1I thought my clothes were protecting me, why is my exposed skin tan around my clothes?
Your clothes, without sun protective technology, offer minimal protection. A typical shirt may provide a UPF rating of 5 to 10, however if that same shirt gets wet the UPF factor drops even lower. These low UPF ratings are insufficient to spend the day in the sun or under grow lights. Colors play a role in the UPF rating as well. Darker colors offer a better block than lighter colors; thicker fabrics and tighter weaves also offer better protection. With UPF advanced technology, fabrics are now softer and light weight. Depending on the UPF rating, sun protective clothing can protect you from 15 to 50+. Only clothes with a UPF rating of 15 to 50+ may be labeled as sun protective.
2What is the difference between SPF and UPF?
SPF is familiar to most, known as Sun Protection Factor, this rates sunscreens, makeup, and other sun protective products. It measures the amount of time it takes for sun exposed skin to burn or redden. The SPF number gives you an idea of how long you can stay in the sun without burning. Dermatologist recommend an SPF of 15 or greater with a broad spectrum of UVA and UVB, containing zinc oxide. UPF is known as Ultraviolet Protection Factor which indicates how much of the sun's UV radiation is absorbed. It measures the amount of UV radiation that penetrates a fabric and reaches the skin. It is a measure of total ultraviolet radiation blocked, both UVB and UVA. For example UPF 50 allows only 1/50th best explained as 1% of the UVA/UVB penetrates fabric.
3What is the difference between UVA and UVB.
UVA is a long ultraviolet wavelength from the sun or grow light. UVA rays are the "aging" rays in the UV spectrum. This wave length may have a greater potential to cause damage, as these rays penetrate the skin deeper. UVB are the "burning" rays in the UV spectrum responsible for the skins color change. Both these UV rays are capable of causing significant damage to the human body. Overall light radiation precautions are always necessary, with special awareness for the time of day you are in the sun or the grow room's current light spectrum.
4I have dark skin, do I need any protection?
Yes, everyone needs to protect themselves against harmful UV, Visible and Infrared light radiation. No one is immune from the affects, regardless of skin tone.
5What about my Vitamin D?
Most people can easily meet the daily requirements by including, fatty fish, eggs, D-fortified dairy products and vitamin supplements.
6How important is it to wear sunglasses?
It is extremely important to protect your eyes from light radiation. For ultimate protection, seek out protective sunglasses and certified protective goggles.
7Will the light radiation protection in my clothes last after washing?
We use advanced sun protective fibers. This new age technology is intricately weaved and are developed from scratch. All our fabrics were tested and certified by the AATCC as per the ASTM standards. We have gone through rigorous methods in order to deliver the highest quality fabric that will keep you safe in the sun and grow room. It is our recommendation that you follow the care instructions on your inside label. As with regular clothes, worn out clothing may not hold its original protection.