SPF, UPF, Whats It All Mean?


With the release of our FloLife Performance shirt on 6/23/18 we thought it would be a good time touch on what all these SPF and UPF acronyms all really mean.  

Simply put SPF protection, typically found in sunscreens, carry an SPF rating, that SPF rating only applies to UVA rays unless it is labeled as "broad-spectrum".  

UPF rating applies to BOTH UVA and UVB rays.  (illustration 1)

Why is this so important?  

Because the sun emits UVA, UVB and UVC types of radiation; the first two of which make their way through the earth’s atmosphere to reach us. For a long time it was thought that the shorter UVB rays were the only ones that damaged our skin, as these are the rays that make us tan and burn. However, over time it has become clear that the longer UVA rays can lead to skin cancer through the damage of our DNA at a deeper level. The other noticeable difference is that the amount of UVB rays we receive can fluctuate depending on the weather and time of day, while UVA exposure generally stays at a consistent level all year round because this type of radiation can even permeate clouds. This is exactly why we need to be aware of the run’s rays, whatever the season.

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What Rating is the FloLife Performance Shirt?

Our FloLife Performance Shirt is UPF 50 + rated!  Which means that 98% of UVA and UVB rays are blocked from getting to your skin! (illustration 2).  Also, with the FloLife Performance shirt the sun protection won't wash off while swimming or sweating.  The FloLife Performance shirt is designed to be quick-drying, lightweight, breathable, odor control, and fade resistant.

The Skin Cancer Foundation considers clothing to be the most safe and effective defense in the fight against skin cancer and aging.  UPF 50 is the highest protection rating clothing can have.  

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So what are you waiting for? Head on over to https://theflolife.com/flolife-flag-upf-longsleeve/ and get your FloLife Performance Shirt today!