your herbs and dries them evenly with the perfect amount of air circulation.

    Birthstone Watering Globes — $46.00
    Keep an eye on your potted green babies with this birthstone-theme watering globe. Made in Rhone Island, this little orb helps keep your plants hydrated for up to seven days. As a bonus, each globe comes with a card that explains the significance of your birth month’s stone.

    Adolphe Millot- Fleurs Throw Blanket — $42.00 Originally $59.99, now $41.99
    If the person you know already has enough plants and seeds to last them a lifetime, consider this Adolphe Millot Fleurs throw blanket. Made with sherpa fleece, this blanket is great for bundling up on a chilly night and as a decor piece to show off your love for all things floral.

    Solar LED Lanterns — $99.00
    To help set a cozy mood in your gardening space, these solar LED lanterns are here to the rescue. They last up to six hours fully charged and cast a warm white light, which is perfect for late night kickbacks out in the patio. Line them up along your backyard steps or by your patio walkway to help create a relaxed vibe.

    Grampa's Weeder — $40.00
    Tired of dealing with stubborn weeds? This tool may be the solution you need to save your precious plants. With over 5,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, the Grampa’s Weeder is a fan-favourite for control weed growth in your garden space. It has a four-claw design that’s effective on different soil, including after a rainfall.

    Bogs Sauvie Slip-On Boot — $90.00
    For the times you want protect your feet from dirt and wet soil, these shoes are a safe bet. They have a waterproof exterior and a special insulated lining to keep you warm and dry during low temperatures.

    Hanging Planter Bird Cottage — $50.00
    Give sparrows and neighbourhood morning birds a place to call home in this hanging bird cottage. Perfect to hang above your porch or patio, this planter serves as a safe space feathered friends and small potted plants.

    Thermacell Mosquito Repellent Patio Shield Lantern LED Light — $22.00 Originally $24.99, now $21.97
    Plants can often attract a lot of insects, including a lot of mosquitoes. To help keep these bloodsuckers away from your precious greens—and from biting your skin—this Thermacell Mosquito Repellent lantern has got your back. It puts up a 15-foot shield of protection against the tiny insects and uses a natural repellant often found in many plants.

    Red Home Club Thick Kneeling Pad — $13.00 Originally $18.97, now $12.97
    If you’re always hunched over on your knees to prune your petunias, you can use this kneeling pad to eliminate some of the stress on your joints. The Red Home Club gardening pad has a cozy foam cushion that measures 1.5 inches thick. Use it to guard your knees from concrete and hardwood surfaces both inside and outside your home.

    Picnic Time The Essential Garden Seat & Tool Kit — $82.00
    If you like to spend hours on end pruning, cutting and weed whacking, this tool kit may be just want you need in your green thumb arsenal. It comes with two trowels for digging, one rake for cultivating and one weed remover. There’s even a storage bag for you to hide your tools and other gardening knick knacks. And when you get tired, just plop down on the foldable stool to take a beat.

    re.earthed 8-Piece Gardening Bag and Tool Set — $82.00 Originally $120, now $82
    This tool kit has everything you need to get your flower garden started. It comes with all the essentials including gardening gloves, one apron, one kneeler to help keep pressure off your joints, and one stylish tote bag to stash all your tools once you’ve finished planting your tulips.

    Basic Tool Kit — $45.00
    When it comes to must-have gardening tools, it doesn’t get any better than this kit. It features one trowel for digging, one transplanter for planting seeds, one hand rake for cultivator to remove weeds and break up soil. and a weeder. Plus, you can add a personal touch by engraving a special message on each of the handles. Jardineer Garden Tools Set — $30.00
    Whether you’re a beginner or someone loves to garden, this gardening set is here to help unleash your inner green thumb. It has one hand fork for breaking up soil and cleaning up waste in addition to one trowel, one weeder, one hand rake and one transplanter.

    ARS HP-VS8Z Signature Heavy Duty Pruner — $41.50 Originally $88.83, now $41.40
    One of the most important tools any gardener could have is a set of pruning clippers, and these are considered top of the line according to many avid gardeners on Amazon. Not only are they sharp and primed for cutting through tough stems and roots, but they also are light and easy to use.

    Mark and Graham Garden Tote Bag — $40.00 Originally $79, now $39.99
    Made of durable canvas, this lightweight tote bag is the perfect place to stash all of your green thumb essentials. It has eight pockets with room to spare for gloves, pruners, sunscreen and much more. Plus, you can add a personal touch by engraving your initials on the outside of the bag.

    Gardener's Harvest Basket — $50.00
    If you need a way to carry your newly sprouted tomatoes and bell peppers, consider this basket to make collecting the harvest easier. Also, the sturdy pine and wire construction is great for transporting tools back to the garden shed when you’re finishing pruning your roses for the day.

    Modern Sprout Brass & Glass Plant Mister — $32.00
    Whether you’re a gardening pro or new plant parent, a mister is a must-have for helping keep your plants hydrated and well-nourished. It’s a common tool that helps provide plants with the humidity they need in order to naturally thrive in their environment. This one from Modern Sprout provides a light and even spray, which is perfect for indoor plants.

    Bishop Indoor/Outdoor Pedestal Planters — $159.00
    There’s nothing better than having a place for your budding spider plant and new cactus to display in your home. And these planters from West Elm not only provide a spacious pot for your greenery, but they also add a touch of style to your outdoor decor.

    The Carryall Apron in Julep — $75.00 Originally $100, now $75
    Just like its name suggests, this apron is designed to carry it all. From your gloves to your pruning shears, it has several pockets to store your most important gardening tools. Additionally, it has a special square pocket to stash your phone in case you want to enjoy some music as you pluck up the weeds.

    Lettuce Grow, The Farmstand — $499.00
    While a bit pricey, this definitely may be worth the investment if you’re into low-maintenance gardening. Not only is this 4-foot green tower self-watering , but it’s also self-fertilising and completely soil-less. All it takes is five minutes of weekly care and regularly watering (although far less watering than traditional gardens, since the hydroponic system recycles the water, leading to less waste) to see your seedlings start to thrive and blossom into tree-like plants.

    Solbari Holiday Sun Hat UPF50+ — $55.00
    There are sun hats, and then there are Solbari sun hats. For those who are constantly under the sun trying to keep their plants thriving, this hat is one to add to your rotation. It has UPF 50+ protection, which blocks UVA and UVB rays and helps keeps your skin from sun damage. Moreover, the chin strap is detachable and the brim is easily adjustable for peak comfort.

    Hunter Original Tall Rain Boots — $160.00
    For the times when you’re caught knee deep in the weeds, it pays to have a pair of kicks that you can get dirty. Made of natural rubber, these handmade Hunter boots are waterproof and designed to withstand the toughest wet climate.

    Long Floral Garden Gloves — $40.00
    When you use a lot of garden tools, it’s common to get blisters and callouses on your hands. However, with these Anthropologie floral gloves you don’t have to worry about that. The extra length in the forearm helps reduce the amount of scrapes, insect bites and dirt from getting onto your body. Not to mention, they’re pretty stylish, too.

    'Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms' — $21.00
    Whether you’re a newbie to horticulture or a pro, Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms provides great inspiration and guidance on how to have your floral garden look like a masterpiece. The author breaks down tips on growing flowers and gives step-by-step instruction on how to create the perfect floral arrangements.

    AeroGarden Black Harvest Indoor Hydroponic Garden — $100.00 Originally $149.95, now $99.97
    Even if you don’t have an outdoor garden, it doesn’t mean you can’t be a gardener. Case in point: This indoor gardening system from AeroGarden. With it, you can grow up to six different herbs including Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil and min. The LED lights allow the seedlings to grow inside while the control panel alerts you when it’s time to feed and water your plants.

    WEAR IT PINK! Now’s the time to get those self-check habits back on track
    WEAR IT PINK! Now’s the time to get those self-check habits back on track
    October 2021
    WEAR IT PINK! Now’s the time to get those self-check habits back on track
    October 2021
    WEAR IT PINK! Now’s the time to get those self-check habits back on track
    WEAR IT PINK! Now’s the time to get those self-check habits back on track

    If there’s one thing that social media is good at, it’s giving us the digital nudge that we sometimes need, to remember the things that we easily forget. For example....the importance of regularly checking our boobs for lumps and changes.

    It’s by no means new or unfamiliar advice, but that doesn’t make it any less likely to slip off the radar! This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all efforts are geared towards getting self-check habits back on track, in instances where busy life has perhaps seen them slide!

    Thanks to today’s Wear It Pink Campaign, we’d consider ourselves officially ‘nudged’, and poised to spread the word on this important message. Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK, having raised over er £36 million raised since 2002. To support their continued efforts, we’re donating 50% of the profits from this sponsored post with Solbari - creators of the UPF50+ Women's Clothing - to Breast Cancer Now‘s ongoing efforts in the field of breast cancer research.

    As part of the Wear it Pink campaign, Breast Cancer Now are encouraging everyone to sport their pinkest attire with pride…and help spread the word on being self-check savvy this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and beyond.

    In the interests of ‘pinking up’ this post, we’re sporting the PINK Solbari Quarter Zip Top, complete with a set ‘Chelsea Boobs’ for good measure! Made from natural cotton and bamboo, this candy coloured polo offers a unique combination of comfort and sun protection, finished with stylish, form flattering details. The fabric is naturally cooling, breathable and lightweight, making it ideal for those individuals with skin allergies including eczema and psoriasis.

    If this post has inspired you to check in on your breast health, why not pass the nudge on by recreating your own ’Chelsea Boobs’ photo, tag 5 friends, and keep the proactive momentum going.

    Sun saftey if you're heading to the beach this Summer
    Sun saftey if you're heading to the beach this Summer
    August 2021
    Sun saftey if you're heading to the beach this Summer
    August 2021
    Sun saftey if you're heading to the beach this Summer
    Sun saftey if you're heading to the beach this Summer

    If there’s one thing that perfectly sums up the holiday vibe we've all been craving for the last year, it’s a cooling sea breeze and that feeling of the warm, salty air ruffling your hair!

    As a universal prescription for wellness, sea air is certainly up there with the best of them. In spite of its many benefits, however, a sea breeze is also renowned for lulling us into a false sense of security when it comes to sun protection. By effectively masking the strength of the sun's rays, and detracting from its heat, it’s all too easy to misjudge the need for extra care when spending time on the beach.

    To this end, every holiday pack-list needs to be equipped with these risks in mind. From sun hats, to sunglasses and SPF, no beach bag is complete without the most basic UV-protection. In addition, seeking shade as much as possible and wearing appropriate clothing with built-in UPF should be a non-negotiable for anyone planning a day at the beach this summer.

    One clothing brand which has been developed with the beach life in mind, is Solbari – creators of the UPF50+ Women's Sensitive Short Sleeve Polo Shirt.

    This natural cotton and bamboo shirt provides a unique combination of comfort and sun protection, finished with stylish, form flattering details. The fabric is naturally cooling, breathable and lightweight, making it ideal for those individuals with skin allergies including eczema and psoriasis. This natural cotton and bamboo shirt provides a unique combination of comfort and sun protection, finished with stylish, form flattering details. The fabric is naturally cooling, breathable and lightweight, making it ideal for those individuals with skin allergies including eczema and psoriasis.

    So, whether you’re partial to a spot of beach sport, or simply soaking up the seaside vibes this summer, you can rely on these super-soft, easy-to-pack basics for pulling off both style and safety.. to a tee!

    The 8 best sun shirts to protect your skin
    The 8 best sun shirts to protect your skin
    August 2021
    The 8 best sun shirts to protect your skin
    August 2021
    The 8 best sun shirts to protect your skin
    The 8 best sun shirts to protect your skin

    Our general understanding of dressing for the summer sun is that the least amount of clothing we have covering us, the better equipped we feel to deal with the high temperatures. It feels silly to even state the obvious. But for those who consider themselves to be outdoorsy types – we’re talking the adventurous kind, like trail runners and hikers, kayakers, mountain climbers, and so on – wearing less clothing when you’re spending a significant amount of time in the sun can actually do more harm than good.

    Sure, there’s sunscreen, and we’re in no way suggesting you should stop applying tons of it. But that’s also where another problem arises: In order to actually protect your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, sunscreen needs to be slathered on regularly. And, if you’re spending more time outside than you are indoors, that gets expensive, too.

    So, just cover yourself more during the peak hours of sunlight, right? That should do the trick? Well, it’s not quite that simple. While some additional shielding from the sun’s damaging rays is better than none, not all clothing provides equal buffering. And that’s where sun-protective clothing comes in.

    According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) is a measurement that indicates how much ultraviolet radiation can penetrate a fabric to reach your skin. This is a different metric from the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of sunscreens, which measures the time it takes for the sun’s ultraviolet radiation to redden exposed skin. It’s also worth mentioning that UPF gauges both UVA and UVB rays, whereas SPF only takes into consideration the latter.

    To put this into perspective, your average white tee has a UPF of around 7, and that drops to 3 when it’s wet. A long-sleeved denim shirt in a dark color has a much higher UPF of about 1,700, which The Skin Cancer Foundation rates as providing complete sun protection.

    But since wearing something like the above-mentioned denim shirt while out and about on an adventure is certainly far from pleasant, the makers of sun protective clothing have found a solution: They’ve developed high-tech gear using the most advanced materials and constructions to ensure you’re safely covered while at the same time kept as cool as possible.

    So, for the style-conscious swashbuckler who’d like to stay ultra-safe under the sun, we bring you 8 of the best sun protection shirts (all of them with a UPF of 50 or 50+) that can take you from bushwhacking in the morning and back to the bar in time for evening drinks.

    Solbari Business Shirt UPF 50+ Dry Flex Collection– Okay, so maybe you wouldn’t pick a crisp white top for a dusty hike, but if you’re a businessman on the run (both literally and figuratively), you never know where you might end up. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a classic office shirt that requires no ironing. If that doesn’t convince you, take solace in the knowledge that a UPF of 50+ guarantees you won’t get pierced by the sun, even if you’re only heading out to grab your next coffee.

    8 of the best hats for stylish sun protection
    8 of the best hats for stylish sun protection
    July 2021
    8 of the best hats for stylish sun protection
    July 2021
    8 of the best hats for stylish sun protection
    8 of the best hats for stylish sun protection

    If a 50+ SPF is the most trusted barrier between your skin and the sun’s rays, consider a protective hat to be its stylish sidekick. Whether hitting the beach, tending to your garden, going for a run or simply spending time outside, protecting your face from sun damage is key. It’s important to note that the use of sunscreen suited for both UVA and UVB rays is always the recommended sun protection method. Finding a favourite hat (or two, or three…) provides added coverage, and an added bonus when it’s stylish coverage at that!

    Are you craving a dramatic oversized sun hat for Sunday brunch? Or maybe you’re in need of the perfect vintage baseball cap for weekend wear. From sun hats to visors, trendy bucket hats to baseball hats, there’s certainly a style to fit everyone’s needs. Continue reading for more on the most stylish hats you’ll want to wear all summer long.

    Solbari’s line of hats are recommended by medical professionals thanks to their UPF 50+ rating. UPF, also known as ultraviolet protection rating, blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Their Weekend Sun Hat has a brim measuring 3.5”, ensuring protection from the summer sun. Whether you’re in the garden or heading to the beach, it’s a go-to choice for safe and stylish sun protection.

    Sporty & Rich has been favoured among the fashion community for their stylish leisure wear. As members of 1% for the Planet, along with being Climate Neutral certified, it’s no surprise the influential brand promotes a lifestyle rooted in wellness and good health. From pilates class to grocery runs, their 90’s inspired Sports Club cap (along with your favourite SPF 50) will keep your face safe from the sun year round.

    A raffia visor will be this season’s most unexpected, yet most popular trend for summer accessorising. An update to the timeless accessory comes in a seasonal woven raffia, allowing for a chic and functional option for blocking the sun’s rays. Helen Kaminski’s take on the trend provided UPF 50+ protection and a 5” visor brim.

    Eugenia Kim is well known for her beautiful line, which ranges from hats to hair accessories. For those who love a little drama and flair, this oversized silhouette from the SS21 collection is the one for you. Plus, the extra large black silk scarf can be styled in a number of ways, allowing you to switch up your style all season long.

    Nike’s trusted and true dri-FIT cap will keep your face protected for all of your outdoor sweat sessions. Its ventilated design helps you stay cool during workouts, while the sweat-whip fabric adds to your comfort. Say hello to your newest workout buddy!

    Who's up for coordinating their hat to their towel? For a look that’s truly dress-to-theme, Lack Of Colour’s terry cloth bucket hat is a must-have for beach days. Even when off shore, the baby pink hue pairs great with your favourite sundress and sneaker combo.

    Artesano’s line of hats are as beautiful as they are well crafted. The brand was born in celebration of the traditional craftsmanship of Guayaquil, Ecuador, the founders’ hometown. The ‘Kauai’ hat was made in the region from black Toquilla straw. Plus, the internal band allows you to adjust the fit to your comfort level.

    With a nod to the 90’s, the bucket hat has made its comeback and Jacquemus is leading the way. From bold colours to stand out silhouettes, Jacquemus has become a designer of the moment for everyone from fashion editors to celebrities alike. Their newest collection provides sun protection through a fashion-forward lens, making it the perfect choice for everything from street style to sun bathing.

    Best running base layers
    Best running base layers
    July 2021
    Best running base layers
    July 2021
    Best running base layers
    Best running base layers

    Whether it's winter or summer, opting for a running base layer is always a good idea. It’s for that reason that we have put together a list of the top 15 so that you can find the best running base layer to keep you comfortable on your next run.

    Including men’s, women’s and unisex products, below you are sure to find your fit so that you are prepared come rain or shine. Pick your colour, style, and fit, and match your new running base layer to the rest of your gear before heading out onto the tracks.

    A running base layer is a top worn for running that regulates the temperature of the body in any season. In the summer months and on hotter days, a running base layer acts as a regulator, wicking away sweat from the skin.

    As well as this, you can wear a base layer for running in cold weather throughout winter, as it will act as a heat preserve and fit like a second skin. To achieve optimal performance from your running base layer, it's a good idea to opt for one that is tight fitting and comfortable, so you can wear it underneath any running garments without irritation.

    15 best running base layers: #8 Solbari | Base Layer UPF50+ CoolaSun Collection:

    Coming in an array of colours, this running base layer is the perfect choice for females looking for a highly praised product with unique features.

    The Solbari running base layer uses CoolaSun fabric, enhancing a cooling effect on the skin on hot days all the while being incredibly soft on the skin. The CoolaSun gloats versatility, due to you being able to wear this top on its own, or underneath garments for an extra layer of sun protection.

    Moreover, this is a great base layer for winter running or summer running due to the happy medium of an athletic fit, but not skin tight due to the supple nature of the fabric. You can be sure to trust this product too, as it has been designed, tested and rated in Australia UPF50+, the highest rating achievable for fabric in the world!

    Alongside all of these features is a UVA and UVB blocking technology, a super lightweight, moisture wicking and breathable material and an overall recommendation from medical experts to maintain healthy skin.

    So, opt for Solbari to stay safe with your running base layer from the sun.

    The best sunscreens for Summer 2021
    The best sunscreens for Summer 2021
    July 2021
    The best sunscreens for Summer 2021
    July 2021
    The best sunscreens for Summer 2021
    The best sunscreens for Summer 2021

    Most conflict is rooted in unmet needs. And this summer 2021, some of those needs can only be met by sunscreen. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beachgoer or not: You will need to make the first move towards protecting your skin from harmful rays of the sun no matter the forecast.

    In fact, sunscreen needs to be an important step prior to heading outdoors. I wear sunscreen every each morning and I bring a small size with me to go about my day and reapply four hours later. It is that important. In short, applying (and reapplying!) SPF protects your skin from the sun’s powerful UV rays, minimising your risk of dark spots, painful burns, wrinkles and skin cancer.

    “It’s important to use sunscreen on a daily basis to protect you from the damaging ultraviolet radiation from the sun, on both sunny and cloudy days. The sun’s rays cause skin cancers to develop, such as squamous cell carcinomas, melanomas, and basal cell carcinomas and the daily use of sunblock reduces this risk by half. In addition, the daily use of sunscreen helps prevent premature ageing of the skin, causing the degradation of our skin’s collagen, which contributes to formation of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. Without proper sunscreen protection, one is more likely to develop sun spots, age spots, melasma, hyperpigmentation, discolouration, and uneven skin tone and texture.” says Dr. Michele Green Cosmetic Dermatologist, Upper East Side NYC. Nevertheless, shopping for the best sunscreen can be overwhelming to consumers albeit online or brick and mortar.

    Myself and my trusted team consulted with a handful of the best dermatologists and brands to recommend the best sunscreens options for you during 2021 summer season

    Here are the sunscreen hybrids that I highly recommend to protect you skin.

    AbsoluteJOI Skincare—
    A lightweight and nutrient-rich 2-1 formula specifically crafted for women of colour that combines a moisturiser, and mineral SPF40+ into one nourishing easy to use product that hydrates and protects the skin. Additionally, it works to calms existing acne, while protecting against future breakouts, 98% of harmful UV radiation, blocks up to 59% of hyper pigmentation-causing high energy visible (HEV) blue light, and leaves no white cast on skin like most zinc oxide products do, especially for darker skin tones.$42

    Averr Aglow Pure Protection Invisible Mineral Face Sunscreen SPF 30—
    recently launched earlier this month and is able to protect your skin from harmful UVB/ UVA and Blue Light rays. The formula is reef safe, lightweight, moisturising, and quick absorbing leaving no white casting or greasiness regardless of skin tone. Even if your skin is prone to breakouts, this sunscreen will not aggravate or agitate your complexion and will leave your skin feeling smooth and protected. $42

    Bliss-Bliss Block Star™ Invisible Daily Sunscreen—
    Perfect for all skin types, this lavender scented, silky 100% sheer mineral sunscreen blends in effortlessly for superior daily mineral protection and an invisible finish. Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protects against both UVA (ageing) and UVB (burning) rays. One unit is sold every 2 minutes at Target! No chemical sunscreens, irritation, clogged pores, white cast, chalkiness or greasy sheen. Infused with an Antioxidant Blend to help protect from free radicals and Rosa Canina Fruit Oil known to help control excess oil while minimising the appearance of pores. Blissfully free from parabens, phthalates, sulfates, formaldehyde, mineral oil, petrolatum. Cruelty-Free & Vegan. $22

    Solbari—
    Lightweight, rapidly absorbed SPF50+ sunscreen which is non-greasy and invisible on the skin. The dry touch nature of the sunscreen leaves a clean and non-shiny finish on your skin. Made, tested and rated SPF50+ in Melbourne, Australia. Suitable for sensitive skin and easy to apply, the sunscreen is perfect for sporting activities with 4-hour water resistance. $35.00

    Everyday California—
    Just in time for summer, popular ocean adventure and lifestyle brand Everyday California launched a reef-safe sun care line to protect your skin and the ocean. Over the past two years Everyday California has worked with numerous labs on research and development to ensure they produced a sunscreen that was free of harmful chemicals such as Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Phenoxyethanol, Parabens and all other chemical UV filters. The new line features SPF 30 & 50 sunscreen lotions, SPF 45 face lotion and SPF 30 & 50 continuous sprays. In addition to its reef-safe formula, a portion of each purchase will go straight back into the environment through Everyday California’s ongoing partnership with 1% For The Planet, a network of vetted environmental nonprofit organisations. This environmentally responsible, vegan and protective sunscreen will have you feeling good all around! $15.95

    Best hats for everyday men
    Best hats for everyday men
    July 2021
    Best hats for everyday men
    July 2021
    Best hats for everyday men
    Best hats for everyday men

    The best hats for men add an extra dollop of style to any outfit, yes, even when wearing a t-shirt and jeans. A hat worn rakishly over one eye like Idris Elba adds a touch of raffish charm, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Of course, hats can also be more practical. A stylish baseball cap can help you hide that regrettable attempt at a DIY quarantine haircut, and there’s a long tradition of men using hats to cover up bald spots.

    There are many types of hats for men, and it seems like many of the best hats for men get showcased during the spring and summer months. After all, the hot weather is kind to hat lovers. Whether you’re off for a weekend of camping, hitting a festival or a party (remember those?), there’s a hat that can, ahem, top off your outfit.

    Some hats, like the top hat and the boater, are reserved for specific events like weddings or Jazz-themed lawn parties. And unlike other eras, wearing the wrong hat won’t cause a riot. Yep, at one point society had loads of rules regarding men’s fashion. Gentlemen were supposed to wear straw hats in the summer and switch to woolen styles for the rest of the year. A straw hat in 1922 even caused a three-day riot in New York City, as this hilarious article in The New York Times attests.

    Then there was the fiasco of John. F Kennedy’s inauguration. A reporter misspoke and stated that the president was hatless when taking the oath of office, and the next day hat sales declined dramatically. There’s a witty, well-written book that covers men’s hats, their place in society and more by Neil Steinberg, Hatless Jack: The President, The Fedora and the Death of the Hat, and it will make you laugh out loud.

    But you aren’t here for a history lesson! You’re here to find the best men’s hats for your persona style. Nowadays, most guys have at least one ball cap and beanie in their closet. Celebrities like Timothée Chalamet, Idris Elba, Brad Pitt, Justin Timberlake and Tom Brady are well known for their hat game. Unlike shoes, hats don’t take up much closet space.

    You can pick a hat based on your activity. If you’re running and want to keep the sun out of your eyes, a ballcap works just fine. Hiking, you’ll want a brimmed cotton hat to keep the sweat off your face, and if it has a strap, that’s a bonus, as you let the hat hang like a necklace when not in use. Straw hats also let your scalp breathe, so if you’re outside all day long, try one. With Cuban style in vogue right now, it’s a timely and comfortable look.

    Most importantly, don’t be afraid to try new types of hats. It might take some trial and error to find the style that’s best for you.

    For Summer 2021, hats are continuing to be a pretty big thing fashion-wise right now. The three biggest hat trends for the summer, which coincidentally are the best hats for men are bucket hats, baseball caps and straw hats. When it comes to bucket hats, if you can think of a colour, a pattern, a comic book character, you’ll find a matching bucket hat. They’re that ubiquitous.

    When discussing the baseball hat trend, you can find them in denim (a trendy fabric for the season), and everywhere from super high-end designers to wallet-friendly deals. As with bucket hats, you can find them in everything from camo to Hawaiian prints, to retro styles, to sports teams. The baseball hat has been elevated from a basic to a must-have summer essential.

    Straw Panama Fedora hats are a perennial favourite. Just as designers couldn’t stop playing with bucket and baseball caps, they started re-inventing the straw hat as a summer accessory and used everything from Amish straw hats to Aussie outback and lifeguard hats and yes, straw Cowboy and porkpie hats to freshen up men’s haberdashery. A couple of men’s designers like Ami and Fendi showed oversized hats, but if a hat can come up to your knee, would you really want to wear it? Think of those hats as more “editorial” than commuting-friendly. We’re still seeing trucker, beanies, and dad hats hanging around too.

    In conclusion, it seems that guys finally have more than a few options when it comes to adding flair to what they wear. And with all those options come decisions and that leads us to our most important fashion rule: If you like it, wear it.

    Finding the Best Hats for Your Face Shape — As you would when wearing sunglasses, you need to match your hat to your head and face shape.

    There are six basic face shapes: round, long, square, diamond, oval, and heart-shaped. Each face shape can wear different types of hats. You want to pick the best hats for men that complement your bone structure.

    If you’ve got a long face, look for hats that cut across the forehead, as they shorten the face shape. Say no to beanies, but yes to wide-brimmed or cowboy hats.

    Fedoras, flat caps, and hats worn further back on your head are fine if you have a round face. If you love beanies, wear them towards the back of your head.

    Diamond-shaped faces tend to have a narrow jawline, so look for hats with a shallow crown like a pork pie hat, or do what round faces do, and place the hat further back on the head. Heart-shaped faces should look for clipped brims like a newsboy or flat cap, fedora, ball or trucker hat. If you have an oval-shaped face, you can wear anything.

    Finally, floppy or wide-brimmed hats are great for guys with a square-shaped face, as the hats complement the bone structure instead of exaggerating it. Now that you’ve figured out what type of hat works for you, scroll through the best hats for men this summer.

    The Solbari Torquay Fedora UPF+50– Sunscreen’s become part of our skincare routine. Now more than ever, we’re taking preventative measures against sun damage and pre-mature agwing, so a hat that offers sun protection is a no-brainer. Not only does this fedora protect your skin, but it also looks very cool on your head. Made from Australian wool that has a UPF+ sun protection rating, it has a cotton sweatband. The Torquay fedora comes in two other colours, black and claret.

    The best sun protection clothing for outdoor adventures
    The best sun protection clothing for outdoor adventures
    July 2021
    The best sun protection clothing for outdoor adventures
    July 2021
    The best sun protection clothing for outdoor adventures
    The best sun protection clothing for outdoor adventures

    While sunblock is certainly your best protection against the blazing sun, you should also consider wearing sun-protective clothing as another layer of defence. Historically, UPF clothing hasn’t been the most fashionable, but luckily there are now a handful of stylish and protective options from various brands online.

    In an effort to help you find the most reliable sun-protective garments, The Post interviewed a handful of doctors and experts on the best UPF brands — plus the importance of wearing UPF clothing.

    What is UPF clothing? UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. “A UPF rating is given to fabrics that protect your skin from the sun and indicates what fraction of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can penetrate a piece of fabric,” Lisa Chipps, MD, a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Beverly Hills and a spokesperson for the Skin Cancer Foundation, told The Post. “The [SCF] recommends choosing clothing with a UPF of at least 30 to provide sufficient sun protection. A UPF of 30 to 49 offers very good protection, while UPF 50+ is best.”

    Why is it important to wear UPF clothing? “Protecting yourself against the sun’s harmful UV rays can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer and prevent premature skin ageing,” Chipps said, noting that “about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 86 percent of melanomas are caused by UV radiation.”

    “Using sun protective clothing is one part of an effective sun protection routine, which also includes applying sunscreen, seeking shade, and avoiding exposure at peak sun hours between 10 AM and 4 PM.”

    Why can’t I wear my regular clothes instead? While you may love wearing your favourite T-shirt to the beach, it won’t necessarily be the best line of defence when it comes to UV protection. “A UPF of 50 blocks out 49/50 or 98% of UV rays when worn,” board-certified dermatologist Dr. Azadeh Shirazi said. “A white t-shirt only has an SPF of 8.” Chipps further explained that while covering your skin with any clothing is a step in the right direction, “not all clothing is created equal.”

    “There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a fabric for sun protection purposes,” Chipps said. “First, look at the tightness of the fabric’s weave. A tightly woven piece with smaller holes between the thread, like denim, will offer more protection than one with an open weave, like a crocheted shawl.”

    “Next, thicker and darker fabrics are more protective than thin, light fabrics. A bleached cotton offers little protection, whereas a black corduroy would block more UV radiation.” Chipps said.

    “Finally, synthetic materials are better for UV protection than natural ones. The advantage of wearing clothing with a UPF rating is that it ensures you can be confident about the level of protection that clothing is providing.”

    UPF clothing brands, recommended by experts. While we focused mainly on UPF clothing for women, many of the following brands also sell options for men, kids and babies as well.

    Celebrity esthetician Candace Marino loves Solbari UPF clothing, a brand that offers a variety of items ranging from women’s and men’s clothing as well as skincare and accessories. “Solbari does basics really well, and they’re lightweight, making them wearable or [easy to layer] for any climate. They [have many different] UPF clothing [options] for all occasions and their styles range from athleisure to business,” said Marino. “I personally have a few of their long-sleeve T-shirts and leggings. Their lightweight fabric is perfect for a hike and I’ll keep a [Solbari] shirt in my bag any time I’m at the beach or by a pool.”

    Sun protection remains paramount to Solbari
    Sun protection remains paramount to Solbari
    June 2021
    Sun protection remains paramount to Solbari
    June 2021
    Sun protection remains paramount to Solbari
    Sun protection remains paramount to Solbari

    When you’re in the sun protection business, getting the Seal of Recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation is considered the ultimate nod of approval. That’s just what happened recently with Solbari, a Melbourne, Australia-based brand that sells apparel, accessories, lotions and sunscreens to protect against the harmful rays of the sun.

    The group provided the Seal to Solbari’s Sensitive, Active and Coolasun collections, which together represent nearly 80 percent of the brand’s apparel offering.

    When you’re in the sun protection business, getting the Seal of Recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation is considered the ultimate nod of approval. That’s just what happened recently with Solbari, a Melbourne, Australia-based brand that sells apparel, accessories, lotions and sunscreens to protect against the harmful rays of the sun.

    The group provided the Seal to Solbari’s Sensitive, Active and Coolasun collections, which together represent nearly 80 percent of the brand’s apparel offering.

    Solbari was founded six years ago by Jo Young who is passionate about keeping people safe when they’re outside. In her home country, she said, two out of every three people will develop skin cancer in their lifetimes. And in the U.S., it’s one in five.

    So she created Solbari, a direct-to-consumer brand that offers more than 100 products for men and women featuring fabrics with UPF 50-plus protection that lasts for the life of the garment. “It’s the equivalent of wearing SPF 50 all day,” she said.

    Among the bestselling items are long-sleeve polos for men and women — a product that has become a signature for the brand — along with broad-brim hats that protect the face, neck and ears. New this season are leggings, driving gloves and loose-fit tops made from organic cotton and bamboo.

    Women represent 70 percent of Solbari’s customer base now but men are starting to get the message, too, Young said, as they pay more attention to their skin and seek out protection while they’re on the golf course, hiking or at the beach.

    The U.S. has now grown to become Solbari’s largest market and the company operates an office in Carlsbad, Calif. And although the business is nearly all online now, Young said her goal is create a wholesale business with specialty stores in the outdoor and active communities.

    But beyond that, her life’s mission is to educate as many people as possible that they can look great while outdoors and still be protected. ”I have a background in finance, and I enjoyed that, but 90 percent of skin ageing is caused by sun exposure,” she said. “Those stats shocked me and I felt like my calling in life is to help people and eradicate this disease.”

    What to look for in sun protective clothing
    What to look for in sun protective clothing
    June 2021
    What to look for in sun protective clothing
    June 2021
    What to look for in sun protective clothing
    What to look for in sun protective clothing

    Summer is the time when you pay extra attention to sun exposure. Though you should wear sunscreen year-round — yes, even in the wintertime — right now, with all your backyard barbecues and trips to the park, it’s important to slather that on and invest in sun-protective clothing. If you’ve never considered the latter before, TZR spoke with experts to break down exactly what it entails and found some stylish and functional clothes in the process for you to shop.

    The ability of any clothing item to protect you from the sun is measured by UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor). A UV protective garment is considered as such when it is able to absorb and/or reflect UVA (type A ultraviolet) and UVB (type B ultraviolet) rays. “The UPF rating in apparel is similar to the SPF rating in sunscreens,” says Dr. Mamina Turegano, M.D., to TZR. “If you have a UPF of 40, it would take 40 times as long to get burned compared to not wearing any UPF [clothing].”

    SPF refers to the amount of protection a topical substance offers you from UVB rays (the kind that produces sunburns and plays the greatest role in causing skin cancers) while the UPF factor describes how much protection a piece of clothing offers you from both UVA and UVB rays. This is an important distinction because UVA rays penetrate more deeply into the skin and play a greater role in your skin’s aging process, including wrinkle formation. “Sunscreen alone is not 100% effective at protecting your skin from UV rays, and if you don’t re-apply, the effectiveness wears off,” Turegano says. “UV protective garments will provide that extra layer of protection, especially for prolonged periods outdoors.”

    For an item to be considered sun protective, it has to have a UPF rating of at least 15. Additionally, in order to be recognised by the Skin Cancer Foundation’s official Seal of Recommendation, the garment must have a UPF rating of 30 or above. The Seal of Recommendation is a voluntary recognition that some brands choose to apply for in order to get that extra badge of approval. While shopping for sun protective garments, you might notice how the UPF rating number doesn’t usually go above 50 — and the reason for that is a UPF value above 50 doesn’t provide significantly improved protection from UV rays. So instead of reporting seemingly impressive numbers like UPF 100 or UPF 500, most brands simply state UPF 50+.

    To achieve UV protective quality, each garment has to go through special treatments such as chemical processing (adding UV-absorbing components to the fabric) or thread-kneading (where the manufacturer ‘kneads in’ material that physically reflects UV rays.) “It is a misconception that regular materials and fabrics will protect you from the sun because they are technically covering your skin,” Michael Zakrzewski, director of communications at UNIQLO, tells TZR. “Except for tightly woven fabrics such as denim, regular fabrics do not offer enough protection because UV rays can still penetrate through the garments without added technology.”

    Zakrzewski further adds that when you’re shopping for sun-protective clothing, the first piece of information you should look for is the UPF rating. The higher it is, the stronger the protection will be. Additional UV protection, UPF-rated accessories such as hats, sunglasses, and arm sleeves are also helpful and versatile in a way where you can put them on and take them off as needed. “I would look for things that you would feel motivated to wear regularly,” Turegano adds. “Regular and consistent sun-protective practices have been shown to be the most helpful way to prevent skin cancer and accelerated aging.”

    To sum it up, you should wear both sun-protective clothing and sunscreen as either one alone isn’t nearly as effective. Below, shop some UV protective items like a swimsuit, slip dress, and leggings.

    Solbari: On The Move Essential Leggings With pockets, UPF50+ — These functional performance leggings are a step above your favourite pair of stretchy pants. Designed and tested to have a stellar UPF factor of 50+, it blocks both UVA and UVB rays.

    W+B | Sun protection: thinking outside the bottle
    W+B | Sun protection: thinking outside the bottle
    June 2021
    W+B | Sun protection: thinking outside the bottle
    June 2021
    W+B | Sun protection: thinking outside the bottle
    W+B | Sun protection: thinking outside the bottle

    I am religious about sunscreen. Every day, without fail I’m slathering on some level of SPF. Yeah, it can be a bit of a hassle at times, but I figure it’s well worth my time to dutifully apply products that are reliable skin cancer and wrinkle preventatives. I mean, what else can you do? Well, a couple of weeks ago, I put on a new full-coverage Covid mask, and it hit me: there are ways to protect yourself from the sun that don’t involve a bottle of something goopy. From masks and hats to glasses and wraps — here are some outside-the-bottle ideas for UV protection.

    MASK UP
    The mask that inspired me to write this article has been a game-changer. Because the neck can be a canary in the coal mine for aging skin, I’m always looking for ways to renew and protect my décolletage. I ordered a mask that goes over the neck and also has loops for your ears, and I LOVE it! It’s the kind that you put your head through, so it covers the neck and jawline completely and also drapes down over the chest area. It’s cool and breezy and UV protective. It does look a little I-Dream-of-Jeannie-esque, but if there is a beauty-related silver lining to this global pandemic, it’s the normalising of wearing a wide variety of face coverings, some of which also happen to offer sun protection. I have decided that this mask/neck drape is going to be an essential part of jogging attire from here on out. When I’m running or exercising outdoors, I usually just let it fall right under my chin so I can breathe freely while I pass my neck protection off as Covid-necessary gear. Only thing is, the ear loops are a tad loose and sometimes slip off. Next up on my wish list is this snug-fitting instant cooling UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) 50+ multi-tasker by Arctic Cool, a neck gaiter, face mask, and headband in one.

    HAT TRICKS (*all of these hats are UPF 50)
    I LOVE my Mission Cooling Stretchy Visor. It’s great for outdoor workouts in the summer. When you’re suffering from the heat, you can dunk it in ice water, squeeze it out, and put it back on. It cools to 30 degrees below average body temperature in 30 seconds, and you can reactivate it with cold water as often as you like. If you can’t decide if you want to wear a hat or a visor, this two-in-one beach hat by Simplicity has a top that zips off to make it a visor. Taking it one step further, the three-in-one wide-brimmed Sol Survivor Hat is a convertible hat/visor that has a sun cape to protect your neck. When not in use, the cape rolls up and snaps on like a bow. And you can't go wrong with a classic sun hat. The Genevieve responsibly sourced paper sun hat by PrAna has a hemp/recycled polyester sweatband and a faux suede drawcord that adjusts with a toggle.

    A WINDOW ON YOUR FUTURE
    Did you know that you can get sun damage through the windows in your house and your car? Yup. UVB rays, the kind that will give you a sunburn are mostly blocked by glass. But about 50 percent of UVA rays, the main cause of sun-related ageing and wrinkles, can penetrate glass. Ugh, right? If sitting in a windowless room is not your idea of the good life, you’ll be pleased to know that there are other things you can do to cut down on indoor sun damage. Indow makes custom-made inserts for the windows in your home or office. For a less expensive solution, you can buy UV-blocking clear window film for your windows. Now stop for a second and look at your left arm as compared to your right arm. If the left is darker or spottier, there’s your motivation to find a way to protect your skin while you’re driving. Factory tinted windows can help, but you can also buy UV-protective films, like these from 3M, to add to your car’s windows.

    WEAR YOUR “SUNBLOCK” ON YOUR SLEEVE
    A cover-up is a no-brainer for beach or pool-side sun protection. But not all coverups are created equal. Effective UPF fabric is tightly woven together so the sun’s rays can’t penetrate the clothing and reach your skin. As an example, the average cotton T-shirt has a UPF rating of about 5 - 7. Good UPF clothing usually scores around 50. For a wide selection of high UPF clothing and accessories, check out Coolibar, Cabana Life and Solbari. You can also find lots of UPF choices at Eddie Bauer and Patagonia. If you want something versatile to protect your arms wherever you go, you might try SParms. But for my money, nothing beats this pretty little sun protective shrug from Solbari. The bamboo UPF 50+ Sensitive Fabric is designed to regulate body temperature to keep you cooler when the sun is beating down.

    DO YOUR EYES HAVE IT?
    Your sunglasses should do more than just shade your eyes and make you look cool. Real UV protection is important. Radiation from the sun can damage the skin on your eyelid, your cornea, lens and other parts of the eye. So look for sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Or better yet, go for 100 percent protection with glasses that have a UV400 rating. Make an entrance with the oversized Priscilla by Warby Parker, or opt for the Eddies by Rheos — they’re polarised and float in water.

    Three ways to avoid sun damage
    Three ways to avoid sun damage
    May 2019
    Three ways to avoid sun damage
    May 2019
    Three ways to avoid sun damage
    Three ways to avoid sun damage

    1. Keep using sunscreen– Concerns were raised last week when researchers from the US Food and Drug Administration published findings in the medical journal JAMA that revealed that the chemicals in sunscreens are absorbed into the bloodstream. But, says Dr Andrew Birnie, a skin cancer surgeon and spokesman for the British Association of Dermatologists, it is still important to use it. “It’s worth noting that the amounts of sunscreen used in this study were significantly higher than the average person would use in normal circumstances,” he says. And it’s vital to apply it correctly. Research by the University of Liverpool has shown that on average people miss almost 10 per cent of their face when applying sunscreen, with the area around the eyes and nose the most neglected. Choose a sun cream over an SPF moisturiser. The latest issue of the scientific journal Plos One found that those who use SPF moisturisers tend to miss more, especially the eyelids.

    2. Eat a spoonful of tomato puree every day– Lycopene, a carotenoid that gives tomatoes their colour, has been shown to protect skin against UV light damage. Daily consumption of cooked or dried tomatoes, for optimal absorption, is the best way to boost lycopene intake. A 2017 study by Ohio State University showed that mice fed a daily diet of tomato powder and exposed to ultraviolet light experienced a 50 per cent decrease in skin cancer tumours compared with mice that didn’t consume tomato. A spoonful of tomato puree reduces skin reddening after sun exposure, reported the British Journal of Dermatology.

    3. Wear the right clothes– “The first line of defence against the sun should always be shade and clothing,” says Birnie. Black and dark blue tend to absorb more UV (meaning less reaches your skin) than lighter colours. If you wear colours, choose vivid ones — a red top absorbs substantially more UV rays than pale pink. Fabric with a tight weave, such as denim, allows less UV light through. And clothing with an embedded sun protection factor is a good idea. The British Association of Dermatologists recommends clothing produced with Ultraviolet Protection Factor: try Solbari and Cotswold Outdoor.

    Solbari Sun Protection offers an award-winning range of UPF 50+ sun protective clothing, broad brim sun hats, arm sleeves and umbrellas. Solbari is the leading Australian sun protecting clothing brand with customers in over 70 countries.

    The guide to being a healthy gardener
    The guide to being a healthy gardener
    April 2019
    The guide to being a healthy gardener
    April 2019
    The guide to being a healthy gardener
    The guide to being a healthy gardener

    Solbari has been reviewed by doctors for The Daily Mail amongst a selection of products that could help protect gardeners from sun damage.

    From avoiding a cricked back and swarms of insects to gloves that help conquer arthritis... we reveal the guide to being a healthy gardener.

    Research has linked being green-fingered to everything from higher vitamin D levels to lower blood pressure. And last month, a study in the journal Neurology listed gardening as one of a handful of activities that could lower the risk of dementia in old age. This is thought to be down to the combination of physical and mental stimulation it provides.

    But being out in the garden makes us vulnerable to a host of health hazards, from back injuries to skin problems. Here doctors review a selection of products that could help protect gardeners — we then rated them.

    The Solbari Wanderlust Sun Visor — This cotton hat promises to block 98 per cent of harmful rays, which the maker says is equivalent to wearing SPF50. Can be worn as a cap, or as a visor by unzipping the top section.

    Expert Verdict: 'The ears, hairline and neck are all hot spots for the two most common types of skin cancer — squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma — yet many people forget to protect these areas when gardening,' says Dr Alexandroff. 'But even 30 minutes of unprotected exposure to sunlight increases your risk. It's vital that gardeners protect their heads from the sun's harmful rays and this hat is a decent choice, giving good coverage with a wide brim that covers much of the face.

    Solbari Sun Protection offers an award-winning range of UPF 50+ sun protective clothing, broad brim sun hats, arm sleeves and umbrellas. Solbari is the leading Australian sun protecting clothing brand with customers in over 70 countries.

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