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UV Protective Clothing

Sun Safety & Prevention

Over 80% of all skin cancers are preventable by following
just 5 simple sun safe measures: Slip, Slop, Slap, Slide, Shade...

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A child’s delicate skin can burn within minutes causing
irreparable damage - learn how to protect them...

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Do you know your facts about Sunscreen? Which to buy, what
SPF, UVA protection, how much to apply, when to reapply...

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Did you know that the snow reflects up to 80% of sun
burning UV radiation! Learn about winter sun protection...

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Is your child’s school or pre-school Sun Safe?
Make sure children are protected during school hours...

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Do you work outdoors? Is your workplace Sun Safe?
Find out more about Sun Safety in the Workplace...

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UV Protective clothing and sun safety

Clothing can offer excellent protection from the sun's harmful rays, however, UV protective clothing and hats will offer the best protection and is a really good way of helping to protect a child's delicate skin, especially when abroad. Obviously, the more skin that is covered by clothing, the better the protection offered. Remember though - sunscreen should still be applied to exposed areas.

UPF Ratings in Clothing
There are some companies who market clothing specifically for their sun-protective properties. This clothing normally comes with a label indicating the Ultraviolet Protection Factor or UPF. The UPF refers to the amount of UV rays blocked by apparel and fabrics. Here are some
facts about UPF:

  • UPF is a transmission test: A fabric gets exposed to a UV source that simulates the sun's rays at noon. The amount of UV rays blocked by the fabric is measured by a device called a spectrophotometer. The UPF rating refers to how much sun burning UV radiation is blocked. For example, a UPF 50+ blocks more than 97.5% of the sun's burning rays.
  • Beware of companies touting products with a UPF 100. UPF 50+ is the highest rating permitted by any National Standard in the world - including the new US Standard. Companies claiming higher UPF numbers are doing so for marketing purposes and are misleading consumers.
  • Manufacturers often use SPF & UPF interchangeably when promoting the sun protection their products offer. This is mainly because research shows that there is much confusion about what these terms mean. UPF is the correct measurement for fabrics.
  • Just as a number of factors can influence the SPF ratings in sunscreens, the fibre type, weave, colour, construction, humidity and wetness, stretch and wear and tear are factors that can also influence UV protection in fabrics. In order to obtain a UPF rating on any fabric, manufactures will need to submit a sample from each fabric colour and style for UV testing.

For a great range of high quality UV protective clothing with UPF ratings please visit:
www.sun-togs.co.uk where you can purchase clothing from SunTogs with a 20% donation to the charity for every purchase made!

Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Booklet
Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Booklet
Download all you need to
know in one handy little book
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Sunbeds Can Cause Melanoma!
Sunbeds are not safe - fact! Find
out the truth and misconceptions
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Skin Cancer - The Warning Signs
Skin Cancer - The Warning Signs
Learn how to check your skin and
what you should be looking for...
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Am I at risk of Skin Cancer
Am I at risk of Skin Cancer
Learn about your skin type level
of associated risk and protection...
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Sun Safe Schools
Sun Safe Schools
National primary school accreditation scheme developed by Skcin to teach children and assist schools and parents on the importance of sun safety
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Sun Safe Nurseries
Sun Safe Nurseries
National pre-school accreditation scheme developed by Skcin to teach children and assist settings and parents on the importance of sun safety
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Sun Safe Workplaces
Sun Safe Workplaces
National workplace accreditation scheme developed by Skcin to teach outdoor workers and employers the importance of sun safety
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Virgin Holidays
Virgin Holidays
Skcin have partnered with Virgin Holidays to target the most difficult ‘at risk’ group of holiday makers and active tan seekers for all year round awareness
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