5 New Year’s Resolutions for Better Sun Protection

New Year's Resolutions for Better Sun Protection

As we say goodbye to 2020 (or good riddance), and ring in 2021, don’t forget to pause a moment to consider your New Year’s resolutions. Along with your personal goals and aspirations for 2021, consider these five resolutions for better sun protection. Whether you’re resolving to keep or start these sun safety goals, the important thing is that they’ll help you have a safer, more enjoyable 2021. Because let’s face it, 2020 itself felt like a bad sunburn. It’s been painful, uncomfortable, irritating and at times seemed like it just wouldn’t go away. And while we don’t know what 2021 has in store for each of us, we do have control over whether or not we face it with our best sun protection.

Sun Protection Resolution #1: Wear More Sun Protection Clothing

You probably saw this one coming, but wearing more sun protection clothing should be on everyone’s list of New Year’s resolutions for 2021. Not only does UPF-rated UV clothing offer better sun protection, it also looks and feels great. Shop our favorite UV-protective clothing, including Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound collection of UPF 50+ shirts, and start 2021 right.

Sunset paddleboarding with UPF apparel

Sun Protection Resolution #2: Apply (and Reapply) Sunscreen as Recommended

Many sunburns aren’t the result of neglecting to use sunscreen, but rather neglecting to use it properly. The key with most broad spectrum sunscreens is to apply them approximately 15 minutes before you step out into the sun. The next critical component in proper sunscreen use is to reapply it at least every 2 hours, and more often if you’re sweating or swimming. Therefore, for 2021, resolve to have better sun protection by following the recommended application (and reapplication) directions for your favorite broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Sun Protection Resolution #3: Pay More Attention to the Weather

Part of achieving better sun protection requires understanding how the weather impacts your risks of skin damage and UV exposure. First off, when it comes to the weather and UV protection, know that looks can be deceiving. Even with cloud cover or overcast skies, UV rays still penetrate through to cause skin damage. Additionally, cooler outside temperatures may disguise the fact that your skin is still being bombarded with damaging UV rays. A great resource to check before going outdoors is the UV Index, which measures the daily levels of UV exposure by location. Armed with more knowledge and a better focus on the weather, you’ll be ready to fend off the sun in 2021. 

Overcast skies with a rainbow

Sun Protection Resolution #4: Schedule a Skin Exam

This sun safety resolution is actually a three-parter, with the first step being to schedule a skin exam with a doctor. The second, of course, is to then have that skin exam. If you haven’t had one recently (or ever), a skin exam is critical for getting a benchmark for your skin’s health. A routine skin exam will also help to familiarize you with the warning signs of skin damage and skin cancer. Remember, early detection is critical in the fight against cancer, and skin exams help ensure the warning signs aren’t missed. Oh, and the third part? To follow the advice of your doctor, and to continually monitor your skin’s health. Now, grab your phone, and start 2021 by scheduling a skin exam. Next, go to that exam. Lastly, follow the advice you get at the exam.

Sun Protection Resolution #5: Have an Adventure

Your fifth resolution for better sun protection in 2021 is to go on an adventure! At first, this might sound counter to typical sun safety advice, but Rayward Apparel isn’t your typical clothing company. With our UPF clothing designed for the sun, and the better sun protection achieved by sticking with resolutions #1-4, you no longer have to be afraid of the sun. There’s a reason our motto is “More Adventure, Less Exposure,” and not “Stay Inside and Hide from the Skin.” Enjoying the outdoors is not only a huge part of our lives, but it’s also healthy, rewarding and fun. Make sure you feed your need for adventure in 2021—just don’t forget your sun protection!

Taking a tropical beach adventure with better sun protection

Make 2021 a year to remember for the right reason! Resolve to take better care of your skin, starting with these five resolutions for better sun safety. By doing so, you’ll leave sunburns, skin damage and the like behind, and greet the New Year with a better sun protection plan that helps you make the most of 2021.

We wish you a safe and happy New Year full of adventure!

Are ten hours of fireworks too much? We think not:

Top 10 Sun Protection Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Woman Surprised by Common Sun Protection Mistakes

Sun protection should be easy, but the prevalence of misconceptions can lead to painful mistakes. The good news, however, is that these sun safety mistakes are all easily avoidable. The first step to avoiding sun protection mistakes is to be aware of them. Continue below as we highlight ten of the most common sun protection mistakes, as well as how to avoid them.

Short on team and need to cut to the chase? Here’s our quick list of the most common sun protection mistakes, followed below with more details and tips for prevention:

  1. Trusting Regular Clothes for UV Protection 
  2. Not Using Enough Sunscreen
  3. Not Reapplying Sunscreen Frequently Enough
  4. Applying Sunscreen Too Late
  5. Mistaking Clouds for UV Protection
  6. Not Using Sun Protection Year-round
  7. Missing Hard-to-Reach Areas
  8. Ignoring Reflected UV Rays
  9. Thinking That No Sunburn Means No Damage
  10. Not Having a Yearly Skin Exam

Mistake #1: Trusting Regular Clothes for UV Protection 

It’s a common misconception that all fabrics protect your skin and block UV rays. In reality, however, only fabrics rated with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) are guaranteed to offer adequate UV blocking protection. Look for clothing and accessories featuring a UPF 50+ rating, the highest given, for the comfort of knowing your clothing is blocking over 98% of UV rays. The typical cotton t-shirt, for comparison, might only have a UPF 5 rating.

Mistake #2: Not Using Enough Sunscreen

Proper sunscreen application requires about one ounce of sunscreen for the average adult. To be more exact, the Skin Cancer Foundation suggests two milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin. For something easier to visualize and remember, use roughly a shot glass-sized amount of sunscreen lotion. Another tip is to avoid spending too much on sunscreen. If it’s more affordable, you’re more likely to use the proper amount and less likely to stress out about using too much. Even better, invest in UPF sun protection clothing which is likely to save you money in the long run.

Mistake #3: Not Reapplying Sunscreen Frequently Enough

Regardless of SPF, sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours. In cases where you’re in the water or sweating, you need to reapply sunscreen even more frequently. One easy way to avoid this sun protection mistake of not reapplying sunscreen often enough is to set a timer on your phone. Have it go off every 2 hours, and take that time to find some shade, hydrate and reapply sunscreen. Even better, wear UPF 50+ apparel and avoid this common sun protection mistake.

Using a timer for sunscreen applications

Mistake #4: Applying Sunscreen Too Late

You should apply most sunscreens at least 30 minutes prior to going out in the sun. How many times have you waited until laying out your blanket at the beach to put on your sunscreen? It’s important to allow the sunscreen to bind or absorb before depending on it for UV protection. The best way to avoid sun protection mistakes like this is with wearable sun protection clothing that doesn’t require advanced preparation. UPF-rated apparel is effective and protective the instant you put it on!

Mistake #5: Mistaking Clouds for UV Protection

Many people learn this one the hard way, but you must remember that clouds do not provide adequate UV protection. Even on an overcast day, most of the sun’s damaging UV rays penetrate through the clouds to reach your skin. This false sense of security is frequently the cause of sunburn for people who might otherwise have been more diligent with their sun protection. Avoid this sun protection mistake by using sunscreen regardless of weather, and by wearing UPF 50+ apparel rated for sun protection.

Mistake #6: Not Using Sun Protection Year-round

Sun protection is not a seasonal game. It’s important all year, including in the winter. While the sun is lower and daylight hours are shorter, the threat of both UVA and UVB damage exists regardless of season. Keep your skin protected with seasonally-appropriate apparel, such as UPF 50+ face masks, neck gaiters and hooded long sleeve shirts.

Walking in the snow with sun protection

Mistake #7: Missing Hard-to-Reach Areas

Let’s face it—it can be hard to reach every part of your body, and nearly impossible to properly apply sunscreen everywhere it’s needed. The unfortunate result of this is missed coverage with sunscreen, which leads to avoidable skin damage and sunburn. You could resort to spray sunscreens (not preferred by dermatologists) or ask for help applying sunscreen (sometimes help isn’t there), but there is an easier solution! Avoid this sun protection mistake by wearing UPF apparel that protects everywhere it covers. Rather than twisting and stretching to get every inch of your back, throw on a lightweight UPF 50+ sun shirt!

Mistake #8: Ignoring Reflected UV Rays

The sun’s UV rays cause most of their damage directly, but this threat isn’t only from above. In fact, many surfaces reflect UV rays with enough intensity for the reflected rays to still cause skin damage. Be mindful of surfaces and surroundings that reflect UV rays, such as water, ice and snow. While those are common culprits, even sand, grass, cement and asphalt reflect enough UV light to cause skin damage. Avoid sun protection mistakes like this by protecting your skin from all angles with UPF 50+ sun protection clothing and accessories.

Water reflecting the sun's UV rays

Mistake #9: Thinking That No Sunburn Means No Damage

Another common sun protection mistake is the misconception that not getting sunburn means not getting sun damage. The truth is that skin damage occurs before any visible signs of sunburn, and sunburn is but one symptom of skin damage. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until your skin turns red to take action. Likewise, don’t become complacent thinking you’re immune to skin damage because your skin color or complexion don’t burn as easily. All skin types and colors are prone to UV damage, and everyone needs sun protection. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen and wear UPF 50+ apparel before any signs of sun damage.

Mistake #10: Not Having a Yearly Skin Exam

While many people prefer to avoid doctors, it’s important to have your skin checked for signs of skin cancer. Early detection is critical in the fight against skin cancer—just ask our founder, Devin Regan—and can mean a world of difference in treatment, recovery and outcome. We encourage everyone to get a baseline medical examination of their skin, learn about the risks of melanoma, and to consult a doctor with any concerns.

Rayward Apparel understands that it takes all of us working together to defeat cancer. With that in mind, we pledge 5% of all profits to organizations dedicated to researching and treating skin cancer. Therefore, by purchasing UPF 50+ clothing and accessories from Rayward Apparel, you’re not only protecting your own skin, but also helping support the fight against skin cancer. 

Shop UPF 50+ sun protection apparel today!

Source: Skin Cancer Foundation

How to Treat Sunburn

Woman with Sunburn on Beach

Without proper UV protection, your skin is highly susceptible to sunburn. Depending on the UV conditions and your skin type, it could take as little as 15 minutes of unprotected exposure to get sunburn. Of course, the best way to avoid a painful sunburn is with a combination of UPF apparel and sunscreen. However, with insufficient sun safety preparation or even a momentary lapse in sun protection, accidents can happen. If you do sustain a sunburn, follow these quick tips to treat sunburn:

One of the most important factors in tending to sunburn is to begin treating the damage as soon as possible. Therefore, early identification is critical, so pay attention to how long you’ve been in the sun, and consider that you may not see or feel a sunburn right away. If you suspect that you or someone you know may have sustained a sunburn, consider the following treatment steps.

Get Out of the Sun First, Then Treat Sunburn

The first step is to get out of the sun as quickly as possible. If you haven’t already done so, seek shade or shelter, preferably indoors. Make sure you are not only safe from direct sunlight, but also reflected UV rays that bounce off of water, sand, cement and other surfaces. It’s hard to tell how bad a sunburn is right away, so don’t take any chances by letting it get worse. Once safely indoors, you can begin to treat sunburn and follow steps for pain relief.

Hydrate

Drink plenty of water. Sunburned skin pulls fluids away from the rest of your body towards the skin’s surface, so dehydration is a big concern. Combat this by drinking extra water and re-hydrating. If you develop lightheadedness, chills or a fever, seek medical attention.

Drinking Water to Treat Sunburn

Anti-inflammatory for Pain and Swelling

To reduce pain and swelling, consider taking an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or aspirin. These are most effective if taken within a few hours of sustaining the sunburn. However, as with any medication, consult your doctor before use, and make sure you are aware of any potential side effects.

Cool Showers or Baths

Over the next several days, take cool showers or baths to treat sunburn. After each, be careful to lightly pat yourself dry so as to avoid irritating your skin. You may also find some relief in not drying off completely, but instead leaving your skin damp.

Water-based Moisturizer

To treat sunburn, apply water-based skin moisturizer, preferably one with aloe vera, to your still-damp skin. This offers the dual benefit of soothing burned skin and preventing dryness. In cases with significant discomfort or especially damaged skin, you might consider applying a non-prescription hydrocortisone cream.

When to Seek Medical Attention to Treat Sunburn

If your sunburned skin begins to blister, this indicates a second-degree sunburn. Do NOT pop the blisters. Instead, allow them to heal, as this is your skin’s natural response to heal and defend against infection. Please speak with a doctor if you experience significant blistering or extreme discomfort.

While taking the treatment steps above will reduce your discomfort and prevent further damage, nothing will heal a sunburn overnight. Therefore, while your skin recovers, be extra careful to protect your skin from additional UV exposure. Always wear UPF 50+ apparel to cover as much of your skin as possible, since this is the most effective form of sun protection. For all remaining exposed areas of skin, liberally apply broad-spectrum sunscreen (minimum SPF 30), remembering to re-apply every two hours.

Whether minor or severe, every sunburn has lasting effects well beyond reddened skin. What’s more, sun damage is cumulative and sustaining sunburn increases your risk of getting skin cancer. Don’t let one sunburn keep you from going outdoors. At the same time, however, don’t take it lightly. Sun protection and sunburn prevention starts before you leave the house, so plan accordingly with UPF 50+ sun protection clothing from Rayward Apparel.

For additional information, check out this short video from the American Academy of Dermatology:

Sources: Skin Cancer Foundation; American Academy of Dermatology

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Sun Protection

Sunny Pier for UPF Hats and Shirts

Proper sun protection is essential for making sure you enjoy your time outside. Otherwise, you risk ruining your day with skin damage and sunburn. With our UV-protective apparel and UPF hat styles, we try to keep sun safety simple. That being said, it’s still useful to know how sun damage happens to better understand sun protection. With that goal in mind, here are five things you may not know about sun protection:

1) Skin Damage Occurs Before Any Signs of Sunburn

If left unprotected, your skin can be damaged by as little as 10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you are ok as long as you don’t see the signs of a sunburn. Even tan and darker skins that don’t redden are still damaged on a cellular level. Likewise, don’t rest easy at the sight of a “mild” sunburn. Even a light burn is bad and indicates damage to your skin, which ultimately increases your risk of permanent skin damage or even skin cancer. Play it safe and wear a UPF hat and sun shirt even for short periods of sun exposure.

2) The UV Index Shows the Strength of UV Rays Each Day

The first thing you should do on any day you plan on being in the sun is check the day’s UV Index. This is basically a measure of the strength of the sun’s UV rays on a given day, based on solar noon (between 10 AM – 4 PM). The UV Index ranges from 0-12. The higher the UV Index, the higher your risk of skin damage, and the faster you could burn. A UV Index of 3-7, for instance, indicates a “Medium to High” risk. An Index of 8-12 represents a “Very High to Extreme” risk. The higher the UV Index, the more critical your UPF hat and shirt become.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the UV Index, or watch this short video:

3) Many Surfaces Reflect UV Radiation

Did you know that ultraviolet radiation doesn’t just come directly from the sun? In fact, damaging UV rays also reflect off nearby surfaces. By now, most people know that water, snow and ice reflect UV rays, but did you know that sand, cement and even grass reflect enough UV rays to cause skin damage? This makes your UPF hat, UV apparel and broad spectrum sunscreen an important combination. Together they’ll help shield you from both direct and indirect (reflected) UV radiation.

4) Sun Protection is Essential for Every Skin Type & Color

It’s true that people with fairer skin are at a higher risk of sunburn and skin damage, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is off the hook. While some people are more susceptible to sunburn, anyone can get skin damage, sunburn or skin cancer. Whether your skin is black, white, or any shade in between, you need to protect it from UV damage. Start by wearing a UPF 50+ clothing and a UPF hat, followed by sunscreen on any remaining areas of exposed skin.

Woman Needs a UPF Hat on the Beach

5) UPF 50+ Apparel Is the Surest Form of Sun Protection

Sunscreen is essential for sun safety, but UPF apparel is a better bet for sun protection. As great as they are, sunscreens still have several drawbacks. They need to be applied thoroughly, and this needs to be done 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. Sunscreen also needs to be reapplied every 2 hours. Plus, and most confusing of all, sunscreen ingredient labels are hard to understand and it’s not clear what is safe for you or coral reefs. The surest sun protection comes from the simplest sun protection: UPF 50+ hats and shirts. UPF-rated apparel is always broad spectrum and doesn’t have any of sunscreen’s drawbacks mentioned above.

Now that you know even more about sun protection, we hope you’re feeling ready for “More Adventure & Less Exposure.” The next time you’re going to be in the sun, we recommend a UPF hat, sun shirt, sunglasses and sunscreen. To shop Rayward Apparel’s UV-protection clothing, visit our online store today.

Sources: World Health Organization; Skin Cancer Foundation

Why You Need A Sun Protection Neck Gaiter

Silhouette of Woman Needing Sun Protection Gaiter

Sun protection neck gaiters are one of our favorite outdoor accessories. So much so, in fact, that we’re reluctant to label them as “accessories” for fear the term diminishes their importance. Do you need a sun protection gaiter? Yes. Why do you need one? Glad you asked!

UPF Neck Gaiters Save Your Hide… Literally

Sun protection neck gaiters block UV rays from hitting the vulnerable parts of your face and neck. Without this protection, UVA and UVB rays will cause sunburn, early aging, sun spots and can ultimately lead to skin cancer. However, with a sun protection gaiter touting a UPF 50+ rating, over 98% of harmful UV rays will never reach the parts of your skin protected by its fabric.

UPF neck gaiters are great for necks because necks are an otherwise difficult, or at least inconvenient, area to protect. They are vulnerable, often exposed, and you can’t see them to ensure they’re protected! The same can be said for your ears and face. Fortunately, Rayward Apparel’s Del Mar neck gaiters can be pulled up over your mouth, nose and ears without exposing your neck. This is especially important on or near the water, such as when fishing.

Although applying sunscreen isn’t especially challenging, if you’re concerned that you aren’t doing it as properly or as often (every 2 hours minimum) as you should, then it’s best to try a new means of UV protection, such as a UPF neck gaiter. Your skin will thank you, and you’ll quickly realize that our UPF neck gaiters offer way more than UV protection.

Our Neck Gaiters Do More Than Block UV Rays

Sun protection neck gaiters, while designed first and foremost for UV protection, do much more.* For example, the soft fabric can be dipped in cool water and returned to your head or neck for a quick, refreshing cool down. The lightweight and breathable fabric is also moisture-wicking, so sweat will evaporate quickly to keep you dry and cool. Additionally, although the fabric is lightweight, it will still help you retain some of your body’s warmth on chilly days. This is because the air between the fabric and your skin will remain warmer than the air outside. Plus, there are additional benefits based on how you wear your gaiter, including as hairbands, wristbands and hat liners!

If you don’t yet have a sun protection gaiter, you’ll be excited to learn that Rayward Apparel’s Del Mar UPF 50+ neck gaiters are available NOW! They are everything you need from a UPF neck gaiter, and nothing you don’t! And remember, join our email list to be among the first to know about new UPF 50+ products from Rayward Apparel.

Rayward Apparel's Sun Protection Neck Gaiters

Need a refresher on how UV rays affect your skin? Check out the video below:

* One thing Rayward Apparel’s sun protection neck gaiters are not designed for is preventing the spread of disease. Our UPF neck gaiters have not been tested for their effectiveness at preventing the spread of disease, such as COVID19. Therefore, they should not be used as an alternative to any appropriately-rated face masks.

Do I Need A Long Sleeve Sun Shirt?

Long Sleeve UPF Shirt on Woman

The best defense against the sun’s harmful UV rays is a combination of sunscreen and UPF 50+ apparel. The question we get a lot, therefore, is if you’re using sunscreen, do you need a long sleeve sun shirt? Our answer: YES! Continue reading below to find out why we still recommend a long sleeve SPF shirt as your best best for UV protection.

Issues with Sunscreen Application

One of the biggest reasons people get sunburn is because of inadequate or inconsistent sunscreen application. When applying sunscreen, it’s very easy to miss a spot, especially without someone else’s help. Plus, even the best sunscreens need to be reapplied every couple hours. When busy or on the go, it’s easy to lose track of time and let your sunscreen’s protection lapse. This, as you likely know, can be a costly mistake leading to sunburn, or worse. As your dermatologist would agree, with UPF apparel, you know you’re covered. For more sun protection tips, click here.

Also, many sunscreens leave a greasy feeling on your skin, and some even stain your clothes! Worse yet, some contain ingredients that harm coral reefs and marine life. Why put your skin (or environment’s) safety to chance? Trust the always consistent and properly “applied” protection offered by a long sleeve SPF shirt (also referred to as UPF shirts because of their Ultraviolet Protection Factor ratings. You can also learn more about SPF and UPF here).

Additionally, some of the confusion about sunscreen application stems from a misunderstanding of what actually causes sunburn. Check out this video for an entertaining look at what actually causes sunburn:

Cost Savings with a Long Sleeve SPF Shirt

Another benefit of wearing a long sleeve SPF shirt versus a short sleeve shirt and sunscreen is that you’ll save money. This is because you’ll inherently need less sunscreen (which is surprisingly expensive) when more of your skin is covered by UPF apparel that accomplishes what otherwise would have been by sunscreen. Furthermore, the UPF 50+ rating of our Sun Bound shirts is achieved through a special fabric blend featuring viscose from bamboo. As a result of not relying on chemical applications, our UV blocking fabric holds up better, wash after wash.

Long Sleeve UPF Shirt from Rayward Apparel

Breathable, Quick-drying and Cool… Even with Long Sleeves

Many people associate long sleeves with warm clothing for cold weather. You may be surprised to learn that long sleeves can actually help you stay cool, even in hot weather. When you sweat or get wet, our fabric pulls this moisture away from your skin where it can dry quickly. This in turn maintains a space for air to flow between your skin and our shirt, which keeps you cooler. As a result, your shirt dries faster, you stay cool, and your skin stays protected with our UPF 50+ rating.

In Conclusion, You Need a Long Sleeve Sun Shirt

For the best long sleeve SPF shirt, look no further than Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound collection. These UPF 50+ long sleeve shirts block over 98% of UV rays, which is the equivalent of wearing SPF 50 sunscreen. Plus, our long sleeve sun shirts are moisture-wicking, breathable, ultra soft, and look great from the beach to the bar. Shop Rayward Apparel’s long sleeve SPF shirts today, available for men and women, both with and without a hood!

NOTE: Do you ALWAYS need to wear our long sleeve shirt? In the hottest of conditions, or when you don’t mind taking the time to properly apply reef-safe sunscreen, then you are also safe with our short sleeve UPF shirt. The goal here is to highlight the advantages of our long sleeve UPF shirts—which do inherently offer more protection than our short sleeve variation—although we know there is a time and place for each version of our Sun Bound shirt. And we absolutely believe that you need a long sleeve UPF shirt in your closet, always at the ready!

Top 5 Questions (and Answers) on Sun Protection

Motorboat with Sun Reflecting on the Water

It’s important, we spend a lot of time in it, and yet there’s still a lot of confusion about how to protect ourselves from it. We’re talking about the sun, of course! Our goal below is to highlight the top five questions regarding sun protection, and in doing so, hopefully clarify a few important sun safety tips. One thing that is clear? Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound shirts and sun hoodie are your go-to sun protection apparel! Find out why while learning more about sun protection below:

1) What Causes Sunburn and Skin Damage?

Sunburn is caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays penetrating your skin. UV damage comes from two forms of UV rays: UVA and UVB. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and are what cause wrinkling, early aging and, most critically, skin cancer. UVB rays damage the surface of the skin and are what cause sunburn and reddening. Too much exposure to either UVA or UVB rays will damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer.

2) What Affects My Risk of Sun Damage?

Your risk of sun damage, whether permanent or temporary, depends on a few factors, including the amount of time for which you are exposed. The time, environment and weather also play a role in determining how much exposure is too much. The sun’s rays are most powerful between 10 AM – 4 PM, for example. Also, you’ll burn easier at higher altitudes or closer to the equator. Furthermore, consider your surroundings and any surfaces that could reflect UV rays, such as water, ice, sand and concrete, especially onto your face.

Woman at Beach with Sun Protection

3) What Is the Best UPF Rating?

Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) measures the amount of UV radiation that goes through a fabric and reaches the skin. The higher the UPF rating, the better, and the best is UPF 50+. To translate a UPF rating into practical application, a UPF-rated fabric lets a percent of UV rays through equal to one divided by the UPF rating (1 / UPF). For example, a UPF 50+ shirt lets through less than 1/50th, or less than 2%, of UV rays. Additionally, the UPF rating system, unlike the SPF system for sunscreens, measures protection against both UVB and UVA rays.

4) How Do Sun Shirts Block UV Rays?

UPF sun shirts and sun hoodies block UV rays by shielding your skin. This protection can be accomplished a few different ways. Dyeing with darker colors, for instance, will absorb more UV rays, therefore allowing less to reach your skin. Certain fibers, like the blend of viscose from bamboo and cotton used in our sun hoodie, have natural properties and a dense weave that absorbs UV. Other times, fabric treatments may be used to boost a lighter fabrics UPF rating.

5) What’s the Most Effective Sun Protection?

The most effective sun protection is the one that you wear when you need it. To us, that means the reliable, comfortable and always broad-spectrum UV protection provided by UPF apparel, like our sun hoodie. There are many reasons we like UPF clothing more than just sunscreen for effective sun protection. For starters, with properly worn UPF apparel, you can’t accidentally miss a spot, you don’t have to reapply and it’s easier to remember to put a shirt on! Plus, you’ll save money in the long run and your protection is always broad spectrum.

Men's Sun Bound Hoodie in Blue

If you have additional questions about sun protection, leave us a comment below! To shop our UPF 50+ Sun Bound collection of sun shirts, including a t-shirt, long sleeve shirt and sun hoodie, CLICK HERE.

Sun Protection Myths: Know the Facts to Prevent UV Damage

Beach Lounging with Umbrella

There are many myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings when it comes to sun protection and preventing sunburn. At Rayward Apparel, however, our goal isn’t just to provide sun protective clothing, but also to provide the information and resources necessary to make you sun smart and UV protected.

Continue below as we bust some of the most damaging sun protection myths:

Sun Protection Myths vs Facts:

MYTH“All sunscreens protect against harmful UV damage.”
FACT: In reality, only “broad spectrum” sunscreen adequately blocks both UVA and UVB rays from the sun. UPF clothing, on the other hand, always blocks both types of UV rays. Therefore, you can trust UPF apparel.

Beach Sun Protection Facts vs Fiction

MYTH“You can’t get sunburn on a cloudy day.”
FACT: Clouds may filter some UV rays, but they do not block skin damaging UVA rays. Therefore, even in cloudy, overcast or foggy weather, sun protection clothing is paramount.

MYTH“You can’t get sunburn in the winter.”
FACT: UV damage doesn’t go on holiday. In fact, while UVB rays are strongest during the spring and summer, you are still being bombarded with UVA rays throughout the year. Furthermore, if the ground is covered by reflective snow or ice, you could actually be hit twice.

MYTH“Glass windows protect you from UV rays.”
FACT: Glass may filter out UVB rays, but UVA rays penetrate most glass surfaces. As a result, unless you are certain a glass window has been treated to block UV rays, wear sun protection apparel even behind glass (such as on a plane, bus, train or car).

MYTH“UV rays don’t penetrate the water’s surface and are blocked.”
FACT: Not only do the sun’s UV rays penetrate beneath the surface of water, but they also reflect off of it. They therefore cause damage both above and below the water’s surface.

Water Reflects UV Rays at the Beach

More UV Protection Myths vs Facts:

MYTH“Hair offers adequate UV protection.”
FACT: In fact, even a thick head of hair or a full beard don’t provide sufficient UV protection. Therefore, they should be protected with broad spectrum sunscreen and sun protection apparel.

MYTH“Regular clothing protects you from the sun.”
FACT: It’s safest to only trust clothing clearly labeled with a UPF rating, but the higher the better. In fact, certain fabrics, such as plain cotton, offer a false sense of security with little in the way of actual UV protection. As a result, anything without a UPF rating should be avoided.

MYTH“Lighter colored clothing, such as yellow, offers better sun protection.”
FACT: All else equal, darker colors (such as black, blue or red) absorb more UV rays, and therefore typically protect better than lighter colors like white or yellow.

MYTH“Beach umbrellas offer adequate UV protection.”
FACT: In fact, umbrellas only block direct UV rays from above. Meanwhile, they do little to shield you from indirect UV rays bouncing or reflecting off other surfaces, such as water or sand.

Beach Lounging with Umbrella

Final Sun Safety Myths vs Facts:

MYTH“It’s ok to get sunburn every now and then.”
FACT: Sun damage is cumulative. That is to say, every additional exposure leads to a greater risk of melanoma and skin cancer. Therefore, each case of sunburn is increasingly unhealthy.

MYTH“Unless you get sunburn, then you’re not damaging your skin.”
FACT: In reality, the sun’s UVA rays are already damaging your skin well before any indications of sunburn.

MYTH“It is safe to sun tan in short intervals. For example, just to get a ‘base.'”
FACT: Firstly, there is no such thing as a healthy tan. In fact, UVA rays, the ones which cause skin tanning, directly contribute to the development of skin cancer.

MYTH“Tanning and sunbathing help prevent skin cancer in the future.”
FACT: The tanning effect is your skin’s direct response to being damaged by UVA rays, and does not prevent skin cancer.

Now that you’re informed, it’s time to get protected, and that’s where Rayward Apparel really shines with our exclusive focus on UPF 50+ apparel. We specialize in UV protection shirts that are as protective as they are comfortable, so shop Rayward Apparel today!

Source: Skin Cancer Foundation, Skincancer.org

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