Throughout her 30 years of medical practice, Marina Arnold, R.N. has dedicated a majority of her service to the cosmetic dermatology field. She also worked as a hospice nurse and various other specialties. After treating a countless number of patients with sun damaged skin, she realized the importance of sun protection. Sunscreen lotions serve only a small role in sun protection. Sun protective clothing is another extremely valuable and effective tool in sun protection. Although after searching far and wide, and with her patients conveying a desire for a more fashionable look. Marina realized that there were virtually no clothing brands offering sun protective factors in their fabrics while maintaining a level of sophisticated design and style.
Thus, SPF Addict® was conceived out of a simple desire to blend environmental consciousness with personal health and style. The collection was created in collaboration with a team of seasoned apparel designers with over 20 years experience in apparel design and development. Our fabrics are developed with a cutting edge technology, utilizing organic "green" fibers that carry an unparalleled level of sun protective factors. These fabrics are among the first of their kind to be developed, individuals with sensitive skin will enjoy the comfort and softness of this technology.
We've taken responsibility and made every effort to ensure that the fabrics are of the highest quality. We have a high level of passion for what we do, and oversee every step in the process of creating our clothing. Because of our high standards we work with manufacturers and sewers in the U.S.A., we are able to visit frequently to ensure a high level of integrity and craftsmanship.
Although all our fabrics were tested for a UPF rating of 50+. SPF Addict® retest all fabrics with an independent International UV testing laboratory and obtains label approval after forty launderings, wet and dry tested with UV radiation. Known as the AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists) per ASTM standards (American Standards for Testing Materials).
Because of the meticulous research and development, it has taken several years to complete. SPF Addict ® launched it's very first clothing collection for men and women in the winter of 2011. Supporting the ACS, Relay For Life and several other charities.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Over the past 31 years, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
Nearly 800,000 Americans are living with a history of melanoma and 13 million are living with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer, typically diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma.
Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either skin cancer at least once.