It’s common knowledge that protecting your skin from the sun’s harsh rays is crucial, even on cold days. For these instances, you may want to consider wearing a scarf with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor). With that in mind, we rounded up some of our favorite options on the market from brands like Coolibar, UV Skinz and NoZone. Each style on our list features UPF 50+ protection and utilizes soft, lightweight and breathable viscose or rayon, which is known for its silky feel. Bonus: These cozy scarves are wide enough that they can double as shawls for extra coverage.
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1. Coolibar UPF 50+ Sanibel Everyday Beach Shawl
This option is made from Coolibar’s cotton-blend fabric, which is supersoft against the skin, lightweight and cool with top-notch zinc oxide protection. It measures 72 by 29 inches.
Pros: It comes in 13 colors to choose from, including styles with stripes.
Cons: Some may prefer it were wider.
2. UV Skinz UPF 50+ Sun Shawl
This 68-by-27-inch scarf-shawl made of viscose from bamboo fabric is treated to be resistant to both chlorine and salt water.
Pros: It also features natural odor-neutralizing properties and comes in sea glass blue and white.
Cons: Some may find it a bit small.
3. NoZone UPF 50+ Sun Shawl
This one measures 30 by 75 inches and is also rendered from a cotton-rayon blend with a touch of spandex for added stretch.
Pros: The fabric is moisture-wicking and features natural bacteria-fighting properties. It doesn’t contain zinc or any chemicals. It comes in seven colors.
Cons: Wearers may find it loses some of its softness over time.