How to Use Accessories to Protect Yourself From the Sun

How to Use Accessories to Protect Yourself From the Sun

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The right accessories can be the perfect way to tie an outfit together. In the summer, those accessories can serve a dual purpose. If you strategically piece your outfit together, your accessories can protect your skin from the sun. Even better, you don’t have to choose between form and function. There are plenty of cute accessories that you can add to your wardrobe that’ll enhance your look and keep your skin a little safer. Try these accessories on for size and see how you can take your summer style to the next level.

Beach Cover-up

Most people know that tanning increases your risk of sun cancer, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay off the beach entirely. Sitting and relaxing on the beach with friends and family can be a great way to spend the afternoon, as long as you’re careful about it. Sunscreen should be your first stop, but your skin can always benefit from an additional layer of protection. A beach cover-up can be a great way to cover a bit more of your skin while still enjoying the summer sun.


Your eyes are incredibly sensitive to UV rays, so it’s very important that you keep them away from the sun. Sunglasses can help you keep your eyes safe while you’re outside during the daytime. Even dark-tinted lenses will help reduce the strain on your eyes. However, if you want broader coverage, find glasses that are specifically advertised as being able to block UV rays. Many extremely fashionable sunglasses with UV protection are available from well-recognized brands, so you can match your taste in fashion to your sunglasses.


The concept of twirling a parasol while out for an afternoon stroll may seem charmingly vintage, but it’s actually a good way to keep your skin safe from the sun. Umbrellas can be made in all manner of styles, from simple umbrellas featuring a single color to designer ones with meticulously created patterns. Even a cheap umbrella at the supermarket can be enough to give your skin adequate coverage.

Sun Blanket

For most people, the last thing on their mind throughout the summer heat is a blanket. However, a sun blanket is ideal to use in the summertime. These light, cool blankets can have the equivalent of 30 SPF or more, making them a great option for people who want to ensure they’ve covered their skin but don’t want to overheat. This can be especially great for people with sensitive skin who still want to enjoy a fun time out during the day with their friends and family.

UPF Clothing

Ultraviolet Protection Factor, or UPF, is a descriptor used to describe the sun protection factor of clothing. Although UPF used to be mainly marketed toward people who enjoy outdoor sports, the UPF rating has become part of the fashion world as designers have started to understand the effects of UV light on the skin. You can now find entire companies that create only clothing with higher UPF ratings. These companies may also offer other clothing that can increase your UV protection, such as arm coverings.

Visor Hat

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This style is a little vintage, but vintage is big right now. A big, wide-brimmed hat can be the perfect option for someone who just wants a little more sun coverage. Pair a simple hat with some oversized sunglasses and bright lipstick, and you’ll look like you stepped right off of a 1920s runway, with some added sun protection to boot.


Just because the sun can cause damage to your skin, that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside all summer long. You just need to make sure you’re taking precautions to ensure that your skin stays as undamaged as possible. Although everyone needs to be careful about keeping their skin healthy, if the topic particularly fascinates you, consider looking into it in a more research-friendly environment.

With the Ogle School esthetics program, you’ll learn what things impact healthy skin and get information on the scientific principles behind healthier skin. It can also be a great jumping-off point if you’re interested in becoming a researcher in the field. Get in contact today to see if the esthetics program is right for you.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.