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Clothing can provide the most effective protection against UVR (Ultra Violet Radiation). It creates a barrier between the skin and the sun's harmful UV rays.

Loose fitting clothing with long sleeves, collars, long trousers and skirts are the best.


When selecting your protective clothing, be aware that some fabrics are better than others

Fabrics with a high UPF (Ultra Violet Protection Factor) rating will maximise protection.

UPF clothing - what is it?

UPF clothing is clothing specifically designed to offer protection from the suns UV rays. The UPF indicates how effective a fabric is at blocking out UVR (ultra violet radiation).

For example a fabric with a UPF rating of 50 will allow only 1/50th of the sun's harmful UV rays to pass through to the skin.

The highest UPF rating is 50+, although clothing with a UPF rating of 40+ still provides excellent protection from UV rays and clothing with a UPF rating of 25-39 provides reasonably good protection.


Clothing styles and fabrics

The design of the clothing, the type of fabric, its tightness, colour and whether it is wet or dry additionally affects its effectiveness.

  • Less UVR (ultra violet radiation) passes through tightly woven or knitted fabrics

  • Darker colours e,g, black, navy blue etc generally block more UVR (ultra violet radiation)

  • Heavy weight fabrics are more effective at blocking UVR than lighter weight fabrics

  • Tight fitting fabrics/clothing and worn out fabrics lose some of their UVR protection properties

  • If clothes are wet their UVR protective properties can be halved

  • Fabrics with synthetic properties will offer more protection.

   Handy hint.......

 Wear loose clothing which covers as much of your skin as possible, is tightly woven, heavy weight, dark coloured, and dry!


Always use clothing in combination with other sun protection measures such as: shade, hat, sunglasses and sun cream.