There are many diseases that may enhance one's photosensitivity such as:
2nd and 3rd degree burns
SPF vs. UPF
Both SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) are standards used to measure sunburn protection from UVA and UVB sun rays. SPF, the standard used to measure the effectiveness of sunscreens, has been around for many years. The UPF system is relatively new and was created specially for sun protective fabrics.
SPF, is a gauge of how much time a person can be exposed to the sun before getting burned. For example, if you burn in 10 minutes without sunscreen and you apply a liberal dose of sunscreen with a SPF 30, you should be protected from a sunburn for 300 minutes (this will vary based on exposure to water and sweat).
UPF rating indicates how much of the sun's UV radiation is absorbed by the fabric. For example, a fabric with a UPF rating of 50 only allows 1/50th of the sun's UV radiation to pass through it. This means that this fabric will reduce your skin's UV radiation exposure by 50 times (98% UV block) in areas where the skin is protected by the fabric. A normal light t-shirt may only provide a UPF 5 sun protection whereas a light-weight sun protective shirt would block 98% of the sun's harmful rays and keep your skin cooler.
Unlike sunscreens, the UPF sun protection does not wash off or lessen in it's effectiveness so you can remain confident in your protection all day long. Another advantage of the UPF standard is that both UVB and UVA are measured.
All of our sun protective clothes at SunSational Style are tested and approved with the highest rating of UPF 50+. Our StingRay sun protective clothes are endorsed by the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia. All of our sun protective rashguard shirts, swimsuits and UV protective clothes are light-weight, fast drying and high quality.
Our Shady Day
SPF 30 sunscreen wipes and chemical
free Smart Girls Who Surf sunscreens are all broad spectrum and protect against the UVA and UVB rays.
Our Baby Banz kids sunglasses
are also UVA/UVB protective and endorsed by the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia, the Melanoma International Foundation and winner of the 2008 iParenting Award.
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