The best way to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV radiation is to use clothing. Therefore, bringing an extra long-sleeved shirt for beach life when you go on a sun holiday. With clothing you get reliable protection because textiles absorb both UVA and UVB radiation.
Clothes are always good as sunscreen. The properties of different textiles determine how well a garment protects. Three basic rules determine whether a garment works well as protection against UV radiation. We will discuss today the best fabric for sun protection when you need to go to sunlight or, beach.
The 5 Best Fabric For Sun Protection Comparison
- The size of the dress. The more loose a dress is, the better the sunscreen. A loose-fitting blouse is usually better than a tight shirt.
- The color of the dress. A darker-colored dress is better than a light-colored garment. A blue cotton shirt protects better than a white one.
- Density of fabric. The denser the (stronger) the fabric, the better the sun protection. A cotton shirt is therefore usually better than a t-shirt.
Approximate sun protection factor for dresses
Here are three examples of dresses and an approximate sun protection factor for each dress. The sun protection factor (SPF) is a measure of the proportion of harmful UV radiation that is passed through and reaches the skin. The lower the dimensions, the more harmful UV radiation is transmitted.
- Shirt in 100 percent cotton: about SPF 50
- 100% cotton t-shirt: about SPF 10
- Flares in 100 percent viscose: about SPF 15
A t-shirt that corresponds to sun protection factor SPF 10 usually provides safer and better protection than sunscreen with sun protection factor SPF 15 or SPF 20. One reason is that most people use only 20-50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen. Another reason is that you need to lubricate yourself with more sunscreen after a few hours, depending on, for example, bathing and sweating to maintain the sun protection factor.
Three tips for the trip!
- When shopping for a new garment, check the density of the dress by holding the garment up to the light and see how much light is let through. The less light that is transmitted, the better the sun protection.
- Pack a sun hat that has a board that is 7.5 cm or more. The sun hat then provides good sun protection for the nose and cheeks.
- Remember that clothing protects where clothes cover – so feel free to bring an extra long-sleeved shirt for beach life.
Why use sun-resistant fabric?
Garden furniture and summer days are a perfect match. The sensation of the sun’s warmth on your skin while you enjoy in your seat by the pool is the representation of the memories of summer. But just as you would use sunscreen to protect your skin from the damaging effects of UV rays, your furniture must also be equipped with its own version of sun protection factor.
When it comes to do-it-yourself projects, the fabric you use in your outdoor space needs sun protection. Damage from UV rays can cause your once vivid fabric to degrade and deteriorate faster, which affects the durability and shortens its life.
So how do you find a really fade-resistant upholstery fabric? Let’s take a look at what UV resistant fabric includes and how you can ensure your investment stays beautiful and tough, even after several hot summers.
What is a UV / sun-resistant fabric?
A sun-resistant fabric was treated to withstand UV rays, which account for about 10% of sunlight. UV corresponds to “ultraviolet”, which is a waveform of light or radiation. UV rays have a shorter wavelength than visible light and a longer wavelength than X-rays. This wavelength makes them particularly good for penetrating objects, which is how they can cause damage.
How do UV rays affect the fabric?
Prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause deterioration of materials. For outdoor fabric, UV rays can cause a chemical reaction with fabric dyes or synthetic plastic (polymer) threads in the fabric. The breakdown of the dye or fiber is what causes the discoloration. This process is known as “photodegradation”.
There is no fabric in the world (not even those designed by NASA!) That can withstand all UV rays for an indefinite amount of time. So how do you measure how sun-resistant a fabric is? Some damage and discoloration will inevitably occur over time, but a sun-resistant fabric should be able to withstand a significant amount of discoloration over the expected lifetime of the furniture.