sun-protective clothing is a safe and simple way to keep the sun’s rays out of
your skin and to protect your skin from UV damage. In summer, your clothing
doesn’t just look great but also absorbs or blocks harmful UV radiation. It is
one of the most effective methods of protection against sun damage and skin
cancer. Besides, sun-protective is the simplest and safest way to keep you safe
while spending time in the sun. Unlike sunscreen, you don’t need to reapply it
again and again.
clothing features with Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF), which indicates how
much UV radiation, includes UVA and UVB rays that a fabric allows to reach your
skin. For example, a UPF factor of 50 fabric allows two percent of UV rays to
penetrate, thus reducing your exposure risk significantly. It is better for you
to have at least UPF of 30 because fabrics with UPF rating between 30 and 49 will
provide good protection for you, while UPF rating of 50+ would give you the
best protection. UPF measures the amount of UV radiation that can penetrate the
fabric and reach your skin. It just like Sun Protection Factor of sunscreen,
while SPF is based on the time it takes for UV exposed skin to redden. If you
use sunscreen correctly, an SPF 15 sunscreen will protect your skin 15 times or
even longer. UPF measures both UVA and UVB rays while SPF measures only UVB.
Not all clothes have the same level of sun protection, because their different
colors and fabrics. Therefore, you should consider some factors when shopping
your clothing that shields you from the sun.
The first one is
color. Dark or bright colors keep UV rays from reaching your skin by absorbing
them rather than allowing them to penetrate. This is why these clothes offer
better protection than light clothes. The second one is the structure of the
clothing. Clothes are made of densely woven cloth, like denim, canvas, wool or
synthetic fibers are more protective than sheer, thin and loosely woven cloth. You
can check the construction of a fabric’s sun safety by holding it up to the
light and see if you can see through, UV radiation can easily pass through the
fabric and reach your skin.
The third one is
the fabric. The composition of the fabric is really important. Unbleached
cotton contains natural lignin, which can absorb ultraviolet radiation. Polyester
or lightweight satiny silks are highly protective because they reflect UV radiation.
High-tech fabrics treated with chemical UV absorbers or dyes can prevent UV
penetration. It is also applied to a sun hat. Sun hats like bucket hats, which comes in a variety
of materials and they have different levels of protection against the UV rays. It’s
best to wear loose clothes. The tights clothing can stretch and reduce the
level of protection because the fibers pull away from each other, allowing more
UV rays to penetrate.
No matter what
the UPF is, if your clothes get stretched or wet, they will lose some of their
protective ability, exposing your skin to more UV rays. The more skin your
clothes cover, the more protection you get. So choose long-sleeved shirts and
long pants as much as possible to offer you more protection.