No Chemicals Used to Achieve UPF Rating Aqua Design UPF rating is certified by a US-based lab and attained without the use of secondary chemicals applied to our high-quality fabrics. Due to this advancement in technology, our knitting and weaving mills are able to achieve a UPF barrier as result of this innovative production process.
UPF vs. SPF UPF is an abbreviation for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. This rating system is used to measure the effectiveness of fabric to protect skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation. For example, a UPF rating of 40 will allow only 1/40th of the sun's harmful rays to penetrate the textile. A rating of 40 or higher is considered excellent, blocking 97 percent of both UVA and UVB rays.
SPF, typically associated with sunscreen, is short for Sun Protection Factor. This measurement determines the length of time it takes for redness to occur as a result of sun exposure. If applied correctly, a sunscreen rated at SPF 15 will protect 15 times longer than unprotected skin. This amounts to approximately 93 percent of UVB rays. Some experts believe that no sunscreen should be expected to stay effective longer than two hours without reapplication. Sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB radiation is preferred.
UVA and UVB Simply stated, UVA exposure contributes to premature aging by damaging the skin's elasticity. Perhaps 90 percent of wrinkles, age spots, and visible signs of aging occur as result of the sun's harmful UVA rays which penetrates the skin more deeply. The carcinogenic effects of UVB rays are believed to cause tanning which is the skin's natural defense against the sun. Unfortunately, it is believed that UVB contributes to the development of skin cancer. Want to know more? Check out our FAQ Page.
Approximate UV Blocked
Good UV Protection
15 - 24
93 - 96%
Very Good UV Protection
25 - 39
96 - 97%
Excellent UV Protection
40 - 50+
97 - 99%
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Aqua Design Innovation
Aqua Design has been innovating water-infused activewear since 1995. Clothing that feels comfortable, looks great and has all the technical performance you need to stay cool and protected from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. The 3-D water colors blend into nature for wearing camouflage on the saltwater flats, wooded shoreline, raining coastal regions, or rocky canyons. For vibrant color choices, Aqua Design offers surf, swim and sun protection clothes for all your water-related outdoor adventures from fly fishing to snorkeling to windsurfing or everyday use. Interested in becoming an Aqua Design Dealer? Click here to complete the dealer application.