UPF clothing is also known as sun protective or sun protection clothing. UPF stands for ultraviolet protection factor and is the sun protective rating for fabrics.
UPF clothing is a form of clothing that utilises fabrics which are sun protective. UPF clothing also utilises functional design which means that less skin is exposed to the sun.
UPF is for clothing what SPF is for sunscreen. In Australia, the UPF rating for fabrics is granted by the Australian Government once they have undertaken their own testing process. Australia set the global standard for sun protective clothing when they were the first country in the World to formally test the UPF rating of fabrics in the 1990s.
The UPF rating highlights the amount of UV blocked by the fabric in question. So, UPF of 5 indicates that 1/5th or 20% of UV radiation is able to penetrate the fabric. Put another way 80% of UV is blocked by a UPF of 5. Regular clothing does provide sun protection, but can still allow a significant proportion of UV radiation through to the skin.
Whereas, UPF 50+ which is the highest UPF rating achievable in Australia indicates that up to 1/50th or 2% of UV radiation is able to penetrate the fabric. That is, at least 98% of UV is blocked by a UPF rating of 50+. Medical experts in Australia recommend UPF 50+ sun protective clothing as the best way to prevent sunburn, skin cancer and skin ageing.
Solbari is the leading sun protective clothing brand in Australia with customers in over 70 countries.
All of the Solbari fabrics have been awarded a UPF 50+ rating by the Australian Government. Solbari offers an award-winning range of UPF sun protective clothing, broad-brim sun hats, UPF arm sleeves and sun umbrellas.
You can find out more about Solbari's certified UPF50+ sun protective range by clicking the blue links below:
Sun hats UPF50+
The Solbari Team
This blog is for information purposes only, always consult your 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.