Love The Sun, But Protect Your Skin
The sun emits two types of damaging rays, known as UVA and UVB rays, both of which are widely known to be the primary cause of skin cancer and premature aging. UVB rays mainly cause the skin to burn; the skin darkens in an imperfect attempt to prevent further DNA damage. UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply, breaking down the collagen in the skin, resulting in a loss of elasticity that causes the skin to sag, wrinkle and age prematurely.
Sun Protective Clothing Is The Best Defense
Because it acts as a physical barrier against both UVA and UVB rays. The Mayo Clinic had determined that sun-protective clothing is the best form of sun protection. You should also know that all clothing does not protect you from the sun. People are surprised to learn that a regular t-shirt typically has a UPF rating of 5 and most summer clothing actually provides less protection than SPF30 sunscreen. And when regular clothing gets wet, it can lose up to 50% of its sun-protective value.
It’s Never Too Soon To Be Sun Smart
Just one blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life. So protecting your children now means reducing their risk of disease as adults.
Measuring Your Protection
UPF stands for ultraviolet protection factor, and indicates how much of the sun’s UV rays are absorbed by the fabric before reaching your skin. A UPF rating of 50 means that only 1/50th or 2% of the UV radiation can penetrate the fabric.