We know that you are smart, sensible people who know to use broad-spectrum sunscreens (with an active ingredient of micronized zinc oxide) to protect your precious skin. But if you’re pressed for time (or simply so busy slathering it on your kids that you forget about yourself!), then do this: Guard against sun damage by covering up correctly. (But remember to add the sunscreen as soon as possible.) When it comes to blocking out the sun’s harmful rays, certain fabrics are as effective as sunscreen. To stay safe, stick with bright or dark clothing that’s made of tightly woven fabrics. Denim, for example, has an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of as much as 1,700! Since head-to-toe denim isn’t exactly practical, remember this rule of thumb: If you can see the sun shining through the fabric — the way you might through a white cotton tee — your skin can see it too (so it isn’t blocking much). Loose-fitting clothing is also more protective because it doesn’t stretch, which might potentially expose your skin. To protect your scalp and face, choose a lid with a three-inch brim that’s made of canvas or tightly woven straw. To make protecting your skin easier than brushing your teeth, pick up a few key pieces designed specifically with a high UPF rating. Think swim shirt, long-sleeve button-down, and a sarong. When it comes to good sun practices, you’ve got to get covered and use some sunscreen.
"You will regret not having worn sunscreen when you look at your skin compared to friends and family who will have worn daily sunscreen 20 years from now." Dr. Wendy Roberts