Today is “Don’t Fry Day!” The Friday before Memorial Day is coined “Don’t Fry Day” in hopes that people will take the extra precautions to practice safe sun protection habits. It’s the weekend when many of us will be hitting the beaches, having picnics at the park and just enjoying the outdoors and long holiday weekend. Keep you and your family safe and let the world know you are by taking the “Don’t Fry Day” Pledge!

Here are some great sun protection tips from the Skin Cancer Prevention website:

Do Not Burn.

  • Avoid intentional tanning.
  • Avoid tanning beds.

Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds causes skin cancer and wrinkling.  If you want to look like you’ve been in the sun, consider using a sunless self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.

Generously Apply Sunscreen to all exposed skin using a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 that provides broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays.  Re-apply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.

Wear Sun Protective Clothing such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, where possible.

Seek Shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun which can increase your chance of sunburn.

Get Vitamin D Safely through a healthy diet that includes vitamin supplements.  Don’t seek the sun.

“Don’t Fry Day” also marks the end of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. You still have until May 31st to place your UV Skinz order to receive a complimentary Special Edition “What’s a Sunburn”  baby skinz swim shirt! Go to the UV Skinz Facebook fan page and share what special child or organization you gifted your baby skinz to!

what's a sunburn_baby

 

Thoughts On UV-Protective Clothing

I recently read an article highlighting the extreme benefit of wearing UV-protective clothing as opposed to only wearing sunscreen as your sole sun protection. UV-protective clothing is specially treated and designed to filter all UV rays, they provide a physical block that doesn’t wash or wear off like traditional sunscreen, and  they are better at absorbing rays and stopping them from hitting the skin. Since most people don’t apply enough sunscreen or fail to reapply, their attempt at sun protection is ill-fated. The UV-protection of clothing is measured in UPF. Just like a sunscreen SPF the higher the UPF, the greater it blocks UVA and UVB rays.

UPF Factors

UPF factors in order of importance are:

  • Weave — Tightly woven fabric provides greater protection than loosely woven clothing. If you can see light through a fabric, UV rays can get through.
  • Color — Dark colors provide more protection than light colors by preventing more UV rays from reaching your skin.
  • Weight — The heavier the better. The weight of fabric is also called mass or cover factor/
  • Stretch — Clothing with less stretch generally has better UV protection.
  • Wetness — Dry fabric is generally more protective than wet fabric.

(Source: UCSF Medical Center)

So why don’t more people wear uv-prtoective clothing?!

  • Cost
  • Un-stylish
  • Many people STILL believe a tan makes them look healthy

These reasons are FAR from the truth. As far as cost goes, a one-time buy of uv-protective clothing will save you money over the long-term. UV-protective clothing (especially long-sleeve) covers more skin. Skin that you don’t need to apply sunscreen to. You just need to make sure to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas (face, neck, hands, legs and feet).

It is true that in our society, covering up isn’t portrayed as “stylish” or “sexy”, but I will tell you what IS NOT stylish or sexy. Unhealthy, sun-damaged skin. Take a look at the picture below and decide for yourself what is “stylish” and “sexy.”

THIS is stylish and by covering-up you will keep your skin looking sexy!

 

Source: My Health News Daily

Top 5 Reasons UV-Protective Clothing Rocks!

  1. The light-weight fabric of a uv-protective shirt wicks moisture from your skin and dries quickly to keep you cool, even during peak sunshine hours of the day.
  2. You will save money on sunscreen and limit the amount of chemicals being absorbed into your skin from the use of sunscreen because you don’t need to wear sunscreen UNDER your uv-protective swim shirt or clothing. Just focus on the exposed extremities like your hands, feet, neck, and face.
  3. You can wash your uv-protective swim shirt repeatedly without losing the UPF that is woven into the fabric. A new uv-protective swim shirt has a beginning UPF of 50+. Towards the end of it’s life cycle (40 washes or more) there is still an end UPF of at least 50.
  4. UV-protective clothing is trendy, comes in awesome colors and designs, is versatile and can be used in water, on a hike or a day at the county fair!
  5. UV-protective clothing with a UPF 50+ protects against 98% of UVA and UVB rays all day, every day!

What’s the difference between UPF and SPF? (You can read more about why you should choose uv-protective clothing as your first line of sun defense at www.uvskinz.com)

SPF = for Sunscreen
UPF = for Clothing & Swimwear
UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor.

The chart below comes from the Australian/New Zealand Standard For Sun Protective Clothing and Swimwear:

(Note that a regular t-shirt has an UPF ranging from 7-10. Not enough to fully protect your skin from UVA or UVB rays for long periods of time)

UPF Ratings and Protection Categories

UPF Rating Protection Category % UV radiation Blocked
UPF 15 – 24 Good 93.3 – 95.9
UPF 25 – 39 Very Good 96.0 – 97.4
UPF 40 – 49 Excellent 97.5 or more
UPF50+ Considered the Ultimate in UV Sun Protection