How to Protect Your Skin When You’re Outside

Sun-savvy shirts that help to keep you cool while protecting your skin from UV rays
BY Bill Lindsey TIMEJuly 22, 2022 PRINT

We need sunshine to be healthy, but a look at a car’s faded paint makes it clear too much sun exposure isn’t a good thing. Unlike cotton T-shirts, these innovative shirts are crafted of high-tech fibers that help to block UVA and UVB radiation, yet are light, comfortable, and stylish.

Patriotic Protection

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Hook & Tackle Men’s American Sailfish Long Sleeve T-shirt


Based in Miami and run by active offshore anglers, Hook & Tackle knows a lot about sun protection. Made from their proprietary Solar System fabric, this stars and stripes-themed shirt provides an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 50-plus and has the breathability of soft cotton, coupled with moisture-wicking, odor-resistant properties.

The Yachties’ Choice

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Ocean R Collection Agiofili Beach Men’s Long Sleeve Shirt


Superyacht crew, sometimes referred to as “yachties,” are expected to look good while working, making this shirt with a Hawaiian-style inset design their top choice. Crafted from 85 percent recycled polyester and 15 percent elastane, it also provides UPF 50 protection. The quick-drying fabric makes it a great choice to wear while swimming, as well as on dry land.

A Pleasant Surprise

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Pnuma Shooting Shirt


Most sun-protective clothing pieces look like T-shirts, but you can wear this collared shirt on date night without the wife glaring at you. Crafted of anti-microbial, wicking, UPF 30-plus, 100 percent polyester, it features snaps for a button-down look, a back yoke to vent heat, roll-up sleeve tabs, and chest pockets.

Keep It Simple

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Whitewater Long Sleeve Tech Shirt


This shirt manages to improve on the time-honored long-sleeve T-shirt. Boasting UPF 30 protection, the silky 100 percent polyester fabric dries quickly and is treated to help repel odor-causing bacteria. The classic, clean design keeps you looking cool even on the hottest days.

Keep It Covered

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Coolibar Men’s Andros Fishing Hoodie


This is a shirt your dermatologist will love; the UPF 50-plus design features finger loops to protect your hands while keeping the sleeves down, plus a hood that can be pulled up and over to protect your face and neck; add sunglasses for virtually complete UV protection.

Bill Lindsey
Bill Lindsey is an award-winning writer based in South Florida. He covers real estate, automobiles, timepieces, boats, and travel topics.
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