Member since 11/16/02
Date: 11/28/06 10:27 PM
Does anyone know a source to buy UV-blocking fabrics? A good friend of mine is battling cancer (Round 2) with one of the brand new drugs, and a side effect is a real hypersensitivity to sunlight and UV rays. She's looking for lightweight fabrics to make tops and pants. Thanks for your help and suggestions!
Member since 10/27/05
In reply to Oopsy-Daisy!
Date: 11/28/06 10:54 PM
There really doesn't seem to be much but you can try here at Rainshed. They'll send you swatches. Just click on "fabrics" on the left side. Good luck.
Member since 4/8/02
Date: 11/29/06 10:41 AM
Solerveil is a site. You can also get UV block additive that "washes" into the fabric. It's by Rit.
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 11/29/06 11:17 AM
Textile Outfitters has two types of sun block fabric.
One thing to consider, your friend shoud be wearing gloves whenever she is outdoors too. And a wide brimmed hat.
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Member since 2/25/06
Date: 11/24/07 1:56 PM
I would suggest a combination of approaches. She could combine them as she finds practical for her, depending on the extent of the need.
1) Stay indoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is the strongest.
2) Use sunscreen from head to toe. Sunlight, as you know, travels through fabric. Have you ever noticed how your fanny is lighter than the other areas covered by your pants? Your breasts are also lighter than other areas covered by your bra. This is because you have underwear and a bra on, blocking more light.
3) Wear tightly woven fabrics.
4) Wear layers.
5) Wear styles that have long sleeves, long pant legs (or skirts) and high necklines. Some sleeves with a pretty bell at the end will somewhat shade the hands when you are walking outdoors.
6) Wear closed toe shoes and long pants or socks.
7) Let your hair grow so that it covers your neck and shoulders and can shade your face somewhat as well from the side. If she has lost her hair, she can get a long wig that serves this purpose. OR, wear a safari-type hat with a "curtain" that covers the side and back of your head and goes below your shirt collar.
8) Wear large Jackie-O type sunglasses with good UV protection.
9) Wear full coverage makeup with UV protection, and reapply lipstick often.
10) Carry a pocket-size sunscreen container to refresh protection for uncovered skin when you are out.
11) Eat foods with lots of antioxidants. These provide natural sun protection as well as healing properties. Can't remember which are best off hand, but recent studies support this. (When I had my radiation, the doctors were very surprised at how well my skin held up, and I credit my diet which is high in the veggies and fruits that have the most antioxidants.)
12) Have a jacket with good sun-blocking properties handy at all times, preferably with long sleeves that can be unrolled to cover hands and a nice big hood that shades the face--or have a wide brimmed hat as well. I think which is best may depend on the season.
13) Alter daily activities to avoid sun. Walk in the evening instead of the afternoon or switch to the mall or treadmill. Put the outdoor trash on the shady side of the house. Find out what kind of car window shading would be legal to keep hot sun off her face and hands. She may have to sit in the back seat with sunshades on the window to protect her skin if someone else can drive. Consider sitting farther from the window in your house if this would have an effect.
14) Limit how much you exfoliate your skin as this will expose it to more potential damage.
15) Avoid reflected sunlight, such as that from the sand and the snow.
16) Carry a large, dark umbrella when out in the sun. This may be more comfortable than a hat.
Sometimes doing lots of little things can add up to more than doing one big thing.
-- Edited on 11/24/07 2:04 PM --
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Member since 3/6/07
Date: 12/10/07 8:12 PM
Grangers G-line UV protectant also washes in. You can buy it online. I use it. Sorry so late a reply. Just now saw this thread.