I moved to Australia over 10 years ago. I grew up in northern Europe and it took me a few years to re-calibrate my inner compass and my approach to sun protection! At first I was not paying any attention to Australian sun at all. Once I learned about the risks, my attitude change 180 degrees.
SPF clothing or sun protective clothing is a form of clothing which incorporates functional designs to cover the body from direct sunlight and utilises fabrics which have been tested and rated for its effectiveness of absorbing (or blocking) UV radiation. UPF (or ultraviolet protection factor) is standardised way that fabrics are rated. The Australian Government tests and rates fabrics.
Solbari Sun Protection fabrics are tested and accredited UPF 50+ by ARPANSA, the Australian Government agency responsible for attributing UPF sun protective ratings to fabrics. UPF stands for ultraviolet protection factor and UPF 50+, the highest UPF rating means that only up to 2% of UV can penetrate the fabric.
This blog describes how sunscreen chemicals have adversely impacted the ecology of our oceans. Mineral based sunscreens are less impactful and are a better alternative. Dermatologists agree that UPF 50+ sun protective clothing is the best way to prevent sunburn, skin ageing and skin cancer without damaging the ocean.
This blog highlights the fact that dermatologists see UPF 50+ sun protective clothing as the primary means of sun protection, to help prevent sun burn, skin ageing and skin cancer. Sunscreen is effective, but less reliable form of sun protection than UPF 50+ clothing because it is an application to the skin.
This blog highlights that fake tanning products do not protect you from potential sun damage. More worryingly the University of Wollongong found that people who use self tanning products are less likely to protect themselves and are more likely to experience sunburn thinking that they are already protected.
As a teenager growing up in England my favourite summer pastime was sunbathing with friends. I have been extremely lucky to have not developed skin cancers (to date) and I am willing to start to take better care.