1) Is this fabric cool to wear ?
YES ! Compared with cotton this new technology UPF50+ fabric is knitted in a way that is designed not only to give you maximum UPF50+ sun protection but to keep you cool and comfortable. The fabric has a moisture wicking management system that absorbs the perspiration from your body to keep you dry and creates your own personal 'air conditioning' system. In addition the antimicrobial properties will help sanitise and minimise odour. Being lightweight and durable it is the perfect fabric to keep you and your family protected from the harsh UV rays.
2) How do I know this fabric is rated UPF50+?
All our fabrics are tested independently by ARPANSA to Australian standards.
3) Can I get sun burnt on overcast and cloudy days?
YES! UV rays cause sunburn whether there is sunlight or not or whether it is hot or cold. Cool and cloudy days can cause excessive sunburn due to the intensity of UV levels. Glare from the water or snow can also cause severe sunburn. Be aware and check UV levels before heading outdoors.
4) I have dark skin - can I still get sunburnt?
Naturally darker skin consists of higher levels of melatonin, which provides a natural protection for UV radiation. However, darker skin does have less ability to create vitamin D. Vitamin D is a hormone that is made in our bodies when our skin is exposed to UV and is essential for strong bones, muscles and overall health which is required to protect and maintain healthy skin. Caution is still required when exposed to UV rays as skin cancers can still occur and could be more dangerous as they are usually detected at a later stage.
5) What is the best way to stay protected from UV radiation?
* Wear long sleeve shirts and pants, sun-glasses and broad-rimmed hats
* Apply SPF30+ sunscreen and apply every 2-3 hours
* Stay out of direct sun between 10am and 3pm