You’ve made the decision to spend the day or the afternoon at the beach or on an outdoor adventure. You've packed the lemonade, the snacks, towels, toys, and maybe tunes. You ask yourself "What else could I possibly need?"
The answer is something to protect you and your family and friends from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
Today there’s a new acronym on the scene: UPF. Ultraviolet (UV) Protection Factor is the number assigned to fabrics and materials used in UV protective clothing. These UV protective garments are manufactured to provide protection very similar to sunscreen.
So with all that good news, where’s the danger? The danger comes from the amount of sun exposure. At the very least, too much sun ends up as sunburn, heat stroke, or heat exhaustion with its tender skin, headaches, fever, and blistering. Prolonged exposure to the sun leads to more serious issues, starting with premature aging with wrinkles, dark spots and discolouring, and ending with cataracts and melanoma. In fact, the Skin Cancer Foundation states that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime.