Dermatologists recommend sun protective clothing as the first line of defence against UV overexposure and the development of skin cancer. It is great that there is also now a growing awareness with the public at large of the preventative benefits of specialised sun protective clothing.
Specialist sun protective clothing is where the chosen fabrics have been independently tested and UPF rated combined with being well suited to warmer weather conditions and the garment design itself provides significant body coverage to reduce sun exposure.
There are a number of brands around the World that have decided to focus on sun protective clothing. We have listed a number of those brands here, including our own.
Solbari, Australian UPF50+ sun protection
Australia is known for being the global leader in skin cancer prevention and Solbari is the leading Australian sun protective clothing brand.
At the latest count Solbari has customers in 67 countries, a Google Customer Review rating of 4.8/5. Solbari won the Healthy Skin Award from the Skin & Cancer Foundation in both 2016 and 2017. Solbari's range includes premium everyday and active clothing, sun hats and accessories.
All of Solbari's fabrics are independently tested by the Australian Government as UPF50+ which is the maximum rating achievable in Australia. Solbari products are also approved by Melanoma International Foundation.
Solbari products are available online only at www.solbari.com and selected marketplaces including www.amazon.com
Mott 50, sun protective fashion
Monique Moore left Conde Nast digital to setup Mott 50 with her friend Anne Botica in 2011. Mott 50 is based in Chicago, USA.
The Mott 50 offer includes a range of swim and resort-wear garments for women and children. Mott 50 has the seal of recommendation from US based Skin Cancer Foundation.
Stingray, Australian rash-guard specialists
Australian based Stingray have been protecting Aussies and international customers for over 20 years with their rash-guards and swimwear garments. Their range caters to men, women and children. Stingray have a Google Customer Review rating of 4.7/5.
Cabana Life, sun protective beachwear
New Yorker, Melissa Papock didn't expect to find out she had skin cancer as a healthy 26 year-old. That news inspired her to establish Cabana Life with her friend Alyssa Adams. The co-founders have a background in the fashion industry and that shows in their fashionable beachwear range for women, men and children.
Snapper Rock, sun protection swimwear for children
New Zealand based Snapper Rock, have an extensive range of sun protection swimwear and distribute their range through 650+ retail stores worldwide.
Coolibar, US market-leader
Coolibar is a well-established sun protective clothing brand headquartered in Minnesota, USA. The company's name was inspired by the Australian coolibah tree.
Coolibar which was founded nearly 20 years ago by Australian, John Barrow, offers a range of UPF50+ sun protective clothing, sun hats and accessories. Coolibar has the seal of recommendation from the US based Skin Cancer Foundation and has a Google Customer Review rating of 4.2/5.
You can find out more about Solbari's certified UPF50+ sun protective range by clicking the blue links below:
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This blog is for information purposes only, always consult your medical professional.
I have systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE for short. UV rays trigger an autoimmune response that can affect a huge variety of things, to include vital organs such as the heart, kidneys, lungs and brain, as well as skin.
Externally you see a rash, known as a “butterfly” rash due to its shape, but the more dangerous issue from these flare-ups is internal organ damage caused by my body’s immune system thinking my own body is the enemy and attacking it.
To help prevent flare-ups I have to take a variety of steps daily, and one of the most challenging things has been figuring out how to reduce UV exposure as much as humanly possible. It's harder than you think, too.
I have melanoma stage 3c, caused by sunbed use.
I have no idea how long I have to live, as it's extremely sneaky and aggressive. The area of skin that my radiotherapy treatment was targeted at is now extremely sensitive to perfumes and new creams/lotions, and I have been diagnosed with Jessner lymphocytic infiltrate. When my skin reacts, it's extremely itchy with red scaly patches.
I have an autoimmune skin condition called vitiligo. It began when I was in my late teens, in small stages at first, around eyes, mouth, and joints. It was very damaging psychologically, as my skin, which was olive in tone, began to show pure white patches. It was quite dramatic, very frightening, and often these patches appeared overnight.
This condition affects my day-to-day living in that my skin will burn with just a few minutes of sunlight. I could wear sunblock, but do not appreciate the way it feels, and it doesn’t always work well.