Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Stylish Ways to Protect Yourself From the Sun

While protecting yourself from the sun's harmful rays is important all year round, it's the time of year where we are spending more time outdoors and the UV index is higher. Some quick facts for you... There are 2.2 million people diagnosed with skin cancer annually, and in 90% of those cases the cause stems from sun exposure. Also, 90% of premature skin aging is caused by UV exposure. We all know about wearing sunscreen, but I wanted to share some extra and stylish tips for defending yourself from the sun.

Clothing with UPF Protection
UPF stands for "Ultraviolet Protection Factor" and basically it's a numerical rating given to clothing to indicate how effectively the fabric blocks UV radiation. Our everyday clothing has about a UPF of 5. However, there are several brands that make fashionable clothes that contain UPF 50, so you don't have to sacrifice your style in the name of sun protection. They make everything from swimsuits and simple tees to dresses and pants.

If you don't want to buy all new clothes, don't worry there is another option. They also make a wash in sun protection called Sunguard that allows you to add UPF protection to your already existing clothing. It's under $5 and adds UPF 30 to your everyday clothing, protecting you for 20 future washes.

Wide Brim Hat
Hat's are a wonderful, and chic way to shield your face from the sun and give you added protection. The wider the brim the more protection you will get. They make hats at all different price points, I suggest investing in one or two good quality neutral hats. That way they will last and go with any outfit.

Your eyes also need protection from the sun. The right sunglasses can help prevent cataracts, cancer, and other eye conditions. In order to protect as much of the delicate skin around your eyes as possible, go for a pair with larger lenses or a style that wraps around. Similar to hats, sunglasses come at all different price points but I suggest investing in at least one really good quality pair.

Makeup with SPF
In addition to your basic sunscreen, there are now a ton of great makeup products available that give you added protection from the sun. I myself, love to use a CC Cream that gives sheer coverage while shielding out those damaging rays. There are also a lot of great tinted moisturizers, powders, and tinted lip products with SPF to protect the delicate skin on your lips. Just try to stay away from products that contain a chemical sunscreen that can cause premature aging and hormone disruption.


  1. Skin cancer is something that scares me so I try to make an effort to always protect myself! I've never heard of that spray for your clothes, I'm going to have to look into that! xo,Kristina

  2. The Lily Pulitzer dress is so cute! I love that it has sun protection in it.

  3. This is such an important topic! My favourite accessory is a great pair of sunglasses! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Tamara xxx

  4. Love all of these suggestions! Wide brim hats are my summer must have!

  5. I am a massive fan of the trusty wide brimmed hat! I didn't know that you could get clothing designed to protect your skin - looks like you learn something knew every day haha

    Hannah | Whoops It's Hannah

  6. Absolutely loved this post; I had no idea about that wash! Unfortunately, in the last year, I have had 2 people in my family diagnosed with skin cancer and recently lost my uncle. Protecting myself and my family from the son is something close to my heart and I love these ideas. thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much Megan! I'm glad you found the post helpful! I'm sorry to hear about your uncle. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  7. I am all about cute hats and sunglasses!

  8. Great suggestions. I never leave the house without sunscreen. I need to find a good wide brimmed hat. They all look dumb on my head.

  9. Love to wear a chic hat to protect myself from the sun! Xx


  10. I live in hats, to hide from the sun and to hide dirty hair!

  11. Cute hat! I live in California and it's always sunny, so I always try my best to protect my skin.


    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

  12. I'm always a fan of a wide brim hat! So stylish and a great protectant from the sun.

    xx Kathryn

  13. My favorite accessory to buy come Summer time is a hat. I love the option you have above. My current favorite is a navy and white striped one. (:

  14. a hat with a bow on it is my go to when i have to cover myself from the sun !


  15. Great post! Thanks for all your tips!!
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  16. very nice!



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