5 New Year’s Resolutions for Better Sun Protection

New Year's Resolutions for Better Sun Protection

As we say goodbye to 2020 (or good riddance), and ring in 2021, don’t forget to pause a moment to consider your New Year’s resolutions. Along with your personal goals and aspirations for 2021, consider these five resolutions for better sun protection. Whether you’re resolving to keep or start these sun safety goals, the important thing is that they’ll help you have a safer, more enjoyable 2021. Because let’s face it, 2020 itself felt like a bad sunburn. It’s been painful, uncomfortable, irritating and at times seemed like it just wouldn’t go away. And while we don’t know what 2021 has in store for each of us, we do have control over whether or not we face it with our best sun protection.

Sun Protection Resolution #1: Wear More Sun Protection Clothing

You probably saw this one coming, but wearing more sun protection clothing should be on everyone’s list of New Year’s resolutions for 2021. Not only does UPF-rated UV clothing offer better sun protection, it also looks and feels great. Shop our favorite UV-protective clothing, including Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound collection of UPF 50+ shirts, and start 2021 right.

Sunset paddleboarding with UPF apparel

Sun Protection Resolution #2: Apply (and Reapply) Sunscreen as Recommended

Many sunburns aren’t the result of neglecting to use sunscreen, but rather neglecting to use it properly. The key with most broad spectrum sunscreens is to apply them approximately 15 minutes before you step out into the sun. The next critical component in proper sunscreen use is to reapply it at least every 2 hours, and more often if you’re sweating or swimming. Therefore, for 2021, resolve to have better sun protection by following the recommended application (and reapplication) directions for your favorite broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Sun Protection Resolution #3: Pay More Attention to the Weather

Part of achieving better sun protection requires understanding how the weather impacts your risks of skin damage and UV exposure. First off, when it comes to the weather and UV protection, know that looks can be deceiving. Even with cloud cover or overcast skies, UV rays still penetrate through to cause skin damage. Additionally, cooler outside temperatures may disguise the fact that your skin is still being bombarded with damaging UV rays. A great resource to check before going outdoors is the UV Index, which measures the daily levels of UV exposure by location. Armed with more knowledge and a better focus on the weather, you’ll be ready to fend off the sun in 2021. 

Overcast skies with a rainbow

Sun Protection Resolution #4: Schedule a Skin Exam

This sun safety resolution is actually a three-parter, with the first step being to schedule a skin exam with a doctor. The second, of course, is to then have that skin exam. If you haven’t had one recently (or ever), a skin exam is critical for getting a benchmark for your skin’s health. A routine skin exam will also help to familiarize you with the warning signs of skin damage and skin cancer. Remember, early detection is critical in the fight against cancer, and skin exams help ensure the warning signs aren’t missed. Oh, and the third part? To follow the advice of your doctor, and to continually monitor your skin’s health. Now, grab your phone, and start 2021 by scheduling a skin exam. Next, go to that exam. Lastly, follow the advice you get at the exam.

Sun Protection Resolution #5: Have an Adventure

Your fifth resolution for better sun protection in 2021 is to go on an adventure! At first, this might sound counter to typical sun safety advice, but Rayward Apparel isn’t your typical clothing company. With our UPF clothing designed for the sun, and the better sun protection achieved by sticking with resolutions #1-4, you no longer have to be afraid of the sun. There’s a reason our motto is “More Adventure, Less Exposure,” and not “Stay Inside and Hide from the Skin.” Enjoying the outdoors is not only a huge part of our lives, but it’s also healthy, rewarding and fun. Make sure you feed your need for adventure in 2021—just don’t forget your sun protection!

Taking a tropical beach adventure with better sun protection

Make 2021 a year to remember for the right reason! Resolve to take better care of your skin, starting with these five resolutions for better sun safety. By doing so, you’ll leave sunburns, skin damage and the like behind, and greet the New Year with a better sun protection plan that helps you make the most of 2021.

We wish you a safe and happy New Year full of adventure!

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What Is The Easiest Sun Protection?

Man looking for easiest sun protection

As easy as it is to get a sunburn, it’s also very easy to entirely avoid sun damage. In fact, properly protecting oneself from sun damage only takes a little intention, a few steps and the right apparel. Plus, the more you practice sun safety, the more it becomes second nature. And this is the ultimate goal, making sun protection a habit. The key to habitual sun safety, and ultimately to keeping sun protection simple, of course, is in wearing the right clothing. Continue reading to see why UPF apparel provides the easiest sun protection—even easier than sunscreen!

UPF-rated Apparel Eliminates Guesswork from Sun Protection

Various fabrics provide a vast range of UV protection, with some offering barely enough to pass as a weak sunscreen with an SPF of 5. This is because many variables, including the material, density, weight, color, fit and age, determine a fabric’s sun protection properties. The easiest way to eliminate this guesswork is to look for clothing that’s been tested and rated specifically for its ability to protect against UV rays. This is indicated with a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating. Based on the U.S. testing standard for sun protective fabrics, AATCC Test Method 183, the highest possible rating is UPF 50+. To provide the easiest sun protection, Rayward Apparel exclusively produces UPF 50+ apparel and accessories. While this approach may be more difficult for us, it translates into easier UV protection for you—and that’s most important.

Leave the Stopwatch at Home

Even sunscreen isn’t without fault. We like to think that sunscreen is easy to use, and that we’re pretty good at using it. In reality, however, there’s just enough timing and guesswork involved to leave room for costly (and painful) mistakes. At the beach, for instance, you need to remember when you last applied sunscreen, account for time spent in the water, and reapply sunscreen at least every two hours—all while still trying to have fun. One reason UPF clothing offers easier sun protection is because it doesn’t need to be reapplied. Unlike sunscreen, our UPF apparel’s UV protection doesn’t diminish throughout the day.

Timer to measure sunscreen application

For the Easiest Sun Protection, Seeing Is Believing

One of the most difficult aspects of sun protection can be knowing if you’re fully covered. With sunscreens that blend into your skin, it’s hard to know which spots were covered, and which were missed. In pleasant contrast, UPF apparel makes it easy to know what’s protected from UV rays. With UV protection clothing, it’s simply a matter of checking for exposed skin. If any skin is uncovered, then you need to complement your UPF apparel with sunscreen. If the fabric covers the area in question, then rest assured—you’re protected. Sun protection doesn’t get any easier than that!

Easier Sun Protection at a Moment’s Notice

One of the easiest things about trusting UPF clothing for your sun protection is that it’s effective instantly. Most broad-spectrum sunscreens come with a recommendation to wait 15-30 minutes before stepping out in the sun. If and when you need to protect your skin, the easiest sun protection method is the one that doesn’t require time-consuming application followed by a waiting period of 15-30 minutes. You should not ignore this crucial step, but you may find yourself wishing you had applied sunscreen earlier. The easier sun protection alternative? Throw on your UPF 50+ apparel, which offers the protective equivalent of SPF 50+ sunscreen. Plus, unlike broad spectrum sunscreen, UPF apparel protects instantly and easily.

Sunny landscape in Oregon

Easy Sun Protection Means No Hard-to-Pronounce Sunscreen Ingredients

Much has been made of the potential side effects of sunscreen ingredients, both on the environment and our bodies. So much so, that the stress of choosing the right sunscreen, or the fear of choosing the wrong sunscreen, leads some to skip sunscreen altogether. The easier alternative, of course, would be sun protection apparel. With UPF apparel, you need not worry about hard-to-pronounce sunscreen chemicals being absorbed into your skin. Plus, wearing our Sun Bound bamboo shirts in the ocean poses no risk to coral reefs and other sea life.

No Lotion, No Mess

We hope you never have to learn this one the hard way, but sometimes travel and adventure don’t make for ideal sunscreen transport. There’s nothing easy about cleaning a suitcase full of clothes after the cap to your sunscreen opens up mid-flight. Additionally, sunscreen adds weight to your pack and luggage. This can even add to your travel expenses (we’re looking at you, Spirit Airlines). Skip the hassle, avoid the mess and pack less by simplifying your sun protection with UPF apparel that doubles as sun block.

Packing easy sun protection clothing in luggage

To enjoy the easiest sun protection, start with quality UPF 50+ apparel, such as the Sun Bound collection of shirts from Rayward Apparel. Crafted from viscose of bamboo, our Sun Bound shirts are ultra soft, lightweight and block more than 98% of damaging UV rays. They’re the easiest sun protection decision you can make!

Source: NPR

Top 10 Benefits Of Bamboo Clothing

Bamboo for UPF Clothing

Bamboo-based fabrics, which feature viscose from bamboo, are remarkably well-suited for a range of applications, especially sun protection apparel. If you’re new to bamboo apparel and the benefits of bamboo fabrics, here’s a quick guide to the biggest advantages of clothing featuring viscose from bamboo. Of course, if you already own any of our Sun Bound Bamboo UPF shirts, then you know firsthand the many benefits of bamboo clothing. Still, it never hurts to have a refresher on why bamboo clothing is so great!

As the world awakens to the benefits of bamboo, we’re seeing it used in more and more industries across the globe, from furniture and building materials, to paper products and textiles. The resurgence of bamboo in the textile and fabric industries should come as no surprise given its natural properties. More on this below, so let’s dive in! Continue reading for the top 10 benefits of bamboo clothing:

Short on time? Here’s the quick list, with more on each bamboo apparel advantage below!

  1. Bamboo fabric is moisture-wicking and quick-drying
  2. Bamboo clothing is odor-resistant and anti-bacterial
  3. Our bamboo apparel is insulating and thermo-regulating
  4. Viscose from bamboo is extremely soft
  5. Bamboo provides natural UV protection
  6. Bamboo fabrics are hypoallergenic for sensitive skin
  7. Quality bamboo clothing is durable and resistant to pilling
  8. Our bamboo apparel requires low maintenance
  9. Bamboo fabric is sustainable and environmentally-friendly
  10. Bamboo fabrics are biodegradable

#1 – Bamboo Fabric is Moisture-wicking & Quick-drying

Bamboo fibers are great at absorbing moisture and pulling it away from the skin for faster evaporation. The practical benefit of this is it keeps you dry, while wicking sweat and water away from your skin. This is just one of the advantages to wearing bamboo clothing for activewear and outdoors.

#2 – Bamboo Clothing is Odor-resistant & Anti-bacterial

Bamboo is naturally antimicrobial and odor-resistant. As a result, your bamboo apparel is more likely to smell fresh longer, and less likely to smell like dirty laundry. Use this to your advantage by relying on bamboo-based clothing when being active and participating in anything that might cause you to break a sweat.

Runner with UPF Bamboo Clothing

#3 – Bamboo Apparel is Insulating & Thermo-regulating

Another advantage of clothing made with viscose from bamboo is its excellent insulation ability. Bamboo-based apparel is a great lightweight insulating layer that helps regulate body temperature. Practically speaking, this means bamboo clothing is great in any season, keeping you cool in the heat, and warm in the cold.

#4 – Viscose from Bamboo is Extremely Soft

One of the most praised benefits of bamboo clothing is its luxuriously soft feel. This is largely to credit for the increased popularity of bamboo sheets, and also why Rayward Apparel chose to feature viscose from bamboo in our Sun Bound shirts. In fact, bamboo clothing will rival your softest apparel, which is even more amazing considering that it also offers incredible UV protection. Speaking of which…

#5 – Bamboo Provides Natural UV Protection

Bamboo fibers feature natural UV resistance, and this critical property carries through our processing of the plant into viscose for fiber. For Rayward Apparel, this might be the biggest advantage of bamboo clothing since it allows us to achieve a UPF 50+ rating with a lighter weight material. As a result, our Sun Bound UPF 50+ bamboo shirts block more than 98% of harmful UV rays.

UV Rays from the Sun's Glare

#6 – Bamboo Fabrics are Hypoallergenic for Sensitive Skin

If you suffer from allergies to wool or hemp, you’ll likely find bamboo clothing to be the perfect substitute. It won’t irritate your skin like other natural fibers, and the smoother bamboo fibers are well-suited for sensitive skin.

#7 – Bamboo Clothing is Durable & Resistant to Pilling

With proper care, bamboo apparel will last for years and years, long exceeding the life of standard cotton shirts. In fact, it’s possible for bamboo to hold its shape and strength 3x longer than cotton fabrics. Bamboo’s durability makes it well-suited for an active lifestyle outdoors. Additionally, since it’s resistant to pilling, it will also look great longer!

#8 – Bamboo Apparel Requires Low Maintenance

Unlike some “premium” fabrics, bamboo apparel doesn’t demand complicated or inconvenient care instructions. In most cases, simply machine wash in cool water, and tumble dry with low heat. While not required, hang drying is the most environmentally-friendly alternative. It’s also gentler on your bamboo apparel and prevents shrinking. However, there’s no need for you to hand wash, dry clean or use fabric softeners with our bamboo apparel.

Bamboo Clothing in the Washing Machine

#9 – Bamboo Fabric is Sustainable & Environmentally-friendly

Growing and harvesting bamboo for apparel is sustainable and eco-friendly, therefore requiring much less water than alternative plant fibers and relying on little to no chemicals. Technically, bamboo is a woody grass that rarely requires replanting, and you probably already know that it grows extremely fast. As a result, this makes it highly renewable, and its natural pest resistance and antibacterial properties protect bamboo without a dependence upon pesticides.

#10 – Bamboo Fabrics are Biodegradable

Since bamboo clothing is made from a plant-based viscose, it is biodegradable and will decompose. This is a striking contrast to synthetic apparel made with plastics, which is common in activewear. Synthetic petroleum-based fabrics, such polyester and nylon, can take centuries to decompose. As a result, they pile up in landfills and often end up in our water.

The many benefits of bamboo-based fabrics make them ideal for our Sun Bound Collection of lightweight, sun protection bamboo shirts. Nearly half the fabric content in our Sun Bound shirts is viscose from bamboo, which creates our collection’s unique combination of performance, comfort and protection!

To experience the advantages of bamboo clothing for yourself, shop our Sun Bound Collection of UPF shirts today, available in three styles for both men and women.

Top 10 Sun Protection Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Woman Surprised by Common Sun Protection Mistakes

Sun protection should be easy, but the prevalence of misconceptions can lead to painful mistakes. The good news, however, is that these sun safety mistakes are all easily avoidable. The first step to avoiding sun protection mistakes is to be aware of them. Continue below as we highlight ten of the most common sun protection mistakes, as well as how to avoid them.

Short on team and need to cut to the chase? Here’s our quick list of the most common sun protection mistakes, followed below with more details and tips for prevention:

  1. Trusting Regular Clothes for UV Protection 
  2. Not Using Enough Sunscreen
  3. Not Reapplying Sunscreen Frequently Enough
  4. Applying Sunscreen Too Late
  5. Mistaking Clouds for UV Protection
  6. Not Using Sun Protection Year-round
  7. Missing Hard-to-Reach Areas
  8. Ignoring Reflected UV Rays
  9. Thinking That No Sunburn Means No Damage
  10. Not Having a Yearly Skin Exam

Mistake #1: Trusting Regular Clothes for UV Protection 

It’s a common misconception that all fabrics protect your skin and block UV rays. In reality, however, only fabrics rated with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) are guaranteed to offer adequate UV blocking protection. Look for clothing and accessories featuring a UPF 50+ rating, the highest given, for the comfort of knowing your clothing is blocking over 98% of UV rays. The typical cotton t-shirt, for comparison, might only have a UPF 5 rating.

Mistake #2: Not Using Enough Sunscreen

Proper sunscreen application requires about one ounce of sunscreen for the average adult. To be more exact, the Skin Cancer Foundation suggests two milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin. For something easier to visualize and remember, use roughly a shot glass-sized amount of sunscreen lotion. Another tip is to avoid spending too much on sunscreen. If it’s more affordable, you’re more likely to use the proper amount and less likely to stress out about using too much. Even better, invest in UPF sun protection clothing which is likely to save you money in the long run.

Mistake #3: Not Reapplying Sunscreen Frequently Enough

Regardless of SPF, sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours. In cases where you’re in the water or sweating, you need to reapply sunscreen even more frequently. One easy way to avoid this sun protection mistake of not reapplying sunscreen often enough is to set a timer on your phone. Have it go off every 2 hours, and take that time to find some shade, hydrate and reapply sunscreen. Even better, wear UPF 50+ apparel and avoid this common sun protection mistake.

Using a timer for sunscreen applications

Mistake #4: Applying Sunscreen Too Late

You should apply most sunscreens at least 30 minutes prior to going out in the sun. How many times have you waited until laying out your blanket at the beach to put on your sunscreen? It’s important to allow the sunscreen to bind or absorb before depending on it for UV protection. The best way to avoid sun protection mistakes like this is with wearable sun protection clothing that doesn’t require advanced preparation. UPF-rated apparel is effective and protective the instant you put it on!

Mistake #5: Mistaking Clouds for UV Protection

Many people learn this one the hard way, but you must remember that clouds do not provide adequate UV protection. Even on an overcast day, most of the sun’s damaging UV rays penetrate through the clouds to reach your skin. This false sense of security is frequently the cause of sunburn for people who might otherwise have been more diligent with their sun protection. Avoid this sun protection mistake by using sunscreen regardless of weather, and by wearing UPF 50+ apparel rated for sun protection.

Mistake #6: Not Using Sun Protection Year-round

Sun protection is not a seasonal game. It’s important all year, including in the winter. While the sun is lower and daylight hours are shorter, the threat of both UVA and UVB damage exists regardless of season. Keep your skin protected with seasonally-appropriate apparel, such as UPF 50+ face masks, neck gaiters and hooded long sleeve shirts.

Walking in the snow with sun protection

Mistake #7: Missing Hard-to-Reach Areas

Let’s face it—it can be hard to reach every part of your body, and nearly impossible to properly apply sunscreen everywhere it’s needed. The unfortunate result of this is missed coverage with sunscreen, which leads to avoidable skin damage and sunburn. You could resort to spray sunscreens (not preferred by dermatologists) or ask for help applying sunscreen (sometimes help isn’t there), but there is an easier solution! Avoid this sun protection mistake by wearing UPF apparel that protects everywhere it covers. Rather than twisting and stretching to get every inch of your back, throw on a lightweight UPF 50+ sun shirt!

Mistake #8: Ignoring Reflected UV Rays

The sun’s UV rays cause most of their damage directly, but this threat isn’t only from above. In fact, many surfaces reflect UV rays with enough intensity for the reflected rays to still cause skin damage. Be mindful of surfaces and surroundings that reflect UV rays, such as water, ice and snow. While those are common culprits, even sand, grass, cement and asphalt reflect enough UV light to cause skin damage. Avoid sun protection mistakes like this by protecting your skin from all angles with UPF 50+ sun protection clothing and accessories.

Water reflecting the sun's UV rays

Mistake #9: Thinking That No Sunburn Means No Damage

Another common sun protection mistake is the misconception that not getting sunburn means not getting sun damage. The truth is that skin damage occurs before any visible signs of sunburn, and sunburn is but one symptom of skin damage. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until your skin turns red to take action. Likewise, don’t become complacent thinking you’re immune to skin damage because your skin color or complexion don’t burn as easily. All skin types and colors are prone to UV damage, and everyone needs sun protection. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen and wear UPF 50+ apparel before any signs of sun damage.

Mistake #10: Not Having a Yearly Skin Exam

While many people prefer to avoid doctors, it’s important to have your skin checked for signs of skin cancer. Early detection is critical in the fight against skin cancer—just ask our founder, Devin Regan—and can mean a world of difference in treatment, recovery and outcome. We encourage everyone to get a baseline medical examination of their skin, learn about the risks of melanoma, and to consult a doctor with any concerns.

Rayward Apparel understands that it takes all of us working together to defeat cancer. With that in mind, we pledge 5% of all profits to organizations dedicated to researching and treating skin cancer. Therefore, by purchasing UPF 50+ clothing and accessories from Rayward Apparel, you’re not only protecting your own skin, but also helping support the fight against skin cancer. 

Shop UPF 50+ sun protection apparel today!

Source: Skin Cancer Foundation

2020 Holiday Gift Guide For Her

Holiday Gifts for Women

Holiday shopping for your wife, girlfriend, sister or mom? Rayward Apparel has you covered (literally) with 2020 Holiday Gift Guide featuring our best sun protection clothing. All of our apparel is rated UPF 50+ for the best possible UV protection. Plus, for stress-free holiday gifting, we offer hassle-free returns and exchanges should you (or your recipient) not be completely thrilled with your order.

The holidays will be here soon, so whether you’re simply in need of some gift-giving inspiration or at a total loss (or even shopping for yourself—we won’t tell), let’s get started! Continue below for our top 2020 holiday gift ideas for women:

For the woman who has everything…

Woman hiking with gifted UPF apparel

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound Bamboo Shirt (UPF 50+)

For the woman who has it all, try something that just launched: our brand new Sun Bound UPF shirts with bamboo. These super soft long sleeve shirts will become her go-to from brunch to beach to bar. They offer UPF 50+ sun protection, the highest possible rating, and will continue to protect her skin for the life of the garment. What’s more, she’ll appreciate that the purchase of her gift helped support the fight against skin cancer.


For the woman who deserves a break…

Busy woman that needs bamboo apparel

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound Bamboo Hoodie (UPF 50+)

Give her the ultimate reward after a long day: the worry-free comfort of our ultra-soft Sun Bound Bamboo Hoodie. Designed with go-getters in mind, the Sun Bound collection boasts UPF 50+ sun protection achieved with viscose from bamboo. This means she’ll have reliable UV protection for any challenge life throws at her. Even better, it might be the softest shirt she’ll ever wear.


For the fitness lover…

Woman running in the sun

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound Bamboo T-Shirt (UPF 50+)

Whether it’s yoga, weights, running or beyond, give her the gear to make the most of her fitness routine. Rayward Apparel’s short sleeve UV-protective Sun Bound shirt provides the range-of-motion needed for her active lifestyle, but with the added security of UPF 50+ sun protection. Our Sun Bound shirts feature an athletic-fit, stretchy raglan-style shoulders and our favorite soft-touch bamboo/cotton blend.


For the woman who’s always outdoors…

Woman hiking with bucket hat

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Ops UPF 50+ Bucket Hat

We love the outdoors as much as anyone, but that means lots of UV exposure. Sun protection starts with effective headwear, so look no further than Rayward Apparel’s UPF 50+ Sun Ops bucket hat. The lightweight crown is crushable for easy packing, the shapeable 3” brim provides 360-degree protection, and the adjustable elastic drawcord provides the perfect fit for any outdoor enthusiast.


For the globetrotting woman…

Woman swimming with UPF headband gaiter

Rayward Apparel’s Del Mar UPF 50+ Neck Gaiter

Our sun protection neck gaiters are lightweight, breathable and extremely soft. Even better, they’re rated at UPF 50+ to block more than 98% of the sun’s damaging UV rays. This makes them perfect for any globetrotter, especially one who needs to pack light. Plus, Rayward Apparel’s Del Mar neck gaiter can actually be worn more than a dozen ways, including as a face mask, bandana, hairband, sahariane and balaclava.


Questions about our UPF clothing? Need assistance choosing the right apparel and gear for your special someone? Contact our team today at [email protected] for assistance.

2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Him

Holiday gifts for men with UPF apparel

Whether holiday shopping for your husband, boyfriend, brother or dad, Rayward Apparel has you covered with our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Him. And we mean that literally, because all of our sun protective clothing comes with a UPF 50+ UV protection rating, the highest possible. Plus, we stand behind all of our apparel, offering hassle-free returns and exchanges should you (or your recipient) not be entirely satisfied with your order.

Christmas is fast approaching, so if you’re at a complete loss, simply need a little gifting inspiration, or just shopping for yourself (we won’t tell), let’s get started! Continue below for our top 2020 holiday gift ideas for men:

For the man who has everything…

Man hiking on rocky beach cliffs

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound Bamboo Shirt (UPF 50+)

Here’s something he probably won’t have: our brand new Sun Bound shirts featuring bamboo. This ultra-soft long sleeve shirt is equally suited for the home or outdoors, boasting a UPF 50+ sun protection rating, the best possible. As if the hidden thumb loops and stretchy bamboo fabric aren’t enough, he’ll also love that the purchase of his gift helped support the fight against skin cancer.


For the man who always gets sunburn…

Man needing sun protection at the beach

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound Bamboo Hoodie (UPF 50+)

Put an end to his skin damaging trend with our Sun Bound hoodie, featuring ultra-soft bamboo fiber with UPF 50+ UV protection. Our lightweight Sun Bound bamboo hoodie is better than wearing SPF 50 broad spectrum sunscreen, and it doesn’t ever need to be reapplied! He can take this lightweight hoodie wherever he goes and make his latest sunburn his LAST sunburn.


For the man who likes to work out…

Man running in UPF t-shirt

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound Bamboo T-Shirt (UPF 50+)

The Sun Bound t-shirt from Rayward Apparel is great for the gym or running, and especially well-suited for outdoor activities. With its UPF 50+ sun protection rating, he’ll be able to stay in shape while also protecting his hide. Plus, our Sun Bound t-shirt scores bonus points for being extremely soft and odor-resistant.


For the man who loves his yard…

Man Mowing Lawn Needs UPF Bucket Hat

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Ops UPF 50+ Bucket Hat

Make sure he tends to his skin as well as he tends to the lawn. With Rayward Apparel’s Sun Ops bucket hat, he’ll benefit from excellent UPF 50+ sun protection, plus the cooling effects of our lightweight and breathable fabric. The 3” shapeable brim offers 360-degree protection, and the adjustable chinstrap and drawcord allow for the perfect fit.


For the man who’s always out on the water…

Man Kayaking on the Water with UPF Apparel

Rayward Apparel’s Del Mar UPF 50+ Neck Gaiter

Whether it be fishing, kayaking, boating or beyond, he’ll love Rayward Apparel’s new Del Mar UPF 50+ neck gaiter. The lightweight, moisture-wicking UV protection of our neck gaiter will keep him cool and protected out on the water. Our gaiter’s versatile tube-shaped design allows for more than a dozen wearable styles, including as a face mask, balaclava or hood, each effective at protecting him from UV rays reflecting off the water.


Questions about our UPF 50+ apparel? Need assistance choosing the right clothing and gear for your next adventure? Reach out to our team today at [email protected] for assistance.

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift of UPF Apparel

The holidays are fast-approaching, you need the perfect gift, and it’s crunch time. Good thing you have our 2020 holiday gift guide! Whether holiday shopping for a spouse, relative or friend, you’ve come to the right place. Rayward Apparel’s 2020 holiday gift guide will help you choose the perfect gift this holiday season, starting with our exclusively UPF 50+ apparel and accessories. Plus, we back all of our apparel with a hassle-free return and exchange policy, just in case you aren’t entirely satisfied with your order.

Without further ado, Rayward Apparel’s 2020 holiday gift guide:

For someone who has everything…

Happy woman at the beach

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound Bamboo Shirt (UPF 50+)

Our brand new Sun Bound bamboo shirts, which debuted this month, are perfect for the person who has it all! First off, because they’re so new, your hard-to-please recipient probably doesn’t have one yet. Second, they offer an uncompromising combination of style, comfort and, most importantly, protection. The bamboo blend not only results in a lightweight, breathable comfort, but also an ultra soft sun shirt with the highest possible UV protection rating, UPF 50+. 


For the person always mooching your sunscreen…

Hand reaching for sun protection

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound Bamboo Hoodie (UPF 50+)

We’re glad they’re at least using sunscreen, but if they’re prone to forgetting their own, consider gifting our favorite sun protection hoodie. Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound Bamboo Hoodie features a best-possible UPF 50+ sun protection rating, and effectively replaces the need for sunscreen for any areas of skin covered by this shirt. It’s also perfect year round because our lightweight Sun Bound shirts keep you cool thanks to a breathable, quick-drying bamboo-based fiber.


For the athlete…

Athletes running in the sun

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound Bamboo T-Shirt (UPF 50+)

Every athlete will appreciate the combination of performance and protection offered with Rayward Apparel’s new Sun Bound bamboo t-shirt. It features a tailored athletic fit, raglan-style sleeves and, best of all, it’s rated UPF 50+ for excellent sun protection. Plus, our Sun Bound collection features viscose from bamboo, which is naturally odor-resistant. They’ll enjoy it just as much training and competing as they will celebrating afterwards!


For the green thumb…

Woman gardening in the sun

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Ops UPF 50+ Bucket Hat

Anyone that spends a lot of time gardening or working in their yard knows the importance of the sun. However, they should also be mindful of the harm caused by overexposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays. With that in mind, Rayward Apparel’s Sun Ops bucket hat, which features UPF 50+ sun protection, is the perfect option for all-day outdoor protection. It’s lightweight, adjustable and features a 3” shapeable brim for 360 degrees of shade.


For the adventure seeker…

Woman hiking without sun protection

Rayward Apparel’s Del Mar UPF 50+ Neck Gaiter

For outdoor enthusiasts or adventure seekers, look no further than our UPF 50+ Del Mar neck gaiter. The Del Mar UPF 50+ neck gaiter offers the trusted all-day UV protection demanded of all Rayward Apparel products, in addition to a versatile, tagless design. Although often referred to simply as a neck gaiter, it’s really so much more. In fact, it can be worn over a dozen different ways, including as a beanie, headband, balaclava, hood and face mask. Best of all, it’s ultra lightweight and fits into a pocket (or wrapped around a wrist) when not being worn!


Still have questions about sun protection apparel? Need assistance selecting the right clothing and gear, whether gifting or getting? Send us an email at [email protected] for assistance from our team.

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