How does ultraviolet radiation interact with sun protection clothing?
Sun clothing absorbs some of the harmful radiation, and converts it to heat. Most of the rest of the rays are reflected away from the fabric. Some of the ultraviolet radiation does get through the fabric, and that amount determines the clothing UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor). Sun clothing with a UPF factor of 50 means that for every 50 units of ultraviolet radiation that falls on the fabric, only one unit, or 2%, gets to the skin. What are the benefits of sun protection clothing? Sun protection clothing will keep you from getting sunburn and reduce your risk of skin cancer. It will also enable you to spend more time outdoors. What is the difference between UPF and SPF? UPF, or the ultraviolet protection factor, is a rating used for clothes. Clothes with a UPF rating protect you from ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B radiation. SPF, or sun protection factor, is a rating based only on ultraviolet B protection, and is used primarily with sunscreen lotions. Sunscreen lotions and sun clo