The 3 Pillars of Sun Safety

3 is better than 1. At least when it comes to sun protection, this is true.

To properly defend yourself against the sun’s harmful UV rays, 3 forms of sun protection should be used.

Each form has its own strengths and weaknesses. But working together, they provide very complete protection to allow for hours of outdoor fun.

The 3 Pillars of Sun Safety
Shade

Shade

Shade is the most basic, and cheapest, form of sun protection. You just find a patch of shade and get in it. Easy to use and cost-effective.

Not all shade is created equal, though. UV rays can break through fabric and foliage providing less protection than a solid structure.

There is also reflection to consider. Not all UV rays are coming at you from above. Snow reflects 80% of the sun’s rays. Sand bounces off 15%. Even grass and soil can reflect 10% of UV rays.

Finding shade whenever possible is a great start, but it isn’t enough.

Coverage

Coverage

Coverage is what UV Skinz is all about. Our UPF 50+ sunwear blocks 98% of UV rays.

Wearing sun protective clothing like long sleeve shirts and wide-brimmed hats block the reflected UV rays that shade can’t protect you from.

Coverage also helps with portability. Few sources of shade can move around with you easily. That shady tree is not going anywhere.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen

Coverage can only go so far. Shooting for 100% coverage may not be the most relaxing at the beach. Hands, neck, and face are a few of the body parts that tend to be left exposed.

Liberal and frequent application of sunscreens on those areas not covered is the final pillar to complete sun safety.

When choosing a sunscreen, make sure that it is broad-spectrum and SPF 30 or higher.

For the best defense against harmful UV rays, a 3-pronged approach is best. Find shade, cover-up, and keep coated for complete sun protection.

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