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What makes effective UV - proof clothing?

  1. Apr 24, 2015 #1
    I am 67 and three years ago I was diagnosed with uv aggravated eczema. The doctors recommend wearing close woven fabrics to block uv but i find they don't really cut the mustard. my idea is to sew a lining into the back (where most irritation occurs) of a lightweight jacket and insert a sheet of aluminium foil to block the uv. What do you think? i would be extremely grateful for some feedback or do you have any more ideas?
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  3. Apr 24, 2015 #2
    Quite a number of manufacturers specifically make clothing for this purpose, unsurprisingly it's popular in Australia,
    but densely woven fabrics, preferably black should do a fairly good job.
    I think your aluminium foil idea might not be practical as it tears very easy and you would likely get fed up with continually having to replace it.
  4. Apr 24, 2015 #3
    thankyou for your reply. i appreciate the point about tearing but i'm hoping that if i put it in a loose fitting pocket it will survive an outing, besides i'm desperate. yes the hospital said i should choose black will search for aussie stuff.
  5. Apr 24, 2015 #4


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    Have you tried simply putting on another layer of clothing? Perhaps a thin undershirt that breathes? Also remember to wear a hat, preferably one with a brim all the way around.
  6. Apr 26, 2015 #5
    Clothes made of "space blanket" would be very noisy : you'd be guilty of rustling :¬)

    Here's some USA links for UV proof clothing ... http://www.lupusmctd.com/index.php?topic=3253.0;prev_next=prev [old 2006]

    Black is not necessarily better at blocking UV than other colours : window-glass blocks UV , but is transparent to visible light, (rather than opaque black), i.e. the UV transmission properties of a material are not necessarily the same as its visible-light properties.
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  7. Apr 27, 2015 #6
    e.g. You can get "tan-through" clothing, which admits UV, some of which is black ... http://www.tanthrough.com/index.htm

    If black is better at blocking UV she's gonna get a zebra-stripe tan :¬)

    Last edited: Apr 27, 2015
  8. Jun 26, 2015 #7


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    How about leather, tightest weave out there. A vest would not be a terrible fashion statement.
    And while leather is hard to test in UV blocking ability you could go for the extra safety of applying a bit of SPF cream to it, as it would not be washed away easily like on our skin.
  9. Jun 30, 2015 #8


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    You can get UV-blocking Swim Shirts:

    http://www.swimoutlet.com/rash-guards-c11705/ [Broken]
    UV-Blocking Swim Shirt.jpg
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