UPF Clothing + Accessories
UPF (UltraViolet Protection Factor) clothing is the ideal follow-up to a rich lathering of suitable sunscreen. In fact, UPF clothing may be the perfect complement to a body prepared for the sun. Much like the components of sunscreen, UPF clothing has been treated with special coatings to support the absorption of harmful UVA & UVB rays. Consider this clothing to be the second line of defense, especially as this clothing will continue to support the protection of your skin as the effectiveness of your sunscreen dissipates.
In addition, adding other layers of non-UPF clothing will help shield you from the sun. However, be aware that only tightly-knit, dark-colored clothing will provide any real safety. As soon as clothing is wet from water of any source, it's protection attributes are cut by half.
Further, actual accessories will help ease the burden of protection and initiate a full look for the beach and the sun. As the sun makes its way across the sky, its rays and location are most pertinent between 10 AM and 4 PM. In other words, you'll be receiving a lot of rays during these hours. It's important to protect from the top, down. For this concern, take a second to pick out or invest in a fashionable summer hat to cover your entire head - face, ears, neck, and everything else. Hats with brims near 2-3" would be perfect.
Lastly, whether you consider this an accessory, invest in some SPF-rated lip balm. Lip sores (or worse) caused by the sun can ruin the perfection of a look. Remember to apply and apply and apply every hour, on the hour. Plus, it'll help your lips look full and moisturized.