SPF Addict Blog

Sun Protective Clothing for the Next Generation

  • Sun Smart Does Not Have to be Obvious

    You no longer have to be intimidated by wearing sun protection. It is NOT obvious nor is it unsightly as it was less then a decade ago. Our dermatology office tried handing out brochures from other companies only to find out they refused to even look at them. Comments like, "Please don't show me those ugly clothes, I would NEVER wear them"

    Our attitude can now take on a whole new approach by looking out for our skin while shopping smarter. Watch for UPF50+ anything less will NOT offer your the protection you need.

    Please keep in mind that sun isn't the only culprit. Those cloudy days offering sun burns and tans just as strong as direct and indirect sunny days. UVA-Rays passes thru them quite easily as it does your windows while your driving. Please keep in mind most of your sun damage in the car will be on your left side as well as your front windshield. Take on a sun smart approach by keeping a scarf, hat or poncho in your car. Always have sun screen in your glove compartment to reapply for those long road trips.

    Today's UPF50+ is comfortable, stylish and can be worn from day thru the night on the town. You also no longer need to fear price points. They are now affordable and offered both on line or brick and mortar.

    WATCH OUT FOR SPF ADDICT'S LAGUNA BEACH LOCATION 1500 SOUTH COAST HWY. You will find everything and anything to keep you and your family SUN SAFE and ready to walk the BEACH!

    California Dreamin Poncho
  • One sun protective item gives so many ways

    Most people don't wish to wear heavier, darker fabrics for uv protection. This is still the usual recommendation from many including medical professionals. This is simply NOT realistic in hot, dry or humid weather. There are now many choices for sun protective fabric! You can have a light weight, light color that offers a UPF50+ (ultra violet protective factor) as long as the tags read that this fabric has been tested and passed as per the AATCC (American Association of Textile and Color). You don't have to be covered head to toe, although we want you to include a  3" brim hat when possible. We encourage our dermatology patients to keep a sun protective scarf in the car, for that neck and chest coverage. DON'T FORGET UVA THE LONG WAVE LENGTH PASSES THRU YOUR WINDOWS WHILE THE UVB SHORT WAVE LENGTH IS BUSY BURNING YOUR SKIN.

  • SPF Addict and Community Inspiration

    Encouraging and inspiring women of all ages is one of our many missions. We were honored to suport Miss California USA. Being part of a young woman's journey, to inspire and to see her soar is awesome.

    Supporting young women gives us yet another opportunity to educate on the importance of sun protection and premature aging.

    Congratulations to Miss California USA, may she continue to soar and follow her dreams!

  • Confused about layering your sunscreen?

    If your confused about layering your sunscreen, you are not alone.  Using more then one product on our face everyday can be challenging, especially if you have a doctors prescription, serums, moisturizer and makeup.

    The first layer you want closest to your skin for best absorption and penetration is the thinnest  product, unless you have a prescription from your doctor, this will always go on first. Your physician will let you know if you should include other products or no products with it.

    Your thinnest product is typically lighter weight, a serum for example would be FIRST. Allow it to penetrate for at least 10 min. before the next. SECOND your moisturizer, again allow to set in for at least 10 minutes. Now for your SUNSCREEN with a broad spectrum of UVA and UVB physical SPF, this too must set for at least 10 minutes. Last is your makeup.

    It is NOT enough for you to use makeup with sunscreen, or a moisturizer with a sunscreen. You need as mentioned a PHYSICAL SPF which contains zinc oxide of both UVA and UVB block. This will allow adequate sun protection.


  • Is Sun Protective Clothing Necessary?

    The first question I get when people see SPF Addict sun protective clothing is "I thought my own clothes were protecting me"? Second question is "How do these clothes protect me"?

    Tan lines can be deceiving outside your clothing, giving you the impression that your clothes have you completely protected from the sun. The truth is that you are somewhat protected, meaning your fabric may in fact be a UPF (ultraviolet protective factor) 5 to 10, thus explaining the tan line you have outside your shirt. This rating would NOT be near what you need to keep you sun safe from potential skin cancer and premature aging.

    This is extremely important to be aware of if you are photosensitive from the sun.
    Ultraviolet indeed passes thru your fabric just as it passes thru windows and clouds, in particular the long wave length known as the UVA rays.

    Sun protection has become an important part of life today because the rate of skin cancer is rising rapidly.

    Next time your shopping look for a UPF rating of 50+ on the tag. This is the highest rating for sun protection in fabric. UPF50+ blocks 98.8% of the sun's ultraviolet rays.

  • Forever Young with SPF Addict's Sun Protection Clothing

    We share this article on with our readers because we believe you will find it insightful and interesting. Happy Reading!

    SPF Addict and Sun Stats

    Sun stats:

    SPF – it’s imperative for keeping your skin young and cancer free. You’ve all heard it before: the sun ages you by breaking down the collagen in your skin, it causes skin cancer (which is the fastest growing cancer in the US), and it can impact you even on cloudy days. According to,  a whopping 90% of skin “aging” is caused by the sun.

    What does this tell me? I can look great forever if I don’t tan! I’ve gotten flak for my sun avoidance for years, but I’m finally starting to see it pay off as some of my peers are getting crows feet, wrinkly chests, and spots starting as early as age 24.

    Have dark skin? You aren’t safe either. states that the annual incidence rate of melanoma is 1 per 100,000 in blacks, 4 per 100,000 in Hispanics, and 25 per 100,000 in non-Hispanic whites. And remember, anyone can burn.

    So why do people keep tanning? Because it feels good, looks good, and the consequences take time to show up. That’s why I love this viral video that uses an ultra violet camera to highlight skin damage on people before it’s physically visible.

    SPF Addict: Sun Protective Clothing Prevents Damage Without the Grease!

    One of the common complaints about sunscreen is that it’s greasy and a pain to put on. While great non-greasy sunscreen options are available, the easiest and fastest way to protect yourself when you can’t avoid sun altogether is with sun protection clothing. Remember – clothing that is not tightly woven (like a t-shirt or summer dress) has an average UPF of only 4!

    Sun Protection Clothing for Men and Women

    For this post, I collaborated with SPF Addict, an innovative brand recently featured on the Today show. SPF addict was founded by Marina Arnold, RN, a laser skin specialist with 30 years of experience in Newport Beach, California. Marina is in high demand as a laser skin specialist, and is constantly treating people to remove years of sun damage. Her experiences inspired her to create the brand, which is a labor of love. “The most common place that I remove sun damage from is the chest,” says Marina, “I wanted a stylish alternative to help cover up some of the most vulnerable areas.”

    Sun Protection Beach Clothes

    SPF Addict is UPF 50+ (it blocks 98% of UVA and UVB rays) and chemical free. The fabric is Tencel, made from eco-friendly, organic plant cellulose fibers that are tightly woven and absorb the sun’s rays. The fabric’s effectiveness was tested in independent lab research, after 40 washings.

    Fashionable SPF sun protection clothing

    SPF Addict's sun protection clothing is super comfortable, fashionable, and available in men’s and women’s styles including cute shirt dresses, tees, scarves, jackets, and even pants. My personal favorites are the long sleeved tops, since they fit seamlessly with my usual casual chic weekend look and cover my chest and arms. The Summer Jewels is also one of my favorites, and has thumb-holes so you can pull the sleeves down to protect your hands.

    When to use sunscreen:

    From 10am-4pm, the sun’s rays are at their strongest. Even if you seek shade during this time, the rays reflect off objects and on to you, so sunscreen is always must if you aren’t protected by sun protection clothing like SPF Addict.

     My favorite non-greasy formulas:

    Hands down, for daily and beach use I have never tried a less greasy sunscreen than theCoppertone Clearly Sheer, in either SPF 30 or SPF 50. For my face, I use L’Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare SPF 50+ which is the least greasy of all that I’ve tried (don’t forget to get this as close to your eyes as you can tolerate for crows feet protection). I carry a small Go Toobs travel bottle of Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15 to use as a hand cream when I wash my hands.


    Every inch of your skin (including your ears and under your bathing suit) must be covered for full protection. I recommend getting naked and spraying/slathering yourself down from head to toe in the shower on beach days, and covering the majority of your limbs on other days. In the winter, I tend to rely on my clothing for protection though technically we should protect under our clothing all the time due to the low UPF of regular clothing.

    Physical versus chemical sunscreen

    Physical sunblock contains finely ground minerals that sit on top of your skin and block UVA/UVB rays. Look for sunscreens containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. The benefit? They work to block rays immediately, and new formulas prevent the white pasty look of these creams. They don’t break down as quickly as chemical sunscreens, but I have yet to find a brand that doesn’t feel oily.

    Chemical sunblock contain chemical absorbers that absorb UV rays and diffuse them before they come into contact with your skin. Which is best? Whatever one you will use. More info here.

    Why do you need to reapply every 2 hours?

    Since chemical sunscreens breakdown with exposure to the sun, and it’s recommended that sunscreen be applied every 2 hours when in direct sunlight, regardless of type. In temperate San Francisco, I wear bare legs and skirts or dresses to work almost daily and I’m always covered by my favorite non-greasy SPF 50 spray. According to my research, because I’m indoors most of the day my chemical sunscreen is likely still effective by the time I walk home.

    My takeaway:

    I’ve always looked at myself as an experiment in age prevention. We were all born blessed with youthful skin, and I plan to keep mine that way! Some people love the feeling of the sun, which has been proven to be addicting in ways similar to heroin (more science on this here). I’ll stick to a good spray tan and a gradual self tanning lotion!

    Some sun exposure myths:

    • It’s never too late: Contrary to popular belief, 80 percent of a person’s lifetime sun exposure is not acquired before age 18; only about 23 percent of lifetime exposure occurs by age 18.23
    • UVA versus UVB rays: UVA rays are present even on cloudy days, and penetrate deeply into the skin and are most associated with aging. UVB rays are present mainly in the summer, cause burning, and are most associated with cancer. Protect against both, all year. (more
    • Just one indoor tanning session increases users’ chances of developing melanoma by 20 percent, and each additional session during the same year boosts the risk almost another two percent.46
  • Business on a Mission with a Driven Purpose

    It is our mission not only to educate on skin cancer awareness and keep you sun safe, but also to give back in many other ways. We delight in sponsoring those who are bringing attention and raising money for other cancers as well as supporting other diseases, disabilities, and special needs whenever possible. We are not a large company but we believe each and every one of us can make a difference.

    Team iRTracing Team iRTracing mens cycling team races to support pediatric brain cancer

    Our philosophy from the inception of SPF Addict is to give back, educate,build jobs, sustainable products, and promote women in business. As we continue that mission we are delighted to support Team iRtracing a mens professional cycling team racing internationally in support of pediatric brain cancer, benefactors are Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, California.
    Please meet Team iRtracing on a mission!

  • Gift of Health, Education and Comfort because we care!

    healthy.holidaysWe all have those "difficult to shop for" people in our lives, it may be that they have everything, they don't use anything or are just plain difficult. There is always something to offer everyone when it comes to their health, either staying healthy or becoming healthier.

    Just look at the health stores a little closer, brick and mortar or on line, you will definitely find a great gift idea for your loved ones well being.

    What about a gift that offers education, we are always willing to learn something new. This can pertain to their interests or not. If it offers health, education and comfort your on the right path. From a book to a blanket, a hat to a cover up, a relaxing CD to gloves. These simple things are offering all of the above.

    There is no better gift then showing your loved one YOU CARE for them even in a simple small way.


  • Changing Skincare with Changing Seasons

    You may wonder why your skin care products don't look or feel the same on your skin. You may experience dryness, or oily skin different times of the year.

    Just like you change your hair products, you will need to change out your skin care products from time to time or perhaps alternate them as your skin let's you know its time.

    Stay in tune with your skin's need you will be pleasantly surprised what a difference this makes. Your glow will remain with you all year round.


    One product to stay consistent with, is your sunscreen. You may need to change the consistency during dry season versus those "breakout" times. However, please remember to use this everyday all year round!

    Sunscreen is not just for the sun, but for those cloudy rainy days when the sun doesn't shine. Protect your skin now and it will shine for the rest of your life!

  • Summer coming to an end but NOT your UV protection!

    As summer comes to an end it is easy to become complacent and forget about your sunscreen. Many think because they're no longer outdoors much and have ended most of they're water sports, they also end sun protection. Please remember sunscreen and sun protective clothing must continue throughout the year, special attention to those of us in sunny states most of the year. As for those cloudy days, UVA rays is still at work passing thru those windows, clouds and fabric. RAIN OR SHINE sun protection continues. If skin cancer is not on your mind then accelerated aging should be!

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