What color do you wear to be less warm? No, black should not be banned.

How can you withstand the heat when the thermometer outside exceeds 30°C? If we all have our little simple tips to prevent heat stroke, there is still a universal rule: choose the color of your clothes!

White, your best ally?

When it is hot, we are generally advised to wear light and light clothing. This recommendation deserves qualification. Indeed, the less a color is dark, the less it absorbs light and thus heat. The lighter a garment, the more light is reflected and the greater the chance that ultraviolet rays will be transmitted. If you wear fine cotton fabric, always remember to apply sunscreen all over the body.

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Should black really be banned?

Contrary to popular belief, the answer is no. Yes, if you look closely at the outfit of the desert nomads, you will notice that they are mostly dressed in black from head to toe. The reason ? When wearing dark AND loose clothing, a convection phenomenon occurs. That is, there is an exchange of heat between the heat stored by the black garment and the heat released naturally by the human body. As a result, on contact with the skin, the air stored by the garment heats up and then escapes, in the same way as natural ventilation.

Please note that to protect your skin from the sun, it is advisable to wear loose and dark clothing. And rightly so, unlike white, black protects us from the damaging effects of UV rays.

As you will have understood, it is not so much the color that matters, but rather the matter and the lightness of the garment. Please, now you know what to wear to avoid sunstroke this summer!

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