Sun protective shirts are all the rage and it is one that we welcome with all our hearts. After all, if you can combine the function of optimum sun protection with the fashion of fun shirts, then you have the best of both worlds.

Making New Out of the Old

Lest you start thinking of money going out the window when you purchase sun protective shirts, you have another think coming. You can actually transform your old, ordinary shirts into sun protection clothing at little cost.

All you have to do is to wash your old shirts with a product that treats fabrics with a special compound. Said detergent imbues the clothes with as much as 96 percent ultraviolet protection through as many as 20 washings for each treatment. Now, you don't have to spend so much money to purchase new shirts since this detergent is very affordable.

Taking Advantage of the Treatment

Washing your old shirts in the special detergent is not the be-all and end-all of UV protective clothing. You must follow the care instructions on the detergent from the first washing until the last washing so as to secure the optimal benefits.

Plus, there is also the matter of complementing your sun protective shirts with the right sunscreens and sunglasses as well as other common sense sun tips. Your sunscreen must be applied on a regular basis even when the sun is overcast. Keep in mind that the sun's power is still in effect even when it is winter simply because the clouds only prevent 20% of the ultraviolet rays from entering the atmosphere.

You must also wear protective sunglasses. Go for the wraparound style with polarized lenses, which provides for maximum protection against the sun's rays. You are, thus, significantly lessening your risks for macular degeneration.

Aside from the shirt, it also pays to cover up in other ways. You have the choice of UV protective clothing like shawls and scarves for the face, neck and shoulders; hats and other headgear to cover the nape and ears; long pants and shorts for the bottom parts of the body; and arm sleeves for the arms.

There is also a more important reason for covering up instead of always turning to the sunscreens and the sunblocks for protection. Recent studies have pointed to the alarming trend in these topical applications not only contain toxic chemicals but are also becoming less effective at UV protection. You are better off covering yourself up instead of applying on layers of layers of harmful chemicals.

You will find a wide array of sun protective clothing, all of which are fun, fashionable and functional. If you have to spend money on a new wardrobe, it makes sense to go for sun protective clothing simply because it is an investment in your health and your longer life. Skin cancer, after all, is no laughing matter.

So, on your next shopping trip, make sure that sun protective shirts are on top of your list. You will soon realize just how valuable an investment these kinds of clothing are for a healthier, happier and longer life.

Author's Bio: 

David has done years of research about UV (Ultraviolet) Rays and Sun Protection including skin cancer. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with special studies in waves.

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