Additional Information

Additional Information

Account Navigation

Account Navigation

Currency - All prices are in AUD

Currency - All prices are in AUD
 Loading... Please wait...
EcoStinger

Blog

Sun Protection Clothing And UV Protective Swimwear Factors And Warnings!

Posted by ecostinger on

Most fabrics can provide some protection from the sun regardless of if they are UPF rated or not. However several factors will determine how effective clothing and swimwear is at reducing the UV reaching the skin. These factors include; the weave density; construction of the fabric; thickness; color; tension and stretch; additives added to fabric; and condition.

Fabric with UPF50+ ratings can block over 97.5% of the sun UV radiation as per Australian/New Zealand standard (AS/NZS 4399:1996), although this is the highest sun protection ratings, it can still be not enough when the UV index is high. 

Never rely on clothing alone for sun protection when the UV index level is 3 and above; use a combination of 5 sun protection measures:
1. Apply sunscreen on exposed skin;
2. Cover up with UPF clothing;
3. Slap on a wide brim sun hat;
4. Wear EPF sunglasses;
5. Seek shade.

Recommendations for protection when the day’s predicted UV index is at various values are:

UV Index Description Media Graphic Color Recommended Protection
0–2 No danger to the average person Green No Protection Required
Wear sunglasses on bright days; use sunscreen if there is snow on the ground, which reflects UV radiation, or if you have particularly fair skin.
3–5 Little risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure Yellow Protection Required
Wear sunglasses and use sunscreen, cover the body with clothing and a hat, and seek shade around midday when the sun is most intense.
6–7 High risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure Orange Protection Required
Wear sunglasses and use sunscreen having SPF 15 or higher, cover the body with sun protective clothing and a wide-brim hat, and reduce time in the sun from two hours before to three hours after solar noon (roughly 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM during summer in zones that observe daylight saving time).
8–10 Very high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure Red Protection Required
Wear sunscreen, a shirt, sunglasses, and a hat. Do not stay out in the sun for too long.
11+ Extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure Violet Protection Required
Take all precautions, including: wear sunglasses and use sunscreen, cover the body with a long-sleeve shirt and trousers, wear a very broad hat, and avoid the sun from two hours before to three hours after solar noon.

Warnings!
Wet and stretched or over-stretched fabric may lower the rating of sun protection provided by clothing or swimwear; It is recommended to avoid spending long hours in the sun when the UV index level is 3 or more, and seek shade whenever possible to break the intensity of the sunlight, especially during midday solar noon; for more information visit ARPANSA website. below is UPF category table as set by Australia/New Zealand standard (AS/NZS 4399:1996).

upf50-rating-table.jpg

Very Important!
Sun protection clothing, sun hats and sun protective swimwear ratings are measured in UPF; do not be misled by the wrong rating term:
Ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) is a measure of the protection provided by clothing fabrics, the highest ratings is UPF50+ blocking over 97.5% of the sun UV rays, which will reduce the risk of sun damage drastically, however it is still important to seek shade during intense sunlight such as midday solar noon and avoiding over-stretched fabric.
Sun protection factor (SPF) is a measure of the protection provided by sunscreens.
Eye protection factor (EPF) is a measure of the protection provided by sunglasses and other eye wear.

Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) is used to indicate the fraction of the UV rays from the sun that can penetrate a fabric. It represents the percentage of UV rays that can reach the skin with and without protection from clothing. For example, a long sleeved shirt that has a UPF of say 50 can only allow 1/50th UV radiation from the sun to the skin.

  • uvr
  • upf
  • spf
  • epf
  • sun protection clothing
  • uv protective swimwear
  • upf50+

EcoStinger Discount Coupon Codes

Visit EcoStinger discount coupon code page for up to date information about our latest discount codes and offers!Get 20% OFF your purchase today use coupon code 'GET20' ! plus FREE SHIPPING on USA orders >$49.90 and International orders >$89.90 !To claim your discount, simply type code in coupon box when checking out!EcoStinger sun protection clothing [...]

Read More »

Summer Vacation Spots In Japan サンプロテクション水着 Sanpurotekushon mizugi Shop

If you are looking for summer vacation spots in Japan, you will want to get a sense of what is out there for you to choose from. Sure, you could read an entire tour or travel guide and sift through thousands of vacation destination choices. But, it can be so hard to choose with all [...]

Read More »

Five Must-visit Places In The Netherlands zonnebescherming zwemkleding UV Swimsuit Shop

The country of the Netherlands combines modernity with a rich heritage that goes back over two millennia, making it one of the most fascinating places to visit in Europe and a perfect getaway for your summer holidays. As a visitor, you will be amazed by its endless waterways and canals, ancient architectural buildings, historic windmills, [...]

Read More »

Spend Your Summer Holiday In Sweden solskydd badkläder UV Protective Swimwear Shop

Sweden is an excellent spot to reside thanks to its high standard of living plus natural beauty. Because of its flourishing food culture, spectacular natural scenery, in addition to attractive medieval towns, Sweden is esteemed for being a wonderful travel spot. Don’t ignore these stunning destinations on your subsequent visit to the country. Below we [...]

Read More »

Germany Summer Holidays: Beautiful Baltic Beaches Sonnenschutzkleidung Store

The Baltic Coast is one of Germany's most loved occasion goals with delightful shorelines, family-accommodating resorts, and its very own unique character. The Baltic Coast with its 2,000 km of sandy shores is the sort of place individuals come to over and over. The view is fluctuated and incorporates high bluffs, backwoods and green terrains. [...]

Read More »

Holiday Summer Destination Paris France protection solaire maillots de bain Sun Protective Swimwear Shop

Spring and summer destinations in Europe are countless. Extending from golden sandy beaches with palms and emerald waters to wild and beautiful, isolated coasts, and from magnificent valleys and vineyards to lush forests and mountains, European nature is extraordinary. It also has many islands; some of which have a unique, stunning natural beauty and scenic. [...]

Read More »

Summer holiday in Austria Sun Protection Swimwear Shop Sonnenschutz Bademode

Austria may be one of the smallest nations in continental Europe, but it has so much to offer the traveler that one could easily spend an entire year visiting all the "must see" tourist destinations.For numerous people, an exciting summer holiday in Austria symbolizes the finest of the Alps: spectacular landscape with uneven, snow-covered mountains, [...]

Read More »

Summer holiday in Singapore pakaian renang perlindungan matahari Sun Protection Swimwear Shop

We all know Singapore for its lowest crime rate amongst all the countries in the world and also as a wonderful tourist destination. Being one of the busiest ports in the world, Singapore attracts a huge number of vacationers every year. In fact, over 50% of the area in this country is covered by greeneries. [...]

Read More »

Summer Holiday destination Norway solbeskyttelse badetøy Sun Protective Swimwear Shop

Norway is mainly a vast sparsely populated country whose population is less than five million people. The country’s topography, fjords, mountains, and lakes, among much more, are just captivating. Consequently, Norway’s various sites, holiday seasons and destinations attract thousands of local and foreign visitors every year. While the county is renowned for its fjords, the [...]

Read More »