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What is sun-protective clothing?

While sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin, certain items of clothing can provide just as high quality protection from the sun. When choosing items of clothing for sun protection, look for hats with wide brims all the way around; these are very effective in protecting the ears, nose, and back of the neck. Choose tightly woven and dark fabrics over items that are pale or pastel-colored. The highest protection from the sun is afforded from fabrics containing the highest UPF ratings.

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