If we here at SixChel could, we would spend every single day on the beach, but since we are in-touch with reality - 🙄 - we have a few days in the Summer to look forward to enjoy the sun, sand and some leisure time on the beach. Unfortunately, we all, no matter your skin tone, must protect ourselves from ultraviolet rays while soaking up the Summer sun.
SPF and UPF are familiar abbreviations. We've seen them on tags and products, but what do these letters mean and what is the difference between the two?
SPF: Sun Protective Factor
Used for sunscreens and cosmetic products.
Allows the customer to know how long they can be in the sun before their skin turns red.
Rates how well sunscreen protects only against UVB rays.
UPF: Ultraviolet Protection Factor
Used for clothing and other fabrics to protect you from the sun.
Allows the customer to know how much of the sun's ultraviolet rays go through fabric.
Measures how much UVA and UVB rays go through fabric and reaches the skin.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation:
about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and about 86 percent of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Learn how to protect yourself to stay safe. -skincancer.org
We searched the web for products with high SPF and UPF 50+ protection and are sharing our 6 favorite with you down below. Remember, the Skin Cancer Foundation tells us, "clothing is our first line of defense against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and protects us by absorbing or blocking much of this radiation. The more skin you cover, the better". -skincancer.org
Suntegrity LIP C.P.R. is Infused with Lip Repair Lipids and Konjac Root Wrinkle-Filling Spheres to visibly reduce the look of fine lines, zinc oxide for Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protection without harsh chemicals, and a hint of stevia for a touch of sweetness.
For those times when an ordinary floppy sun hat just isn't enough, be the show stopper in our fabulous brim hat. Almost indescribably gorgeous, with a full 10” of handcrafted brim in the front and 14 ½” in back. Interior satin-lined crown, with moisture wicking band and adjustable drawstring ensure comfort and elegance are on point.
Solbari’s Active Leggings offer you practical style and protection no matter what the outdoor activity. Chlorine and saltwater resistant, you can walk, run or relax beachside or in the water. The fabric also offers a cooling sensation on your skin when you are out of the water to keep you cool in the heat. Made from the highest quality Italian swimwear fabric, you can ensure you are well protected and looking good no matter where you are or what you’re doing on holiday!
Heads up! Your scalp and hair are vulnerable to sun damage every time you step outside. Part ways from burnt parts without weighing down your style. Protect these commonly overlooked areas.
For warm-weather travels, resort vacations and to and from the beach. The Solana fabric is unbelievably light, smooth to the touch, with just-right stretch. Thumbholes keep your sleeves in place. Front kanga pocket gives your hands a place to hang.
The MISSION VaporActive Isobar Studio Top's transparent mesh, open-back design is meant to be layered over your favorite sports bra. A loose fit, classic v-neck and dolman sleeves add to the slouchy-stylish look. Revolutionary VaporActive, powered by patented 37.5 technology, attracts moisture at the vapor level and rapidly evaporates sweat, keeping you cool, dry and comfortable. Modal fabric makes it super-soft to the touch. Permanently embedded at the fiber level, the ultra-fast drying technology never degrades or washes out. Active particles in the fibers attract and trap odor-causing molecules, later releasing them in the laundry.
We hope you get to try a few of these amazing products this summer enjoying the sun and protecting your skin. Look around for your own favorites and remember, the higher the number, the better it is for your skin. Happy Summer!