What Is Sun-Safe or UPF Clothing?

You may have heard of sun-safe or UPF clothing, but what exactly is it? And what role does it play in protecting your skin from the sun? Today, we reveal all you need to know about sun-safe clothing!
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Sun-safe clothing also known as UPF clothing is apparel that has been designed for the purpose of protecting you from the sun and is made from a fabric that has been tested and rated for its UV-protecting capabilities.

How Does Sun-Safe Clothing Differ from Sunscreen?

Sunscreen also uses SPF or sun protection factor, which determines how well the sunscreen will protect you against UV rays. Sun-safe clothing uses UPF, which stands for ultraviolet protection factor, which determines how well a fabric will protect you against harmful UV rays. 

Sunscreen does provide protection from UV rays, but it's not the most effective way to protect yourself from the sun. Sun-safe clothing or UPF clothing is the best and most effective way to protect you and your loved ones from the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays.

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Why Sun-Safe Clothing Is More Effective Than Sunscreen

Here's why sun-safe clothing is a more effective way to protect yourself from sunburns and sun damage that could lead to skin cancer later in life:

  • A UPF rating applies to both UVA and UVB rays.
  • UPF clothing won't wash off in the water and doesn't need to be reapplied. 
  • UPF clothing covers more skin, including areas that are tough to constantly keep covered with sunscreen - especially if you love spending lots of time in the ocean or pool. 

Why Should You Wear Sun-Safe Clothing?

While the sun feels great, and everyone knows Vitamin D is necessary for good health, excessive and unprotected exposure to UV radiation causes premature skin aging, and can lead to painful sunburns, permanent damage and sun spots, and skin cancer.

With statistics like the fact that 1 person dies from melanoma every 57 minutes (melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer), it's so important to protect your skin with sun-safe clothing. 

Be sure to check out our sun-safe clothing online today, including our women's UPF swimwear!