The outdoors is wonderful and the best part about it is the warm, beautiful sun. However, the same awesome sunlight has ultraviolet radiation that can burn our skins if we are not wearing special kind of t shirt printing. It may speed up the aging of the skin and contribute or directly cause cancer of the skin.
Therefore, choosing the right clothing designed for protecting you from the harmful ultraviolet days will give you more control over how much you’re exposed to UV radiation.
These clothes are especially recommended for children, people with skin that is extra sensitive to the sun or burns more easily, people that spend a lot of time in mountains, water, or snow, and people taking certain drugs, because some drugs make the body more sensitive to the sun.
Even people with darker skin colors need these clothes. More melanin means fewer chances of being burned by the sun, but even darker skin colored individuals can get skin cancer.
What Kind Of Clothes Offer Sun Protection?
There are types of clothes that are rated UPF clothes. They are like the SPF ratings used in sunscreen but are different from the SPF because it covers and measures the protection from ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays, whereas SPF only measures the level of protection from ultraviolet B rays, which is the more harmful of the two.
It is always a good idea to purchase clothes with higher ratings of UPF. Ratings of 15 or 20 are good, but ratings of 25, 30 and 35 are better, while ratings of 40, 45 and 50 and above are absolutely excellent.
For perspective, know that a UPF score 25 means that 1/25 radiation from the sun can penetrate the material.
There are no UPF-rated clothes made with a rating of less than 15. Your custom T-shirts that are not categorized as UPF-rated clothing have standard protection of 5; meaning that it allows 1/20 UV radiation penetrate into your skin.
Factors That Enhance And Reduce UPF Ratings
There are certain things to be mindful of when shopping for UPF-rated clothes. Here is a list of enhancers of the ratings:
Construction – tight and densely made clothes minimize UV radiation transmission.
Color – darker-colored clothing absorbs more UV rays.
Treatment – there are eyes and chemicals added to some clothes that enhances its effectivity and UPF ratings.
Type of Fiber – polyester, and nylon are very good; silk and wool moderately good; hemp, flax, rayon, and cotton are quite poor and must have chemicals enhancing their UPF ratings.
Here is a list of reducers of the UPF ratings:
Wear And Tear Of Fabrics
Washing clothes can increase or decrease its UPF rating. It depends on:
Detergents that contain brighteners – most of these increase the UPF ratings, but there are some that do not.
Shrinkage: it increases the UPF
Finishes: if the finish wears off, the UPF is decreased. Look at the descriptions on the clothes before purchase. Is the UPF only available for a certain amount of washing rounds?
Properties Of Clothing – if the clothing is specific on certain things like that washing decreases UPF, for example, or other inherent properties of the fabric, it may decrease in rating as time goes on and the clothing become old and worn.
Other Ways Of Protecting Yourself From The Sun:
It is better to be protected from the harmful rays of the sun on multiple levels, as no method offers full sun protection. Here are some helpful and healthy tips:
Wear a lot of sunscreens when outdoors
Wear sunglasses with 100% protection from UV rays
Stay in the shade
Limit your time outdoors during mornings to late afternoons
UPF-rated clothes plus these protective tips will drastically reduce the likelihood if you being harmed by the sun. The sun is wonderful and to be enjoyed, but be careful too, and do enjoy it in moderation.