UV Protection Sun Facts

Prevention is better than a cure

PLATYPUS AUSTRALIA provides the following facts about the sun to ensure MAXIMUM SUN PROTECTION

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is a government run Authority who monitor radiation levels in Australia, a country with very high Ultraviolet Radiation. ARPANSA test the Ultraviolet transmission in fabric by using a high performance Spectrophotometer.

The Australian Standard AS/NZS4399:1996 as set by Standards Australia outlines an Ultraviolet Protection Factor Classification System.

An Ultraviolet Protection Factor of UPF 50+ is the highest sun protection rating offered by ARPANSA promising MAXIMUM SUN PROTECTION. UPF 50+ blocks out more than 97.5% of the Ultraviolet Radiation. No higher standard than UPF 50+ is recognised by ARPANSA.

ARPANSA require all companies to submit their fabrics/colours for testing each season, before they issue a license to purchase the UPF 50+ swing tags. The ARPANSA UPF 50+ Swing Tag is your guarantee of MAXIMUM UV PROTECTION.

In the UK, Platypus Australia also follows the British Standard EN13758-2 UPF 40+ for Ultraviolet Radiation, guaranteeing maximum protection.

All Platypus Australia's swimwear blocks out more than 97.5% of the Ultraviolet Radiation.

What is Ultraviolet Radiation?

Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR) is the part of sunlight that causes damage to the skin. There are 3 types of Ultraviolet Rays UVA, UVB and UVC. The ozone and oxygen in the atmosphere absorbs all the UVC and most of the UVB rays before they reach the earth's surface. Depletion of Earth's ozone continues to increase our exposure to Ultraviolet rays.

Some facts about the sun to consider: When UVA and UVB reach the earth's surface they can cause:

  • Sunburn
  • Skin Damage, leathery looking skin
  • Wrinkling of the skin
  • Premature aging
  • Ultimately skin cancer-malignant melanoma

Where are the Ultraviolet Rays?

  • In the park, under a tree, grass reflects 3% of the UV rays
  • Under an umbrella on the beach, sand reflects 20% of the UV rays
  • In water, 75% of the UV rays penetrate as deep as 10 meters
  • On a cloudy day, calm water reflects 35% of the UV rays
  • At lunchtime, in the city, sun bounces of the concrete and reflects 45% of the UV rays.

What is skin cancer?

A very crucial point of information on the sun is that it can cause skin cancer, a disease in which cancer cells are found in the outer layer of the skin. There are two types:

  • Non melanoma skin cancer is 95% curable if detected and treated early
  • Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. It can appear without warning and grow uncontrolled

Who gets skin cancer?

  • Fair to light skin complexion
  • Family history of skin cancer
  • Personal history of skin cancer
  • Regular exposure to the sun
  • Atypical moles
  • A large number of moles
  • Freckles
  • It can also occur in people of Hispanic and African American backgrounds.

Did you know the following skin facts?

  • 90% off all skin cancer can be attributed to the sun
  • Less than one third of US children are adequately protected against the sun
  • Most people receive 50-80% of their lifetime exposure by the age of 18.
  • Most skin cancer appears in adulthood, yet most of the damage occurs in childhood.
  • Just one bad blistering sunburn during childhood can double the risk of skin cancer later in life.
  • UV rays bounces off sand, snow, concrete and water - and the reflecting rays can cause skin damage.
  • A white cotton T-shirt blocks out only about 5% of the rays, and even less when wet.

See our UV Protection Infographic