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The Secret Advantage of Long Sleeves

Jennifer Annett is the Integrated Marketing Manager for Coolibar. She talks about her experience in the surprising advantage of long sleeves.

Summer is usually a time for barely there clothing; it’s hot outside and most people tend to wear shorter clothing to keep cool. I on the other hand, have actually worn long sleeves and long pants during the summer to protect my skin from UV rays. Does it get hot, yes, but I was confident that I was protecting myself.

I have fair skin, strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes. In my lifetime I have had more sun burns than I can count. So, it would make sense that a person like me would work for a sun protective clothing company. And now, after almost 6 years of learning about the dangers of UV, I not only want to stop sunburn, I want to prevent wrinkles, aging and skin cancer and sun protective clothing is the easiest most guaranteed way to get UV protection.

Needless to say, I am a Coolibar fan! I purchase many of our garments, I have a Coolibar hat for every occasion and I give Sun Protection You Wear as gifts to my friends and family. I believe in our products, however, until recently, I struggled with the perception that long sleeves will make me hot. Old habits die hard and when the temperature soars, my first inclination is to put on a tank top and shorts, even though my fair skin requires protection.

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Prior to the holiday weekend, I had read a blog post called Why I Don’t Wear Sunscreen and was reminded how other cultures adapt to hot sunny conditions. Most people are covered and you don’t see many tank tops in the desert. According to the author’s Egyptian guide, “Exposing skin will get you burnt, and you’ll be hotter.”

This article was on my mind last weekend when temperatures reached 90 degrees with high humidity. I was meeting my friend for a walk at 11am, which is during peek UV exposure. I decided I was going to do an experiment and pulled out my trusty Coolibar jacket (zipped to the top) and paired it with my favorite walking pants. I added my Coolibar visor and sunglasses and applied sunscreen only to my face and hands. I envisioned that I was wearing special anti-aging armor, and after an hour, I still felt really comfortable. My girlfriend, on the other hand, was melting. She wore a tank top.

Covered up for extreme heat and sun

Let’s face it, when the weather is that hot, you are going to sweat. You might as well protect your skin and feel cooler since the sun won’t be in direct contact with your skin. I have a renewed faith in the ability of Coolibar products to help keep me cool and protected.

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  • m. holman

    Thank you, I constantly tell my freinds that wearing my coolibar tops is actually much cooler than being exposed and just using sunscreen. Sunsafe clothing is the first layer of protection in our house and should be for all; I am a melanoma patient but my husband and son now wear coolibar sunblock hoodies when we are out in the sun (Disneyworld , parades etc), swimshirts when beachside etc. The coolibat shirts are actually whisper light and cool and much more conf than being exposed. My original melanoma was on my back, then I got a secondary one on my left arm, from years of driving with that side exposed through the window glass. Now I wear Coolibar shirts or a jacket over a regualr shirt every day. Thx Coolibar! & thx for the story! great one!

  • Laurie H.

    So true. While I most always opt for protective clothing, just this past weekend I wanted to take a walk in the sunny, warm weather with a tank. Within minutes, I was succumbing to the heat on my skin, and pulled on my long sleeved zip up jacket. Instantly cooler. Love your products.

  • John Rich

    Like you, I’m blessed/cursed with “fair skin, strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes.”

    And because I basically lived outdoors growing up, I now am paying with multiple visits to my friendly dermatologist to have skin problems taken care of. Lesson learned.

    I’m pleased to see that you are spreading the word: covering up with light-weight and wicking material works better in the heat than baring our extremities.

    Up until a few months ago, “coolibar” was just a misspelling of the coolibah tree. Now it’s my go-to source for long-sleeved gear that I may safely wear in the sun (not all day, of course — I may be slow, but I can learn…).

  • Shauna Roberts

    My experience, too, is that covered skin stays cooler than exposed skin. I would add the caveat, based on living 16 years in Louisiana and years in the Southern California desert, that long sleeves and long skirts work better at keeping you cool if they’re loose to allow some air flow and sweat evaporation.

  • Susan K Fox

    I live in Houston Tx. and normally hate to see Summer come.
    I do wear long sleeves and pants from Coolibar, and at least I feel safe from the harmful rays here. I have vitiligo. Its a condition where I have lost all of my pigment in my skin. I am fortunate that I am all one color, which is very fair, and I can’t tolerate the sun at all. I am so thankful for Coolibars products to help me take care of myself. Can’t wait to order the new pants with the wide legs.

    Thank you,

    Susan Fox

  • Susan K Fox

    Thank you

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