According to the CDC, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage your skin in just 15 minutes. There are different ways to protect your skin from the sun, including sunscreen, SPF clothing, and shade, but some of these methods are more effective than others. With sunscreen, you have to reapply every two hours or after being in the water. Shade from large trees can make you feel more comfortable on hot summer days, but you have to keep moving your chair to stay in shade as the sun travels across the sky. SPF clothing works well for the areas of your body it covers, but who wants to wear a full bodysuit in the heat of summer?
The best way to protect your skin from sun damage is staying under a shade system manufactured with sun protective fabric. Not only will your entire body be protected, but you won’t have to worry about watching the clock to reapply sunscreen.
All awnings and canopies provide shade, but some fabrics are more protective than others. The Northport Series fabrics used to manufacture Aristocrat Awnings and Canopies have been tested and certified by the UV Standard 801. This is one of the most stringent testing and certification processes in the world, and the results show that under a certified fabric, people can stay outdoors 40 to 80 times longer without suffering sun damage. It’s more protective than sunscreens and SPF clothing, and you don’t have to reapply or wear anything special!
You can learn more about sun protection and UV Standard 801 here
, and when you’re ready to purchase an awning, make sure that the fabric you choose will protect you from sun damage and not just provide shade. It’s much easier to relax outdoors worry-free than have to reapply sunscreen every couple hours.