How To Protect Your Neck From The Sun

Sun Protection for Exposed Neck

Your neck is one of the most exposed parts of your skin, and therefore extremely vulnerable and susceptible to UV damage and sunburn. However, with the proper precautions and protection, you can protect your neck from the sun, even while outside all day. Continue reading to learn about the three most important steps for effective sun protection for your neck.

#1 – Apply Sunscreen to Your Neck

The first step in protecting your neck from the sun is to wear broad spectrum sunscreen. If you plan on spending even as little as 15 minutes out in the sun, then you need a broad spectrum sunscreen with a rating of at least SPF 30. However, don’t just apply your sunscreen and then leave it at home while you go out. Instead, take it with you because you’ll need to reapply every two hours in order to maintain its effectiveness. If the sunscreen reapplication part sounds like a hassle (and a mess), then consider our second measure for neck sun protection…

#2 – Guard Your Neck with a Sun Gaiter

Sun gaiters are essentially tube headwear that protect your neck and face from damaging UV rays. By placing one around your neck, you’ll have 360-degree UV protection for your neck. Moreover, you’ll have the option to pull the neck gaiter up over your face and ears for additional sun protection. And as we pointed out above, while sunscreen is essential, it can be difficult to properly apply to the parts of your body that you can’t see, such as your neck. At home, you’ll likely have the assistance of a mirror, but that probably won’t be the case outside. 

Additionally, UPF 50+ neck gaiters utilize protective fabrics that block over 98% of UV rays, and their effectiveness is instant and constant. That means you don’t have to wait 15-30 minutes before going out in the sun (as you should with sunscreen). Plus, if you’re using a UPF gaiter for neck sun protection, you also don’t have to worry about your UV protection running out after two hours (as you would with sunscreen, thus the frequent reapplications). Therefore, leave nothing to chance and wear a sun gaiter for your foolproof neck sun protection.*

Sun Protection for Your Neck with Rayward Apparel's UPF 50+ Neck Gaiter

#3 – Wear a Hooded UPF Shirt for Neck Sun Protection

A third way to protect your neck from the sun is to wear a UPF sun shirt with a hood. Of course, a hooded sun shirt is only protecting your neck if the hood is up, so put it up and use it! The hoods on our UPF shirts, such as our Sun Bound Hooded Long Sleeve Bamboo Shirt, are lightweight and an easy way to transform a shirt into something that also protects your neck from the sun.

By using at least one, but ideally all three, of the methods above, you’ll have the best sun protection for your neck. Together, these methods significantly reduce your neck’s exposure to UV rays by blocking the sun with the combined efforts of UPF fabrics and SPF lotions, a winning combination to defeat sunburn.

To get the best sun protection for your neck, shop Rayward Apparel’s UPF 50+ neck gaiters and UPF 50+ hooded shirts today!

Bonus: Interested in some of the science behind what causes sunburn? Check out the video below and you’ll understand why sun protection is so important for your neck:

* Rayward Apparel’s neck gaiters are not designed for preventing the spread of disease. Our UPF neck gaiters have been tested for UV protection, but have not been tested for their effectiveness at preventing the spread of disease, such as COVID19, and should therefore not be used as an alternative to any appropriately-rated face masks.

Best Gaiter for Sun Protection

Blue UPF Gaiter Fabric

Gaiters are one of our favorite ways to protect faces, ears and necks from UV damage, but not all neck gaiters are created equal. To help you choose the best gaiter for sun protection, we’ll examine our favorite UPF gaiter to highlight what makes it so great for UV protection.

UPF 50+ for Maximum UV Protection

First and foremost, all of Rayward Apparel’s products are rated at UPF 50+. This is the highest level of UV protection for fabrics, and our UPF gaiter is no exception. Lower UPF ratings found on competitors’ products will block a smaller percent of UV rays. Worse yet, their effectiveness will likely diminish even more when the gaiter is subject to moisture, which is common when sweating or near the water. In order to create the best gaiter for sun protection, our minimum was the maximum, so to speak. In other words, we were unwilling to accept anything less than UPF 50+. The end result of our uncompromising approach is an amazing neck gaiter with the highest possible ultraviolet protection factor.

Super Soft & Stretchy Fabric

One of the first things you’ll notice when you wear Rayward Apparel’s UPF 50+ gaiter is that it’s extremely soft and stretchy. After all, a gaiter must be worn to be effective, so comfort can’t be compromised. Fortunately, in the case of our UPF gaiter, it isn’t. You’ll love the buttery soft feel of our gaiters which feature a fabric blend designed to stretch and flex, but still rest securely around your head and neck.

Lightweight & Breathable UPF Gaiter

Something else you’ll notice right away about Rayward Apparel’s Del Mar UPF gaiter is that it’s very light and breathable. Don’t let the lightweight fabric fool you into thinking this gaiter won’t do its number one job, however, because it’s been tested and verified as UPF 50+. That means these feather-weight gaiters punch above their weight-class, blocking greater than 98% of the sun’s UV rays. Plus, this same lightweight fabric is also extremely breathable, so you won’t feel stifled or uncomfortable with the Rayward Apparel UPF gaiter pulled up over your face.

Durable & Detailed Finishing

From afar, many neck gaiters look the same. However, it’s upon closer inspection that you’ll notice the little details that make a big difference in quality and performance. For starters, Rayward Apparel’s UPF gaiters feature finished seams. This prevents the ends from unraveling or curling up, as often happens on gaiters with unfinished edges. Additionally, we use a flexible yet durable thread that provides the stretch you need to wear our gaiter multiple ways (more on that below), but it won’t stay stretched out. Instead, it bounces back to form, allowing you to continue enjoying our UPF gaiters for years to come.

A UPF Gaiter Designed for Versatility

Rayward Apparel’s Del Mar UPF 50+ gaiters are the perfect example of addition by subtraction. Where some of our competitors add “features” like ear loops, nose bridges, mouth vents and so on, we know those offer little to nothing in terms of improved sun protection or performance. In fact, some of these features can even lower the sun-blocking effectiveness of the gaiter. 

There are two big advantages of our less is more approach. First, you won’t pay for anything that isn’t creating a better product. Second, you have more flexibility with how you choose to wear our gaiter. That could mean you twist it into a temporary hair tie, or fold it into a beanie. Because of its closed tube design, our sun gaiter will look just as good worn down around your neck as it will pulled up over your head into a hood. Therefore, you have the freedom to figure out your favorite way to wear the versatile UPF gaiter from Rayward Apparel. Of course, we recommend you wear our UPF however it safely offers you the greatest UV protection.

Rayward Apparel's Del Mar UPF 50 Neck Gaiters

You can now purchase our favorite UPF gaiter, Rayward Apparel’s Del Mar UPF 50+ Lightweight UV Neck Gaiter!

If you’re still not convinced that your neck need protecting, check out this short video. It shows how UV rays cause skin cancer and aging:

* Rayward Apparel’s UPF gaiters are not designed for preventing the spread of disease. Our UPF 50+ gaiter is tested for UV protection, but not for effectiveness at preventing the spread of disease, such as COVID19. It should therefore not be used as an alternative to any appropriately-rated face masks.

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