UPF Rating 101
Not all clothing protects equally — when shopping for UV-protective apparel and accessories, keep in mind that anything between a UPF rating of 30-49 offers very good protection, and UPF 50+ rates are excellent. (The higher, the better!) The Skin Cancer Foundation also says that dark and bright colors keep UV rays from reaching your skin by absorbing them. When shopping for a new neck gaiter (or any kind of outdoor apparel), consider those colors for ultra-protection. Other things to keep in mind: Be sure to make sure your clothing fits a bit loose because when it's too tight, UV light can pass through the fabric. Take skin damage very seriously — wear your sunscreen and try one of these cooling wraps that will do double-duty when you're outside, because they'll protect you and keep you comfortable. We rounded up our three favorite picks for head protection.
BUFF headwear is exactly what you need if you're looking for a comfortable and multi-use option. Wear it around your head, your neck, under a helmet, or over your face. With cooling tech and odor control, you'll feel clean and comfortable all afternoon. It also offers UPF 50+ sun protection, making it a fantastic choice to protect yourself from harmful UV rays while you're fishing, hiking, or biking. It's super stretchy, easy to take with you anywhere, and one reviewer writes: "They hold up well, wash well, colors hold."
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