When you’re traveling in warm and sunny climates, you may not always want to toss off those restricting long sleeves and embrace the sun’s rays. But often, with long sleeves comes extra warmth. How can you protect your skin without exposing your skin to sun damage?


Sure, sunscreen can go a long way to protect you while letting you break free of clothing. But if you forget to reapply that sunscreen, you may be in for a world of hurt. On my recent trip to Hawaiʻi, I wore my Helly Hansen Women’s Lifa Active Solen Hoodie when I went out hiking—especially when I hiked in high-altitude spots on the island of Hawaiʻi.


In 1970, Helly Hansen’s Lifa revolutionized the outdoors industry with the introduction of its first technical base layers. The Lifa fabric is based on a yarn technology that wicks moisture away from the skin and transports it to the surface of the fabric. There, it evaporates, leaving the wearer dry and comfortable.


This hoodie is part of Helly Hansen’s Solen collection, which combines the Lifa Active wicking technology with its S.Café process—infusing the hoodie’s fabric with used coffee grounds, giving it UPF 50+ sun protection without the use of chemicals. As a result, the hoodie protects you from the sun’s harmful rays and is also quick to dry and odor resistant.


Made from 60% recycled polyester and 40% polypropylene, the hoodie is lightweight and the raglan sleeves give the wearer freedom of movement, so it’s a welcome clothing item whether you’re hiking, biking, boating, or just hanging around.


The Women’s Lifa Active Solen Graphic Hoodie comes in green mist, ultra blue, pink cloud, azurite, and rose quartz. The first three list for $85, and the last two are on sale for $60, all on the Helly Hansen site.

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