The sun and the consequences from UVA and UVB rays are a growing concern among us, especially for children and people with lighter skin. Hats, sunscreen and clothing to cover the body are essential, but will that suffice?
Light or dark clothes?
The truth is that in summer the trend is to wear fresh, clear clothes that are the least likely to protect from the sun’s rays, as they let light and radiation go by. The ideal would be to use thick and dark fabrics to protect our skin. However, with the heat these seem to be the ones that less appeals ….
Therefore, the clothes with SPF against the UVA and UVB rays appear. They can be found in pharmacies, sports stores or in specialized stores online.
Like sunscreens, these clothes also have different protection factors (SPF 30 or SPF +50).
The trick is in the confection of the fabric and chemicals used. The fabrics are manufactured with numerous micro threads of polyamide intertwined in a web. As it is a lightweight fabric, the clothing is lightweight and dries quickly (another plus!). Yes, because there is also SPF outfit to go to water! Of course, we should continue to take care with the sun, specially through the frequent application of sunscreen, but with the use of these clothes, the risk of sunburn is greatly reduced.
How can clothes with SPF protect against solar radiation?
The solution found by the manufacturers was to apply a chemical compound – titanium dioxide – with a dense texture that blocks UVA and UVB rays by about 95%. The tissues absorb this product and are tested on devices that simulate solar radiation, to ensure that light does not pass through the tissue.
The sunscreen applied on the fabric lasts for about 40 to 50 washes and there are already many clothes with other associated chemicals, such as insect repellent for lovers of walking.
Did you already know? Do you use them?