UPF50+ blocks over 97.5% of the sun UV radiation
Traverse City, MI (PRWEB) August 07, 2016
What is the finest way to be protected from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, given the need to travel, work and spend more time outdoor? Clothing is considered one of the most effective ways of providing sun protection; "There is well established evidence that exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun can lead to skin cancer. Clothing is a very effective method of sun protection when used with a combination of other protective measures", as reported by ARPANSA. But not all clothes are equal; Ecostinger introduces new UV protection clothing, designed to provide excellent skin protection yet equally fashionable using technically superior fabric which can be used for casual light weight clothing, beach and sports activities, and cover up over bathing swimsuits.
What is sun-safe UV protection clothing?
It is always important to protect the skin from sun ultraviolet rays to avoid risks of premature skin aging, and skin cancer. This means the more skin cover the better. A long sleeved shirt is better than a T-shirt, and long pants are better than short ones.
What to look for when choosing sun protective clothing?
Not all fabric is equal. When choosing sun protection clothing, make sure to look for a tag with high ultraviolet protection factor ratings. The UPF rating give information on how much sun ultraviolet rays pass through dry material. Any clothing above UPF 15 offers good protection against UV radiation, however,UPF50+ is the best which blocks over 97.5% of the sun UVA and UVB radiation. Sun protective clothing offer protection to the skin by reflecting and absorbing UV radiation that strikes the fabric.
Even though most fabrics will provide protection from the sun irrespective of if they are UPF rated or not, it is vital to check some factors such as fabric, color, and others that increase protection.
1. Fabric structures
Fabric structure matters a lot, whether woven or knitted, the tighter the fabric the better for sun protection. When the fibers of tightly are closer together, less UV radiation is able to pass through the skin. Lightweight fabrics which are natural such as cotton or linen will also help to keep the skin cooler. Always remember that the tighter the weave, the smaller the fabric holes and the less UV can get through; Example microfiber fabrics will provide more protection that regular fiber fabrics.
Another factor to consider is tension. If purchasing a swimsuit that fits just right, it will provide better level of protection than if swimsuit is over-stretched. This is very common in elasticized and knitted fabrics such as swimwear materials. Always ensure to choose the correct size with snug fit but not over-stretching. If interested in wearing extensible fabrics, go for fabric colors and structures that offer greater protection.
3. UPF rating
This factor is very important to consider. Even though evaluating fabric content, weight and color are supportive at sizing up UV protection, it is hard to pinpoint how much a piece of fabric is protective by looking at it. the function of blocking UV radiation waves is not visible or can be measured by simply viewing the fabric. The best solution is to choose clothing with UPF ratings. The UPF label means that the clothing has been tested, and the customers can be sure about the recorded level of protection. Normally, it is based on weight, color, fabric construction and content. For example, a shirt with UPF of 50 allows 1/50th of UV radiation to touch the skin. This would offer outstanding sun protection, compared to a thin white cotton shirt, which allows 1/5th of the sun’s UV through, and even more when it is wet. Always go for UPF50+ ratings. They offer the best protection.
However, customers themselves can advance a piece of fabric’s UPF. First, it is best to wash it. This is to make the garment shrink a bit, and to close up the holes in the fabric that can allow UV radiation in.
Most dyes absorb UV radiation. If choosing darker colors such as black, dark red and navy will absorb more UV radiation than lighter fabrics. This techniques has been proven across many type of sun protection clothing fabrics, the darker the color is the more mean UPF protection factor.
5. Moisture content
Most clothing provide less protection from UV radiation when wet. How much less protection will definitely depend on the type of fabric, and also the amount of moisture it can absorb. To reduce the effect of the moisture, use dry clothing to change into or dipping in and out of water. Always select a fabric that offer effective protection from UV radiation, and one that will dry very quickly.
6. Caring for fabric
Washing new clothing can increase their sun protection, especially if made from natural fibers. This is a good way to increase UPF ratings. Washing clothing fabric can tighten its fibers which will allow less sunlight or UV radiation to pass through, however this techniques works on certain type of fabrics, such as cotton blends which tend to shrink when washed.
Here are a few tips for buying protective clothing:
1. Always purchase clothes that fits its purpose. No need to have a very heavy shirt for going to the beach, but a long-sleeved rash guard or swimsuit or tightly woven linen shirt is great. It can be cool for the skin and sun-smart.
2. If buying elastic clothes such as leggings, make sure to get the right size. Overstretching especially at pressure points may lower the UPF rating and protection cover.
3. Go for clothing with a UPF50+ ratings, this ensure operational sun protection clothing which has been proven to provide excellent sun protection.
4. Choose clothes that cover more of the skin. There is no point of wearing a high-UPF bikini. In its place, get a rash guard or a swim shirt that is made of lightweight, elastic materials such as spandex or Polyester PBT. A full body swimsuit also called stinger suit or dive skin can provide full body skin protection, and are very flexible to wear all day long.
5. Wash any new garment made from cotton or cotton blends 2 to 3 times at least. This normally permanently raise the UPF rating because of the shrinkage of the spaces between fabric fibers.
6. Choose wide brimmed hats that will shade and over the face, neck and ears.
7. When outdoors, always prefer shaded areas under awnings or trees, this will minimize the time in the direct sun and avoid UV radiation.
8. Most people do not know that UV can bounce back. Be aware, UV light can bounce off surfaces like water, glass and snow, hitting the skin and increasing the intensity of exposure.
Sun protective clothing is suitable for all people, both kids and adults. To make it attractive to everyone, especially kids, go for light, bright, fun and fashionable clothing. It is smart to protect the children from an early age. Choose wide brim or long neck legionnaire hats and shade the face, neck and even ears. Sun protection clothing is one of the best method for protecting the skin all day long around the clock without the need to re-apply sunscreens or other protective chemical substances on the skin.