Dress to Protect: 3 Ultra Stylish Ways To Protect From Ultraviolet Radiation
We still have about a month left of summer here in New Mexico and the heat will undoubtedly try to overstay its welcome. Warmer temperatures means wearing less clothing and therefore less sun protection. If you’re working part-time in an outdoor environment or simply planning a day trip to the beach, you should always dress to protect.
There are very common misconceptions about SPF and UV radiation. The most misleading aspect of sunscreen is the number on it. People often think that a big ‘30’ on the bottle means they have 30 minutes of invulnerability from the sun. False. SPF protection depends on a number of factors- UV intensity, coverage, and SPF degree. Lower SPF sunscreens don’t protect with impunity and need to be applied frequently. Studies show that most people don’t apply sunscreen liberally enough. Also, UV radiation isn’t always highest when it’s hottest. The hours of high noon, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. are the most damaging to skin.
Now that we’re all a little more informed, let’s explain some ways we can improve our odds against skin cancer while still staying fashionable. No, you don’t have to go out and buy a pair of wrap-around sunglasses.
1. Wide-Brimmed Hats
Ok, you knew this was coming. Hats. Not just any hat, a wide-brimmed hat specifically. A larger hat diameter will provide a wider area of protection over your face. With that being said, don’t go running out and buy a straw hat to try and look like a ‘50s starlet. Straw hats, as fashionable as they are, have a looser weave of material, which will allow more UV radiation to penetrate. Our team recommends a lighter shade of fabric because as you may know, darker shades absorb more heat. Here’s a pork pie style hat from Asos that would look great on your head and protect you from the sun.
Sunglasses, another no brainer. Your eyes need to be protected from UV rays, too! Neglecting to protect your eyes from the sun can lead to cataracts, astigmatism, or damage to your retinas. When choosing your slick new shades, you should be on the lookout for a sticker that says ‘99% UVA/UVB Protection’. Polarized lenses only protect from glare off of reflective surfaces. Pro tip: Darker lenses doesn’t equal more protection. Some clear lenses even possess UVA/UVB protection. These Quay shades have full coverage, provide UVA/UVB protection and are super on trend right now.
3. SPF Moisturizer
This is an absolute must. When it comes to using makeup or moisturizer with SPF in it, you don’t have to overdo it. Don’t go out and get a primer with SPF 10 and a foundation with SPF 40 and then proceed to pile it on. Using a lotion with SPF 30 will suffice. It’s also best to buy a primer or foundation that will be full coverage versus a concealer. Our favorite is a highly-rated tinted moisturizer by NARS.