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The goal of IZOL UV is to offer innovative, high performance anti-UV clothing with urban style, protecting the skin from the sun and its many related health risks such as premature skin aging, sunburns and skin cancer.

FAST FACTS:

80,000 - cases of skin cancer diagnosed in Canada each year

5,000 - cases of melanoma (deadliest form of skin cancer) diagnosed in Canada each year

1 in 6 – number of Canadians born in the 1990’s who will develop skin cancer

90%- studies suggest sun exposure may cause up to 90% of the visible changes attributed to aging

98% -UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of IZOL UV fabric versus only 7 % UPF of average clothing fabric

Who Should wear anti-UV clothing?

You have sensitive skin and want to protect your skin from premature aging

You have been diagnosed with skin cancer

You need to avoid the sun due to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

You do laser treatment, hormone therapy or take a medication which makes your skin more sensitive to the sun

EVERYONE! Whatever the reason, our skin is fragile and needs to be protected. It is therefore important to combine UV clothing with sunscreen to fight effectively against UV rays.

Doesn't all clothing protect me from the sun?

Not all clothing protects the same, and some does not protect you at all! For example, a regular white T-shirt provides a UPF of 7% at the most while a wet T-shirt is even lower. In other words, if you swim in a white T-shirt and think you are protected, you are not. The best way to protect your skin is to apply sunscreen and wear UV protection clothing with a high UPF factor.

What are UVA rays?
UVA rays account for 95% of the UV radiation that reaches the earth’s surface. They penetrate through clouds, glass and clothing. Also, UVA rays are present with relatively equal intensity throughout the year. Although arguably less intense than UVB rays (the burning rays), they are 30-50x more prevalent and sink deeper into the skin's epidermal layer changing its makeup.

How are IZOL UV garments certified?
IZOL UV fabrics undergo a rigorous certification process in accordance with AATCC Standards with the CTT Group. (An independent canadian scientific laboratory) .

Can darker skinned people get skin cancer?
Yes, everyone can get skin cancer. Most skin cancers are associated with UV radiation from the sun or tanning beds, and many people of color are less susceptible to UV damage thanks to the greater amounts of melanin (the protective pigment that gives skin and eyes their color) darker skin produces. But people of color can still develop skin cancer from UV damage.

Sources: http://www.canadianskincancerfoundation.com

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