Summer in southern
California means jogging, biking, swimming and of course tanning.
It's no secret all that
sun exposure, and especially sun burns, is bad news for your skin. So what can
so. Cal residents do?
"Obviously the best
thing is avoidance… but that's not a lot of fun," joked Dr. Jacob Rispler a
dermatologist in Orange County.
There are now relatively
new and surprising options when it comes to sun protection, like detergent or
sprays that claim to add UV protection to clothes by creating a protective
layer that repels the sun.
Susan Parks owns Walk
Styles, a company that manufactures UV protectant clothing. "This fabric is a mechanical weave meaning
how the sun is blocked is the weave of the fabric. So it can't wash out," said
UV protectant clothes
are measured on a UPF scale; that stands for ultra violet protection
factor. The highest protection is a UPF
of 50. That claims to block 98% of UVA
and UVB rays. But lower UPV ratings
still claim to offer a lot of protection.
"Nothing is going to be
less than UPF 15 that we're offering and it blocks at least 93% of UV rays,"
But do these products
really work? Dr. Rispler says yes.
"It's tightly woven, however with the new construction of the fabrics
you can wick out all the
moisture of the fabric
and you can be fairly comfortable," said Dr. Rispler.
There are still parts of
your body that clothing won't cover, so you will still need to wear sunblock or
items like sunglasses or hats to protect your face.
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