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Sun Protective Clothing

Updated: Mar 8

People with sun sensitive disorders like Excema, Psoriasis, Vitiligo and Lupus erythematosus have to be more careful of sun exposure.

UV radiation also plays a major role in photoaging causing wrinkling, dryness, telangiectasia, sagging, and pigmentation. Chronic UV exposure has been linked to the development of actinic keratosis, squamous cell cancer, and basal cell cancer, whereas intermittent and intense UV exposure is associated with life threatening melanoma.

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 uses UV-blocking minerals such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are woven into the fabric. Both these minerals are found in sunscreens that protect against both 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. Un bleached cotton absorbs UV rays, while polyester and silk with a high sheen reflect UV radiation. The laundry treatments aren't recommended or necessary to use on polyester or acrylic. Polyester, has light-absorbing benzene rings within the polymer. It blocks more UV radiation than natural fibers such as cotton.

Denim jeans can have a UPF value of 1700.

The reason: tighter weaves, dark or bright colors and thicker fabrics block more UV rays. If the fabric is wet, stretched out or too tight, it will block fewer UV rays.

For maximum protection, wear tightly woven, dark-colored, long-sleeved shirts and pants, as well as 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, or hormone disruptive, not free radical forming and features anti-inflammatory properties.

We can only assume that Tinosorb Fb does the same after it is washed on to the clothes. It binds to the fibers very well. Wear gloves when mixing with water. Don’t let it touch the skin before it is mixed 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


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

Lasts 20 washes


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