I spend a lot of time on the water and under the Florida sun. Which is great if you are like many people trying to achieve a healthy tan; unfortunately, too much sun can lead to the development of a malignant growth. And skin cancer is not a healthy thing.
To keep my skin healthy I wear sun protective clothes and sunscreen. It surprises many people that in the hottest months in Florida I still cover up. And people always ask, “why are you not hot?” when they see me paddling in a wide brim hat, long sleeved shirt, and wearing a paddling vest.
The secret to keeping cool is in the fabric. I wear clothing made by Columbia Sportswear because of the fabric that they use. The clothing made with their Omni-Dry fabric controls my body’s temperature.
I have tried several different clothing combinations. And covering skin with a long sleeve top is the simplest yet most challenging way to protect the skin in a hot climate. I have used lycra (surfer style rash guards) but they always kept me wet. Now I use a shirt made by Columbia because it keeps me cool, dry, and rash free of chafing armpits. And as of today, Columbia Sportswear Omni-Dry fabric works the best in keeping me cool and protected from the sun.
In up incoming posts I will add to what I do to protect my skin from the sun.
• Preventing Skin Cancer: kayak kit • May 5, 2009 •