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Who Needs Sunscreen When You Have Gloves

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Sun Protection for Body
May 13, 2011 Reviewed by admin 8 Comments
Wearing proper protection from the sun jumped to new heights when Nigella Lawson wore a full on body suit, at the beach. The curvaceous cook hid her body in what could be described as a floral print body bag. I completely understand her want of protection but that seemed a bit excessive. Still, clothing manufacturers are cashing in on the public's fear (and rightfully so) of skin cancer.

The latest craze may just be gloves. Yes, it’s been a while since we’ve seen women wearing gloves, perhaps the last time was in that bygone era of black and white films with movie starlets- but they’re making a comeback. Sort of.

These gloves I speak of come from Sunsibility, which manufactures a whole line of clothing aimed at protecting people from the suns harmful rays. They’re rated at SPF50 and come in short, medium, and long so you can choose just how much of yourself you want to protect.

I hate to admit it but this brand might actually be on to something. The skin on your hands is quite thin (hardly any fat cells) so they’re getting a full blast of sun every time you go out. And since we use our hands a lot, chances are we might be removing some sunscreen unknowingly if we did indeed apply sunscreen to them. The gloves especially great for those who hate applying sunscreen and for people that drive since drivers tend to have their hands/arms exposed for long periods of time in direct sunlight.

The biggest downsides are that you’re wearing gloves, a lot of people just aren't ready to walk around in gloves whenever they are outside. To block out the sun, the fabric is tightly woven which is a great protector, but if you’re in a hot area, wearing gloves might be extremely uncomfortable and equate to sweaty hands. Another concern would be tan lines, unless you’re completely covered than you might have a very uneven skin tone in a very noticeable part of your body. This isn’t like a bikini tan line that you can hide by simply wearing a shirt. The worst part is that the gloves will cost you an arm and a leg; $50 will get you a pair of short gloves in one of 20 colors while the long pair goes $65. Then again, these are custom gloves. The company wants you to draw your hand out so they can make gloves that fit perfectly, still, $50 seems pretty steep for a pair of gloves that only block out the sun.

We want to hear your thoughts about the sunscreen gloves, would you actually consider wearing them or would you rather take your chances with sunscreen?
  • May 25, 2011

    by Miriam

    I wear dark cotton knit gloves to work every day on my morning commute. I live in Miami and one day realized that my hands are being exposed every day for over an hour in the sun and why not protect them? I also hang a small dark hand towel over the driver's window to block the morning eastern sun (just found out this weekend that it's illegal to do this). Ghetto, I know, but it blocks out so much light and I can still see my rear view mirrors. Only my close family knows how nuts I am about UV rays. I really do want to look beautiful when I'm older and I don't see that happening if I have wrinkles all over my face, hands, etc.
    Loving this site, BTW :)

  • May 19, 2011

    by jc


    no problem and thank you for giving me a smile by your kindness! it's true though, with a little time and attention you could get your hands looking good, exfoliate them, treat them like you do your face and grab some gloves! there's no reason your hands wouldn't look as lovely as your face here in your pic! heck, this is article is a good reason to consider purchasing some nice driving gloves as well!

  • May 16, 2011

    by Susan


    Thanks for the encouragement and the smile on my face as I read your post!


  • May 16, 2011

    by jc

    @susan, it's never too late! using some fantastic repairing products on your hands, along with protecting from the sun from now on could really surprise you! oh, and i bet you have a GORGEOUS garden!

  • May 13, 2011

    by Susan

    I don't think $50 is too steep of price to have custom gloves made. Good sunscreen is expensive and comes off easily.
    My hands look 70 yrs-old from years of gardening every day during the summer months. It's too late for me, but these would be a great accessory for someone younger.

  • May 13, 2011

    by jc

    *set of = set off

  • May 13, 2011

    by jc

    i'm a huge nigella lawson fan and while i think, perhaps, her beachwear went a bit over the top, she does have THE most flawless porcelain skin set of by that dark hair and eyes! she might be like me and get color despite wearing the most proper sunblock provided. even when wearing a broadspectrum, mineral based(i prefer) sunscreen, somehow i still get freckles on my face in the sun, though they fade a couple days later. anyway, sorry to derail your original post about gloves!

  • May 13, 2011

    by Denise

    I drive 1 hour roundtrip twice a day in sunny CA to pick up my daughters at school. My hands are exposed to the sun the whole time, so I've taken to wearing weight-lifting gloves when I drive. The rest of the time, I have some form of sunscreen on them. At 43, my hands are already showing signs of too much sun exposure. I actually learned to care for my hands from my dad who had a skin disorder that caused the backs of his hands to blister in the sun. I get tons of sun exposure being outside with my 3 daughters all year, so I try to be careful where I can....

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