Sunscreen clothing is another name for sun protective clothing.
Other names that are commonly used to describe sun protective clothing include sun protection clothing, uv cut clothing, UPF (ultraviolet protection factor), UVR (ultraviolet radiation), SPF (sun protection factor) clothing.
Sun protective clothing doesn’t literally have sunscreen built into the fabric. UPF is the sun protective rating for fabrics and SPF is the sun protective rating for sunscreen. If clothing is described as having a SPF rating, it is incorrect.
Sun protective clothing utilises fabrics which should materially improve the level of sun protection versus regular clothing. Sun protective clothing utilises fabrics which have a higher weave density, tend to use woven or knitted fabrics, thicker fabrics and darker colours.
Australia invented the sun protective UPF rating system for clothing in the 1990s.
A regular t-shirt may only have a UPF of 5 (which means that 20% of ultraviolet radiation can penetrate the fabric) whereas a UPF of 50+ means that only up to 2% of ultraviolet radiation can penetrate the fabric.
UPF 50+ is the highest achievable sun protection rating for fabrics.
Dermatologists recommend sun protective clothing and broad brim sun hats as the best way to prevent sunburn, skin ageing and skin cancer.
Solbari Sun Protection offers an award winning range of UPF 50+ sun protective clothing, broad brim sun hats, UPF arm-sleeves and UV block umbrellas.
Solbari is based in Melbourne, Australia and has customers in over 60 countries.
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
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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.