Sun Protective Clothing

by Rachel Bowman on February 26, 2021

Clothes with built-in sun protection! Is it really as easy as putting on a special shirt and be protected from the sun? The short answer is, yes!

Who actually reapplies sunscreen every two hours or after swimming as recommended by most sunscreens?  When we forget to reapply the sunscreen the risk of a sunburn increases. Dermatologists even encourage the use of clothing with UV protection.

We love to spend a lot of time outdoors. Hiking, fishing, a day at the beach or just relaxing in the sun. Whatever our outdoor activity is, sun protection is a concern. Let’s face it, don’t we hate it when a sunburn ruins a perfectly good vacation? How can we safely enjoy our time in the sun? Sun protective clothing is the answer.

Why are these clothes so effective?

Good question. UV protection clothes are tightly woven to prevent the penetration of ultraviolet rays through the fabric. It's like providing a sun umbrella for our skin.

Do all these shirts provide the same protection?

Another good question. No they don’t. They are rated by a system called UPF, or “Ultraviolet Protection Factor”. What does that mean? UPF 50 means that only 1/50th, or 2%, of UV rays can penetrate through the fabric to reach the skin. That's similar to sunscreen with a “Sun Protection Factor” or SPF of 50.

A lightweight, white cotton t-shirt has a UPF of about 5, while denim has an amazing UPF of 1,700. But denim is usually NOT the fabric of choice for a beach day. Most UV protection clothing claims a UPF of 50. Clothes made specifically for UV protection not only provide us with sun protection, but they are actually comfortable to wear and are breathable for those enjoyable sunny days.

Whatever your outdoor activity may be, we hope you enjoy the stylish, custom designs of our UV protection performance shirts. Please stay safe. (Oh, and p.s. if you show up to the beach in denim, we promise not to judge:)