We’re giving you the inside scoop on all things skincare so you can make the best decisions when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun!
Before we dive in let’s clarify some terminology that is often used when discussing sun protection.
What is SPF?
SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor” and is a measure of how much solar energy (UV radiation) is required to produce a sunburn on protected skin. The number associated with SPF is a measure of how much protection sunscreen or other skin care products give you. For example, sunscreen with an SPF 15 will not protect your skin from UV rays as long as SPF 50 sunscreen. The higher the SPF number the higher amount of protection from UV radiation.
What is UPF?
UPF is similar to SPF, but applies to clothing rather than sunscreen or other skincare products. UPF stands for “Ultraviolet Protection Factor” which indicates how much UV radiation (UVA and UVA) a fabric allows to reach your skin. The higher the UPF number the higher amount of protection from UV rays. The Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of approval is only given to fabric with a UPF above 30 with UPF 50+ being the highest amount of protection.
Unfortunately, extended periods of exposure to UV radiation increases the risk of skin cancer. On the brightside, there are ways to enjoy the sunshine while protecting your skin from harmful UV radiation.
UVA vs. UVB - What’s the difference?
UVA and UVB are two types of UV radiation that are both linked to increased risk of developing skin cancer. Ultraviolet A (UVA) has a longer wavelength and is associated with skin aging. Ultraviolet B (UVB) has a shorter wavelength and is associated with causing sunburns. Regardless of their differences, both kinds of UV radiation cause skin damage that could lead to skin cancer or premature aging.
Don’t worry we’ll give you all the tips on protecting your skin so you can enjoy the outdoors! But first, here are a few skincare facts you need to know.
Indoor tanning devices can emit UV radiation in amounts 10 to 15 times higher than the sun at peak intensity.
Regular clothing vs. UPF clothing
All clothing absorbs and blocks harmful UV radiation; however, the amount of protection varies based on the UPF. Regular clothes offer a little protection from the sun depending on the color, construction, content, fit, and coverage. Clothing made from UPF fabric shields skin from the sun more effectively than clothing made from normal fabrics. Clothing with UPF 50+ offers the most protection.
Watskin was designed for safety and versatility with benefits to promote a healthy lifestyle. Every piece is created with UPF 50+ fabric that blocks over 98% of harmful UV rays, so you can love the sun: safely, comfortably, and confidently!
Caring for Your UPF Clothing
It’s vital to take care of your UPF clothing to ensure it lasts longer. Watskin’s pieces are designed with soft, two-way stretch, UPF 50+ fabric that is created from a moisture-wicking, fast-drying, and chlorine-resistant material. It is best to machine wash your Watskin pieces gently with cold water and hang them up to dry. This will help preserve the quality and fit of your UPF clothing.
Sun Protection is KEY No Matter the Weather
A common misconception is that you only have to worry about UV radiation when it is sunny outside. In reality, cloudy weather can cause just as much sun damage if not more. UV rays can reach you on cloudy and cool days, since they reflect off of surfaces like water, cement, sand, and snow. So whether you're hitting the beach or heading to the slopes it is vital to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.
Sun Safety in the Water
As mentioned before, UV rays reflect off of water which increases the risk of sun exposure while at the pool, in the ocean, or on the lake. It is important to note that wet clothing loses some of its protective ability by becoming more transparent and exposing your skin to more UV rays. This is why it is crucial to reapply sunscreen after being in the water and to invest in UPF swimwear.
Check Your Skin Regularly
Skin cancer risk is increased with unprotected sun exposure, but you have all the tools you need to identify skin cancer early. You can easily perform a skin self-examination in a well-lit room with a full length mirror. The first step is learning the patterns of moles, blemishes, freckles, and other marks on your skin so you can easily identify any changes. It is recommended to check your skin about once a month. If you notice any changes, contact your doctor or dermatologist to set up an exam.
You’re Ready to Have Fun in the Sun!
Now that we’ve gone over the basics of skincare, sun safety, and ways to reduce your risk of sun damage, you're ready to take on your next adventure in the sun!
Check out our selection of fashionable sunwear at Watskin Sunwear so you can love the sun: safely, comfortably, and confidently.