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Don't Get Burned: New Sun Protection Options

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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 Parks.

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," said Parks.

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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