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What is Sun Protective Clothing?
Have you had a sunburn?A person's risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns (Source:
skincancer.org ). Sun protection clothing provides your skin the protection it needs from harmful UVB rays as well as UVA rays, something not all sunscreens guard against.
UVA and UVB Rays - What's the difference?
UVA: Can penetrate clouds and untreated glass, and impact skin more deeply than UVB. Can cause aging of the skin and wrinkles and weaken the immune system, as well as contribute to skin cancer.
UVB: Can penetrate clouds, but not glass. Causes sunburns, and can contribute to skin aging and cancer, as well as weaken the immune system. Most dangerous between 10 am and 4 pm.
Who needs sun protection?
Simple- everyone! If you are in any of the following groups, extra measures need to be taken:
- Fair-skinned people
- Family history of skin cancer
- Anyone spending time in locations that increase the sun's power like high elevations, near the equator or around reflective surfaces like water and snow
What is a UPF rating?
UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor, and is used to rate the protectiveness of a garment. Unlike sunscreen's SPF number, the UPF rating applies to both UVA and UVB rays.
-UPF 15-20 is considered Good
-UPF 25-35 is considered Very Good
-UPF 40-50+ is considered Excellent
A UPF rating equates to the percent of UV rays that pass through the fabric, so a rating of UPF 50 means that about 1/50th, or 2% of rays, can get through to skin. Another way to think of this is a UPF 50 shirt blocks 98% of UV rays.
How are UPF rated clothes different than 'non-rated' garments?
All clothing offers some degree of protection.A white cotton t-shirt is rated between UPF 5-8, which means it allows up to 20% of UV radiation to reach your skin. According to the original Australian standard, no garment with a rating below UPF 15 can be called 'sun protective'. Thicker, heavier fabrics like denim are naturally protective but are usually too warm to wear for extended periods of time in the sun.
Clothing manufacturers have many ways of improving the protectiveness of garments. Thanks to the following fabric characteristics, lightweight and breathable clothes can also provide high levels of defense.
1. Fabric weave: Tightly woven fibers mean less space between the fibers that UV rays can pass through.
2. Dye: Color does not have a strong effect on sun protection. It is the type and amount of dye in a fabric that affects UPF.
3. Fabric type: Different materials are better at deflecting the sun, such as polyester and nylon, thanks to their molecular structure.
4. Fabric treatments: Garments may have added chemical finishes to increase UPF. These treatments are not harmful to skin, but may lose some effectiveness over the lifetime of the garment.
Does UPF wear or wash out of clothing?
Studies have been conducted that show no decrease in UPF rating over at least twenty washes in cotton, polyester and nylon garments. However, some chemical treatments that improve sun protection may wash out slowly over the lifetime of the garment. Clothing that has faded or thinned will also have decreased protection.
With ratings from UPF 15 to 50, finding the perfect level of SPF sun protection clothing is easy. Pack less and enjoy your travel adventures more without worrying about exposure to the sun.
Women's Sun Protective Clothing -
Women's Dryflylite Long Sleeve Shirt (Plum)
Women's BugsAway Chas'r Short-Sleeve Tee (Lt. Aloe)
Women's Gallivant Short (Lt. Khaki)
Women's Chipara Sun Hat (Turquoise)
Men's Sun Protective Clothing -
Men's Air Strip Micro Plaid Long-Sleeve Shirt (Basil)
Men's Trip'r Short-Sleeve Shirt (White)
Men's Trail Roam'r Pant (Black)
Neptune Brim Hat (Lt. Khaki)
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