Sun protection and redheads are essentially synchronous terms. And for good reason, as many natural redheads also have fair and sensitive skin, prompting extra caution regarding exposure to the sun’s potentially damaging rays.
While redheads have the natural ability to create higher levels of vitamin D than other hair colors, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to enjoy a day in the sunshine like everyone else. With so many advancements being made in the sun protection world, and more attention focused on threatening skin conditions such as melanoma (PSA: May is Melanoma Awareness Month), redheads now have myriad options to safeguard their complexions. But besides the usual topical applications of SPF, many clothing items are now made with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) woven right into the garments themselves.
Read on to discover a few exciting ‘redhead friendly’ brands who are raising the bar in the sun protection game.
This clothing brand is unique in that its sole purpose is to exclusively create sun protective clothing. It is also the first line to receive the Skin Cancer Foundation’s official seal of recommendation. All garments are both dermatologist recommended and guaranteed to offer UPF 50+ (the highest level) protection from first to last wear. As if that weren’t enough, the company is also dedicated to fighting skin diseases including melanoma and skin cancer, with proceeds from sales directly benefitting respected foundations and medical research.
2. Vineyard Vines
Another beloved brand, Vineyard Vines is known for its fun, preppy aesthetic. Born in Martha’s Vineyard, the clothing is aptly made for sunny pursuits and will make you look and feel fabulous while doing them.
A venerable line with an emphasis on an active outdoor lifestyle. It’s no wonder Patagonia produces a wide variety of UPF clothing. With a focus on environmentally friendly practices and recycled materials, this company is good for the planet, your skin, and your karma.
4. Lily Pulitzer
Surprise! One of the most well known and loved brands of our time offers a large selection of UPF clothing for both women and girls. Styles range from bathing suits + swimwear to dresses and leggings. Coming in a variety of bright, beautiful styles, these options are a no brainer.UPF 50+ Faye Maxi Dress / UPF 50+ Luxletic 26″ Weekender Legging
This brand is all about female empowerment and generating the latest in highly technical clothing. From a tough workout to relaxing on the weekends, Athleta makes sure wherever you go, you’re covered. This extends to their UPF protection as well; with a range of options, no matter where life takes you.
6. Lands’ End
Another tried and true name in the clothing industry, Lands’ End is proud to offer a large selection of sun protective clothing for adults and children. Another eco-conscious band, LE is a partner of the National Forest Foundation. So, save the trees, and your skin!
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