Spring break will soon be here, with many folks heading south for warmer weather and fun in the sun, while others will head to the mountains for what could be their last runs down the slopes this season. While using sunscreen should be a no-brainer for everyone, many people don't consider the role their clothes play in keeping their skin safe in intense sunlight.
Although more and more clothing offers sun protection, labels can be confusing. What exactly does Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) mean? How does UPF clothing protect you from the sun, and is it really any different than normal clothing?
Patagonia offers a full line of UPF products that provide built-in sun protection with ventilation and moisture wicking properties for supreme comfort and breathability whether you're hitting the beach or the slopes. Several of their offerings have UPF ratings of up to 40, providing you an added layer of protection against sunburns and skin cancer.
Have a look at some of the products they offer in the slideshow and when you head out for spring break or any activity that involves being in the sun, take care of your skin with sunscreen and proper clothing.