FAQ: Is UV clothing effective?
Before investing in quality UV clothing, you may be wondering if it actually works to help prevent skin cancer and other conditions. While almost any type of clothing that covers the skin can be protective, is UV clothing even better? At bu we offer UV clothing suitable for kids as well as adults, including men and women. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive.
What is UV clothing? UV clothing is designed to protect wearers from the sun. Overexposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer which in turn can lead to death in the worst case scenario. Overexposure to sunlight can also cause skin blisters, rashes, and other painful and irritating skin disorders. UV clothing can protect the skin it covers, thereby lessening exposure to sunlight.
What is UV? UV stands for ultraviolet. UV radiation comes from sunlight. If a person is exposed for any length of time, or is vulnerable in some other way due to a skin condition or low tolerance for UV rays, it can lead to skin cancer. UV clothing can shield skin from UV rays, thus reduce the likelihood of contracting skin cancer or other conditions.
What is UPF? UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. It’s a standard that is used to rate the effectiveness of a UV clothing garment. This is very similar to the SPF rating system for sunscreen. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Generally speaking, the higher the UPF rating, the more protection that the UV clothing offers its wearers. UPF ratings range between 15 to more than 50, or 50+ as shown on garments. At bu we offer UV clothing that has as much as 50+ for protection.
What makes UV clothing different from regular clothing? In addition to the sun protective factor, UV clothing is made differently than regular clothing. Though it varies by manufacturer, UV clothing usually has a higher fiber density and structure (think thread count as with sheets) to make it more difficult for sunlight to penetrate through to the skin. Some UV clothing is pre-treated with a special ingredient that is a UV-inhibitor.
If I’m wearing UV clothing, can I skip the sunscreen? While this is a personal choice, the answer may depend on your activities, the accessories you wear, and the amount of time you spend outdoors. For example, if you’re sitting in one location and wearing a UV clothing broad-brimmed hat that does not allow any sunlight to reach your face, you may not need to wear sunscreen. If the UV clothing you’re wearing completely covers up your arms, torso, and legs, you probably don’t need to apply sunscreen unless you’ll be outside for an extended period of time. However, unless you’re perspiring, you may not need to reapply the sunscreen nearly as often as if you weren’t wearing the UV clothing. Also, some people’s skin is more sensitive to sun exposure and are more at risk for skin cancer than other people. At bu we also offer a line of natural sunscreen that perfectly complement our line of UV clothing.