UV-Protection - all you need to know in a nutshell
How to recognise the right protection?
Like in sunscreen ointments the protective effect of clothing is given as UPF, which is the Ultraviolet Protection Factor. The UPF indicates how much longer - according to one‘s skin type - a person could stay out in full midday sun. It is a multiple of the recommended „safe times“ you find the table overleaf.
Optimally dermatologists recommend a minimal UPF of 30, but with a tan, a darker skin and staying out not too long, 20 will be fine as well.
Textiles tested accoding to the australian standard have only be checked new and dry. Materials reaching an UPF of 40 according to this standard often only make it for an UPF of 5 when re-tested according to UV STANDARD 801, the strictest standard currently available.
Reliably safe UV protection in 11 colours and 4 strenghts
Only the UV STANDARD 801 tests fabrics under real-life conditions: wet, streched and after multiple care cycles.
The lowest UPF measured is indicated on the “UV protect” label and guarantees the factually offered protetction level under any conditions.
For further information check their website at www.uvstandard801.com.
UV protection recommendations
The most important UV protection is sensible handling of sun-bathing: Less is more!
Start slowly with short stays - and allway „from 11 to 3 under a tree“!
No direct sun for sucklings under 1 year of age, toddlers only with sufficiently high UV protection - textile protection is highly recommended over suncreams alone!
Make use of UV radiation forecast services (e.g. with your local radio) - the higher UV index (UVI), the greater the risk to get a serious sunburn.
Know your skin type and act accordingly!
Dermatologists recommend the right clothing as second most important protective measure but staying out of the sun!
- To be protective, clothing needs to cover as much skin as possible and should fit loosely.
- A long-sleeved shirt and a wide-brimmed hat are far better than a T-shirt with a baseball cap!
- Stretching and getting wet may reduce any protective effect of fabrics dramatically.
- Look for certified UV protective textiles - at best certified according to UV standard 801 - as these fabrics add safety, reassurance and extra protection.