Sun protection is a year-round endeavor. Ideally, you should wear sunscreen and other forms of sun protection when you spend time outdoors, no matter the time of year. In the summer, however, it can be extra important. You may be spending more time in direct sunlight. Too much sun exposure can lead to skin damage and other health concerns.

As you head out into nature this summer, whether you’re camping, hiking, or just chilling in the backyard, there are key steps you can take to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. It can be as simple as wearing a sun shirt, hoodie, or hat!

Tip 1: Wear and Pack Sunscreen

Here’s a scenario you may be familiar with: As you get ready to head out on a hike or a bike ride, you lather or spray on the sunscreen. Then you head out the door—without the sunscreen. Or you leave it in the car or at camp.

Sunscreen is a sun protection essential, but it’s an essential that can only last for a relatively short amount of time. Some sunscreens may last just an hour or two. Other sunscreens can lose effectiveness as you sweat.

Pro tip: Bring two sunscreen options! Have one you use before an outdoor adventure and one that always lives in your bag or backpack so you can reapply once you’re out in the elements.

Tip 2: Stay Cool and Protected with a Lightweight Sun Shirt

You can find sun shirts made with fabrics that are designed to help protect your skin from the sun’s rays. The right material may even have a level of ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) built in. Search for shirts offering UPF 30 or higher for protection you can count on.

You can also find sun shirts in a variety of styles, including short-sleeve, long-sleeve, button-up, and hoodie designs. Long-sleeved sun shirts, for example, help maximize sun protection, but what about cooling and breathability?

The good news is, even on the hottest days, a long-sleeved sun shirt or sun hoodie can help keep you cool. Not only do they offer UPF protection, but with super lightweight, breathable, and cooling material, you can stay comfortable. The same applies to sun tees and hoodies.




Tip 3: Keep the Sun Out of Your Eyes with a Wide-Brimmed Sun Hat

While you might wear a pair of trusty sunglasses—another sun protection essential—they only protect your eyes. What about the rest of your face, ears, and neck? This is where a wide-brimmed sun hat can come in handy.

You can find sun hats in all kinds of styles. Browse for caps, bucket hats, straw hats, and packable nylon hats that offer protection from the sun. You can even find sun hats made with UPF material to further maximize sun protection, whether you’re on a hike or hanging out with friends at a local park.

If you’re spending time in a region that alternates between sun and rain. Many wide-brimmed rain hats can offer some sun protection while also staying ready for wet weather!

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