As we all know, due to the gradual depletion of the ozone layer over the southern hemisphere, Australia has become one of the places with the strongest UV exposure in the world. If the ultraviolet radiation is not effectively blocked, it will not only accelerate skin aging but also increase the probability of skin cancer.
At this time, after you enjoy your favorite surfing on the main beach of Sydney’s Gold Coast, or snorkeling on the nearby wave break island, you want to go home with a happy mood and beautiful wheat skin, instead of sunburned skin, so you need to pay more attention to the skin health and do physical & chemical sun protection!
Ultraviolet radiation in Australia
Let us revisit the knowledge learned in the geography class: the ozone layer can absorb most of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. And as the ozone layer is depleted, the atmosphere is lost with its protective filter, more dangerous ultraviolet radiation reaches the surface of the earth.
The World Health Organization has divided the corresponding risk levels for the difference in UV index:
Once the UV index exceeds 3, the World Health Organization will recommend preventive measures to protect the skin, and Australia’s UV radiation levels are much higher than in Europe. The UV index of major cities in Australia such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane often reaches above 10.
Skin cancer in Australia
When people’s skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays for a long time, it will cause sunburn and eye burns, which will eventually lead to skin aging, increased wrinkles and other adverse symptoms, and even more serious skin cancer.
At the same time, the skin of white people lacks a sufficient melanin barrier. UV radiation can damage the DNA in skin cells and induce malignant skin cancer-melanoma.
According to the World Health Organization, the incidence of non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancer has increased significantly in the past decade. According to data from the Australian Department of Health and Aging, Australia and New Zealand have the highest incidence and death rates of skin cancer in the world. Approximately 1,200 Australians die each year from this almost completely preventable disease.
How to sunscreen
- Apply enough sunscreen on exposed skin
- Sun protection clothing is the first line of defense against ultraviolet radiation.
If you are wearing a rash guard with a higher UPF index, it has a longer-lasting sun protection effect than sunscreen and is also more environmentally friendly. Use a safer and simpler way to block ultraviolet radiation, allowing you to enjoy your favorite sports!
- What is UPF：
Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) indicates how much UV radiation (both UVB and UVA) a fabric allows to reach your skin. UPF50 means that the clothing material will pass through about one-fifth of the ultraviolet rays, which means that the clothing material can block about 98% of the ultraviolet rays.So UPF50+ has a very good sun protection effect.
- UPF Ratings:
According to the Australian ARPANAS application for the issuance of sun protection factor tags, UPF is divided into 9 levels, UPF 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 50+. The higher the factor, the better the sun protection effect. Among them, international standards believe that only a UPF greater than 30 can be a sunscreen product.
- How to choose Sun-protective rash guard?
There are many styles of Rash guard, such as the one-piece rash guard sold by our ATTRACO, which is suitable for all water sports, and the top rash guard suitable for land sports can be selected. At the same time, rash guard's quick-drying fabric, skin protection, and sun protection make it suitable for many types of sports, such as surfing, kite surfing, paddle surfing, swimming, diving, fishing, sailing, running, cycling and so on.
The main performance of rash guard is superior sun protection, but not all fabrics, styles and colors can provide the protection you want, but there are a variety of options in ATTRACO to meet your different needs!
Please consider the following factors when purchasing rash guard:
1) Choose light and dark colors
Bright or dark colors prevent them from reaching your skin by absorbing ultraviolet light. Therefore, the floral print rash guard provided by ATTRACO is both fashionable and practical.
2) Choose densely woven fabrics
Check the sun protection performance of the clothes by putting the clothes under the light. If you cannot see the light, it means that ultraviolet rays cannot easily pass through the clothes and reach your skin. At the same time, you can choose a tight-fitting rash guard during exercise, which helps maintain the best muscle temperature of the body, and reducing fatigue and promoting exercise endurance. You can see the specific content at Are rash guards supposed to be tight
The more skin the rash guard covers, the better the protection effect, so choose long-sleeved rash guards as much as possible.
- More sun protection equipment list:
In order to give you the best UV protection, ATTRACO also provides you withLarge Brim UV Protection UPF 50+ Belted Sun Hat , Double-sided ice silk cool feeling, can be worn on both sides. Over 99.9% shade rate. Foldable, portable and easy to store. The cap cord is adjustable and also removable.