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Fun in the Sun

We are so happy to be open again. We are here from Monday to Saturday from 11 to 4pm and we can still arrange for touch free payment, and curbside pickup. Our number one concern is safety; and we will be taking all precautions as outlined by the Alberta Government, as well as a few of our own to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Now that the weather has improved we can all get out and enjoy outdoor activities. This year the focus is on safety so we thought it might be a good time to talk about sun protection.

Your clothing absorbs or blocks some of the harmful ultra violet (UV) rays. Sun protective clothing gives added protection and it is the simplest way to keep your skin healthy.

When it comes to fabric the ultra protective factor (UPF) indicates how much ultra-violet (UV) radiation will reach your skin. For example a UPF 50 fabric blocks 98% of the sun’s rays.

Why Wear Hats?

The best hats for sun protection have a brim of at least three inches to shade the face, scalp, neck, shoulders and upper back, along with easily overlooked places like the tops of the ears and back of the neck. Look for a tightly woven hat rather than a loosely constructed straw hat that is likely to let in the UV rays.

Our new Kooringal hats from Australia are made using lightweight fabrics and offer 50+ ultraviolet protection from the sun.

Add UV-filtering sunglasses and broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your face and eyes.

These Peeper polarized sunglasses offer 400 level UVA/UVB protection and are $30 each.

Clothing Can Offer Protection

Clothing shields you from the sun, but not all fabrics and colors provide equal protection. When shopping look for clothing that can effectively shield you from harmful rays. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Color: Dark or bright colors keep UV rays from reaching your skin by absorbing them rather than allowing them to penetrate.

Construction: Densely woven cloth, like denim, canvas, wool or synthetic fibers, are more protective than sheer, thin, or loosely woven cloth. The more sheer a fabric the more UV radiation can penetrate and reach your skin.

Content: The composition of your fabric really matters. Unbleached cotton contains natural lignins that act as UV absorbers. Shiny polyesters and even lightweight satiny silks can be highly protective because they reflect radiation. High-tech fabrics treated with chemical UV absorbers or dyes prevent some penetration from UV rays.

Fit: Loose-fitting apparel is preferable. Tight clothing can stretch and reduce the level of protection offered, as the fibers pull away from each other and allow more UV light to pass through.

The loose, versatile Frockk linen from button up blouse will keep you cool.

UPF: Some clothing makers provide labels which indicate exactly how much of the sun’s rays the garment can shield. Our French Saint James clothing is specially designed to protect against harmful solar rays. The polyamide microfibre offers twice as much skin protection as cotton.

Coverage: The more skin your outfit covers, the better your protection.

Activity: Regardless of UPF, if your clothing gets stretched or wet, it will lose some of its protective ability and become more transparent, exposing your skin to more UV light.

Fun Fact

Did you know Calgary and area receives 2396 hours of bright sunshine on an average every year and we experience about 333 sunny days annually? Calgary is the sunniest city in Canada.

Enjoy the sunshine! ☀️

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