One of our first article’s here at AOA is appropriately about sunscreen. Specifically, why sunscreen alone is not enough to protect against the sun’s harmful rays.
Let’s start with the basics.
There are both UVA and UVB rays, which harm the body. UVA is what causes skin aging and wrinkles while UVB play a key role in developing skin cancer. Some sunscreens only protect against some of these ray’s. You need to look for “Broad spectrum” sunscreen.
What is SPF?
SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor” and tells you how long the sun’s UV radiation would take to redden your skin when using the product exactly as directed versus the amount of time without any sunscreen. Thus, SPF 30 will only take 30 minutes to redden your skin and you will need to re-apply after 30 minutes, which many people do not do.
You may be thinking that a sunscreen with high SPF protection and broad-spectrum coverage will offer enough protection and prevent sunburn, UVA damage and DNA damage than comparable products with lower SPF values. This seems logical, however it rarely works in practice. People tend to stay out in the sun for long periods of time without seeking shade or covering up, which ends up in much more sun damage long term. (skincancer.org)
The Solution? AOA.
Our fabric is naturally woven to contain SPF 50+ without being treated with harmful chemicals. It is breathable and quick dries for maximum comfort while remaining covered for long periods in the sun. Have fun!