April 27, 2015 by Polarn O. Pyret
Is there anything more wonderful than the first rays of sunlight in the spring? The sun is always a welcome sight after a dark and cold winter. Remember to take care since children’s skin is especially sensitive to the sun, particularly in the beginning of the season when their skin is pale. The best way to protect all of our little sunshine’s is to make sure they are not in the sun too long and to try to keep them in the shade as much as possible. There is also clothing available that can help.
IDEAS FOR SMART SUN PROTECTION
- Babies should not be exposed to sunlight or excessively high temperatures. Protect them with a sun hat, parasol and clothing. If you are outdoors in the middle of the day, preferably sit under a parasol for maximum protection. Remember that strollers can easily get hot, so be sure to place yours in the shade and keep it open to allow air to pass through.
- Play outside, but remember that the sun is the hottest between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and that you should avoid spending long periods of time in it. This also applies to cloudy days when you are abroad.
- Apply water resistant sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF) to exposed skin regularly.
- Remember that the degree of exposure is the same regardless of whether you are playing football, taking a walk or playing on the beach.
- Wear airy cotton clothing with a tight weave and long sleeves and legs.
- During holidays abroad in the sun, you should be especially careful when spending long periods of time in the sun. Be sure to use sunscreen on faces, hands and other body parts that are not covered by clothing.
- When swimming, use UV protection swimwear and a sun hat with UV protection.
SWIMWEAR WITH SUN PROTECTION
UV protection factor in textiles is called UPF
Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) is a classification system used for clothing. UPF measures fabric density and shows how effectively it protects the skin against ultraviolet radiation (both UVA and UVB). The higher the UPF, the denser the garment’s fabric, which means that less UV radiation can reach the skin.
Fabric that lets in less than 2% UV radiation is labelled as UPF 50 +.
All clothing provides some protection against the sun’s rays, but many factors play a role in terms of how much protection from the sun a fabric offers. Examples include color, type of fabric and fiber quality, as well as the fabric’s structure and density. For example, a white cotton shirt offers a UV protection factor of UPF 2-10.
POLARN O. PYRET’S GARMENT WITH UV PROTECTION
Sun protection clothing entails UV radiation being reduced and only one-fifth of UV radiation being let through the garment. This means that you can be in the sun 50 times longer than if you were not using any sun protection at all.
Polarn O. Pyret’s swimwear that is labelled UPF50+ gets its high sun protection factor from the fabric’s density, which means the material only lets a small amount of the sun’s radiation through. The sun protection hats are inpenetrable and thus have sun protection ability.
Polarn O. Pyret tests all of our sun protection garments and sun protection hats every season to ensure their UPF level.
Always use sun protection clothing and sunscreen as well!
How to care for swimwear with UV protection
The lifetime of all swimwear is limited since sun, chlorine and salt water are all hard on the material and the colors.
How to care for swimwear to make it last longer.
- Always follow the washing instructions for the garment.
- Avoid sitting on sharp or rough surfaces such as rocks, piers and pool edges since they can make the surface of the fabric rough.
- Some sun oils can leave spots and reduce the stretchiness of the fabric. Always be careful when applying sunscreen and try to avoid getting it on clothing.
- Carefully rinse chlorine and salt water out of swimwear to protect the colors.
- Do not roll wet swimwear in towels or similar; rather, hang up the wet garments in the shade to dry.
- Wash swimwear at a low temperature (max. 40°C) and hang it up in the shade to dry.
- Never put swimwear in the dryer or iron it.
- Fine granules of sand easily make their way into clothing at the beach – stretch the clothing and shake it thoroughly to remove the sand.