The Gear That Blocks The Sun
5 SPF saviors that put summer on burn notice.
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The warm weather is officially here to stay. But hitting the pool, a backyard BBQ or the beach doesn’t mean you have to get roasted. These UV blockers—from clothing to gadgets—use cutting-edge tech to banish cancer-causing (and aging) rays. Upgrade your summer with these sun-smart style essentials:
The wearable JUNE, $129
Sensors in the centerpiece of this bracelet measure rays to calculate your real time UV absorption. Punch in your skin type, and the gadget will give you your daily sun dose—the amount of time you can safely partake before getting burned. Push notifications to your phone tell you when to re-apply sunscreen, which level of SPF to use, and whether you need sunglasses or a hat. It comes with a silicon band for sports or a leather band for everyday use.
The hat Sunday Afternoon’s Havana hat, $26
A fedora’s wide brim protects your face from ultraviolet rays. Look for breathable straw or cotton versions to prevent overheating. This ultra light version has a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) 50+ certified sun rating, is un-crushable in a suitcase and looks good on everyone.
The Hoodie Coolibar Pullover, $69
Throw on this light-weight hoodie on an early summer morning for a UPF of 50, compared to a regular shirt’s UPF of 5 to 8. The fabric is made from Australian eucalyptus, which helps wick away sweat and keeps you cool.
The sunglasses Otis Eyewear, $250
Most sunnies are made with breakable (and easy-to-scratch) plastic lenses. Otis Eyewear has a California surfer vibe and uses eco-friendly mineral glass in its newest models that's scratch-resistant and provides 100 percent UV protection.
The Swim Shirt Parasol, $150
It’s like a rash guard, only chicer: This flattering shirt, designed by a former Vogue editor, is made from lightweight imported Italian nylon that’s rated UPF 50+ both in and out of the water. Pair it with bikini bottoms, shorts or jeans.