The Hohenstein Institute, an accredited test laboratory, and research institute involves the testing and certification of textiles worldwide. Recently it has recommended using UV protection textiles to protect skin from Ultraviolet (UV) rays.
The sun is the ultimate power source. But too much sun can harm us. Ultraviolet rays (UV rays) in particular can cause lasting damage to eyes and skin. When sunbathing, we normally use sunscreen with UV protection. However, even the most powerful of these – known as sunblock – only provides a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50. This gets washed off when we are in the water or gets rubbed off when we are drying yourself and must be re-applied several times to ensure long-term protection.
Sunshades or awnings only provide limited protection from indirect or reflected sunlight. That is why dermatologists recommend that you wear clothes covering our body as sun protection. Long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, and headgear with as wide a brim as possible are all useful, while children should wear neck protection as well.
The best way is to choose textiles that guarantee a high level of UV protection. Check whether a textile has been awarded a UPF (Ultra Violet Protection Factor), and which level was awarded. This helps us to see to what extent a textile offers protection from sunlight. UV-protective textiles provide extremely effective protection from UV rays. Depending on the basis, they can provide a protection factor (UPF) of up to 80, which would allow us to spend the whole day outside without any problems.
“When determining a reliable UPF for the consumer, the special challenges facing sunscreen textiles during use must be taken into account,” emphasizes Silke Heidt, Head of UV protection testing at Hohenstein. “That is why we recommend that you wear modern UV textiles, tested to the UV STANDARD 801, to ensure your safety when out in the sun,” Silke Heidt added.
Textiles have been tested using the UV STANDARD 801 for 20 years. This provides effective prevention, as the textiles are also tested when wet, stretched and used – under realistic conditions – as part of the UV STANDARD 801 test procedure. “This helps us to guarantee that you can enjoy the sun to the fullest, without having to worry. Enjoy the summer with these tips and pieces of advice from Hohenstein,” Silke Heidt said.