Unveiling the Truth: Common UPF Clothing Myths Debunked

Learn 5 common believed myths about UPF clothing that we've set straight on our latest post about debunking sun protective clothing myths.
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UPF clothing and swimwear has come a long way since it was first created in the 1980s/1990s. UPF clothing has transformed from basic sun-protective garments to highly effective sunwear that's lightweight and moisture-wicking. Fabrics today are also  designed to be breathable and fashionable!

Yet, amidst its popularity, misconceptions about UPF clothing are all over the internet. Let's break down five common myths surrounding UPF clothing to help set the record straight.  

5 Common UPF Myths Debunked

Myth 1: "Regular Clothing Provides Adequate Sun Protection"

It's a common assumption that any type of clothing fabric shields you from the sun. While clothing does offer some protection, remember that not all fabrics are created equal.

To give you a good idea, a basic cotton shirt has a UPF rating of about 5 to 10. This means around 20% of UV rays can penetrate your skin. A UPF 50+ garment, in comparison, offers excellent UV protection, blocking approximately 98% of the sun's UV rays.

UPF clothing is more effective at blocking UVA and UVB rays. Regular clothing has a much lower UPF rating and does not effectively protect you from UV exposure. 

Myth 2: "Dark Clothing Offers Better Sun Protection"

Contrary to popular belief, color and UPF levels don't go hand in hand. UPF clothing's effectiveness relies on its fabric, weave, and, if chemically treated, its treatment. Some darker fabrics might absorb more heat, making them feel hotter in the sun, but color alone doesn't determine UPF protection.

Myth 3: "UPF Clothing Is Only for Sunny Days"

UV rays are present year-round, even on cloudy or overcast days. UPF clothing isn't solely for bright, sunny weather. Clouds may reduce UVB rays, but UVA rays penetrate clouds and still pose risks. Wearing UPF clothing consistently helps safeguard your skin from UV damage regardless of the weather.

Myth 4: "All UPF Clothing Feels Uncomfortable and Heavy"

Technology has transformed UPF clothing. Innovative fabric designs allow for breathability, moisture-wicking, and lightweight materials without compromising sun protection. UPF clothing today is comfortable, stylish, and suitable for various activities, from leisurely strolls to intense workouts.

Myth 5: "You Don't Need Sunscreen if You Wear UPF Clothing"

UPF clothing provides excellent protection, but it doesn't cover all exposed areas. Your face, hands, and other uncovered skin still require sunscreen. Combining UPF clothing with sunscreen and other sun-safe practices offers comprehensive protection against UV rays.

In conclusion, UPF clothing isn't just a passing trend; it's a practical solution for safeguarding your skin against sun damage. By debunking these myths, we aim to clarify misconceptions and highlight the importance of incorporating UPF clothing into your sun protection routine.

Remember, choosing the right UPF clothing with a higher UPF rating, wearing it consistently, and complementing it with other sun-safe practices ensures optimal protection for your skin.

Have any more questions about UPF clothing or want to explore our range of UPF 50+ outfits? Check out our collections online today.