Umbrellas are synonymous with rain, but is that about to change? More and more people are buying umbrellas not to protect themselves from the rain but from the sun. We outline in this blog the benefits of a sun umbrella and why you should consider one as part of your sun protection regime.
UPF 50+ protection peace of mind
Specialised sun umbrellas use a fabric for their canopy that offers UPF 50+ sun protection. The UPF 50+ rating means that at least 98% of UV radiation is blocked by the fabric. In Australia, where sun protective clothing and sunscreen was invented, UPF 50+ is the highest achievable sun protective rating. As the protection is provided by the fabric itself, it will provide a reliable sun barrier ongoing.
Lightweight & portable UV protection
UPF 50+ can come in a variety of sizes and formats but some are incredibly lightweight and portable. This means that you can carry one around in your bag without any inconvenience.
Value for money sun protection
High quality specialist sun protective umbrellas are not cheap but compared to the cost of continually replacing your SPF 50+ sunscreen, a UV umbrella starts to look like great value given you can expect to get many years of use out of one.
Sun protection versatility
The great thing about a UV protection umbrella is that you can use it to protect yourself when you need to. If you go inside a building or are not directly exposed to sunlight outside you can simply put it back in your bag.
Sociable sun safety
Depending on the size of your sun protective umbrella you can use it to protect yourself and others at the same time. Your friend will thank you at the end of the day when their skin has been protected from the suns UV rays.
Great sun protective coverage
Sun umbrellas can provide excellent sun protection for your head, neck, shoulders in particular. A sun hat or a sun protective shirt is also a great idea, and ideally, you are covered by all three, but an umbrella does offer great sun protection coverage of your body.
Prolonged sun exposure solution
UV umbrellas work particularly well compared to other forms of protection when you need to be outside for a prolonged period of time. On a sunny day in Australia at the golf club, you will see many golfers with a sun protective umbrella attached to their golf trolley so that they can walk the course whilst protected from the sun.
Can also be used for those rainy days
Here in Melbourne, we are used to four seasons in one day. They say, if you don’t like the weather, just wait 20 minutes. So, it is not uncommon to be exposed to extreme UV radiation one minute and a torrential downpour the next. A UPF 50+ sun umbrella is handy in both scenarios.
Solbari Sun Protection offers a range of UPF50+ sun protective umbrellas. Solbari is an award-winning Australian sun protection brand with customers in over 90 countries.
The Solbari Team
This blog is for information purposes only, always consult with a medical professional for expert advice.
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