Dermatologists agree that specialist sun protective clothing is the first line of defence in preventing sunburn, skin ageing and skin cancer. It is accepted that up to 90% of all skin ageing is due to UV exposure.
Dr Levin, a certified Dermatologist told Readers’ Digest that "protective clothing and broad brim hats are one of the most important steps when it comes to sun safe practices in my opinion”.
Sunscreen is an important part of any sun protection routine, but the drawback of sunscreen is that you have to apply it to your skin and many sunscreens are chemical-based. The other practical challenge is that we often don’t apply enough in the first instance and are all guilty of not reapplying every two hours. UPF clothing consistently protects the areas of your skin that it covers. UPF clothing that is rated UPF50+ is equivalent to wearing SPF50+ sunscreen and blocks at least 98% of UV rays.
Dr Levin agreed with this assertion about sunscreen when she said: “Heavy perspiration, water activities and incomplete application of sunscreen causes sunscreen products rubbing off and losing their effectiveness, resulting in incomplete sun protection”.
Specialist sun protective clothing incorporates function design to minimise areas of your body exposed to direct sunlight and it utilises fabrics which have a UPF rating of at least 30. UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) is the sun protective rating for fabrics. The Australian Government tests and rates fabrics with a UPF rating.
Dr Levin urged people to take advantage of clothing labelled with a UPF rating, which she believes does the most effective job, she recommends a UPF rating of 50+.
Dermatologist, Dr Jacquelyn Dosal also notes on her personal online blog, “After battling with unpleasant sunscreens, I have finally come around to the notion that sun protective clothing is much more convenient and more effective and protecting from UV damage"
Solbari is a specialist Australian sun protective clothing brand with customers in over 75 countries. All of Solbari’s fabrics have been tested and rated UPF 50+ by the Australian Government.
The Solbari Team
This blog is for information purposes only, always consult a medical professional.
Your skin is your largest organ and has a long memory. Sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) damage is cumulative throughout your life. Research shows that sun damage contributes to more than 90% of wrinkles, brown spots, premature skin ageing as well as precancerous and cancerous skin lesions.
Limiting sun exposure is very important. As the UV rays cause the most damage to the skin.
It often takes many years and sometimes decades for the effects to become visible.
But the good news is that taking care of your skin form now onwards may be able to help you to reduce the probability of skin cancers and minimise skin ageing.
Dermatologists recommend UPF50+ sun protective clothing and a broad brim sun hat as the first line of defence against premature skin ageing, sunburn, skin cancer and melanoma. Sunscreen with a SPF rating above 30 should be applied to skin that is directly exposed to the sun.