Summer is approaching and its time to look at the best clothing to wear when the temperatures increase. As you know, you should not be wearing items which expose most or all of your skin, especially if you do not want to get skin cancer later in life.
You should look for clothing out of cotton because cotton acts like a towel and pulls moisture away from your skin, thus discouraging the growth of bacteria and yeast.
Another good fabric for the summer is linen. It is more often produced with a loose weave and breathes well. I have some light weight linen I made a cover out of so I can wear my tank tops, yet stay cool.
Do not choose clothing made of synthetic fibers because the material that does not breath causing the moisture to stick to you rather than providing the desired cooling effect. In addition, the lack of wicking can cause people to break out in a rash.
In addition, make sure the fabric feels light. If you hold it up to the light and can see through it a little, that is perfect. Although it is recommended a person choose lighter colors such as white, tan, or pale yellow because they reflect light rather than absorb it, there is some research out there that indicates in certain conditions dark loosely woven materials are better.
Choose loose fitting clothing because your blood vessels dilate in the summer, causing your body to release heat through the skin. The loose clothing allows your blood to circulate better while tight fitting clothing can slow down the cooling effect.
The ideal clothing consists of long sleeves, long pants or long skirts so your skin is covered. The summer heat makes us want to wear tank tops and shorts but exposure to UV rays can cause sunburns and the heat can cause your skin to dry out making it more prone to wrinkles and aging skin.
So if you plan to spend time outdoors this summer, be sure to dress appropriately so you avoid sunburn and aging. Let me know what you think.