upf is the new spf

So we all know that sunscreen is a must (especially to keep DM flares down), but did you know there’s better sun protection out there? Yep, it’s called clothing.

All clothing offers some level of protection, but some are better than others. Dark is better than light. Synthetic is better than natural fibers. Tighter weave is better than loose. Click here to read an article about this from Today. Or click here to read more from the Skin Cancer Foundation.

SPF is the rating for sunscreen, UPF is the rating for fabric. Click here and here for an explanation.

Lots of sporting goods stores have hopped on the UPF bandwagon, Patagonia, Columbia, Coolibar, REI, etc. You can get UPF rated hats, shirts, shorts, pants, and rashguards (swim shirts – we SWEAR by these for Conor). But prepare yourself. You’ll pay a pretty penny for the extra UPF.

Now prepare to have your mind blown.

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Sun Guard is a laundry additive produced by Rit (you know, the company that keeps Phishheads, Deadheads, Parrotheads or any other type of “head” forever in tie dye). You can add 30 UPF to any of your regular clothes by just adding Sun Guard to your wash! Sun Guard will last up to 20 washes, and a box only costs $3 + shipping!!!

Click here to read how Sun Guard works. Click here or here to purchase.

Of course if you want even more coverage from the sun you could always rock a morph suit! 😉

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