Frequently Asked Questions
Broad spectrum protects against UVA and UVB rays—we’re talking full protection here.
All Mott50 clothing, accessories, and products offer broad spectrum UPF 50+ protection against the full spectrum of ultraviolet radiation, after all, it’s what the American Dermatology Association (ADA) recommends.
Sun Protection Factor (SPF) measures the effectiveness of sunscreen protection only against UVB rays, considering sun exposure time.
If you’re serious about sunscreen, you’ve probably applied some SPF at some point or even used makeup-skincare hybrids. But these SPF-infused products may not be all they're cracked up to be.
Dermatologists recommend using 3 tablespoons of SPF 30 or higher to protect your whole body. For SPF to do its job, you must apply a fair amount to gain full coverage and re-apply after a certain time, especially if you have a lighter skin tone..
UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and is the rating given to clothing for its broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Do we have your attention yet? Good, keep reading, it gets better!
SPF in sunscreen measures only effectiveness against UVB rays, while UPF measures protection against the full spectrum of ultraviolet radiation. All UPF 50+ Mott50 clothing, accessories and products offer broad-spectrum protection that blocks 98% of UVA and UVB rays. Call us over-protective; we’ll take it!
UVA (Ultraviolet A) rays are known as "aging" rays because they penetrate the skin's thickest layer, resulting in premature skin aging, wrinkles, and even causing cellular-level damage, potentially leading to internal harm, including organ damage.
In contrast, UVB (Ultraviolet B) rays are primarily responsible for causing premature skin aging, manifesting as brown spots, wrinkles, and blotchy skin. These rays play a crucial role in the development of skin cancer.
UPF 50+ is the highest UPF rating available for sun-protective clothing. This means that if you wear clothing with a UPF 50+ rating, you receive excellent sun protection, reducing your risk of sunburn, skin damage, and skin cancer - not something to take lightly.
While UPF 30 provides significant protection, it allows a slightly higher percentage of UV radiation to reach the skin than UPF 50+. So, when it comes to skin protection, more is better!
Mott50 is not your typical clothing brand. We use the most premium and rigorously tested UPF 50+ fabrics designed in-house for the ultimate level of protection and form-fitting fashion for the modern woman. We’re also fashion-driven, so all our pieces add value to well-curated wardrobes.
Our R&D team develops innovative proprietary fabrics impenetrable by UV rays and infuses millions of sun-bouncing minerals so they never wear off. These fabrics stand the test of time and become long-lasting quality items in your capsule collections.
So, while the cost per piece is higher, we consider the price of sun damage even higher.
We use naturally inherent UV-blocking properties, such as bamboo and viscose, which, combined with cotton and the UV-blocking agent Zinc Oxide, result in our proprietary fabric. We also add Titanium Dioxide, which offers broad-spectrum protection, because there's no such thing as too much protection.
Beyond material choices, our clothes feature an intricate and highly technical weave. This tight weave is a formidable barrier against UV rays, making our fabrics impenetrable to these rays.
Our industry-leading fabrics block 98% of UVA and UVB rays, ensuring an unmatched UPF 50+ protection that adheres to ASTM/AATCC standards throughout the garment's entire life.
If you believe you've experienced sunburn or skin damage while wearing Mott50, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org or send your garment to us for further evaluation. Our address is as follows: 215 NW 24th St., Suite 300, Miami, Florida 33127.
While many brands only adhere to a single UV safety standard, we go above and beyond, investing in rigorous testing of our fabrics against multiple published UPF standards to ensure unparalleled UV protection.
Why? Because we understand that UV rays interact differently with colors, patterns, and fabric types. That’s why each bolt of fabric undergoes extensive testing in every color and pattern. Extending beyond the initial testing phase, we go deep into the life cycle of our garments, subjecting them to the rigors of laundering, prolonged sunlight exposure, and even chlorinated water to maintain their effectiveness.
This practice isn't a one-time effort; it's our protocol for every season and every new production run, meeting the stringent Australian New Zealand testing standards - the highest in the world - and U.S. standards.
This is how we proudly guarantee that Mott50 offers the safest UPF 50+ clothing you can wear, standing at the forefront of chic fashion and UV protection.
Never. That's because we do more than just infuse fabrics with sun-bouncing minerals; we've redefined the game by combining this technology with an exceptionally tight weave that blocks 98% of UV rays. This isn't just a claim but a rigorously proven fact, confirmed through exhaustive testing against American and International standards at independent, accredited testing labs.
And we continue beyond the basics. After the initial UVA/UVB transmittance test, we launder the fabric extensively, subject it to the equivalent of countless hours of simulated sunlight, immerse swim fabrics in chlorine, and then go back and conduct a second UV transmittance test. We push the boundaries of what's possible to ensure your protection is second to none.
If you're ever in doubt about the protection level of our clothing lines, feel free to send us your top or item. We'll put it to the test and provide you with the UPF level. We have the data on every bolt, every dye lot, stretching back 15 years because, quite frankly, we're obsessed with protection
Absolutely, While UVB rays change their intensity based on the sun’s position and the seasons, deeply penetrating UVA rays are present with equal intensity during all daylight hours throughout the year. Even if you are not going outside frequently, UVA rays can penetrate clouds and automotive glass. Damage caused by UVA rays, known as the “A” for aging rays, is cumulative and is suspected of contributing to skin cancer. On a daily basis, UVA causes wrinkling, brown spots, freckles, sagging skin and collagen loss. Skincare starts will protecting against UVA rays year-round. Wear UPF 50+ clothing and a broad-spectrum sunblock that protects against UVA rays.
Here's the real scoop: Our ultraviolet protection factor goes way beyond the typical UPF 50 standards. When we put our fabrics and clothing to the test, our sun protection level consistently soars above the 50 benchmark.
What does that mean for you? It's your assurance that our clothes are in a league of their own, deflecting more than 98% of UV rays. That's not just UPF 50; it's UPF 50+ and then some—your skin's best friend in the fashion world.
This may sound counterintuitive, but long sleeves can be your ticket to staying cooler. Why? Well, it's simple science at play.
Sleeves let your skin do its thing, allowing perspiration to happen, and then they swoop in to wick the moisture away, leaving you feeling fresh and comfortable. They also add a layer of protection against the sun.
Want proof? Researchers delved into the world of Bedouins, who brave the unforgiving desert sun decked out in heavy black robes. Despite the seemingly sweltering attire, these desert dwellers experienced a heat loss, leaving them cooler and unfazed.
Now, you don't have to go to those extremes, but here's the deal: sleeves are your cooling squad.
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When you reach out, we'll identify the fabric lot, age, and wear of your item. We'll also send a prepaid label, making the shipping process a breeze.
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When it comes to skin, if it's out there, it deserves protection. We're not just talking about a random spot here and there – we're all in for the full-body protection. How do you do it?
Clothing is your first line of defense. Think of it as your fashion-forward armor. We also recommend wearing hats, good sunglasses, broad-spectrum sunblock and lip balm of SPF 30 or higher.
Sun damage can occur at any age. Sun damage is cumulative and never completely heals. By wearing a daily broad-spectrum sunblock, applying protective clothing and practicing other sun-safe measures, you'll minimize the dangers of skin cancer and preserve healthy-looking skin.
We get that the classic beach scene with a cotton tee over your swimsuit is a vibe, but here's the thing: when that tee gets wet, it's as protective as a wet paper bag – blocking just about 3% of UV rays.
When cotton gets wet, it stretches, and UVA/UVB rays easily penetrate. So, the bottom line is your cotton T-shirt isn't doing the job. On the other hand, our T-shirts are UPF 50+ dry and UPF 50+ wet.
Don't forget the extra layer of love – lather up with a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or more, ensure every inch of your skin is accounted for, and top it off with our UPF 50+ clothing.
Mineral sunblocks pack natural ingredients like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, which block UVA and UVB rays by forming a protective layer on your skin. You might remember Zinc Oxide for its classic white cast, but modern brands have cracked the code to make it virtually invisible. It's a win-win! Mineral sunblocks are your go-to, especially for the little ones.
On the other hand, chemical sunscreens blend two to six active ingredients, such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate, to protect against UVA and UVB rays. They don't just block those rays; they absorb and release them as infrared rays.
Some experts do not recommend chemical sunscreens because they break down faster and require more frequent re-applications. And the grand debate between sprays and lotions? Well, the good old-fashioned lotion that requires vigorous rubbing to blend allows time for skin absorption and often gains better coverage.
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You need at least 1 ounce for hands, face and neck. If your body isn't covered in UPF 50+ clothing, you'll need to cover it with 3 ounces to ensure you have the right amount of sunscreen. And don't forget to reapply. Sunscreen should be reapplied immediately after toweling off and after 40 or 80 minutes of swimming or sweating.
Did you know we don't have melanin in our lips? Melanin is the skin's natural protection against the sun, and you can get lip cancer, so you must wear an SPF lip balm.
While it's true that those with more melanin do have a natural shield, people with dark skin are still at risk for skin cancer and sun damage and often face a higher mortality rate because skin issues can go undetected until they reach a serious stage.
The bottom line? Every skin tone deserves its fair share of sunblock or sunscreen. No exceptions
Just like food in your refrigerator, sunscreen can expire. Most sunscreens have a shelf life of 3 years. It's often an overlooked expiration date or a lot number on the bottom of the bottle. If it has a lot number, the first two digits represent the year the product was filled.
We recommend you get out a permanent marker and write the date of purchase on the bottle to track how long you've had the sunscreen. If it's coming up in two years, we encourage you to refresh your supply with a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher.
Hats cover the tops of heads, and melanoma hides in hair. We get it; no one's into slathering sunscreen on their hair, so a hat is your MVP.
Since your head is the highest and first point for UV rays to reach, you still need to apply sunscreen on your face. UV rays reflect and bounce up at your face from surfaces like grass, sand, water, snow and cement sidewalks.
Even though a brim of 3" or greater is effective coverage for heads and tops of ears, your face, neck and chest require protection. Use a broad-spectrum sunblock of SPF 30 or greater for better daily protection and reapply after 2 hours.
Choosing the perfect hat is all about finding the one that suits your style and sun-smart needs.
1. Brim: For solid sun protection, choose a hat with a brim of 3 inches or more.
2. Activity Type: Depending on what you're up to, your hat needs can change. Look for hats with ventilation and a moisture-wicking sweatband to keep you fresh through those hot hours.
3. Fabric and Features: We've got a range of hats designed with specific fabrics and features tailored to your activity level. Check out our selection for some cool ideas.
4. Personal Style: At the end of the day, any UPF 50+ hat you like is a winner. Choose a style you love because when you feel good in your hat, you'll wear it with confidence.
Exposure to UV radiation—whether from the sun or artificial sources such as sunlamps used in tanning beds—increases the risk of developing skin cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
The cumulative damage caused by UV radiation can lead to premature skin aging (wrinkles, lax skin, brown spots, and more), a known contributor to skin cancer. People who use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75%.
Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is linked to getting severe sunburns, especially at a young age. If you like the bronzed look of a tan, we recommend a high-quality self-tanner with an SPF. If your bronzer does not have SPF, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen over your self-tanner.
Some suggest 15-20 minutes of direct sunlight daily will help your body produce Vitamin D. Still, there are safer ways to get Vitamin D besides exposing yourself to damaging rays.
Foods like egg yolks, milk, orange juice, mushrooms and fatty fish like tuna and salmon are all Vitamin D-rich options. You can also take a multivitamin or supplement containing Vitamin D.
Skin cancer experts caution against unprotected sun exposure, so consider adding vitamin D into your diet before sitting in sunlight
We believe in embracing our natural skin color. Working your way up to more sun exposure has a compounding effect on long-term sun damage. Any sun exposure damages and ages the skin, so even a hint of sun tan means you’re creating wrinkles, sagging, and causing cell injury that could lead to skin cancer.
Darker-toned skin has more natural protection with more melanin, but even people with dark skin tones should avoid unprotected sun exposure. We have all faced the moment where we let go of our tans and created a new relationship with the sun, one that pushes UV rays away. So, embrace your pasty self. It’s cool.
Yes, it is dangerous. Tanning will undoubtedly cause cellular and DNA damage, leading to rapid aging, wrinkling, brown spots and sagging skin. Even worse, skin cancer is diagnosed more than all other cancers combined, and melanoma is the most deadly of all skin cancers. If you like the look of a slight tint to your skin, opt for a self-tanner and avoid a real tan line.
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