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May 30, 2019 by Katie Lawter

UV – guide

As a parent, it’s only natural for you to worry about the sun as summer or your sunshine holiday approaches. We want to make things as easy as possible for you, so we’ve collected some important facts and a few clever tips.

What is UV?

UV rays can burn your skin and make it red. UV is short for UltraViolet radiation, and when we talk about UV we include both UVA and UVB radiation.

Different radiation depending on time and place

The ozone layer that protects our planet from UV radiation varies in thickness, which is why your risk of sunburn changes from day to day. This means that on two identical sunny, cloudless days, you can still get different degrees of sunburn. The sun is strongest when it is highest in the sky – in the summertime and during the middle of the day (between 11 am and 3 pm).

P.S. Remember that the sun will usually be stronger closer to the equator!

How do you protect yourself from the sun?

Your best protection comes from clothes, hat, and sunglasses. You can use sunscreen on any uncovered skin. Remember that different clothes give different degrees of protection – here are the four aspects that you need to consider:

Density. The more densely woven the fabric, the better the sun protection. The thicker fabric is usually denser than lightweight fabric. Our UV-clothes are made of a high-density material with UPF 50, which gives at least 97.5% UV protection!

Size. Loose-fitting clothes give better protection than tight-fitting clothes. But UV garments should not be baggy.

Colour. Dark-colored clothes give better protection than light-colored clothes. But all our UV clothes have UPF 50, no matter what color they are!

Dry. Dry clothes give better protection, so it’s a good idea to change as soon as you get out of the water.

The products we recommend:

PO.P’s UV swimsuit/UV set. Gives good protection! They should fit snugly, but comfortably when they are dry. UV clothes tend to stretch a little when wet.

PO.P’s UV cap/sunhat. Your child’s head, neck, and shoulders get the most sun exposure. So our UV cap/sunhat is a brilliant idea!

Long sleeves. Airy clothes with long sleeves and legs are the comfiest choice away from the beach.

Remember!

Always keep children under the age of 12 months out of direct sunlight! And all children, of any age, should avoid staying in direct sunlight for a long period of time when the sun is strongest. But check your child’s skin regularly, to be on the safe side.

How do you wash your UV clothes?

It’s easy to care for UV clothes in the right way, which ensures that they keep their high sun protection for longer. Remember to rinse the clothes carefully in cold water after you’ve been swimming. And to dry them in the shade – not in the sun or tumble dryer. Do your clothes need machine washing? Remember this:

– Turn the garment inside out

– Use a bleach-free detergent

– Don’t use fabric softener

– Follow the UV garment’s washing instructions

Remember!

Always keep children under the age of 12 months out of direct sunlight! And all children, of any age, should avoid staying in direct sunlight for a long period of time when the sun is strongest. But check your child’s skin regularly, to be on the safe side.


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