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Serious Sun Protection

The Skin Cancer Foundation Recommendation

Serious Sun Protection

UPF Fabric Protection

The Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) indicates how well a fabric protects your skin from solar UV. Look for the UPF icon on our hats to determine the UPF rating. These fabrics are tested by the Australian Radiation Protection Agency and block 96 to 97.5% of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Remember to safeguard the rest of your body by wearing sunscreen and sunglasses as your Carkella hat can only protect the skin it covers. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends several Carkella hats as effective protection against UV radiation.


THE CRITERIA TO EARN THE SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION SEAL OF RECOMMENDATION INCLUDES:

  • An Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 30 or higher.

  • Acceptable test results according to the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists method or AS/NZS Standard.

  • For hats, in addition to the fabric requirements specified above, a minimum brim width of 3 inches.

What’s the Difference Between SPF and UPF?

SPF STANDS FOR

SUN PROTECTION FACTOR

SPF is the rating for sunscreens and other sun-protective products. It measures the amount of time it takes for sun-exposed skin to redden.

UPF STANDS FOR

ULTRAVIOLET PROTECTION FACTOR

UPF measures the amount of UV radiation that penetrates a fabric and reaches the skin. The tightness of the weave, the weight, type of fiber, color and amount of skin covered all affect the amount of protection provided. UPF is for clothes and fabrics.