Guide to UPF Ratings and Sun Safe Swimwear

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Guide to UPF Ratings and Sun Safe Swimwear

Posted on Saturday, March 30, 2024

Dive into the essentials of UPF ratings in Australia and discover how sunsafe swimwear protects your skin.

Australia. Straya. Oz. Down Under. Whatever you call this beautiful country of ours, we can all agree on one thing: it gets hot.

Here, where the UV index soars off the charts, protecting our skin is not only a necessity for our skin but also crucial for our overall health. And although slathering on SPF 30+ or 50+ sunscreen is a critical step for sun-drenched days, there's another line of defence worth considering: UPF ratings and their role in sunsafe swimwear.

What are UPF ratings, and in what ways do they safeguard your skin against the sun’s rays? 

Find some shade, and let’s discuss.

Understanding UPF Ratings: The Foundation of Sunsafe Swimwear

At the heart of sunsafe swimwear lies the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF), a rating that speaks volumes about a garment's ability to fend off the sun's harmful UV rays. Unlike SPF, which measures sunscreen effectiveness, UPF quantifies how much of the sun’s UV radiation is blocked by the fabric itself. For instance, a UPF rating of 50+ suggests that only 1/50th or 2% of UV radiation can penetrate the fabric, effectively blocking a whopping 98%.

The effectiveness of UPF ratings is influenced by several factors, including the fabric's type, weave, and colour. Darker and more tightly woven fabrics generally offer superior protection, making them invaluable allies in our defence against the sun.

It’s why every piece in our swimwear collection boasts UPF 50+ fabric — so you can be confident that the skin that’s covered, is actually covered.

Choosing Sunsafe Swimwear in Australia

In Australia, selecting swimwear with a high UPF rating is a simple but surefire way to provide extra protection. UPF 50+ fabric stands as the gold standard, offering protection that lets you enjoy the fresh air (with peace of mind!).

And while all our swimsuits feature UPF 50+ fabric, the actual coverage they provide is key. For instance, a bikini top may have protective fabric but only covers a small portion of your skin. For the best value and coverage, explore our favourite sun-protective pieces:

  • Our Miranda Long Swim Shorts and Alyssa Mid Swim Shorts offer extended coverage, delivering superior sun protection for your legs compared to traditional bikini bottoms.
  • Bid farewell to the dreaded shoulder sunburn. Our Ash Cropped Rash Vest ensures full arm coverage, safeguarding your skin as you go about your day.
  • Prefer a one-piece but need more protection? Meet Mina. Our top-selling swimsuit boasts extended lengths and unparalleled protection compared to your typical one-pieces.

Our tip? Pair your sunsafe swimwear with a hat, your favourite sunnies, sunscreen, and some shade—because when it comes to battling the sun's rays, every layer counts.

Remember: the right sunsafe swimwear should not only protect you but also make you feel confident, comfortable, sexy, and supported. Whether you're swimming, splashing, stretching, or strutting, your sunsafe swimwear should cater to all sizes, shapes, and sun rays.

Tips for Maintaining Sunsafe Swimwear

The durability of sunsafe swimwear’s UPF rating is influenced by factors like sun exposure, chlorine, and even routine washing. To maintain its protective qualities, we recommend handling it with care. Opt for gentle washing and steer clear of harsh detergents to help preserve its effectiveness. With that being said, it's a good idea to periodically review the UPF rating of your swimwear, replacing it when necessary to ensure consistent protection.

Navigating the nuances of sun protection can feel like a hassle, but trust us when we say: you won’t regret it. Embrace these essential elements of sun safety, and you’ll be ready to splash around in no time:

  • Sunscreen with SPF 30-50+
  • Sunglasses
  • Shade
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sheila’s sunsafe swimwear with UPF 50+ fabric

Ready to protect your skin while nailing your style?

Shop our sunsafe collection now.