Dr. Sheu, MD, FAAD is a board-certified medical dermatologist. She enjoys treating patients of all ages and particularly enjoys getting to know the families and friends of her patients. She does not practice cosmetic dermatology (which focuses on skin beauty rather than skin health).


Dr. Sheu practices at Valley Medical Center's Maple Valley clinic on Maple Valley-Black Diamond Road. The reception desk is shared with Urgent Care. Please note, the clinic has moved and Valley Medical Center no longer offers dermatology services in Covington.

Sun Protective Clothing

Spending time outdoors is an excellent way to stay active, improve your mood, and boost your overall health and well-being. However, it's important to remember that prolonged exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to skin damage, premature aging, and an increased risk of skin cancer. That's why it's essential to wear sun-protective clothing when you're spending time outside.

1. Look for UPF-rated clothing

UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor, which is a rating system used to measure the amount of UV radiation that passes through a fabric. The higher the UPF rating, the more effective the clothing is at blocking UV rays. Look for clothing with a UPF rating of 50+ for the best protection.

2. Choose the right fabric

The fabric of your clothing can also play a significant role in protecting you from the sun. Look for fabrics that are tightly woven and provide full coverage. Some examples of sun-protective fabrics include nylon, polyester, and spandex. Avoid fabrics like cotton or linen, which can allow UV rays to pass through easily.

3. Consider the style and fit

Sun-protective clothing comes in a variety of styles and fits, so choose what works best for you and your outdoor activities. If you're going to be swimming or doing water activities, consider a rash guard or swim shirt. If you're going to be hiking or doing other outdoor activities, choose lightweight, breathable fabrics that will keep you cool and comfortable.

4. Don't forget about accessories

In addition to sun-protective clothing, you should also consider accessories like hats and sunglasses. Look for wide-brimmed hats that provide ample shade for your face, neck, and ears. For sunglasses, choose ones with 100% UV protection to keep your eyes safe.

5. Check for care instructions

Sun-protective clothing can lose its effectiveness over time if not cared for properly. Check the care instructions before purchasing to ensure that you're able to maintain the clothing's UPF rating. Some sun-protective clothing may need to be washed in cold water or air-dried to maintain its effectiveness.