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UPF vs. SPF - What's the Difference?

UPF vs. SPF - What's the Difference?

As a sun protective clothing brand, we strive to spread awareness on the importance of protecting your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays. Many people don't understand the difference between UPF & SPF and why both matter. So we're here to break it down for you! 

What is SPF?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and measures the effectiveness of sunscreen. When shopping for sunscreen, have you wondered what exactly is the difference between each SPF number? Is getting SPF 50 actually worth it? Turns out, it is! According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, wearing SPF 30 makes it 30 times longer for your skin to burn compared to not wearing any sunscreen at all. The same applies to SPF 50! Regularly applying just SPF 15 every day can lower your chances of melanoma by 50%. Knowing this, it's important to ensure  applying sunscreen is a part of your daily routine to protect your skin. Plus, sunscreen prevent signs of aging, like wrinkles & age-spots, which are caused by UV damage. 

What is UPF?

As a sun protective clothing company, we have seen many women discover us looking for "spf clothing". Fun fact: SPF clothing does not actually exist! SPF specifically refers to sunscreen. Instead, UPF, which stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor, measures how effectively fabric blocks UV radiation. Different types of clothing have different levels of UPF. For example, a lightweight cotton t-shirt only has UPF 5, while a denim jacket has UPF 1700! At Cabana Life, we offer stylish UPF 50+ clothing, which blocks 98% of the sun's rays, ultimately complete sun protection.

Do I need both?

You might be thinking, sunscreen is enough protection for me. However, the Skin Cancer Foundation says that you must reapply sunscreen every 2 hours & immediately after sweating or swimming in order for it to stay effective. Maintaining this every day can be a hassle! Ensure constant protection of your skin, no matter where life takes you by wearing UPF 50 styles. Plus, UPF blocks UVB & UVA rays, while many SPF's only block UVB rays (Hint: look for broad-spectrum sunscreens for total protection!). UVA rays cause skin aging while UVB rays cause skin burning.

Applying SPF and wearing our UPF 50 clothing ensures maximum protection. Your chance of getting melanoma significantly decreases! Plus, you will look & feel youthful, healthy and happy! Get ready to be confident & receive loads of compliments. Check out our new arrivals for all things sun safe & stylish. 

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