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The sun protective effect of clothing, including beachwear.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2073209     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Clothing represents a significant though underutilised form of sun protection but the literature reveals few studies dealing with this subject. This study used a solar simulator to assess in vivo sun protection factors (SPF) for two clothing items of beachwear - a synthetic surf shirt and a combination cotton/polyester T-shirt. The tests showed that the T-shirt had a relative SPF of 15, and the surf shirt an SPF of 36. This however decreased by a factor of 1/3 in both cases when the material was wet. Overall, this compares favourably with conventional sunscreens and also has the advantage of a wide spectrum of cover.
A P Jevtic
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australasian journal of dermatology     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0004-8380     ISO Abbreviation:  Australas. J. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  1990  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-04-11     Completed Date:  1991-04-11     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0135232     Medline TA:  Australas J Dermatol     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  5-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Royal Newcastle Hospital.
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MeSH Terms
Protective Clothing* / standards
Skin / radiation effects*
Sunlight / adverse effects
Ultraviolet Rays*

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