Sun protective clothing is for anyone looking to spend time outdoors safely in the sun. Around 90% of skin cancers result from overexposure to the sun.
Regular clothing may have a UPF rating as low as 5, which means that up to 20% of UV radiation is able to penetrate the garment. Specialist sun protective clothing should have a UPF rating of 50+ which means that at least 98% of UV radiation is blocked. UPF 50+ rating is the highest sun protective rating in the world for fabrics. Sunscreens also adopt a sun protective rating which is called SPF.
Sun protection clothing and sun hats are designed to provide excellent skin coverage and should utilise fabrics which are lightweight and breathable so that they are comfortable to wear in hot, sunny conditions.
People with a fair complexion who have a skin type classified as 1 to 3 (on the Fitzpatrick scale) are most at risk of skin ageing, skin cancer and melanoma. Skin cancers are typically represented by irregular moles. People with more than 50 moles on their skin are more likely to develop skin cancer from sun exposure. People who are regularly exposed to the sun or have experienced sunburn also have an increased likelihood of developing skin cancer.
Dermatologists recommend sun protective clothing and sun hats as the best defence to skin ageing, skin cancer and melanoma. Sunscreen is an effective way to protect yourself from the harmful UV radiation but is considered as a last resort i.e. when you are unable to block UV with clothing.
Solbari is an Australian based sun protection brand. Solbari has a range of sun care products which includes UPF50+ sun protective clothing, broad brim sun hats and SPF50+ sunscreens.
The Solbari Team
This blog is for information purposes only, always consult a medical professional.
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.
It is very difficult to the untrained eye to identify melanomas and skin cancers because they can come in many different shapes and sizes.
As Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon from the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. says, "the earlier a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better the chance of avoiding surgery, or in the case of a serious melanoma or skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death."