What Is The Difference Between Regular And Sun Protection Swimwear?
there are 2 key differences between Regular and Sun Protection Coverup Swimwear; Fabric Type and Design Style:
1. Fabric Type: regular and sun protection swimwear uses special type of stretch fabric that is suitable for use in water, mostly made from Nylon, Lycra, Elastane, Spandex or Polyester yarn. The quality and performance is linked to the fabric composition example Nylon/Lycra or Polyester/PBT and to the weight example 170gsm or 200gsm (grams per sqaure meter), however to achieve UV protection status the fabric need to be tightly knitted in order to block the sun UV rays from getting through and reaching the skin, hence some regular swimwear fabrics are not suitable for sun protection. The highest UV protection ratings a fabric can achieve is UPF50+ which blocks over 97.5% of the sun UV radiation according to Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).
2. Design Style: the design difference is quite visible between regular swimwear which tends to follow fashionable trends and personal tastes where more skin is exposed, while sun protection swimwear takes into consideration the need to cover as much skin as possible to ensure protection against the sun UV radiation; sun protective coverup swimwear designs such as stinger suits, dive skins and full body swimsuits covering the arms and legs have the ability to keep the skin protected all day long from the harsh UV rays which can cause sunburns, skin damage and worst case scenario skin cancer.
Over exposure to the sun UV rays can severely damage the skin!
Millions of people head outdoors every year when the weather warms up, in fact the last statistical records by census.gov of 2010 put the number of Amrerican adults participation in beach leisure activities at 58 million and 670 thousands people not including children (Census Bureau of USA), this represent about 20% of the entire USA population as of 2010, and this trend has grown in recent years. In 2016, the latest year for which incidence data are available, 82,476 new cases of Melanomas of the skin were reported in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), this represent 0.03% of the population, however when taking into consideration that about 20% of the USA population engage in beach activities and are more exposed to the sun, this figure represents 0.13% as a percentage of the people who spends their time on the beach. If you don't take precautions and steps to be protected from the sun UVA and UVB rays, you may end up with sunburns and unwanted skin damage. Over exposure to the sun rays can severely damage the skin cells and may ultimately lead to skin cancer! Protecting yourself and your family from an early age can help preserve your skin natural elements. Although sunscreen is a great tool to help prevent sun damage, but it is not enough on its own. When spending any amount of time in the sun, it is essential to wear UV protection swimsuit and sun protective clothing in addition to applying sunscreen to minimize the effects of the sun's ultraviolet rays.
I simply wanted to let you know how wonderful I think your full body suits are. As fair skinned people living in Hawaii we understand the power of the sun. It might be fine to get pink during a week long vacation but it's a totally different story to be pink year round. These suits SAVE us in the water. We used to come home with lobster-red backs and necks from snorkeling or kayaking (even with a reapplication of sunblock). Now we make sure we are wearing our suits and we come home able to enjoy our evening instead of slathering ourselves in aloe. l vacillated between the full suit without a hood and the hooded one - then decided to go full goofball and bought the pink/navy one with the hood. Do I look goofy? Of course! Do I get a painful sunburn on my neck or ears? Nope. Does my long hair escape and tangle in front of my mask to obscure my view? Nope. Does my long hair get tangled in my mask strap? Nope. Does my long hair get caught in my armpits while I freestyle out to the reef? Nope. And for the record, that totally happens and is not comfortable. Thank you for the comfortable, lightweight, easy to put on, sun shielding, jellyfish sting preventing, reef rash preventing suits you make. Our family may be the goofiest looking on the beach, but we aren't fools! Cancer protection is more important than fashion!