May 10th marks World Lupus Day, a significant occasion that raises awareness about the challenges faced by individuals living with lupus. At SunSibility, we stand in solidarity with the lupus community and are committed to providing support and practical solutions for those who are sun-sensitive. As the founder of SunSibility, my journey began with designing clothes for those diagnosed with lupus.

When you have lupus and are sun-sensitive, the easiest of outdoor tasks can unfortunately become more of a challenge, and the days that used to be uncomplicated do unfortunately need more careful planning. Simple activities like gardening, walking the dog, or enjoying a picnic with family and friends can become daunting when you have to worry about protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. It’s a reality that many people with lupus face every day, and it can take a toll on both physical and emotional well-being.

Women holding umbrella

Over the years of working with my clients who have lupus and anyone who has a reaction to UV rays, I’ve learned that preparation is definitely key and can make all the difference. By having the right tools and strategies in place, those with lupus and sun sensitivity can still enjoy the outdoors and maintain a sense of normality in their lives.

As the warmer days approach, we at SunSibility have put together a few items that make those sometimes challenging days a little easier. As a special offer for World Lupus Day, if you type in “News & Views” at checkout, it will automatically deduct 10% from your purchase.

First on the list is a handy compact UV umbrella, perfect for keeping in your handbag or in the glove box of your car. It’s so useful for those unexpected moments when you need quick shade, and we have a fabulous selection to choose from.

Many of our clients who are trying to shy away from the sun sometimes find that their Vitamin D levels are low. An easy solution is to top them up with just one spray of DLux in the inner cheek daily. It’s a simple habit that can make a big difference in maintaining healthy Vitamin D levels.

A wide brim hat is always an essential for anyone with sun sensitivity, and we have a fantastic range of UPF50+ headwear for all the family. From stylish sun hats to protective caps and visors, there’s something for everyone.

Window film is another great way of dramatically reducing UV rays in your car, home, or workplace. This can be purchased and applied yourself, or we do have specialist fitters throughout the UK who can do it for you. Window film prevents 99% of UVA & UVB rays, and you will feel the benefits immediately.

Of course, no sun protection routine is complete without a reliable SPF. We offer a range of reputable sun creams, lotions, and sprays, all with SPF50 to provide the highest level of protection.

And don’t forget about your eyes! We have a great range of sunglasses, all with 100% UV protection to keep your eyes safe from the sun’s harmful rays.

Man in sunglasses

At SunSibility, we understand the unique needs of those with lupus and sun sensitivity, which is why we initially set up our clothing line primarily for lupus patients. We have some practical solutions that can make a real difference in your daily life.

Wraps are one of our most popular items, as they’re so handy for easily covering yourself in UPF50+ protection. They can be used in so many ways – as a shawl, a scarf, a head covering, or even a makeshift skirt or dress. The possibilities are endless!

We have also categorised some specifically designed items in our neck and arm protection range.

Women wearing shades

A few of our favourites include the traditional shaped cravat, which is ideal for protecting the neck and designed for men but perfect for ladies too. The scarf is another great option, purposely created for ultimate protection with ease. We also have a detachable collar that you can carry with you all the time to protect the neck and décolletage area. These items can be used solo or teamed together with our genius detachable sleeves – simply roll them up, keep them with you, slip them on and protect your arms in seconds!

Gloves are another brilliant accessory, and we have customers who have been ordering our gloves for decades. They provide valued protection to your hands, which are often exposed to the sun’s rays during daily activities.

For those who love to swim or spend time by the water, we have a great range of swimwear from brands like Stingray and Lanuuk. Lanuuk, in particular, has really thought about design and femininity in providing full coverage swimwear. For Summer 2024, they have some great new additions to their collection that we’re excited to share with you.

All of SunSibility’s designs are individually made to order, with a built-in UPF50+ for maximum sun protection. Our fabric is breathable, machine washable at forty degrees, and quick-drying, available in all our 28 colours. From long sleeve shirts to bias cut skirts, the entire collection can be dressed up or dressed down for any occasion. We also offer sleeveless and short sleeve options after listening to our customers, some of whom wish to layer their items for added versatility.

While this feature is focused on lupus, it’s important to note that sun sensitivity can affect anyone, and these tips and products can be beneficial for all. Whether you have an autoimmune condition like lupus, or simply have fair skin that burns easily, taking steps to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays is crucial for maintaining healthy skin and reducing your risk of skin cancer.

So, how can you get involved and show your support on World Lupus Day? One easy way is to go purple! Wear your favourite purple clothing, accessories, shoes, or even paint your nails purple or wear purple makeup. Share your purple looks with Lupus UK by tagging them on social media on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

There are many other ways to get involved and support the lupus community on World Lupus Day and beyond. You can participate in fundraising events, such as the Go That Extra Mile sponsored walk, virtual quiz nights, or coffee mornings. Take part in the 10-Day Challenge by setting a personal goal to complete every day from May 10th to May 20th, or show your creativity by displaying butterfly-themed artwork in your windows and sharing it on social media.

If you enjoy baking, join the #BakeUsHappy campaign by creating butterfly-themed cakes, cupcakes, tarts, and savoury pies to share online and enjoy with loved ones. Hosting a Lunch4Lupus event is another fantastic way to raise awareness and funds while spending quality time with family and friends.

Lupus UK

Simply following Lupus UK on social media and sharing their posts leading up to and on World Lupus Day can make a significant impact in spreading awareness. You can also request free publicity materials from Lupus UK to distribute in your local community, such as GP practices, hospital clinics, pharmacies, and workplaces.

For more information on how to get involved with World Lupus Day and support the lupus community, visit There, you’ll find a wealth of resources, ideas, and inspiration for making a difference.

At SunSibility, we are proud to collaborate with Lupus UK in providing support and raising awareness for those living with lupus. We invite you to join us in this mission and take advantage of our exclusive 10% discount by using the code “News & Views” at checkout when purchasing any of our sun-protective items.

Together, let’s celebrate World Lupus Day, raise awareness, and empower those living with lupus and sun sensitivity to enjoy the outdoors safely and confidently. By supporting one another and sharing our stories, we can create a brighter future for all those affected by lupus.

Explore SunSibility’s extensive range of UPF50+ sun protective clothing and accessories today and enjoy the outdoors safely!