Umbrellas aren’t just for rainy days. As everyone knows, they’re also great tools for blocking the sun.
But picking the right umbrella is tricky. You have to combine scientific know-how
with fashion wisdom to make the right selection.
To help you outshine others on the streets and effectively protect your skin, here we have some suggestions.
1. Understand the UV protection factor
Just like sunscreens, parasols are categorized with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) level indicating their ability to block ultraviolet rays (UV). UV rays are harmful radiation emitted by the sun and pose dangers to our skin ranging from minute tanning to even skin cancer and cataracts. A parasol labeled as UPF 30+ lets in less than one-thirtieth of UV rays. According to national standards, only umbrellas made
of materials that have UPF 30+ and restrict the penetration of UV rays at 5 percent
or less are qualified products that can be said to block UV rays. For daily use, you
can choose parasols that are labeled at least UPF 30+. But if you stay outside for a longer time, settle for UV umbrellas or UV parasols that are labeled UPF 50+ or above, according to Buzzle.com, a general information website.
2. Fabrics matter
You might only consider the pattern of an umbrella to be worth paying attention to, but don’t ignore fabrics! Common umbre lla fabrics include satin, polyester, cotton, nylon and other microfiber materials. But studies show that polyester’s ability to block UV rays is better than other materials’. It absorbs and reflects UV rays more effectively.