The short answer is yes and the scariest thing is that people don't realise that they are routinely exposed to the sun through their regular clothing.
We decided to establish Solbari as we were shocked to discover that regular clothing often lets 20% of UV rays through the fabric. Skin cancer is due to the accumulation of sun exposure, so to be continually exposed to the sun without even realising it is a national scandal in Australia where 2 in 3 will get diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
A quick Google search will reveal that countless people are getting severely sunburnt through their regular clothes.
A person on www.britishexpat.com commented on this subject: "I live In central Queensland... a couple of months ago I spent 4 hours doing my mates garden... had what I thought was a sensible shirt on... that night when I got home... I was so badly burnt on my back that my shirt was sticking to me... in this climate, you can burn through normal clothes..."
Another person commented on the same subject: "I got sunburnt through an all in one swimming costume, all on my belly! So yes, you can get sunburnt through the fabric. Scared."
The chances of being diagnosed with skin cancer or melanoma are significantly increased if a person is routinely exposed to the sun, so retirees who travel regularly or those who work outside are particularly at risk.
Dermatologists agree that the best way to protect yourself from the sun is to wear UPF 50+ sun protective clothing. UPF 50+ means that at least 98% of UV rays are blocked. UPF 50+ is the highest accreditation for sun protection achievable in the World.
Solbari is an Australian brand that offers a range of UPF 50+ clothing and accessories including UPF 50+ driving gloves, UV arm sleeves, sun umbrellas and broad brim sun hats. All Solbari fabrics are independently tested and rated UPF50+ by the Australian Government. Solbari has loyal customers in over 70 countries.
Over the coming weeks, we will be publishing some stories from the Solbari Community to help raise awareness about skin cancer, melanoma and sun protection.
If you are interested in sharing your story, please answer the following questions from the relevant questionnaire and send us a picture of yourself being sun safe in the outdoors.
I grew up thinking pale was beautiful till I started university in the mid 70s. Then I took a U turn and decided a tanned look would make me look more attractive. I went all out achieving a tanned look, lying out in the sun during the summer holidays, after my summer job hours and all weekends. That went on for many years.