Wet, stretched out, threadbare or tightly fitting clothes offer less sun protection because the weave loosens, allowing more light to get through. One good way to gauge how well a fabric shields out the light is simply to hold it up to a lamp: the sheerer the fabric, the brighter the lamp will appear.
Hats and sunglasses should also be a part of the sun-protection wardrobe. Wide-brimmed, cotton or polyester hats are better sun shields than straw hats or baseball caps. Straw hats allow small beams of light though, potentially resulting in a patterned sunburn, while baseball caps leave your neck and the sides of your face totally exposed. A good hat is especially useful for people with extra-sensitive skin who can't use a strong sunscreen.
Although you can't see the damage immediately, sunlight can cause your vision to deteriorate over time. A close fitting pair of UV-protective shades helps stave off age-related vision problems, such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
"Teach children early to wear sunglasses during skiing, snowboarding and other sports where sunlight is abundant," said Weinkle.
And even though it's summer, and your wool mittens are stored away, don't forget to wear gloves to protect your hands when you golf, fish or garden for long periods.
Looking Your Best, But Being Safe
Dressing for maximum sun protection may seem like a drag as tank tops and shorts finally come out of winter storage. And while sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher is highly recommended to protect your exposed skin from the sun, it cannot give you total protection.
"You can still look fashionable while being sun sensible," said Weinkle.
By taking extra precautionary measures with the right sun frocks you can protect against skin cancer and always look your best.