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FAQs About UPF Sun Protection

What's the difference between SPF and UPF?

SPF is a factor for lotions, whereas UPF is a factor of clothing and fabrics. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, which measures the amount of time it takes for sunscreen to protect the skin from UBV rays and sunburn.

Have your garments been tested?

Here at Bamboo Body, we take pride in making sure our fabrics are tested and certified by Australian Government Agency, ARPANSA. All our UPF 50+ garments have been awarded the maximum UPF 50+ sun protection rating, meaning they offer broad spectrum protection that blocks 98% of UVA and UVB rays. 

The UPF rating scale is between 15 and 50:

15-24: good
25 - 39: very good
40 or higher: excellent

What styles are UPF in the BB range?

All main fabrics in the Bamboo Body range have a UPF rating, with an exception to our Pyjama, Australian Made and Tracksuit range. Our BS (bamboo viscose and spandex) and BOC (bamboo, organic cotton, and spandex) fabrics have a UPF rating of 50+ while our woven collection has a UPF rating of 30. UPF 30 blocks 97% of UV radiation while UPF 50+ blocks 98%-100%.

Is UPF clothing necessary?

Yes, absolutely! UV lights account for 95% of the sun's rays that hit the earth. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, a white cotton T-shirt provides only moderate sun protection, with a UPF of about 7. Did you know that many people are getting sunburnt through the micro holes of their regular clothes? This leads to the fact that 2 in 3 people are diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.

As we age, our skin becomes thinner which gives us a greater risk of getting skin cancer and serious skin conditions. On the plus side, this type of ageing can be preventative with sun protective clothing!

Do I still need to wear sunscreen when wearing your clothing?

While our products are guaranteed to protect you from 99.8% of UVA/UVB rays, sunscreen should still be worn in areas where the skin is exposed. 

Experts recommend protecting all your skin with not only sun protective clothing but also hats, broad-spectrum sunscreen and lip balm of SPF 30 or higher. Dermatologist, Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, MD states "protective clothing and broad-rimmed hats are one of the most important steps when it comes to safe sun practices in my opinion."

Sunscreen is still an integral part of your sun protection routine. Please keep in mind that clothing cannot completely replace your sunscreen routine. It is still important to use both SPF sunscreen and UPF clothing for optimal sun protection.

What does UPF Mean?

UPF stands for ultraviolet protection factor and is the rating given to clothing for its broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are responsible for producing sunburn. The UVA rays penetrate more deeply into the skin and play a greater role in premature skin aging changes including wrinkle formation.

What does the rating of UPF clothing mean?

The number indicates what fraction of the rays can penetrate the fabric. A piece of clothing labelled UPF 50, for example, allows just 1/50th of the UV radiation to reach your skin. The higher the UPF, the lower the radiation and harm is transmitted to the skin. 

When tested, the ultraviolet protection factor of our clothing exceeded the protection level of 50. As the standard for certification stops at 50, we indicate that we go above this by using the "+" symbol, so you know our clothing can block more than 98% of UV rays. 

How does UPF clothing work?

Sun protective clothing acts as a barrier between you and the sun's rays, much like sunscreen. "There is a direct correlation between exposure to harmful UV rays and developing skin cancer", says Jeremy Brauer, M.D., a dermatologist in NYC and spokesperson for The Skin Cancer Foundation. "Clothing in general has some sun protection, but sun-protective brands bump that up significantly higher", he explains.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, only 2% of UV rays can go through UPF clothing whereas up to 20% of the UV rays can pass through regular clothing, increasing the chance of skin cancer. 

What are your top UPF sellers?

You can view our curated UPF capsule here. This selection includes styles with more coverage - higher necklines, longer sleeves and bottom lengths. Here are some of our best-selling UPF styles from each category:

Drape Cardigan

Ada Bamboo Boatneck Top

Lana Long Skirt

Harmony Dress

Essential Pants

To get maximum sun protection we recommend looking for styles that cover more skin. We have kept in mind that wearing longer sleeves and higher necklines can tend to make us overheat. Therefore, our bamboo products are essential for the warmer months; while achieving a UPF rating of 50+, they are also lightweight and breathable! Studies show that bamboo clothing is more breathable than cotton and its moisture wicking properties help keep your body fresh and dry. 

Australia is known for its sunny weather and outdoor lifestyle. But the Australian sun is harsh and the harsh sun is taking its toll on our skin.

There is well established evidence that exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun can lead to skin cancer.

According to Australia’s Department of Health and Ageing, Australia and New Zealand have the highest skin cancer incidence and mortality rates in the world.

It is important for people to understand the impact of prolonged sun exposure and to do whatever they can to protect their skin.

Bamboo Body clothing has been tested by ARPANSA and we are pleased to announce that our fabric has a UPF rating of 50+ excellent.

This week, we'll be answering some questions you may have about our UPF clothing. Read on to explore what UPF means, how it works and if it's really necessary.