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How to Buy Sun-Protective Clothing

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Columbia Sportswear Company® Omni-Shade® features products that protect the wearer from harmful rays while incorporating performance features that keep you comfortable in the hottest conditions. Perfect for a day in the sun with full sun exposure. With the recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation you can be assured that this product will deliver. UPF protects you from the harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun that can lead to skin cancer.

The Basics

Step 1Skin Cancer Foundation seal of approval: Columbia is the first global apparel producer to earn the seal of recommendation
Step 2Fabrics: Garments incorporate design features such as mesh, venting, and lightweight fabrics to keep you comfortable
Step 3UPF Rating: This indicates how much of the sun's UV radiation is absorbed which is a stated numeric factor.
Step 4SPF vs. UPF: SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is the rating you're familiar with for sunscreens and other sun-protective products. It measures the amount of time it takes for sun-exposed skin to redden, while UPF measures the amount of UV radiation that penetrates a fabric and reaches the skin.

The Lingo

UPF: Ultraviolet Protection Factor-- indicates how much of the sun's UV radiation is absorbed

The Experts

To receive The Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation, sun-protective fabrics must have a minimum UPF of 30. They consider a UPF rating of 30-49 to offer very good protection, and 50+ excellent protection. Source:

The Brands

Columbia Sportswear Company® Omni-Shade®

The Price

$: All sun protective clothing is affordable and ranges between $20-$50