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What are SunSelect Fabrics?
All SunSelect fabrics are scientific developments created to selectively filter ultra violet light for safer human suntanning. No chemical additives. SunSelect is a patented concept and a registered trade mark.
How can SunSelect fabric be a selective UV filter?
SunSelect fabric uses a special polyester/polyamide yarn to specifically control UV wavelengths.
The Ultra Violet-B (UV-B = dangerous burning rays) rays are almost totally absorbed by the special polyester/polyamide yarn used.
The Ultra Violet-A (UV-A = the less harmful tanning rays) rays are selectively transmitted through the yarn to the skin to provide that safer suntan.
Without ultra violet-B how can one obtain a suntan?
SunSelect fabrics are knitted and finished in a controlled and specific way. The finishing controls the size and amount of minute holes in the fabric. These micro holes allow a prejudged amount of the required ultra violet-B through to the skin’s surface. The amount allowed through is based on known medical and scientific date. Tanning takes place. Thus we have a pre-selected amount of both ultra violet wavelengths in a perfect combination to provide a golden suntan.
Consumers when wearing a ‘’SunSelect’’ Swimsuit, Shirt, Polo or T.Shirt expect two results
1. they must not experience any discomfort through skin burning when used correctly
2. they must after a sensible period of time see a darkening of the skin’s colour.
To avoid the skin burning SunSelect build into the transmitting filtering effect a responsible protection factor. This is achieved by only allowing a small percentage of the burning rays UV-B through the fabric. Unlike creams, oils and lotions which rub off, wash off, etc., SunSelct’s protection is absolute and constant. It would be totally irresponsible of SunSelect to offer something that could potentially cause pain and more serious long term damage when used correctly.
Taking 1 and 2 into consideration, we now must understand what is required for the wearer to suntan underneath the fabric. First and most importantly, the wearer must spend at least a number of hours in one day exposed to bright sunlight early in their holiday period. On inspection of the skin it will be noticed that it is slightly pink in colour, which is the beginning of the tanning process. Each day after, providing the exposure time is given, the skin will darken into brown golden suntan. SunSelect is not a miracle, it is a scientific invention which, if used correctly, will give the wearer the result they expect. We, however, recommend not to expose yourselves to the sun between 11.00 a.m. and 13.00 p.m. During that time over 50% daily UV sunrays are emitted.
SunSelect Textiles offer:
A good protection and a golden suntan at the same time