As a Sun Protection design company selling UPF 50+ rash guards, we often get asked the question: what is the difference between UPF and SPF? There is actually a huge difference between the 2 ratings as they mean different things, all related to sun protection of course!
What is SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and it’s what you see written on bottles of sunscreen and other sun protection products. It is a standard that is used to measure the effectiveness of sunscreens and how long it takes for sun screened applied exposed skin to start showing signs of redness. This is compared to exposed skin with no sunscreen on it at all and the time it takes to start showing signs of sunburn. In short, the higher the SPF rating in a sunscreen, the longer it will take for your skin to show signs of UV damage or burning.
Another thing to think about when choosing a sunscreen is to look for a broad spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen as it will protect against both types of radiation and the damage caused by them.
What is UPF?
UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and this rating standard relates to fabric and the protection that it can provide to your skin by stopping the UV rays from penetrating the fabric.
Generally, light colored and loosely woven fabrics do not give you much protection from the sun and a white t-shirt gives a UPF rating of around 7. But when the t-shirt gets wet, the UPF goes down to around 3. This is where you need to consider fabrics which have been specially treated with a special sunblock and can offer good sun protection both wet and dry.
Specially manufactured UPF 50+ clothing can block out up to 98% of both UVA and UVB rays and are typically referred to as rash guards or rashies. They come in a variety of UPF ratings but according to skincancer.org, UPF 50+ is considered to be excellent protection (and is the highest rating to get).
As the sun is getting stronger and more people are becoming more aware of the potential health risks associated with UV damage, these classic rash guards have practically gone through a reinvention. What was the classic surfer rash guard can now be found in a variety of stylish designs and colors to keep you looking fashionable as well as sun protected! Check out our fabulous Cat&I range of rash guards for the whole family.
Trying to think of ideas for kids Christmas presents or stocking fillers can become a bit daunting this time of year. What to get kids that they will both love and use? How about some sun protection that they will wear time and time again plus look great too!
So if the kids you are buying for love going in the sun, go in and out of water and spend a bit of time outside, this could be a really cool idea to go with.
As summer rolls around and the days get warmer and sunnier, it is time to start thinking about sun protection and protecting your skin from the damaging UV rays. As the sun is getting more intense, the more important it is to take precautions as you will never regret looking after yourself and your family.
Here at Cat&i, we love to enjoy the sun and being outdoors so we have complied a list of sunsmart must dos for this summer to help keep you and your family safe.
Ever looking for ideas of where and when you can wear a rashie to both look great and protect your skin? Well, here are 4 super cool places you can deck yourself out in a chic and stylish rashie and be both glam and SunSmart!
Sitting poolside with friends, sipping away on a glass of wine and indulging on antipasto on a gorgeous summer day. Sounds too good!
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