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Safety in the Sun

sunWe all love being outside with our families - at the beach or by the pool - when the sun is shining. 

But research shows that if you're not sensible in the sun you can pay a high price.  Just one case of sunburn during childhood more than doubles your chance of developing skin cancer in later life. 

The skin cancer, melanoma, is one of the most common types of cancer in young people aged 15 to 34, according to Cancer Research UK.  The number of people getting melanoma in the UK is now four times higher than it was 30 years ago.

As well as using a sunscreen with a high SPF (sun protection factor), it's also important that you choose UV swimwear and beachwear with a high UPF (ultraviolet protection factor).

 

IMG 9481What is UPF?

UPF indicates how much of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation is absorbed by a fabric. 

Swimwear and beachwear with a UPF rating of 50 will allow only 1/50th of the sun's powerful rays to pass through,  ensuring that 97.5 to 99+ percent of ultraviolet radiation from the sun is blocked. 

Did you know that a white cotton T-shirt only has a UPF of 5 to 8?

That's why it's so important that you choose UV protective swimwear and beachwear with a high UPF for your children. 

All of Rockley Cove's girls bikinis and girls rash vests have UPF50+ sun protection, which is classed as excellent according to the world-leading Australian and New Zealand standard for evaluation and classification of sun protective clothing (AS/NZ 4399:1996). Our fabrics are also lightweight and quick-drying which means your kids can carry on playing - and you can be sure that they are protected. You must remember that Rockley Cove UV girls bikinis and UV girls rash vests only protect the skin that they cover.  You need to apply sunscreen with a high SPF to exposed areas.

 

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Interested to find out more?

The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only international organisation devoted solely to education, prevention, early detection, and prompt treatment of the world’s most common cancer: www.skincancer.org

Cancer Research UK's dedicated web site, SunSmart, highlights the importance of being safe in the sun: www.sunsmart.org.uk

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