Be Sunsmart – Wear Zee Zee Merino
As well as being fine, breathable and helping regulate temperature, a real benefit of Merino wool in the summer is that it provides excellent natural sun protection.
It absorbs the UV radiation before it can reach your baby or your child’s skin – naturally.
Here are some facts. Research by Haerri et al (2000), Reinert et al (1997) and Hilfiker et al(1996) shows that
- Merino wool absorbs the UV radiation which damages skin.
- Natural wool absorbs radiation throughout the entire UV spectrum even when completely untreated
This research also shows that it is far better than untreated cotton, linen, nylon, acrylic, silk and polyester. Polyester (which many sun protection suits are made of) mainly absorbs only low-wavelength UV radiation.
We’ve found ourselves that Zee Zee Merino tees are great for beach wear – they’re light and breathable and easy to put on over wet bodies too – and as they’re still insulating when wet, they keep little bodies warm.
And now we’re very happy to find that the UV protection offered is unbeatable, as a separate study shows. Gamblicher et al (2001) surveyed 236 different fabrics, assessing their UV protection factor. Merino wool came out top.
All of the Merino wool fabrics – 100 of them! – had a UPF of over 40. This is the equivalent of slathering your skin in chemical sun tan lotion – but without the chemicals.
In contrast, the majority of other fabrics had much lower UPF, with many offering very little protection at all.
Nearly 80% of the cotton fabrics had a protection factor of less than 20.
So if you are looking for natural sun protection, a beautiful Zee Zee Merino tee is the perfect way to go. Light, breathable, soft and healthy – wonderful wool
Sun Protection Alert
Protect yourself when you’re outside from September to April.
Protect yourself all year round when you are:
in the mountains
out on the water
around reflective surfaces like snow and ice.