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Sun Protective Clothing

Updated: Jun 7

Sun Protective Clothing

People with sun-sensitive disorders like Eczema, Psoriasis, Vitiligo and Lupus erythematosus must be more careful of sun exposure.

UV radiation also plays a significant role in photoaging, causing wrinkling, dryness, telangiectasia, sagging, and pigmentation. Chronic UV exposure and the development of actinic keratosis, squamous, and basal cell cancer are linked. Life-threatening melanoma requires intermittent and intense UV exposure.

Sun Protective Clothing or UV, UPF Protection clothing, which absorbs or blocks harmful UV radiation, helps protect against sun damage and skin cancer.

UPF clothing lasts approximately 30 to 40 washes; with regular use, the clothing should last about one year.

Coolibar from Australia weaves UV-blocking minerals, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, into the fabric. These minerals are in sunscreens that protect against UVA and UVB. UV protective clothing is lighter and doesn’t overheat you in warm environments.

Tinosorb FD, the trade name for a family of UV-absorbing chemicals, is used by other manufacturers. It is the active ingredient in Nakoma Products Sun Guard Laundry Treatment and Rit Sun Guard Laundry Treatment detergents. The packaging is quite similar; there may be a connection here. Consumers can use these to increase the SPF of cotton clothing at home. Since the longevity of the UPF factor is similar to clothes you wash yourself. It would be more economical to do so. Unbleached cotton absorbs UV rays, while polyester and silk with a high sheen reflect UV radiation. Don’t use the laundry treatments on polyester or acrylic. Polyester has light-absorbing benzene rings within the polymer. It blocks more UV radiation than natural fibres such as cotton.

Denim jeans can have a UPF value of 1700.

The reason is that tighter weaves, dark or bright colours and thicker fabrics block more UV rays. If the material is wet, stretched out or too dense, it will block fewer UV rays.

For maximum protection, wear tightly woven, dark-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and wide-brimmed hats.

Tinosorb M and Tinosorb S:

They are both in sunscreens and protect against both UVA and UVB. They are not absorbed into the body, are hormone-disruptive, are not free radical forming, and have anti-inflammatory properties.

We can only assume that Tinosorb FD does the same after washing it onto the clothes. It binds to the fibres very well. Wear gloves when mixing with water. Don’t let the powder touch the skin before mixing it with the water.

UPF is a different rating system for clothing from UPF 5 to UPF 30.

UPF measures blockage of both UVA and UVB rays, whereas the sun-protection factor (SPF) in sunscreens only measures the filtering of UVB rays.

UVB is the kind that causes sunburn and skin cancer, but UVA penetrates deeper into the skin, causing skin cancer as well as premature aging.

Nakoma Products Sunguard Sun Protection Clothing Wash UPF 30 Wash in

Laundry Additive set of 3 Lasts 20 washes


Sun Guard Laundry treatment

Rit Sun Guard Laundry Treatment UV Protectant - Six Pack UPF protection of 30

Lasts 20 washes


Sun Guard laundry treatment

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