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If you have been following my blog for a while, you probably have noticed that I am a huge advocate for sun protective clothing. One may even use the word OBSESSED to describe how much I love and advocate for sun protection clothing. As a lupus warrior, it is extremely important for us to utilize any protection from the sun that we can. I am honored to have had the chance to review BloqUV sun protective clothing recently.
I was really excited to review this specific brand because I had not tried any of their UPF clothes yet. When I received my package, I could not wait to see what I would be reviewing. Lupus and sun protective clothing are extremely important topics to discuss when you suffer from photosensitivity.
You can check out my excitement in my BloqUV Unboxing video I created below!
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What is UPF Sun Protective Clothing?
So…what exactly is UPF sun protective clothing? Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) indicates how much UV radiation (both UVB and UVA) a fabric allows to reach your skin. A UPF 50 fabric blocks 98 percent of the sun’s rays and is extremely helpful in reducing exposure to UV rays from the sun and other artificial light sources.
Why is Sun Protection Important for Lupus?
According to the Lupus Foundation of America, up to 70% of lupus patients could find themselves sensitive to the UV rays from the sun and other artificial lighting.
Some lupus warriors, like myself, find themselves developing rashes and sores after being exposed to UV rays without any protection. Sometimes, even using a broad spectrum sunscreen alone is not enough. That is why sun protective clothing can help offer a second layer of protection for people who experience photosensitivity.
Exposure to the sun can cause other symptoms to flare in a lupus patient. These can include joint pain & fatigue after being exposed. Being a lupus patient, sun protection is extremely important, so providing an honest and detailed review of each BloqUV item played a major role in my review.
Other Reasons People with Lupus Should Wear UPF Clothing
While lupus itself can cause photosensitivity issues, some of the medications we may take can also play a role in an increased sensitivity to UV rays. Hydroxychloriquine, which many lupus patients take, is well known to increase sun sensitivity in some of those who take it. NSAIDs like Naproxen and Ibuprofen can also cause issues with the sun in some who take these medications. While methotrexate is not a sun sensitizing drug, it can cause a certain type of sun reaction called radiation recall. This reaction can cause old areas of sunburn to react again once taking methotrexate.
Another reason sun protection is extremely important in people with lupus is because studies have shown that people with lupus may be at an increased risk for cancers, including skin cancer like Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Certain medications that are used to suppress the immune systems of those with lupus have also been shown to have a link with the risk of skin cancer. For example, those who take Cellcept may also have a higher risk for skin cancer.
When you realize how many different ways the sun can affect lupus warriors, it really is simple to understand how important it is to start stocking your closet with clothing that can help protect you.
What is BloqUV Sun Protective Clothing?
These days, you can find a variety of UPF styles and designs and BloqUV is no different. BloqUV is a sun protective clothing company located in Miami, Florida. They are leaders in UPF clothing and are advocates for sun protection.
Living in Florida, it’s easy to see how the founder of BloqUV, Corina Biton, realized the dire need for sun protective clothing. After a dermatologist scare, Corina created BloqUV with BloqTek, a proprietary fabric with minimum Ultraviolet Protection Factor 50 that blocks 98% UVA/UVB rays.
The protection is chemical-free, inherent to the fabric and unaffected by laundering. Unlike sun protection from a broad spectrum sunscreen, you never have to reapply Bloq UV sun protective clothing!
BloqUV Full Zip Top Review: Style 3010
The first article of clothing I tried on was the BloqUV full zip-top in purple. First, I want to mention how beautiful and gorgeous this color of purple is. It’s a rich hue and is very vibrant in person. It is the perfect addition to my lupus awareness wardrobe. This specific zip top is style number 3010 on their website.
When it comes to the UPF protection of the full zip-top, it has an amazing UPF 50+. This means it offers 98% protection from the sun. Paired with a high SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen, I felt a lot more comfortable being out in the bright sun.
When I first pulled this UPF zip-top out of the package, I was quickly amazed at the coolness of the material. If you have tried any UPF tops in the past, you may have noticed some of them are a little hard to keep cool in while out in the sun. This full-zip top stayed just as cool when I wore it. I even did some walking and light stretching at the park and never felt overheated. If you take prednisone as I do, you will really appreciate this cooling factor!
Another neat detail is that the zipper has a rubber covering, so you never have to worry about a metal zipper getting hot in the sun.
Something else that really made a difference for me in this UPF shirt compared to others I have tried is that the cut is a lot longer than most. If you are like me and wear a cami under everything, this may be a great option. I was still comfortable enough to wear a cami under it, but I honestly feel like it was long enough without one. The cool thing about this particular style is that it is a full zip-top and you can choose to wear it open with a cami or light tee underneath.
I also love, love, love [did I say love????] the fact that it has thumb holes to help keep the sleeves covering your hands! This was something that I did not notice in my original unboxing, but was extremely happy to see when I put it on! You may not realize how much sun exposure your hands can get, especially when driving in the car! Not to mention, they just look cool LOL.
I also appreciate the stretchiness of the material. Again, as someone who takes steroids often, my weight can increase or decrease by about 10lbs often. I prefer wearing materials that allow for that weight loss and weight gain that I know so many others are also dealing with. I feel like this shirt was the perfect choice for that issue.
I am wearing an XL in the zip-top for size references. If you are unsure of sizing after checking out their website, I would consider ordering a size up just to be safe.
With that said, the shirt didn’t lose its shape at all and the quality of the material is very nice. It is a smooth and lightweight material that seems magical considering its strength in sun protection.
Overall, I am completely ecstatic to have tried BloqUV’s full zip-top. I really will emphasize the points of staying cool, the longer cut of the shirt, and the thumb holes. If you are looking to make your first (or 10th!) purchase of a UPF sun protective shirt, I highly recommend this particular one from BloqUV.
BloqUV Leggings Review: Style 6007
I was fortunate enough to be able to review not only BloqUV’s full zip-top, but also their UPF leggings! Yes, you heard me right! I am an AVID legging wearer and can honestly say that most of my wardrobe consists of leggings. Having lupus, it is extremely important for me to consider comfort when reviewing clothes. The ultimate comfort to me has been leggings for many years.
If you are obsessed with leggings like me, you should definitely consider trying out BloqUV’s UPF leggings. These leggings are seriously amazing. Not only are they incredibly comfortable, but they also provide stretch with some compression as well. They are a higher rise legging (I am about 5’3 for reference and these are a Large) and I never had to worry about them slipping down. I felt as though everything was contained LOL.
They are a lot thicker than what most leggings I own are, but they were not hot or bulky by any means. The quality is exceptional for leggings and I believe they would make a great choice for any outdoor activity you can dream of….or just hanging out at home too.
It’s almost hard to believe that something so chic and comfortable could provide sun protection, but these leggings offer UPF 50+ as well. I really feel like BloqUV outdid themselves with the leggings because they are also really nice quality.
One of my favorite surprises was the fact they had pockets! Yes, they have pockets on the side leg area and a small pocket in the waistband. I am a lover of all things with pockets so I do not lose things like my keys LOL [hello brain fog].
There is nothing like knowing you are protected and comfortable from top to bottom as a lupus warrior. After having the chance to review the full zip-top and the leggings from BloqUV, I can honestly highly recommend them as your choice for lupus sun protection.
If you have been waiting to give sun-protective clothing a try, now is the perfect time to test them out for yourself! I am pleased to have partnered with BloqUV to offer a special discount code to my readers.