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Above: You can get sunburnt through clothing.
UPF clothing can prevent you from burning through your clothes
Did you know that you can get sunburnt through clothing?
Clothing can have varying degrees of protection depending on the fabric used, with some clothes leaving your skin exposed to harmful UV rays.
How protective a fabric is can be determined using the UV Protection Factor (UPF) rating system, which measures the UV protection provided by the fabric. It is very similar to the SPF rating system used for sunscreen - UPF50+ is equivalent to wearing SPF50+ sunscreen. Some clothes might only have a UPF of 5, providing minimal protection.
|15 or 20||Good Protection|
|25, 30 or 35||Very Good Protection|
|40, 50 or 50+||Excellent Protection|
Above: Clothing can have varying degrees of protection depending on the fabric used.
What does UPF50 mean?
UPF measures the amount of UV rays that pass through fabrics when exposed to UV radiation. UPF50 only allows 1/50th of UV radiation to pass through a garment - it blocks out 49/50 ie 98% of UV radiation.
What factors affect the UV protection of fabric?
Common fabrics that provide better protection:
Common fabrics that provide worse protection:
Note: This quick questionnaire is designed to give you an idea of your personal skin cancer risk factors.
It isn’t intended to be a substitute for medical advice or diagnosis – please contact us if you have any questions about your skin cancer risk.
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