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Skincare 101

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!

Signs of aging and skin cancers are caused by sun damage. Watskin was created to empower sophisticated women of all ages to love the sun safely, comfortably, and confidently by creating highly fashionable, protective sunwear that supports skin health. With all styles featuring UPF50+ fabric, WATSKIN sun protective clothing can be worn for both anti-aging and health purposes, without compromising style.

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.

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 UVB) a fabric allows to reach your skin.[1]. 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[2]. WATSKIN is crafted from certified UPF50+ fabrics, blocking 98% of the sun's harmful rays.

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[1]. Regardless of their differences, both kinds of UV radiation cause skin damage that could lead to skin cancer or premature aging.

Regular clothing vs. UPF clothing

All fabrics are not created equal when it comes to blocking harmful UV radiation from the sun. The amount of protection varies based on the UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor). Clothing made from UPF fabrics shield your skin from the sun more effectively than clothing made from normal fabrics. Our collection is crafted from certified UPF50+ fabrics, blocking 98% of the sun's harmful rays. Our UPF50+ fabrics have been tested and certified by an independent third party to ensure you are getting the best quality sun protection. 

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