What is a UV ray anyway?
It stands for ultraviolet radiation. Sunlight is the main source of UV. There are three main types of UV rays: UVA, UVB and UVC.
We like the ozone shield because it filters out most of the dangerous UV so that life is possible on our planet. However, we should do some work in protecting ourselves as well.
While getting “sunkissed” is one of the nice effects we experience from them, UVA and UVB are the main causes of skin cancer and melanoma symptoms . Our skin produces vitamin D when it comes in contact with UVB rays. But you can also get your vitamin D intake from other sources.
How do you know the daily amount of UV?
The UV index is a standardised international measurement of the daily strength of the UV rays, useful for people to understand how to protect their skin from dangerous sun rays at any given moment.
So you’re covered. You don’t have need to guess how harmful the sun is each day of the year, the UV index does that for you!
OK but how do we interpret the UV index?
0-2.9: Low risk level
Low danger for the average person. Wear sunglasses if the sun reflects off the snow and a low SPF sun cream for all year round protection, especially if you have fair skin
3-5.9: Moderate risk level
Moderate risk for sun exposure. You may want to seek shade during the midday hours and wear clothing which covers your body.
6-7.9: High risk level
This index indicates that the sun rays are dangerous and protective clothes as well as SPF 30+ cream is needed. Protect your eyes with sunglasses and seek shade.
8-10.9: Very high risk level
The hot summer days usually get this index. It is recommended to apply sun cream as well as stay indoors during midday hours and get plenty of hydration
11+: Extreme risk level
All precautions are needed as this level of radiation indicates health dangers beyond sunburn. Hats, protective clothes and cream SPF+ should be used at all times and the cream should be reapplied a few times throughout the day.