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    29 Ways To Cover Up For People Who Suck At Reapplying Sunscreen

    UV rays out, style in — all for under $40.

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    If you love the sun and hate the shade, clothes can keep your skin from getting burnt AF.

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    They can block and absorb harmful UV radiation, which causes the majority of the 3.7 million skin cancers diagnosed in the U.S. each year, plus up to 90% of visible aging, according to skincancer.org.

    BuzzFeed Life reached out to two experts certified by the Board of American Dermatology, Dr. Rachel Herschenfeld, of Dermatology Partners, Inc. in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and Dr. Lisa Garner, who runs her own practice in Garland, Texas.

    Here's how they suggest covering up so you don't get deep fried out there this summer:

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    Covering up won't actually make you SO MUCH HOTTER.

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    "One major myth is that you can't have sun protection from clothing and feel as cool as you would without covering up," says Garner. "In addition to blocking the UV rays, clothing also can block some of the infrared rays that make the skin feel hot." So even though your maxi seems like it's keeping all of the heat in, it's actually doing a pretty good job of keeping the rays out and your skin cool.

    The best options are those labeled with UPF, which is like SPF but for clothes.

    Choose stuff that covers your neck, chest, back, and shoulders.

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    You want to cover the places you're most likely to forget to reapply. So a strapless cover-up wouldn't be super helpful, but a flowy long-sleeve shirt dress would, since you're more likely to notice if your legs are burning than the backs of your arms. "The best protection will be offered by clothing that has long sleeves with full coverage of the chest and neck. I prefer jacket-type styles," says Garner.

    Tightly knit fabrics are best.

    And darker clothes are typically better (though it depends on the fabric and whether or not they're labeled with UPF).

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    "As a rule, darker colors such as blue or even red absorb more UV rays than light colors, however, in specialty UPF clothing, light colors protect well," says Garner. Even though lighter stuff may seem like it reflects more light, it's actually just easier for the sun to penetrate and reach your skin.

    BUT OBVIOUSLY sunscreen is still important.

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    You should really be wearing sunscreen no matter what if you're going to be outside, but just think of clothes as some added sun protection that you won't have to worry about reapplying or washing off, says Herschenfeld.

    So here are 29 summer wardrobe essentials that will protect your skin, all for under $40.

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    This easy shift dress will shield your arms and back, and you can actually wear it out after the beach.

    Sizes: 4–12

    This super-cute rashguard doubles as a swim top to shield your skin from sun in and out of the water — and it comes in so many fun colors!

    Sizes: 1X–3X

    Sizes: S–XL

    Sizes: XS–XL

    Chambray is a super lightweight take on denim, but it's still finely woven to keep the sun out, and keep you feeling cool.

    Sizes: S–L

    This flowy button-up is your answer to always forgetting to reapply on your arms.

    Sizes: 1X–3X

    The bright way to keep your chest, back, and shoulders out of the sun while you're in the water.

    Sizes: XXS–L

    Simple enough to keep you cool while still giving you lots of protection.

    Sizes: XL–3X

    Sizes: 1X–3X

    Sizes: XS–L

    11. Mango Shirt Dress, $29.99

    Sizes: 2–10

    Sizes: XS–L

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    Sizes: XS–XL

    14. Zella "Z5" Tee, $32

    Sizes: 1X–3X

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    Sizes: XS–XL

    Sizes: XS–XL

    Sizes: S–XL

    Sizes: XS–XL

    19. Marmot Mobility Shorts, UPF 30, $32.95

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    Sizes: XS–XL

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    Sizes: S–XL

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    When choosing a hat, the "see-through" rule still applies. "The best hats are fine-woven and 'wide-brimmed,' which means the brim is at least three inches wide," says Herschenfeld. "A wide-brimmed hat will give you roughly SPF 7 on your nose, SPF 2 on your chin, and SPF 5 on your neck." That doesn't seem like a whole lot, but it definitely adds to the protective factor of sunscreen.

    In addition to hats, "Sunglasses with plastic lenses, such as polycarbonate or acrylic, should say somewhere on the label that they have 90–100% UV protection. If they don't, which is the case with some cheaper sunglasses, there will be harmful UV exposure to your eyes because the dark lenses cause your pupils to dilate." So actually take the time to read that annoying little sticker on the lens or ask a salesperson to make sure you're choosing the right shades.

    25. H&M Straw Hat, $12.99

    26. Target Cat Eye Sunglasses, $19.99

    28. Steve Madden Sunglasses, $38

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