Typically, when people think about umbrellas, they think about protection from the rain. However, if you spend a lot of time walking outside, you’ve probably noticed the effect the sun can have on your skin, mainly if you don’t use a UV umbrella. It’s important to realize that umbrellas, and mainly UV umbrellas, provide an excellent source of protection from the sun.
Sunlight can be much more damaging to your skin than rain. Rainwater, the purest form of soft water, is probably not bad for your skin at all. It might even be good for your skin if you boil it and bathe it. Sunlight, on the other hand, can cause your skin to look more aged, cause your skin to burn, and cause skin cancer under severe circumstances. Ipso facto, Protection from the sun is much more important than many people realize, and having a UV umbrella can serve as the first line of defense.
Effectiveness aside, UV umbrellas are also a stylish way to protect yourself from sunlight. Many women in China, the Middle East, and worldwide use umbrellas to protect against the sun and make a fashion statement. All the colors, shapes, and designs that UV umbrellas come in boost the fashion appeal of owning a UV umbrella.
This article will serve as a detailed analysis of what constitutes a UV umbrella, how UV protection works, why it’s essential to own a UV umbrella, and how to choose the best UV umbrella for you. After reading this article, you should feel confident that you’ll have all the information you need to select the perfect UV umbrella for yourself and keep your skin looking young and healthy.
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Why Should You Choose a UV Umbrella
There are two primary reasons for choosing to invest in a UV umbrella. Those two reasons include style and protection.
If you live in an area with year-round, bright sunlight, you are at a higher risk of skin cancer. You are at risk if you spend a lot of time outdoors for work or recreation.
That said, skin cancer is only one of the risks associated with UV exposure. Sunburn and tanning are short-term reactions to overexposure to UV rays and are also signs of skin damage. Long-term exposure to UV radiation can cause wrinkles, aging skin, loss of skin elasticity, liver spots (age spots), and precancerous skin conditions like keratosis (dry, scaly, rough patches in your skin).
You can easily avoid these conditions by merely investing in a UV umbrella. Sure, sunscreen can also help. However, sunscreen is natural to forget or run out of at inconvenient times. After spending money on a UV umbrella, you’ll make sure to use it as often as you can. Further, UV umbrellas have been documented to block up to 99% of UV exposure from reaching your skin. It doesn’t get any more effective than that.
Another reason to invest in a UV umbrella is style. I mean sure, you could walk around looking like a lifeguard with sunscreen on your nose. You could go about your day smelling distinct, of cocoa butter, coconut oil, and jasmine (sunscreen smell). I actually don’t mind the scent, frankly.
However, you’d draw a very different and much more flattering type of attention to yourself if you were showcasing a beautiful new UV umbrella instead.
UV umbrellas come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Earlier I mentioned the parasol, a cute, compact umbrella that will protect you from the sun while also boosting your fashion profile. However, large canopy sun umbrellas can also come with beautiful designs.
The larger canopy certainly gives the designer a lot of canvas, which can often pay off. And who doesn’t love to show off a new beach umbrella? Sometimes, you’ll go to the beach, and it looks like there’s a competition taking place to see who can have the most flamboyant beach umbrella.
So whether you’re looking for protection or a boost to your fashion profile, a UV umbrella is an excellent investment for you. It’ll keep your skin looking younger and longer and help you stand out in a crowd. You’ll get all of those benefits, plus, you can avoid smelling like sunscreen.
What is a UV Umbrella?
UV stands for ultraviolet. UV umbrellas are umbrellas that are designed to protect you from ultraviolet radiation. Ultraviolet radiation damages the DNA in skin cells, causes people’s skin to look worn out and is a major contributor to skin cancer. While some people choose to frequent tanning beds and absorb a significant amount of UV radiation via that mechanism, most people take in the majority of UV radiation from the sun.
Most people enjoy being outside in the warmth. Many people have to walk outside for work purposes. Either way, ultraviolet radiation shouldn’t make you feel like you must be cooped up inside all day. Being outdoors is healthy. The key is controlling the amount of exposure your skin has to UV radiation. Investing in a UV umbrella is one of the most effective ways to control that exposure.
UV umbrellas are typically unique types of umbrellas made from a thicker material than a traditional rain umbrella. The thicker material allows UV umbrellas to provide better protection from the sun than a conventional umbrella. Sometimes, UV umbrellas are lightweight, portable, and smaller than rain umbrellas. In some cases, UV umbrellas may even come with an additional anti-UV coating that adds extra protection.
Different types of UV umbrellas include parasols, beach umbrellas, large canopy sun umbrellas, and dual-use umbrellas.
Parasols are the small umbrellas that I referred to earlier. They’re typically easier to transport, they’re lightweight, and they aren’t usually waterproof. Parasols are a great option for people who want something cute, stylish, and who already have a separate umbrella for the rain.
Beach umbrellas are usually the most significant type of umbrella. Beach umbrellas are great for the beach, a patio, or for outdoor cafes and restaurants. You can fit multiple people underneath a beach umbrella which is also convenient. However, beach umbrellas aren’t typically portable. They’re certainly not everyday umbrellas. If you’re a commuter, you should probably consider an alternative. But, if you don’t go outside much besides beach vacations, a beach umbrella may be perfect for you. You can even find specific beach umbrellas that come with an extra layer of UV protection.
Large canopy sun umbrellas are similar to parasols in regard to function. They don’t often weigh much, are designed to protect you from the sun, and aren’t usually waterproof. However, large canopy sun umbrellas can provide shade to multiple people. If you have a family, perhaps a large canopy umbrella would make sense. Especially if you and the family like to spend sunny days strolling down Main St.
Dual-use umbrellas give you the best of both worlds. They protect against the rain and the sun. The only argument against dual-use umbrellas is that if an umbrella isn’t manufactured to do one thing exceptionally well, then, arguably, it may do a shoddy job at executing both of its functions.
Usually, you can buy a UV umbrella with a waterproof feature or a regular rain umbrella with an Anti-UV feature. However, it’s essential to recognize that while this may save you money, you may also be sacrificing quality to some extent.
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How UV Exposure is Measured
Ultraviolet light contains very similar physical properties to visible light, except that we can’t see it. Visible light includes all of the colors that we see on the rainbow, and the ultraviolet region starts at the very end of the rainbow, after the violet region, which isn’t visible to us.
Scientifically speaking, UV radiation is electromagnetic radiation. Electromagnetic radiation transmits in patterns of waves, similar to radio signals. Frequency and amplitude are the variables we measure to characterize electromagnetic waves. We define a wavelength as the length of one complete wave cycle. For UV radiation, we measure wavelengths in nanometers (nm).
UV radiation can be broken down into three categories: Tanning Rays (between 350 and 400nm), Burning Rays (between 280 and 315nm), and Dangerous Rays (between 100 and 280nm). The sunlight that reaches the Earth’s surface typically comes in wavelengths between 290 and 400 nm. Ergo, the sunlight that you usually absorb is, at a minimum, tanning your skin and, at worst, severely burning your skin.
If you’re curious about how UV radiation absorption is measured, the formula goes as follows:
“The intensity of UV radiation is measured in the units of milliwatts per square centimeter (mW/cm2) which is energy per square centimeter received per second. Also, it is measured in the units of millijoules per square centimeter (mJ/cm2), which is the energy received per unit area in a given time.
Various instruments are commercially available for measuring UV radiation in the laboratory and the workplace. Specifications and purchasing information can be obtained from suppliers of workplace monitoring equipment.” (CCOHS, 2019)
UV = Ultraviolet
UV is short for “ultraviolet,” as in ultraviolet rays. There are three types of UV rays:
- UVA rays, cause wrinkling and premature aging.
- UVB rays, cause sunburn and cataracts.
- UVC rays, which are the strongest, are blocked from the earth by the ozone layer.
The main thing is that UVA and UVB rays are dangerous and can cause skin cancer. Kids and adults need protection from both.
UPF = Ultraviolet Protection Factor
The acronym UPF represents the “Ultraviolet Protection Factor,” which is a standardized rating system used to evaluate the sun-shielding capabilities of fabric-based items, including clothing and gear.
There are three UPF categories under the U.S. rating system
How to Block UV Rays
You can protect yourself from UV radiation from the sun in several ways. You can avoid spending too much time working or hanging out outside, wear protective clothing or hats, wear sunscreen, or invest in a UV umbrella.
If you work outdoors, then avoiding the sun isn’t an option. In that case, I’d recommend one of the alternatives listed above and describe each option in detail.
Protective clothing includes long-sleeved shirts, long pants, hats, and sunglasses. Specific UV protective clothing options are designed to protect your skin better than other forms of protective clothing. However, the downside with this option is that when it is sunny out, it will stand to reason that the weather might also be warm. While clothing technology has advanced, this might not be the most comfortable solution.
There are two types of sunscreens; physical and chemical. Physical sunscreen (which includes zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) deflects UV radiation from your skin. Chemical Sunscreen, on the other hand, absorbs radiation. Sunscreens are given a rating based on SPF. SPF ratings of 15 typically block 93% of UV radiation. SPF ratings of 30 or higher usually prevent 97% of UV radiation. Sunscreens are an excellent tool to protect yourself. However, sunscreen needs to be continuously reapplied throughout the day, which can be a hassle. And for that reason, the next option is almost always the best choice.
UV umbrellas are umbrellas to protect you against UV radiation from the sun. They’re usually compact, easily portable, stylish, and can block up to 99% UV radiation. If you’re looking for something that’s convenient and effective, a UV umbrella is an optimal selection.
Fabrics for UV umbrellas
There are usually two types of fabrics for UV umbrellas.
1) Relying on the coating to achieve a sunscreen effect.
There are coatings inside, such as black, color, and silver. The black coating is a new type of UV-resistant fabric that absorbs ultraviolet light by absorption of light and heat, is not easy to fall off and crack, and UPF is also higher. Silver coating is a metal oxide coating that achieves a sunscreen effect by reflection but is easily peeled off and broke. UPF is not as good as vinyl. Sun protection effect, Black coating > color coating > silver coating.
2) Transparent UV
These umbrellas usually use UV-coated PG umbrella cloth, which is light and thin because it has no coating inside. Although it’s thin, the sunscreen effect is not worse than a thick rubberized umbrella. The umbrella UPF value can be customized according to the customer’s requirements.
How to Choose the Best UV Umbrella
When shopping for a UV umbrella, there are several factors that you should take into consideration. For instance, you’ll want to consider the size of the umbrella. Depending on how you plan to use your umbrella, size could matter. It would be best if you also kept in mind value. As with any other shopping experience, getting the most bang for your buck should always be a priority. Durability is another crucial factor.
While you want to be economical in your decision-making process, you also want to ensure that your purchase will serve its purpose. And finally, you should consider protection. For example, you’re buying a UV umbrella to protect you from the sun. The worst thing you could do is buy a UV umbrella and still end up with a sunburn. Let’s examine all of the factors in more detail.
Choosing a small, travel-sized umbrella or parasol is better if you’re single or planning to use your umbrella on a trip. Further, if you want something cute or easy to carry around regularly, invest in a parasol.
However, consider the large canopy UV umbrella if you have a family and prefer to carry one umbrella at a time. Lastly, if you’re merely looking for an umbrella to bring to the beach, I’d recommend beach umbrellas. They tend to be the most significant umbrella type and are impractical for daily use.
If you live in a very sunny area or are outdoors all the time, you should spend a little more money to ensure you’re getting the best quality UV umbrella you can. However, if you don’t go outside much but still like to have a UV umbrella when you venture out, you don’t need to spend as much money. What’s important is that you understand what quality you’re looking for and that you pay only a little or little accordingly.
The last category bleeds into this category because you need to be aware of the conditions in which you plan to use your umbrella. For example, if you live in a very windy city and buy the cheapest umbrella you can find, that umbrella might blow inside out at the first large gust of wind. If the weather conditions in your area are mild, this may not be as important. However, it’s still an essential factor to consider.
Lastly, you want to consider protection. Some UV umbrellas provide additional layers of security, extra coverage, or features you want to feel. Again, if you spend a lot of time outdoors, UV protection is critical. Ensure that the umbrella you’re investing in gives you the security you’re looking for.
Most of us love the outdoors. The purpose of this article was not to sway you from working outside or spending time out in nature. However, this article aimed to inform you of the seriousness of UV radiation and the role that a UV umbrella can play in keeping you safe.
Now that you understand UV umbrella technology and its crucial role in protecting your skin from UV radiation, I hope you’ll invest in the safety and preservation of your skin and health.
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