Posted on August 13 2018
People are skeptical of clothes made with 'UV protection' so you don't have to wear sunscreen — but experts say they actually work
Clothes with UV protection are the real deal.BlueOrange Studio/Shutterstock
Clothes that come with built-in sun protection seem too good to be true. Can you really just throw on a special shirt and be totally protected from UV radiation, no additional effort required?
Actually, yeah. INSIDER asked two dermatologists about UV protection clothing and both of them agreed: Not only do these clothes work, but in a lot of ways they're superior to sunscreen.
UV protection clothes work in a really simple way.
"They're very tightly woven to prevent the penetration of ultraviolet rays through the fabric," Alison Arthur, MD, a Florida-based dermatologist, told INSIDER. "Some fabrics include minerals like zinc and titanium and they actually weave those minerals into the fabric to help reflect the UV rays."
It's like walking around in the shade all day, without actually needing to be in the shade.