What is UPF Clothing? In this post we are going to share what the best sun safe clothing are and which to choose.
Being sun-smart never looked better! We are now seeing many options in clothing lines for keeping our skin protected from the suns ultraviolet rays, and many of them are very trendy! Unlike SPF in sunscreens, which represents UVB blockage, UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) in clothing represents how much of the suns rays (both UVA and UVB)are able to penetrate through your layer of clothing onto skin.
The blue shirt pictured below is from Columbia Clothing and it has an SPF of 50. Image has a link to the item on their website
When deciding what UPF clothing to choose, you want to make sure it has a UPF of 40 to 50+. Did you know your typical cotton T-shirt has a UPF of about 5? The Skin Cancer Foundation has teamed up with certain clothing lines who have earned a seal of recognition in meeting the UPF requirements. See our list below for where to purchase your next sun-worthy piece of clothing.
While the image above says Insect Blocker, it is also a great hat for sunblock protection with UPF 30.
Below we have posted links to various brands that offer UPF clothing: