My Health News Daily: Dr. Joshua Zeicher Comments: "Sun Protection Clothing: As Good as Sunscreen, or Better?"
Any clothing can be considered sun-protective if it covers the skin, and pieces in darker colors, tighter weaves and synthetic fabrics are all better at blocking harmful rays than lighter, loosely woven clothes of natural fibers, said Dr. Joshua Zeichner, an educational spokesman for The Skin Cancer Foundation. "Clothing is the single most effective form of sun protection, even more than sunscreen," said Dr. Zeichner, who is also director of cosmetic and clinical dermatology research at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. "Clothing is a physical blocker of the rays and sunscreen is applied to bare skin." Learn more