UV Protection For Hiking

Hiking with UV Protection Sun Shirt

The best sun protection for hiking comes from UV protection hiking shirts. In addition to being the most effective defense against sun damage, UV protection hiking shirts are often designed with impressive outdoor performance qualities. This includes improved breathability, lightweight materials, temperature regulating fabrics and durable construction. Rayward Apparel’s UV protection hiking shirts, for instance, check every box when it comes to outdoor performance, comfort and sun protection. 

Hiking with UV Protection Sun Shirt

Choose UPF 50+ for Maximum Protection When Hiking

The best UV protection hiking shirt will have UPF 50+ sun protection. UPF 50+ is the highest achievable rating, and is awarded to fabrics that are certified to block greater than 98% of UV rays. Every single one of Rayward Apparel’s products are certified UPF 50+, essentially providing the apparel equivalent of SPF 50+ sunscreen. Fortunately, unlike sunscreen, UV hiking shirts offer all-day protection, among other benefits.

UV Protection Hiking Shirts vs Sunscreen

In comparing UPF apparel to sunscreen, you’ll realize several advantages of choosing a UV protection hiking shirt instead of sunscreen lotion. First off, UV hiking shirts don’t need to be reapplied. With sunscreen, you’ll need to reapply every 1-2 hours, and often without the help of a mirror. Second, UPF hiking shirts will save you money in the long run compared to costly sunscreen, which may cost a few dollars per 1 oz application. Additionally, sunscreen adds more weight to your pack. For these reasons and more, rely on UV protection hiking shirts as much as possible, using sunscreen only to cover those areas of your face and body not protected with UPF fabrics.

Not All UV Protection Hiking Shirts Are the Same

When choosing a UV protection hiking shirt, there are certainly do’s and don’ts. Do look for a certified UPF 50+ rating. Don’t skimp on quality fabrics. Depending on your needs, you may want an ultralight polyester blend, or perhaps a more breathable bamboo viscose blend. Do choose a durable hiking shirt that’ll withstand abrasion. Don’t settle for something that would look out of place anywhere other than the trail. Nothing has to prevent a quality UV hiking shirt from also being the type of stylish and comfortable apparel you’d wear before or after a hike.  Do choose a fast-drying and moisture-wicking shirt, especially for hot weather hiking. Fortunately, all of Rayward Apparel’s UV protection hiking shirts hit the do’s and dodge the don’ts.

Hikers at sunrise with UV protection apparel

Sun Protection That Lasts

Unlike sunscreen applications that are only good for 1-2 hours (and less if you’re sweating or swimming), the sun protection offered by UPF hiking shirts lasts for the entire duration of your hike. In fact, Rayward Apparel’s UV hiking shirts hold their UPF ratings for the life of each garment, even after laundering. Whatever the reason for your hike, be it for relaxing, exercise, escape or any other reason, make the most of your hike by trusting UV protection hiking apparel that lasts as long as your hike. 

Effortless Sun Protection = Effective Sun Protection

When designed with broad spectrum UV protection, clothing is the most effective form of sun protection. Firstly, it’s hard to incorrectly apply a UV protection hiking shirt. UPF apparel is working the instant you put it on. Simply put, if your skin is covered, then you are protected. And remember, you don’t need to reapply UPF apparel, as you would with sunscreen. These and the benefits outlined above add up to simple, effortless sun protection. As is to be expected, the simpler the sun protection, the safer the sun protection. Keep it simple and keep your skin safe by hiking with UV protection hiking apparel.

Rayward Apparel’s UV protection hiking shirts are available for men and women, featuring short sleeve, long sleeve and hooded. All of Rayward Apparel’s hiking sun shirts are lightweight, soft breathable and feature UPF 50+ sun protection—perfect for your next hike!

Best UV Protection for Fishing

UPF 50+ UV Protection Fishing Shirt in the Sun

The best sun protection for fishing is with UV protection fishing shirts. Not only are UV fishing shirts great for their reliable sun blocking performance, but they’re also stylish and comfortable. And let’s face it, the better you feel while fishing, the more you’ll want to keep fishing! Of course, UV protection fishing shirts aren’t your only option for fishing sun protection, but they are your best option. Continue below to find out why!

You Never Need to Reapply UV Protection Fishing Shirts

Unlike with sunscreen, UV protection shirts don’t need to be reapplied every two hours. This means less time putting on sunscreen and more time actually spent fishing. In addition to saving time, fishing with UV shirts will save you money. In the long run, and especially if you participate in extended outdoor activities like fishing, UV shirts can save you and your wallet from costly sunscreen purchases. Properly applied every two hours, a $12 tube of sunscreen may only last one day. After just a few days or weekends of fishing, your sunscreen costs could exceed the price of a quality UV protection fishing shirt.

Surf Fishing with UV Protection Shirt

Fewer Sunscreen Applications = Less Greasy Hands

Although modern sunscreens are much improved compared to those of the last century, they still have their flaws. A common flaw of sunscreen, especially for fishing, is the greasy residue that’s often left on your hands. Slippery hands are bad for several reasons while fishing, not the least of which is your ability to hold your rod and reel. Don’t let the big one (or your entire rod) slip away because you can’t keep the sunblock off of your hands. Instead, keep your palms grease-free and trust the dependable sun protection of UV fishing shirts.

More Than Just Long Sleeves

What’s better than long sleeves? Long sleeves with hidden thumb loops! Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound collection of UV protection fishing shirts feature hidden thumb loops. These ensure that your sleeve cuff stays at your wrist, offering as much protection as possible. While fishing, you’ll spend lots of time with your arms up, whether casting, reeling or toasting your big catch, so choose a UV fishing shirt that’s designed for an active person.

In addition to long sleeves and thumb loops, the best UV protection fishing shirts feature hoods. These lightweight, UV-protective hoods offer even more protection from the sun’s harmful rays. When you’re on the water, and especially when you’re fishing and looking out over the water’s surface, a UV-protective hood is important. With a hood, your ears and neck are protected from both direct and reflected UV rays.

Don’t Settle for Less Than UPF 50+ Protection

The ideal UV protection fishing shirt offers UPF 50+ sun protection. UPF 50+ is the highest certified rating, and is reserved for fabrics which block greater than 98% of UV rays. All of Rayward Apparel’s products are certified UPF 50+, providing the clothing equivalent of SPF 50+ sunscreen. However, in contrast to sunscreen, our UPF fishing shirts offer all-day protection from the instant you put them on.

UPF 50+ UV Protection Fishing Shirt in the Sun

Comfort Matters for UV Protection Fishing Shirts

When it comes to choosing your go-to UV protection fishing shirt, don’t skimp on quality fabrics. Look for something that’s soft and lightweight so you look forward to wearing it all day. Equally important, especially around the water, is fast-drying and moisture-wicking apparel. Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound sun protection hoodie offers all of these advantages with a lightweight, 170 GSM fabric you can wear all day long.

Rayward Apparel’s UV protection fishing shirts are available now in both men’s and women’s. They’re ultra soft, lightweight, breathable and provide UPF 50+ sun protection—ideal for day after day of fishing.

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

Save Money With Sun Protection Apparel (vs Sunscreen)

Saving Money with UPF Apparel

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.

Applying an Ounce of Sunscreen

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 Equals Savings for Piggy Bank

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

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.

What Are The Best Sunscreen Alternatives?

Beach Umbrella for UV Protection

Sunscreen plays a vital role in sun protection. There are many occasions and activities that demand the type of protection that only sunscreen can provide. For instance, you may have a required uniform or dress code that leaves your skin vulnerable and exposed. Or perhaps you need or prefer the portability of a tube of sunscreen. But is sunscreen always your best option? To be clear, we aren’t advising against the use of sunscreen. However, sunscreen is not without its disadvantages, and in many circumstances there are better alternatives. Continue below as we highlight the best (and worst) sunscreen alternatives, featuring everything from shade to UV clothing.

First, a Few of the Worst Sunscreen Alternatives

A few minutes surfing the internet and you’ll come across dozens of so-called sunscreen alternatives. The problem however, is that most of these don’t meet the minimum protection recommended by dermatologists. Therefore, to alternate your sunscreen for any of the following would be ill-advised, and potentially dangerous. Despite what less-informed sources might tell you, the following are NOT safe alternatives to sunscreen:

  • Non-UPF Clothing: Many shirts offer UV protection equivalent to SPF 10 or less, which is to say they do not offer sufficient protection. Worse yet, their protective qualities typically drop when wet. Therefore, don’t consider standard clothing as an alternative to sunscreen unless you see a UPF rating proving otherwise.
  • Natural Oils (Sesame, Coconut, Olive, Almond, etc): There are several natural oils that do provide minimal UV protection, but the keyword here is “minimal” (think in the range of SPF 4-10). You may feel reassured knowing you smell better with some of these oils, but you should not count on them for safe sun protection.
  • Shea Butter: With an estimated SPF between 3 and 10, shea butter offers such minimal protection that we would never fool ourselves into thinking we were significantly safer for having applied it. You may receive other benefits from applying shea butter, but this should not be used in place of sunscreen.
  • Aloe Vera: While aloe vera is a tried-and-true natural remedy to soothe a sunburn, it will not help you prevent one. Unless mixed with other agents, aloe vera alone offers insignificant UV protection. As with all of the previously reviewed sunscreen alternatives, aloe vera should only be used as a last resort, and only while on your way to get proper sun protection.

What Are Safe Sunscreen Alternatives to Prevent UV Damage?

Shaded Hammock in Caribbean


This seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how much skin damage you’d avoid by spending more time in the shade. Whether it’s from a tree, umbrella, canopy or awning, use your shade! Scan your environment for opportunities to give your skin a break from the sun (but do NOT use clouds!).

Sun-blocking or UV Cosmetics

This one comes with a mighty disclaimer. That being that your cosmetic either states its UV protection, or it comes recommended by dermatologists specifically for sun protection. That being said, there are cosmetics that provide a protective barrier for your skin. Please consult the product label and your doctor before relying on cosmetics as your sole form of UV protection.

UV Clothing

The absolute best sunscreen alternative is performance UV clothing. The combination of a UPF sun hoodie and UV protective hat, for instance, protects your face, neck, torso and arms. UV clothing protects you immediately and doesn’t require reapplying every 1-2 hours. Additionally, UV apparel doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy, it’s reef-friendly, and it’s less expensive in the long run. For more about how UV clothing works, check out this short video from the Mayo Clinic:

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound collection, for instance, is lightweight, breathable, stylish and—most importantly—effective at preventing UV damage. Through a blend of viscose from bamboo and natural cotton, we’ve achieved the highest possible fabric UV protection rating, UPF 50+. This means that not only does our UV clothing avoid the application issues of sunscreen, but it also blocks more than 98% of UV rays. 

In conclusion, when you look back at the best safe alternatives to sunscreen, you are left with few options. Unless you wear UV-blocking cosmetics, stay in the shade and/or avoid the sun altogether, then we think the choice is clear: trust UPF 50+ UV clothing if you want a safe alternative to sunscreen.To learn more about Rayward Apparel’s UV clothing, and to shop our Sun Bound collection of UPF 50+ apparel, visit our shop today!

Does UPF Clothing Really Work?

UPF Clothing Effectiveness People Walking

Most people believe that as long as they are physically covered by a fabric, they are protected. All clothing has some UPF value. However, what most people don’t know is that the average t-shirt generally has a UPF value of 1-5. Does UPF clothing really provide that much more protection than everything else? The short answer: yes!

10x the Protection of the Average T-Shirt

UPF clothing is designed specifically with sun protection in mind. If you compare a UPF 50 long sleeve shirt to a standard cotton long sleeve shirt you’d be surprised how differently they function. They might fit the same and cover the same amount of skin, but the UPF 50 shirt only allows about 2% penetration of damaging UV rays. An average cotton shirt at UPF 5 allows 10 times the UV penetration of the UPF 50 shirt.

Consistent, Reliable UV Protection

Unlike sunscreen, a sun protective shirt will keep you protected for as long as you are wearing it, no reapplication needed! If you purchase quality sun protective apparel, it will also last for years—saving you a lot of money in the long run. The cost savings are even higher if you are wearing a UPF 50 long sleeve shirt instead of a short sleeve shirt, keeping you from having to apply sunscreen on your arms every time you go outside. One quality UPF shirt can save you from buying dozens of bottles of expensive sunscreen.

Even with the Best UPF Clothing, Sunscreen Is Still Needed

Even with a high quality UPF 50 long sleeve shirt parts of your body are still exposed. The back of your hands, neck, and face will still need protection. A long sleeve shirt will help provide maximal coverage and reduce the amount of sunscreen needed. However, you still need to pair your sun protective shirt with a high quality sunscreen. This is critical to make sure all areas of your body have proper protection. 

When purchasing a sunscreen, make sure you are getting the right one. ALWAYS make sure the sunscreen is broad-spectrum to protect you from UVA and UVB rays. Also check on statistics like it’s water resistance rating and whether it’s a spray or lotion. If you are going to an area that requires reef-safe products ensure that it meets those requirements as well. If you need more help choosing a sunscreen and want to learn more about the chemical makeup of the different options, the video below is a great summary:

What Is Bad About Sunscreen?

Woman Swimming with Sunscreen instead of SPF Shirt

You don’t have to spend much time with the Rayward Apparel Team to realize that we’re big fans of sunscreen. Broad-spectrum sunscreen is a critical part of sun safety, and we use it to complement the protection offered by our SPF shirts for men/women. However, sunscreen isn’t perfect, and there are many reasons we prefer SPF apparel, whenever possible. Continue below for more on what is bad about sunscreen, from application issues to ingredient concerns. At the same time, we’ll examine if those same issues exist with SPF shirts for men/women.

Marketing Gimmicks and SPF

Not every sunscreen is guilty of this, but far too many rely on gimmicks and misleading labels. Our main point of criticism is in SPF ratings. In sunscreen, most dermatologists recommend an SPF of 30-50. However, since you still need to reapply after 1-2 hours, there isn’t much benefit to going above SPF 50. A higher SPF isn’t necessarily bad for you, but misleading labeling often portrays them as being safer. An SPF 100 sunscreen, for instance, still needs to be reapplied as frequently as SPF 30 or SPF 50 lotion. It will probably cost you more, however. Speaking of cost…

Sunscreen is Expensive

Good sunscreen is expensive, often around $2-3 per ounce. And prices only go up as you include more criteria, such as non-greasy application, water resistance and reef-safe ingredients. Consider that it takes about 1-2 ounces of sunscreen to properly cover your exposed areas of your skin. Now remember that you need to reapply every 1-2 hours, based on activity. Given that, even a half-day at the beach could require an entire 8 oz bottle of sunscreen per person! Of course, the more of your body that is protected by UV protective clothing, the less sunscreen you need. You will actually save money by investing in UPF apparel.

Sunscreen is Too Greasy

It may be a necessary evil, but it’s a common complaint that sunscreen leaves your skin feeling oily or greasy. Plus, with some sunscreens the same thing that makes them greasy also causes them to stain your clothes. Fortunately, there are now more sunscreens that both feel dry and don’t stain, but this is still a common problem with sunscreen. UV protective apparel, on the other hand, will of course not make your skin feel greasy. Plus, if it’s made with quality fabric blends, like the natural cottons and viscose from bamboo used in our Sun Bound collection, then the finished product is extremely soft, comfortable and lightweight!

Challenges Applying Sunscreen

Another big problem with sunscreen is in how it’s applied. With lotions, you may need the help of someone else to properly cover your hard-to-reach areas. Meanwhile, with spray lotions, you have to be careful not to overspray, contact your eyes or breathe in the fumes. Plus, for all varieties of sunscreen, you should apply 15 to 30 minutes prior to going out into the sun. This requires either waiting or a bit of planning ahead. Also, you’ll need to reapply your sunscreen at least every 2 hours, and possibly more often if you’re sweating or spending time in the water. With SPF shirts, on the other hand, your protection is instant and never lapses!.

Applying Sunscreen by Hand

Concerning Sunscreen Ingredients

Our final gripe with sunscreen regards ingredients. It seems like new research comes out weekly raising concerns about the safety of certain sunscreen chemicals, or their environmental impact. Some sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into your skin, and there’s much to learn about related health consequences, especially with children. As of now, the FDA isn’t saying sunscreen is unsafe, but they are requesting more research on the potential dangers of absorbing sunscreen chemicals through your skin. If this concerns you, choose a topical mineral sunscreen that sits on the surface of your skin. Additionally, mineral sunscreens (aka physical or natural sunscreens) don’t use ingredients linked to coral bleaching, such as oxybenzone and octinoxate. If you think this is complicated and leaves too much to chance, then rely on UV protective clothing as much as possible. With UPF clothing, you don’t have to worry about chemicals being absorbed through your skin or damaging marine life.

Sunscreen vs SPF Shirts

Based on the above, you hopefully understand why we prefer SPF shirts for men/women instead of sunscreen, if possible. At the same time, we’re realistic and recognize that you can’t cover your entire body in UV protective clothing. Therefore, you should still make sunscreen (or a safe alternative to sunscreen) a regular part of your sun safety routine, along with sunglasses and head protection, but do so knowing how to avoid the worst sunscreens.

To learn more about Rayward Apparel’s SPF shirts for men/women, also referred to as UPF apparel, click here!

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