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Skin Cooler™

Skin Cooler™ 90  is an improved version of Skin Cooler SDS™. It replaced the mesh-style original with Skin Cooler™ fabric we introduced in 2005. Skin Cooler 90™ blocks 90% of the sun's UVB rays. It has a silky, cool sensation when you first put it on and when it gets wet. It has further been advanced to be more durable and aerodynamic. Skin Cooler™ 90  will keep you cool and comfortable mile after mile.

We use Skin Cooler Octovent™ on the front and sides panels on a number of our garments.  It is created by knitting small octagonal patterns on sections of the garment that are shaded and in direct wind. The result provides exceptional cooling. You will find tops that combine Skin Cooler™ Octovent™ and Skin Cooler™ 90  to be cooler and offer more sun protection, while actually being 40% lighter in weight than previous models. 

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. Since 2005 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 the following factors - airflow, humidity, ambient temperature, and moisture temperature. When you sweat, the garment’s temperature drops and creates an actual, physical cooling sensation. Skin Cooler 90™ offers this cooling effect while offering even more sun UVB protection and will never wash out.

A MEDICAL TESTIM0NIAL:  We received this letter from a respected Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon:

 I am an avid runner and triathlete and I recently discovered your Skin Cooler products, of which I'm a huge fan.  I have been wearing them for a few months now and couldn't be happier.  I am a dermatologist and Mohs surgeon.   Every patient I see is plagued by basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or melanoma.  I recommend your products to my active patients on a daily basis.  It allows them to continue their active lifestyle while protecting themselves from the sun. I find your product to be far superior to all other cooling and sun protective lines.  I truly appreciate your efforts and innovations. 

Note: No garment should ever be a substitute so we always recommend you wear sunscreen underneath these, and all, 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. 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 or zinc oxide.

Do the colored fabrics, or sections with logos affect the cooling technology? No! You will notice the fabric on the inside is all white despite the outside color or logos of the Skin Cooler product The sublimation process we use to place logos or color on our fabric turns the ink into a gas that adheres only to the outside of the fabric. Therefore this ink is non-absorbent and does not affect the technical integrity of the product in any way. The colored parts of the products will keep you just as cool as the white. 

What about black?  Our solid black Skin Cooler garments which are yard-dyed black instead of sublimated. his is why the fabric inside is black inside and and out. The actual fibers are dyed before knitting it into fabric. We estimate the black might add between 1° and 3° F depending on the ambient temperature and humidity.

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