Healthy Fashion: Beyond Sunscreen

For people with really sensitive skin, sunscreen sometimes isn't enough. More manufacturers are offering clothing--some fashionable, some burqaesque--specially designed to protect skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Solar Eclipse sells a "driving sleeve" for arms that hang out of car windows. Sun Precautions has a nose-to-neck ventilated mask (above). And Coolibar offers a kid's cap with a protective neck drape.

Do these duds do the job? Unlike sunscreen, which falls under the FDA's watch, sun-protective clothing is largely unregulated. Even so, the industry has its own voluntary standards. The weave in sun-protective clothing is extra tight, so ultraviolet rays can't...

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