Did you know that sun protection clothing is actually more affordable than sunscreen? In fact, throughout the lifespan of your UPF apparel, you’ll enjoy significant savings by wearing sun protective clothing. Continue below to learn how to save money on your sun protection by wearing UV-protective clothing and accessories.
Your best sun protection is achieved through a combination of both UPF sun-protective clothing and broad-spectrum sunscreen. However, the more you utilize sun protection apparel, and therefore the less you rely on sunscreen, the more you save on a per application basis.
One Shot Is a Lot
For proper sunscreen application, the average adult will need about one ounce of sunscreen. The Skin Cancer Foundation gets even more specific in their guidance, recommending two milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin. If you need an easier (and more fun) way to remember this, consider it roughly the equivalent to a shot glass for the exposed areas of the face and body. The unfortunate reality is that most people don’t apply enough, which leads to inadequate skin protection and an increased risk of sunburn and UV damage.
Apply and Reapply and Reapply and Reapply…
Now, consider that sunscreen must be reapplied every two hours, and even more frequently if you are sweating or swimming. The reapplication time and frequency is the same regardless of SPF. In other words, whether you use SPF 25 or SPF 50, you still need to reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, again using approximately one ounce each time.
Save Yourself from the Cost of Sunscreen
The best-rated sunscreens usually cost more than $1 per ounce, and often two to three times that amount. Therefore, even with a conservative estimated cost of $1.50 per ounce, you’ll spend $3 on sunscreen for every 4 hours of sun exposure. If you play that out over a few days, it’s easy to go through an entire bottle of sunscreen in less than a week. In fact, if you’re sweating or spending time in the water, you might use twice as much, twice as fast.
UPF Apparel to Your Wallet’s Rescue
Now, some good news! Thanks to UV-protective sun clothing, such as Rayward Apparel’s UPF 50+ shirts and accessories, you no longer need to depend solely on sunscreen for your skin protection. Instead, use UPF apparel to complement your sunscreen. In doing so, you’ll use much less sunscreen (and spend less time applying and reapplying). A high-quality UPF shirt, for example, might only need to be worn for a cumulative 40-60 hours in the sun to save money compared to the cost of sunscreen.
UV Protection—and Then Some!
It should come as no surprise that UPF apparel requires a greater upfront cost compared to sunscreen. However, keep in mind that you’re getting both skin protection and clothing. Another way to compare the cost of these two options, sun clothing vs sunscreen, is to consider the following: if you don’t wear a UPF shirt, what shirt would you wear instead? That non-UPF shirt has a cost too, but you’ll no longer need it if you have stylish, well-made sun protection apparel.
Greater Skin Protection = Lower Skin Care Costs
Lastly, sun protection apparel not only allows you to save money by reducing your sunscreen use, but also by reducing your general skin care expenses. Simply by protecting and therefore taking better care of your skin, you won’t need to spend as much on products designed to repair sun-damaged skin. Don’t be surprised if you save a small fortune just by reducing your daily skin care costs.
To make the smart choice for your skin, and your wallet, shop Rayward Apprel’s UPF 50+ clothing and accessories. Remember, the skin you have now is the only skin you’ll get, so take good care of it!
Source: Skin Cancer Foundation