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Is UPF the same as SPF?
What does UPF50+ mean?
Do raffia hats still protect me from the sun?

We take a deeper look at sun protection and why you and your family should wear a certified UPF50+ sun hat not only in peak summer, but all year round to help prevent sun damaged skin.

Is UPF the same as SPF?

Think of UPF for clothing as you would SPF for skincare.
UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor which indicates how much UV radiation (UVB "burn" and UVA "age") a fabric allows to reach your skin.

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and is measured by the time it takes for your skin to redden in the sun.
With SPF you need to re-apply throughout the day, but with a UPF50+ sun hat you can confidently wear it all day long knowing your skin is protected!


What does UPF50+ mean?

UPF50+ protective clothing like our sun hats block 97% of the sun's harmful UV rays; protecting your face, scalp and neck from sun damage. Wide brim styles also offer some protection to shoulders and the upper back area.
UPF30 - UPF49 offers very good protection, while UPF50+ offers excellent sun protection.

Do raffia hats still offer enough protection?

Our raffia hats are tightly hand-woven, and select styles include a cotton lining in the crown to ensure maximum sun protection.

Certified sun protection for the whole family!

Most of our hats (excluding some short brim styles & visors) are endorsed by CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa) and have been tested and verified to meet their strict specifications for sun safety.


Look for the CANSA Seal of Recognition (CSOR) on our swing tag and the internal fabric label inside our hats, and only choose sun safe this summer.

The testing done to ensure a product meets their strict requirements for sun protection helps us make the sun smart choice in our daily lives.

As with a few other brands, we are proud to be associated with this 100% local NPO that does so much for so many, with CANSA Care Centres country-wide. Show them your support, and together we can all make educated decisions and support each other when it comes to sun safety.
For the facts on sun safe products visit the CANSA website.