No matter how many times the experts and doctors, beauty gurus and mothers, tell you to protect your skin with sun screen, the truth is that a majority of people still believe that the UVA/UVB rays of the sun can’t hurt them. That belief is your ticket to premature aging and worse, skin cancer!
If you can’t, or won’t, wear sun screen, there are clever pieces of protective clothing that can help. Bloxsun UPF 50+ Sun Scarves are fashionable, and keep at least some of your body parts protected. The silky scarves look like any other scarf or shawl, with attractive color blocking in white with pink, navy, green or turquoise. But the fabric holds a protective secret: it is a unique nylon that apparently blocks more than 89% of UV rays. In case you’re wondering what UPF 50+ means, it’s the measurement of a fabric’s ability to block UVA and UVB rays. SPF is the measurement of how long you can stay out in the sun before getting burned, wearing the particular SPF product.
There are two sizes: The standard size is 36” x 34” ($60.00) and the Large is 56” x 29” ($85.00). Depending upon what size you get, you can wear it as a head or neck scarf, as a wrap or (if you are very slim) a short bikini cover-up. You can even drape it over a baby carriage to help protect baby. If you wear it on your head, it would also help to keep your hair color from fading in the great outdoors. Think about a head scarf instead of a hat when you can’t stay in the shade, or you’re hiking or doing some other outdoor activity.
The Bloxsun scarves are great for travel (keep one in your car) as they pack perfectly flat, but the downside is that protective clothing only covers the skin under it. That means you still need to use sunblock on the rest of your body — including your hands (or get the Bloxsun sun gloves to keep your hands safe).
In general, I think protective clothing, including the Bloxsun scarves, are a great thing. But I do have a few issues with them. For starters, the fabric is very stretchy and will cling to your body. If you’re wearing it as a wrap there’s no issue, but if you’re wearing the large size as a bikini wrap, it will show every lump so be sure you don’t have any! The care label says dry clean only, but if you’re on vacation and you want to wash it, hand washing is the only realistic way to do it. The large size scarf looks ample in the photo above and makes a nice, drape-y shawl to cover your upper body, but the scarf still isn’t as wide as a pareo, so it won’t cover and protect your entire body. Another downer is the large Bloxsun logo that is conspicuous on one edge of the scarf. This very large, Bloxon Logo is just a promotional vehicle for Bloxsun. I can’t think that anyone would find it fun to advertise that they’re wearing a sun-protective scarf.
That being siad, Bloxsun scarves aren’t inexpensive, but they’ll last a whole lot longer than a bottle of SPF 50 sun block, they look nice, and the TSA won’t try to confiscate them because they protect with product in a bottle! They’re a good investment!
To learn more and to order visit the Bloxsun web site: http://www.bloxsun.com