Benefits of Clothing vs Sunscreen

by Huk Gear September 03, 2015

Protecting your skin is important for all anglers, so you need the right strategy to avoid sunburns.

Two items that you should always use are sunscreen and clothing. While sunscreen is an effective weapon against sun damage, clothing can give you reliable protection for a longer time.

Won’t Wash or Rinse Away

When you go fishing, you are sure to come in contact with water. Splashing waves, thrashing fish, and even the occasional rains can rinse off your sunscreen. While there are water-resistant sunscreens available, no product can stay on 100% when rinsed. Sun protective clothing, however, will stay with you whether you are completely dry or soaked to the bone. This means you won’t have to worry about constantly reapplying sunscreen on areas that are covered by your protective clothing.

You Always Have it With You

When you get dressed to go fishing, it’s easy to remember to put on your long-sleeve performance shirts, throw on your facemask, and slip into your light-weight fishing pants. Then you start thinking about all the different items you need for fishing: what tackle you’ll use, which rods you want to take, and what tools you need to bring along. With all these accessories, it can be easy to let sunscreen slip between the cracks. It’s not uncommon for anglers to get out on the water and think, “shoot, I forgot the sunscreen!”

Easier to Carry and Store

When you wear lightweight, protective clothing, it is easy to store it and bring it along. After all, it’s on your body. Sunscreen, however, can take up valuable space in your tackle box or boat storage area. You might have to leave out certain items, which can hinder your chances of catching a top-quality fish, or it can make landing a large fish more difficult because you don’t have all the right tools.

You Don’t Have to Worry about Applying the Right Amount

When applying sunscreen, you need to make sure you are using the right amount in order for it to be effective. You need a complete coating of sunscreen to get the full sun protection, and reapplying constantly to make sure you have the right amount can be a hassle. With sun-protective clothing, however, this is obviously not an issue. You simply put it on and away you go.

Effective Protection for the Life of the Garment

In general, sun protective clothing will keep you shaded from the sun throughout the life of the garment, making it a very cost-effective investment. You won’t have to constantly repurchase new clothing like you need to repurchase sunscreen. This makes it a more cost-effective choice for getting the sun-protection you need.

Remember, sunscreen is an important part of protecting your skin. While sun-protective clothing has it’s advantages, you should never abandon sunscreen altogether. With the right combination of sunscreen and clothing, you can be protected from painful and dangerous sunburns.

Comfortable Performance Fishing Apparel

Browse the huge selection of fishing apparel from Huk and you’ll find top-quality shirts that will protect you from the sun for hours. Whether you want long-sleeve or short sleeve fishing shirts, you’ll get find it all here at Huk Gear!

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