free shipping on all orders over AUD$150
Checkout: 0

Your Cart is Empty

USD
AUD
NZD
GBP
EUR
CAD
HKD
SGD
JPY

UPF 50+ clothing explained

Solbari Blog: UPF 50+ clothing explained

If you have seen a reference to UPF 50+ clothing but are not sure what it means, this blog should help demystify the term a bit.

Not many people are aware that whilst clothing is an effective form of sun protection, not all clothing protects the same from UV radiation.

UPF refers to ultraviolet protection factor and there is a formal testing process for determining how sun protective the fabric in question is.

The Australian Government tests and rates fabrics for their UPF rating. Fabrics which are considered to have sun protective properties are rated on a scale between UPF 15 to 50+.

The UPF rating depends on what proportion of UV radiation is able to penetrate the fabric. UPF 15 means that 1/15th or 6.7% of UV is able to penetrate the fabric. UPF 50+, the maximum UPF rating achievable, means that up to 1/50th or 2% of UV is able to penetrate the fabric. A regular cotton t-shirt may only have a UPF of 5 which means that 1/5th or 20% of UV can penetrate the fabric.

Excellent UPF 50+ clothing not only has the highest sun protection rating for clothing but will also incorporate functional design to provide better skin coverage and fabrics which are comfortable to wear in hot, sunny conditions.

It is known that over 90% of skin cancers are caused by the cumulative effects of sun exposure. Dermatologists agree that sun protective clothing is the best way to prevent sun burn, skin ageing and skin cancers.

Solbari Sun Protection is the leading Australian Sun Protective clothing brand with customers in over 70 countries.

Solbari offers an award winning range of UPF 50+ sun protection clothing, UV arm sleeves, sun umbrellas, sun protective gloves and other accessories.

You can find out more about Solbari's certified UPF50+ sun protective range by clicking the blue links below:
Women UPF50+
Men UPF50+
Sun hats UPF50+
Accessories UPF50+

The Solbari Team
This blog is for information purposes only, always consult your medical professional



Also in Solbari Skin Health Blog

Solbari Blog: What fabrics are good for sensitive skin?
What fabrics are good for sensitive skin?

This blog outlines which fabric types are best suited to those with chronic skin conditions including psoriasis, lupus and eczema. Natural fabrics including cotton and bamboo are considered the best for irritable, sensitive skin. These fabrics are the best because they are soft and they help regulate body temperature.
Read More
Solbari blog: What is eczema?
What is eczema?

This blog describes what eczema is, what causes it, how it appears on the skin and how many people are impacted by eczema globally. Eczema is a skin condition which results in inflammation and irritation of the skin. Solbari has developed a sensitive fabric to help those affected by eczema manage their skin condition.
Read More
Is it possible to get sun burnt through clothing?
Is it possible to get sun burnt through clothing?

In this blog we explore if it is possible to get sun burnt through clothing. People don't realise that they are routinely exposed to the sun through their regular clothing. 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.

Read More