UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and is similar to SPF ratings used in sunscreens. Garments with a UPF of 50 only allow 1/50th of the UV radiation falling on the garment to pass through it. The highest UPF rating a garment can be assigned is 50+, a piece in this range is determined as providing “excellent” protection from UV radiation.

All SunSoaked pieces are rated UPF 50+ and block 49/50ths or 98% of UV radiation.

Sun protection is essential to skin cancer prevention – about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 65 percent of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Learn how to protect yourself to stay safe.

There are two types of rays:

UVA rays infiltrate the skin’s deepest layer (the dermis) causing wrinkles, age spots and can lead to skin cancer: and
UVB rays are absorbed by the skin’s surface layer (the epidermis) causing burning.

Regular clothing does not shield you from UVA rays. So while you are out exposing your skin to the sun, especially for extended periods, engaging in recreational activities, it is paramount to cover up with protective swimwear and clothing, including sunglasses, hats and sunscreen.

As ozone levels are depleted, the atmosphere loses more and more of its protective filter function and more solar UV radiation reaches the Earth’s surface. It is estimated that a 10 per cent decrease in ozone levels will result in an additional 300,000 non-melanoma and 4,500 melanoma skin cancer cases. The global incidence of melanoma continues to increase – however, the main factors that contribute to the development of melanoma seem to be connected with recreational exposure to the sun and a history of sunburn. With the good news being that these factors are within your ability to control.