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Debunking UPF Clothing Myths: Why We Need Sun Protective Apparel

Debunking UPF Clothing Myths: Why We Need Sun Protective Apparel

Today, we know more about sun exposure and its potential health risks than ever before. With its ability to shield wearers from harmful UV rays, UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing has become increasingly popular. However, amidst the buzz many misconceptions have emerged as well, including the following:

Myth 1: UPF Clothing Is Uncomfortable

One prevailing myth surrounding UPF clothing is that it's bulky, heavy, and uncomfortable to wear, akin to wrapping oneself in a thick layer of insulation. In reality, most UPF clothing is designed with lightweight, breathable fabrics designed to keep the wearer cool and comfortable in warm weather. Advancements in textile engineering have led to the development of UPF clothing with a soft, smooth feel and may even have a cooling effect - especially fabrics with lighter colors. UPF clothing is now available in a wide range of styles, from t-shirts and dresses to hats and swimwear, and there's something to suit most every taste and preference. At Soleil Sunwear, we focus on style, comfort, and versatility, with pieces that accommodate an active lifestyle that includes both recreation and relaxation.

Myth 2: All Clothing Provides Adequate Sun Protection

While it's true that all clothing provides some level of sun protection, not all are certified 50+ while others are too heavy to wear in the hot sun. Standard clothing has varying degrees of UV protection depending on factors such as color, fabric type, weave, and thickness. Some of the lightest fabrics that we reach for when it’s hot, offer limited UV defense, particularly when wet or stretched. UPF clothing, on the other hand, undergoes rigorous testing to determine its sun protection capabilities. Apparel brands such as Soleil Sunwears, which offers a UPF rating of 50+, offer excellent protection, blocking over 98% of UV radiation. By choosing UPF-certified apparel, you can enjoy consistent and reliable sun protection that is comfortable to wear even in the most intense sunlight.

Myth 3: UPF Clothing Is Only Necessary in Sunny Weather

Some people mistakenly believe that UPF clothing is only essential on bright, sunny days when the UV index is high. However, UV radiation can penetrate clouds, haze, and fog, making sun protection necessary even on overcast or cloudy days. Moreover, UV rays can reflect off surfaces such as sand, water, snow, and concrete, increasing exposure levels. This means that  activities like skiing, swimming, biking or walking call for sun protection regardless of the weather conditions. UV radiation can also penetrate windows, resulting in harmful rays indoors too, resulting in cumulative damage that may go unnoticed on a daily basis. 


Myth 4: UPF Clothing Is Exclusively for Outdoor Enthusiasts


While UPF clothing is popular among outdoor enthusiasts, everyone can benefit from incorporating UPF clothing into their wardrobe. Whether commuting to work, running errands, or taking a leisurely stroll, wearing UPF clothing provides an added layer of defense against UV exposure. This is especially important if you have a history of skin cancer, are taking photosensitizing medications, or have light or sensitive skin prone to sunburn. By making UPF clothing a staple in everyday attire, you can proactively protect your skin from the cumulative effects of UV radiation, reducing the risk of premature aging and skin cancer.

UPF clothing represents a valuable tool in the fight against sun damage and its associated health risks. By embracing UPF clothing as part of a comprehensive sun protection regimen, you can enjoy the beautiful outdoors while safeguarding your skin for years to come.


Sources: 

https://www.uvskinz.com/blogs/live/unveiling-the-truth-common-upf-clothing-myths-debunked


https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-prevention/sun-protection/sun-protective-clothing/


https://health.clevelandclinic.org/does-sun-protection-clothing-actually-work