Protect your Skin
UPF50+, SUN SAFE swimwear
OCOI swimsuits are made with UPF 50+ certified fabrics. The highest possible rating for sun protection. This means that less than 1 unit out of 50 of UVA and UVB rays will pass through the fabric to the skin. Unlike many sun creams, sun protection fabrics block skin-aging UVA rays as well as the burning UVB rays.
Our products are designed for sun protection, from the obvious long sleeves and high necklines, to the less obvious frills that cover the shoulders.
UV PROTECTION INFORMATION
Over-exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation can cause sunburn, skin damage and increase risk of developing skin cancer. The most obvious short-term effect of over-exposure to UVR is sunburn.
Over-exposure for many years, especially in children, can increase a person's risk of developing skin cancer in later life. Skin cancers affect people of all skin types and can also develop on people who do not have a history of severe sunburn.
UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and indicates how much of the sun’s UV rays are absorbed by the fabric before it reaches your skin. UPF indicates how effective the clothing is from blocking UV rays and this depends on its content, weight, colour, and construction of the fabric.
For example, our swimwear with a UPF rating of 50 permits only 1/50th of UV radiation (both UVA and UVB rays) from the sun to reach your skin. It is a rating that would offer you excellent UV protection clothing. This is in direct contrast to a thin white cotton shirt, with a UPF rating of approximately 5. This would allow 1/5th of the UV rays from the sun onto your skin and an even larger volume in wet conditions.
ULTRA-VIOLET RADIATION (UVR)
Of the many types of radiation emitted by the sun, mainly visible (light) and infrared (heat) reach the earth's surface. Ultraviolet radiation UVR is also present but we cannot see it or feel it.
UVR is classified as UVA, UVB, and UVC.
UVB and UVC are potentially the most dangerous to human beings. Ozone and oxygen in the atmosphere absorb all the UVC and most of the UVB before it reaches the earth's surface. UVB is more damaging to the skin and eyes than UVA. However, both UVB and UVA are implicated as causes of skin cancers and some eye disorders.
Visit The World Health Organisation (WHO) website to find more information about UV rays and health.
The rise in the incidence of skin cancers over the past decades is strongly related to increasingly popular outdoor activities and recreational exposure. Overexposure to sunlight is widely accepted as the underlying cause for harmful effects on the skin, eye and immune system. Experts believe that four out of five cases of skin cancer could be prevented, as UV damage is mostly avoidable.
Adopting the following simple precautions, adapted from the Sun Wise School Program can make all the difference. Shade, clothing and hats provide the best protection – applying sunscreen becomes necessary on those parts of the body that remain exposed like the face and hands.
Limit time in the midday sun
The sun’s UV rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Try to limit exposure to the sun during these hours.
Use shade wisely
Seek shade when UV rays are the most intense, but keep in mind that shade structures such as trees, or umbrellas do not offer complete sun protection. Remember the shadow rule: "Watch your shadow – Short shadow, seek shade!"
Wear protective clothing
Wear UPF 50+ certified clothes such as OCOI swimwear. Wear hats and sunglasses.
Apply sunscreen of at least SPF 15+ and re-apply every two hours or after swimming.