Finding a pair of UV protection gloves that are the right size and material for your needs can be tricky. We've created this buying guide to help you know what to look for!
As with SPF ratings, a higher UPF rating is better than a lower one. The highest rating you'll probably find is 50 UPF, meaning that only one-fiftieth of the UV rays will be able to get through to your skin.
A moderate UPF rating will be up to 24 UPF, while a good rating goes towards the upper 30s. Lower UPF ratings are fine if you only tend to be out for a short time or in direct sunlight. But if you want to stay extra safe, we recommend an excellent UPF rating, which falls between 40 and 50 UPF.
If you have fair skin or a history of skin cancer, choose a glove with a higher UPF rating. This will allow you to get more protection. You should still use a cream or lotion SPF for the fingers or other exposed parts of the hands the gloves do not cover.
Each material used to make UV protection gloves has its strengths and weaknesses. While there are no bad materials, some might be better for you than others, depending on your needs. Here's a breakdown of each material that's typically used to make UV protection gloves.
Wool, cotton, and silk can be comfortable and do tend to breathe well. They can also be more aesthetically appealing. The downside is that these natural fibers aren't very protective without additional treatment. Still, if you want a cute pair of UV protection gloves to wear in less direct sunlight, these natural materials can be a fine choice.
Thicker, more densely woven fabrics block more UV rays than thin or fine fabrics. So if you're planning a long outing in direct sunlight, you might want to look for UV protection gloves that are thick and sturdy, like faux leather or water-resistant fabrics. Thinner gloves made of fine or soft fabrics like cotton should be reserved for an occasion with less sun exposure.
It's important to be aware that stretchy UV gloves do provide less protection as they stretch thinner. However, spandex gloves and other similar types meant to stretch often have a purpose behind their design. You might need more stretch to your UV protection gloves if you're using them for sports or other active events. Some protection is still better than none.
When you get the gloves wet or wash them repeatedly, they will lose some effectiveness. This is why choosing a thicker glove is better since it takes more time for them to lose effectiveness. However, thicker materials may be warmer for your hands and are not as comfortable as lighter-weight Spandex gloves.
Light-colored gloves also generate less heat. This means you will be cooler in them and more likely to wear them for longer periods of time. They're also better for sports or periods of time where you may be sweating since they tend to be cooler.
The goal of UV protection gloves is to protect you from the sun, but depending on the cut of your shirt, you may want to protect your arms as well. Gloves come in a wide range of cuts from wrist-length all the way up to mid-bicep.
Although the goal is to protect yourself as much as possible from the sun, sometimes wearing full gloves can be too unwieldy, especially if you’re doing something that requires smaller movements. If you're going to be doing activities that require quick fingerwork, you may want to choose UV protection gloves that are fingerless.
For patients that are very prone to sun damage or skin cancer, I recommend keeping a pair of UV gloves in the car that cover the hands. UVA rays from the sun can penetrate the window and can cause sun damage to the hands.
For longer days at the beach, a full-length pair of gloves that cover the arms is recommended. Some women (and men) may get melasma on the forearms. These full-length gloves are great for this condition to help prevent further hyperpigmentation.
Also, some gel manicures use a UV light to set the polish. Use a pair of UV gloves with fingertip holes while getting a gel manicure to protect your hands.
After careful study and consideration, we curated a list of the best three UV protection gloves on the market this year. We've chosen each item based on extensive research and by combing through reviews written by people who bought and used these products. They're sure to keep your hands cool and burn-free all summer long!
*Please note that these products were chosen after extensive research by mybest writers. The choices are not necessarily affiliated with or recommended by Dr. Lauren Levy. Prices are from respective EC sites as of July 5, 2022.
The Fishing Tree
ActiveIce Chroma Full Sun Gloves
UV Protection Fingerless Kayaking Fishing Gloves
Compression Sun Sleeves
Arm Length UV Protection Women's Gloves
Fingerless Fishing Gloves
Gannett UV Gloves UPF 50+
Women’s UPF 50+ Fingerless Fishing Gloves
UV Protection Gloves
Our Top Choice - Sturdy Gloves With Cooling Technology and a Strong Grip
Best for Dexterity and Lightweight Feel
Best UV Protection Sports Sleeves
Best Long Gloves With Full Finger Coverage
Best for Short Finger Coverage and Fishing
Best for Cooling Fabric and a Standard Design
Best for Petit Hands and Long Finger Coverage
Best for Getting a Gel Manicure
Best Multi-Pack of UV Gloves
|Size||XS-XL||XS-3XL||XS-XXL||One size fits all||XS-XL||XS-XL||XS-M||One size fits all||One size fits all|
|Material||96% polyester, 4% Spandex||Breathable fabric; partial synthetic leather and silicone weave||85% polyester, 15% Spandex||100% cotton||Not provided||Polyester/spandex blend||Poly-spandex and synthetic leather||Polyester microfibers, Lycra||Cotton, lace|
|Material||96% polyester, 4% Spandex|
|Material||Breathable fabric; partial synthetic leather and silicone weave|
|Material||85% polyester, 15% Spandex|
|Size||One size fits all|
|Material||Poly-spandex and synthetic leather|
|Size||One size fits all|
|Material||Polyester microfibers, Lycra|
|Size||One size fits all|
Chances are that at least some of your skin is still exposed. Don't forget to slather on some quality SPF as well!
This expert reviewed the contents of the buying guide for accuracy and provided factual corrections when necessary. They did not participate in the product selection process, nor are they affiliated with any of our choices unless explicitly stated so.
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