We all know it’s important to protect yourself from too much sunlight, but many of us don’t really understand why this is the case or how important sun protection is all year round. The truth is, yes you can get sunburned at any time of the year whether it’s overcast or not. You can also get sunburned through your clothes too! The sun’s UV rays are harmful during any and all seasons of the year.
In fact, according to The American Cancer Society, most skin cancers are a result of exposure to the sun’s UV rays. And the sun’s rays are harmful during fall, winter, spring, and summer!
Fortunately, there’s a versatile sun-protective accessory that makes protecting yourself from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays easy: the UPF neck gaiter.
In this blog post, we'll explore the benefits and versatility of UPF neck gaiters, making them an essential addition to your wardrobe all year long. Remember sun protection is not an afterthought and needs to be worn every single day.
What Is a UPF Neck Gaiter?
A UPF neck gaiter also known as a UPF (sometimes SPF, which is technically not accurate as we only use SPF to measure sunscreen’s effectiveness) face mask is a fabric with a UPF rating that covers your neck and parts of your face. It shields you from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays.
How Should a Neck Gaiter Be Worn?
A neck gaiter is a very versatile sun garment and has multiple uses too, making it the perfect sun protective accessory. Here are some of the ways you can wear a neck gaiter:
- Face mask.
What UPF Rating Is Best When Choosing a Neck Gaiter?
You want to find a neck gaiter with a UPF rating of 50+ as well as one that is chemical free and third party tested (all of our UPF neck gaiters meet these requirements). UPF 50+ means that the garment protects you from over 98% of the sun’s UV rays.
When Should You Wear a Neck Gaiter?
You should wear a neck gaiter whenever you’re exposed to the sun. We recommend wearing a neck gaiter when doing these types of activities:
- Snowboarding, skiing, or snowshoeing.
- Paddle boarding.
UPF Neck Gaiters, a Necessary Sun Accessory for all Seasons
One of the most remarkable features of UPF neck gaiters is their year-round versatility. Regardless of the season, these sun protective accessories provide reliable UV protection and serve a multitude of purposes.
Spring: As the weather starts to warm up, people start getting back to their favorite Spring outdoor activities like hiking, camping, tending to their garden, cycling, and fishing. Keep your face protected from UV rays with a UPF neck gaiter.
Summer: During the scorching summer months, UPF neck gaiters act as a barrier against intense UV rays. They effectively shield your neck, face, and ears, preventing sunburns and reducing the risk of long-term skin damage and skin cancer. Additionally, their moisture-wicking properties keep you cool and comfortable even in the hottest weather.
Fall: As the seasons transition, UPF neck gaiters should still be worn, even as the weather cools down. Neck gaiters provide an extra layer of sun protection on overcast or cloudy days too, as yes, you can get sunburned on a cloudy day, without the need for heavy clothing.
Winter: Even in winter, when the sun might not feel as intense, UV rays remain a threat, especially in snowy environments where they can reflect off the snow's surface. UPF neck gaiters offer an effective solution while also providing an extra layer of insulation against the cold.
How to Care for a UPF Neck Gaiter
Taking care of your UPF neck gaiter is easy. Most gaiters are machine washable, making them convenient and hassle-free to maintain. The UV protection technology is designed to withstand numerous wash cycles, ensuring that your accessory remains effective against UV rays over time.
UPF neck gaiters have emerged as a revolutionary sun-protective accessory suitable for every season. Their science-backed UV protection, versatile nature, and fusion of style and functionality make them a must-have addition to your wardrobe.
By investing in a UPF neck gaiter, you're not only safeguarding your skin's health but also embracing a practical and fashionable approach to sun protection. So, whether you're planning a beach vacation, gearing up for a hike, or going on a ski trip, make sure to grab your UPF neck gaiter.