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How long can I stay in the sun before I burn?

Solbari Blog: How long can I stay in the sun before I burn?

How long can I stay in the sun before I burn?

It largely depends on two factors: the UV index in your location at a specific time and your skin type.

The UV index or ultra violet index is an international standard measurement of the sunburning UV in a particular place at a particular time. 

UV Index

0-2 Low, 60 minutes to sunburn
3-5 Medium, 45 minutes to sunburn
6-7 High, 30 minutes to sunburn
8-10 Very High, 10 minutes to sunburn
11+ Extreme, less than 10 minutes to sunburn

The UV index and the guide above is helpful up to a point, but if you are a skin type which is more susceptible to sunburn it makes sense to take a more conservative approach if you know you are going to be outdoors for a prolonged period irrespective of the UV index rating for the day.

Thomas Fitzpatrick skin types

Skin types were rated 1-6 by Thomas Fitzpatrick in the 1970s, and is still used today as the international standard. People with skin type 1 and 2 are most susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer related issues.

A person with type 1 or 2 skin has characteristics which include pale skin, blue eyes, red or blonde hair, freckles and skin that rarely tans when exposed to the sun. If you fit that description you should proactively protect your skin from the sun and UV exposure regardless of the UV index. 

Sunburn is caused by UV light overexposure. Dermatologists always recommend UPF50+ sun protective clothing to prevent sun burn and skin cancer related issues. Solbari, Australian Sun Protection offers a range of award-winning UPF50+ sun protective clothing, umbrellas, arm sleeves, sun hats and other accessories which are aimed at skin cancer prevention and helping individuals protect their skin when outdoors.

You can find out more about Solbari's certified UPF50+ sun protective range by clicking the blue links below:

UPF50+ Women 
UPF50+ Men 
UPF50+ Sun Hats 

UPF50+ Accessories

The SOLBARI Team
This blog post is for information purpose only.



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