One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is to follow a healthy sun protection program, right from the start. Because the more we learn about UV exposure, the more dangerous we know it to be, especially for children. Did you know…
Now for the good news! Building healthy sun safety habits is really a matter of taking simple safety precautions, like those recommended by The American Academy of Pediatrics (www.aap.org) and the Skin Cancer Foundation (www.skincancer.org):
When it comes to sun protection, there is no shortage of abbreviations. But understanding them is easier than you might think.
UV "UV" is short for "ultraviolet," as in ultraviolet rays. There are two types of skin-damaging UV rays:
Both UVA and UVB rays are dangerous and can cause skin cancer, so kidsand adultsneed to be protected from both.
UPF UPF stands for "Ultraviolet Protection Factor." UPF is a universal rating system that measures the sun-blocking effectiveness of clothing and other fabric-made gear. UPF clothing (also referred to as "UV clothing") is specially designed to block both UVA and UVB rays.
There are three UPF categories under the U.S. rating system:
The numberslike "UPF 15"refer to the percentage of UV rays that penetrate the fabric and reach the skin. All Sun Smarties fabrics are UPF 50+. This means that only 1/50th of UV rays shining on the fabric ever reach your child's skin. The remaining 49/50ths (or 98%) of UV rays are blocked. When it comes to sun protective clothing, Sun Smarties offers the highest level of UV protection available.
SPF SPF is an abbreviation for "Sun Protection Factor." While the UPF scale applies to fabrics, SPF is the rating system used to categorize sunscreens and sunblocking lotions.
Technically, SPF measures the amount of time it takes UVB rays to redden exposed skin. So while you've probably heard people use the term "SPF clothing," it's not really accurate. What they really mean is UPF (or UV) clothing.
We developed our Sun Smarties kids' clothing and gear to make sun protection easier for parents. Years ago, after testing other kids' UV swimwear, we saw an opportunity to create something better (See our article, "What Makes Sun Smarties Special"). Each year, we expand and refine our Sun Smarties clothing and gear in response to feedback we receive from parents and customers. We hope that you'll scope out our Sun Smarties collection, and that you'll make us part of your child's sun protection regime.
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