Why UPF Shirts Are Better Than Cotton T-Shirts

The importance of sun protective clothing is on the rise as skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States with estimates of one in five Americans developing skin cancer in their lifetime. A dry cotton tee shirt may only provide you with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 7, and when it gets wet from the pool or sea the UPF factor drops to about UPF 3, which is minimal UV radiation protection.

Today, 90% of skin cancers and premature aging are a result of UV exposure. With skin cancer on the rise, it is important to take a closer look into how to protect yourself from the sun's UVA & UVB rays.

When looking for UPF protective clothing a good place to start is to look for the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal Of Recommendation. This seal shows that the product has been approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation by looking at product data and testing results including a specific UPF rating and test results acceptable to the AATCC method or AS/NZS standard.


The difference between UPF and SPF are practically the same in the sense the objective of both is to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation. The main difference between the two is that SPF is used to measure the effectiveness of sunscreens whereas UPF is used to measure the effectiveness of sun protective fabrics. While SPF provides UVB protection, the burning rays that can lead to cancer, it does not account for UVA rays, the aging rays. UPF on the other hand provides both UVA & UVB protection blocking up to 98% of the sun’s harmful rays when the rating is UPF 50+.

UV Skinz sun protective clothes are stylish and hold a UPF rating of 50+ as well as carry the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation. Our products are tested and rated to the highest standards for UV fabric.

Stop going to the beach or pool with just a plain t-shirt. Next time you are looking for a shirt to take to the beach, consider going with a shirt that has the power to protect your skin and keep you safe while you have fun under the sun.