(Santa Cruz, CA.) O'Neill, the original California Surf brand, has received The Skin Cancer Foundation's International Seal of Recommendation for its Ozone, 24-7, Skins, Basic Skins, the eco-friendly Regenerate (RG8), and neoprene products. Established as a nationwide public awareness campaign, the Seal of Recommendation is awarded to sun protection products with a minimum Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15 or an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 30. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the United States with more than one million cases annually. Each year more new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined.
Known primarily for the invention of the wetsuit, Jack O'Neill's original vision was to create products that allow you to do what you love longer. Whether it is a wetsuit for bone-chilling water or sun protection clothing to protect your skin, O'Neill continues to provide innovative products that protect you from the earth's harshest conditions. "Being the first major surf and lifestyle brand to receive the respected Seal of Recommendation from The Skin Cancer Foundation is very appropriate," stated Pat O'Neill, CEO and President of O'Neill Wetsuits. "O'Neill's dedication to sun protection products extends from the production of the first neoprene wetsuit, the neon blitz of rash guards and lycra we pioneered in the 80’s, to the must-have technical garments O'Neill offers today."
"We are delighted that O'Neill Wetsuits has earned our Seal," said Perry Robins, MD, President, The Skin Cancer Foundation. "It's especially important for surfers and beach goers to be sure they are getting safe and effective sun protection products. People who buy a product with the Seal can rest assured that they are getting a superior sun protection product."
ABOUT THE SEAL OF RECOMMENDATION
To make identifying quality sun protection products easier, The Skin Cancer Foundation established its Seal of Recommendation program in 1979. It has since become the respected standard for ensuring the safety and efficacy of ultraviolet (UV) protection products. “The Seal of Recommendation program is unique because it enables us to guide and educate consumers in their everyday lives,” said Dr. Robins, President, The Skin Cancer Foundation. “We are reaching them when they are making important decisions about how to protect themselves from the sun.”