SPF – Solar Protective Factory Store, (3)Winners Long Sleeve T Shirts, Protect Yourself


It’s Summer time and the time of year when people think about their skin, and skin cancers. The sales of sun screen must certainly go up and this must be when the sunscreen companies make all their money!  It is time to get out there and educate the public about skin cancer, UV Rays, and I am so totally impressed with SPFStore, making 100% Solar Protective Clothing and also they are reaching out to the public to educate them that your skin can sustain damage all year round, and not just the summer. This company actually CARES! Wow, they care, did I say they care? How unusual is that this day and age? Awesome!

STOP! It is time to learn some about skin cancer!

First I must tell you that SPFStore is the ONLY store with 100% Cotton T-Shirts recommended by the skin care foundation, like the pretty pink one I have on, that is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation and the Melanoma International Foundation.  There are others out there that  that mislead consumers using SPF ratings for their sun protective apparel line. When purchasing sun protective apparel, it’s important to know how sun protective clothing is rated, and that is by UPF (Ultraviolet Protect Factor) ratings. Let’s take a moment to explain in detail about the difference between these ratings.

SPF factors are used to rate skin applications like sun screen. It measures how much longer it takes for the skin to redden while using the skin application. It has nothing to do with fabric at all! So beware if you see clothing using SPF ratings.

 UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) ratings measure fabrics. UPF ratings are given after they undergo rigorous testing that includes 100 hours of UV exposure and 40 launderings. This rating measures the fabric’s ability to block UV rays. Garments that are UPF rated have been tested by an independent testing laboratory and are UV Block certified and insured the rating is correct.

 UPF 15-24 Good UV Protection

UPF 25-39 Very Good UV Protection

UPF 40-50+ Excellent UV Protection

Knowing the apparel is properly rated using UPF ratings is so very important to me, as I have had several skin cancers and types of skin cancers removed. The scariest is the several Malignant Melanomas removed from my year, it seems every year now, around the same area.  This being the worst skin cancer you can have that can spread and actually kills approximately 8800 people in the U.S. annually.  I do not want to be in that count.  So when I learned about the SPFStore I did the happy dance!  They not only have fashionable UV protective clothing, but they also have many accessories for sale like sun protective hats, sun glasses, sweaters, swim wear, and even an organic line of shirts. AND they are growing and listening and getting more and more in.  I have to say my shirt is nice and soft, extremely well made, and SOOO comfy!

  SPF is a name you will be hearing about a lot more here on the blog as we have the same goals and together SPFStore and Joan and Riah’s will be sharing information on skin cancers and sun exposure and products available to help protect your skin. Many of you are aware that Mariah and I both have Lupus, and with Lupus and many autoimmune diseases, sun light and excessive exposure is a big No No!  We must watch our sunscreens and be sure they are truly effective and not full of bull in their advertising and are actually certified as they say and by the real foundations out there and not made up ones to just put a name on a product. Yes, that happens!

Lets start to learn a little about skin cancer with this post. It is important to know the 5 warning signs of skin cancer, and the information that I will be sharing has come from SkinCancer.org , the official site of the Skin Cancer Foundation!

Actinic Keratosis – Scaly or crusty growths, sometimes resembling warts, raised, often found on bald heads and areas that are exposed to the sun frequently.

Basal Cell – Most frequently occurring of all the skin cancers, can often show up as a persistent non-healing sore that reoccurs, often bloody, common in those with excessive sun exposure, and occurs most frequently in blondes and red heads and blue eyed and green eyed, light skinned people

Dysplastic Nevus – Unusual Benign moles, resemble malignant melanomas – keep on eye on your moles for changes and be proactive, do monthly skin cancer checks.

Melanoma – Keep an eye on lesions that change, grow, are itchy and sometimes bleed, check monthly and see Dr. Immediately if any changes as this is the most dangerous of all skin cancers, moles that change color and are asymmetric in appearance, and the “Ugly Duckling” – look different than other moles, spots, freckles in the same area.

Squamous Cell – Common in fair skinned, light haired people, more common in men and after age 50. Common in immuno-compromised people, on areas where prior injuries such as burns, scars, ulcers, and long time sores.

Thank you to SPFStore for your support to the Skin Cancer Foundation for your help and assistance towards their research and investigations into skin cancers, as it is appreciated by myself and Mariah as persons with or at risk of skin cancers.

We are so very excited with partnering with them to spread awareness and help raise funds for research. If you are interested in donating, you can go to skincancer.org and if you are concerned that you might have a skin cancer area/lesion you can also check the site to find a local Dr. that is knowledgeable and can treat you appropriately!

We will have (3) Winners, each winning a long sleeve T-Shirt AND $25 off a $100 purchase! How cool is that?  AND for the others that signed up for the newsletter, they will receive 10% off purchase, use code GIVEME10!


Joan Penfold personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. . All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s/Video used in this review were provided by myself and SPFStore and Skin Cancer Foundation.

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Posted on August 19, 2012, in Beauty, Children's Fashion, Clothing, Cosmetics, Expired Giveaways, Fashion, Health and Wellness, Men & Women, Miscellaneous, Personal Hygiene, Skincare, Travel and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. I learned that you should watch moles closely.

  2. You must watch for changes in your skin.

  3. there are 5 different kinds of growths on your skin that could lead to cancer!

  4. FDA discontinued regulating sun protective clothing in the 1990’s. That was when the Solar Protective Factory took the lead in developing performance durability testing standards by working with the American Society for Testing and Materials.

  5. It kills approximately 8800 people in the U.S. annually.

  6. i learned that Excellent UV Protection-UPF40 to 50+

  7. Jennifer Peaslee

    I learned about the different kinds of growths that can lead to cancer…before this I only knew of melanoma

  8. I learned that: Ten minutes in a sunbed matches the cancer-causing effects of 10 minutes in the Mediterranean summer sun.

  9. I learned that there are 5 different kinds of growths on your skin that could lead to cancer.

  10. Keeping an eye on moles and watching for changes is important.

  11. My husband is in his late 40’s so I was very interested to learn about Squamous Cells, which I had never heard of.

  12. I learned 1 in 5 get skin cancer. I had no idea!

  13. I learned what to skin cancer looks like.

  14. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

  15. I learned that UV indexes can vary greatly from day to day and by location.

  16. learned your skin can start to burn in less than a half hour with high UV indexes

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  17. I learned that you have to check your skin often and see a Dr. if you see changes in moles right away!

  18. Christina Sparks

    wow-1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. my mother in law has had a couple of cancer spots from the sun removed.

  19. Couldn’t believe one in five get some form of skin cancer

  20. I learned what the types of skin cancer look like.

  21. I learned: 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  22. I learned that you have to be careful in the sun!

  23. keep on eye on your moles for changes and be proactive, do monthly skin cancer checks.
    thanks for all the info

  24. I didn’t know anything about UPF ratings until today! I live in sunny San Diego and would LOVE to have a shirt like this!


  25. twitted this today, 20/8

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