Your guide to being sun smart this summer

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As Coloradoans, we’re lucky to live in a state that boasts more than 300 days of sunshine each year. With summer soon approaching, it’s time to start planning all the hikes, picnics and pool activities you want to squeeze into the season—and more importantly, gathering apparel and accessories to protect yourself against the sun.

For outdoor enthusiasts living at a high altitude, sun protection is critical. We’ve got your sun-safe checklist covered so you can enjoy the outdoors — and be protected from harmful rays — this season.

Apparel

Add some SPF to your apparel with UPF.

We’re all used to seeing SPF, or sun protective factor, associated with sunblock. (SPF, as described by this article  “is a measure of how well the product filters out UVB rays.”) But, UPF, or ultraviolet protection factor, is the rating system that measures the UV protection of a fabric. Sun protective clothing  isn’t just for beach cover-ups, you can find them in tops, pants, jackets, hats and swim gear. You can even sport sun protective swim leggings!

If you plan on spending a lot of time on the lake, consider picking up a water shirt to protect yourself from the sun. And if you’re searching for new camping gear, invest in protective tops and bottoms.

Hats

Whether stylish or sporty, hats are the perfect accessory for any summer outfit; particularly if you’re sensitive to the sun. Overall, a hat can help you avoid headaches from the heat and with all the different types, you’re sure to find a style that fits your style and sun safety needs.

A fedora or floppy hat is great for days spent on a patio, in the garden or on a long stroll. Baseball caps and visors are ideal for hiking and water activities. Hats give your ears, neck, eyes, hair and face added protection from UV rays so you can spend more time outside this summer.

Sunglasses

Not all sunglasses are created equal.

It’s important to invest in a pair that actually protects your eyes. Look for a pair of shades that notes it blocks 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. This is different from a polarized lens, which reduces glare, but doesn’t necessarily provide UV protection. Lastly, reach for a pair that sits close to your face so sunrays can’t access the space between the glass and your eye.

Face and lips

It’s easy to forget how quickly our face and lips absorb the sun. Working in a facial moisturizer to your morning routine and keeping some lip balm on hand is key to ensuring you’re protected all day long. Look for brands with an SPF of 15 or 30 to keep your face and lips hydrated and burn-free all season.

If your summer travels are taking you to cooler temperatures, make sure to pack a few of our favorite fashions for winter too!

Author: Bright Health

May 23, 2017