Skin Cooler Helmet Beanie
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Skin Cooler SDS™ (Shield Del Sol™)
Blocks 90% of UVB rays - When the human body gets hot, it sweats to cool itself. In the past, other brands have tried to help that process by developing fabrics that wick moisture away from the skin and expedite evaporation. For over 10 years now, De Soto has taken this concept a step further by using that moisture to create a cooling effect. YES! WE WANT YOU WET. Skin Cooler™ works by a series of channels knitted into light fabric. As these channels get wet, they absorb moisture and swell, which dissipates the heat making the fabric against your skin actually cooler. How much cooler depends on factors including airflow, humidity, ambient temperature, and moisture temperature. When you sweat, the garment’s temperature drops and creates an actual cooling sensation. Skin Cooler SDS™ offers this cooling effect while offering even more sun protection.
We always recommend you wear sunscreen underneath these products. It is crucial to keep in mind that a sunscreen’s SPF/UPF rating refers only to its ability to protect skin from UVB radiation. Because we know that UVA damage can be just as insidious, it is essential for the health of your skin that you use a sunscreen that contains the UVA-protecting ingredients of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and/or avobenzone.
- Does this product block UVA rays?
NO. NO GARMENT IN THE WORLD MADE OF A BREATHABLE FABRIC BLOCKS UVA RAYS.
All of our Skin Cooler products are designed primarily to keep you cool in hot weather. This is their main function. The special moisture-radiating composition actually offers a cooling effect. The moisture dissipates through channels to the outside of the fabric so that it dries 3 times faster than regular polyester and 5 times faster than cotton.
The secondary purpose is to protect you from the sun. Skincooler fabrics block 75% of UVB rays (these are the burning rays), which is about as much as a cotton t-shirt or any bike jersey you may wear. This is why we recommend you wear sunscreen underneath these products. It is crucial to keep in mind that a sunscreen's (whichever brand you may choose) SPF/UPF rating refers only to its ability to protect skin from UVB radiation, the rays that cause sunburn. Because we know that UVA damage can be just as insidious, it is essential for the health of your skin that you use a sunscreen that contains the UVA-protecting ingredients of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and/or avobenzone.
We do not claim in any way that any of our fabrics block UVA rays (aging rays). A fabric would have to be laminated to a point that is so opague that NO LIGHT would be able to pass through. If you find any company that claims their garments block UVA rays, be skeptical until you can test it outside. A simple way of testing that their claim is true, is to put it up toward the sun and see if you can see the sun through it. If you can see sun coming through it, then it is not blocking UVA rays. A few examples of things that block UVA rays are: wood, metal, concrete, aluminum foil, none of these permit light through them.
- Would this item work under other helmets?
Absolutely! In fact some of the photos above actually show a Canadian Mountain Guide wearing it under his ski helmet. These helmets retain a lot of heat and the Skin Cooler Helmet Beanie helps in moisture managment under ski helmets, motorcycle helmets, skate helmets and even football helmets.