by Michelle

Can You Get A Sunburn Under Clothes? Here’s How To Keep Every Part of Yourself Protected

July 17, 2017

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It’s no secret that protection from the sun’s UV rays is necessary year-round. But those rays can be tricky. After all, they can penetrate clouds when it’s gloomy out, so what else can they get through? Can you get a sunburn through your clothes? Even though it seems like your clothes should be able to protect you from sun damage and burns, you can never be too careful. So I emailed with dermatologist Dr. Amy Brodsky to see just how much protection your duds really offer.

According to Dr. Brodsky, UVB rays are what causes burns, and these rays can’t go through most clothing. But even though you shouldn’t get a sunburn under your clothes, it’s still possible to experience some sun damage since UVA rays can penetrate your threads, she says. Of course, the type of clothing you wear can have an impact on how protected you are. Most common clothing, says Dr. Brodsky, offers an SPF 4-7. If you want to optimize that protection factor though, there are certain colors, styles, and types of fabrics that can help. If you don’t want to limit yourself to colors or fabrics for a day spent outside, try sun-protective apparel like this that offers Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) 50, so you know wherever it’s covering you, it’s protecting you from sun damage.

Article originally posted on Bustle

Edited by Mia Cloke