SPF vs UPF Sun Protection

Sun protection - we all know it is important but what does it mean?

The first step in selecting the proper protection for your child is understanding what SPF/UPF mean and why they are important.  

What is SPF? (Sun Protection Factor) is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect your skin from UVB rays.  It is measured as a factor of 15 times meaning if your skin normally burns in 15 minutes, SPF 15 would provide you 225 minutes of protection before burning (15 Minutes x 15 SPF = 225).  It is important to note that sunscreen only protects against UVB rays not UVA rays.  

What is UPF? (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) is a measure of how well a garment (such as a sunsuit) will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.  A UPF rating of 25 indicates that 1/25 (or 4%) of the sun's UVA + UBV rays can penetrate the fabric.  Our Sunsuits have a rating of 50+ (UPF 50 being the highest rating a fabric can receive) which indicates 1/50 (or 2%) of the sun’s UVA + UVB rays can penetrate.  

When it comes to choosing proper protection it is important to layer more than just sunscreen onto your children’s exposed skin.  Shade, Sunscreen and Skin Coverage in a UPF suit are the most effective ways to keep the skin protected and safe all day long. Our sunsuits are a great option to keep your children covered, especially on the areas that are exposed even in the water.  Click here to see our modern options to keep your children safe.     


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