Look around and you’ll start seeing more parasols (a.k.a. umbrellas) on sunny days. That’s right, no rain, just in pure wonderful sunshine. Why? They’re not only a great addition to your outfit, but they help block the sun’s ultraviolet rays that can cause premature aging and skin cancer. What’s not to love?!
Tip: If beautiful skin is your prerogative, look for the following when choosing your perfect parasol:
Large arch. A parasol with a large arch will block more UV from the side.
Dark interior. The darker the color, the better the umbrella will absorb reflective UV rays.
Reflective or dark exterior. A reflective exterior will deflect more UV and keep you cooler. A dark material will absorb UV.
UPF 30 or higher ratings. Some parasols will provide a UPF rating. An umbrella rated UPF 50+ will block 98% or higher of direct UVA and UVB rays. Remember UV rays bounce off pavement, water, sand and other reflective surfaces. Applying broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher, sun protective clothing and UV sunglasses will offer even greater sun protection.
Stay beautiful and on trend. Use sun protection and parasols.
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