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How to know the UV index and the solar factor you need

How to know the UV index and the solar factor you need

It is not news that we are in summer, nor that the sun burns as much as a Sunday barbecue. And this is how your skin can look if you spend sunbathing: scorched; with the corresponding health risks which leads to excess exposure to the king star, melanomas included. Our advice is to expose yourself as little as possible. And, if you do, protect yourself accordingly.

Putting the suntan cream into the beach bag is a gesture as usual as including the cell phone, the towel and something to read. Well, we suggest you use the smartphone to discover the daily risks of sunstroke as well as the minimum solar factor required by virtue of your skin and the conditions of the day.

Always take maximum precautions before sunbathing. As we said, the less you expose yourself to it directly much better. Never do it in the hours where it falls more directly, which are those included between 12 and 4 in the afternoon. Cream half an hour before taking off your clothes, sunbathe gradually so you don't burn the first day, especially protect children… The sun is like those friends who can hurt you if you turn your back on them.

How to know the UV index and the solar factor needed to go to the beach

How to know the UV index and the solar factor you need

You have a beach day ahead and you don't want it to end up bothering the rest of the week. Well, apart from the advice you already know and that we told you just now, protect yourself more intensely in case the UV index is high.

What is the UV index? It is a scale that warns of the intensity of ultraviolet rays, the radiation guilty of causing lesions and alterations in the skin (it is also the one that stimulates the production of melanin in our skin so that it acquires the tan tone that we like so much). Naturally, the higher this index is, the more caution we should take: less exposure to the sun and greater protection factor, especially if our skin is white.

The UV index scale is represented with the following codes.

How to know the UV index and the solar factor you need

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Once explained what is the UV index and how it affects our skin is to find an application that tells us the current ultraviolet radiation and offers us a short-term prognosis; and we can check what minimum solar factor we need. The app in question is QSun.

It is in English, but you will have no problem using it and following their advice. Once installed you must indicate the city to which you will go to the beach or you can choose the automatic location for the app to find your location data. Then display the menu on the left and choose to register: with this you will get additional data such as maximum exposure time or what solar factor you need.

How to know the UV index and the solar factor you need

Register, perform the skin test and you will have the UV index on the main page and the maximum time you can be exposed just at the moment. If you press on the lower right icon, on the bronzer icon, QSun It will tell you what factor and how much to throw. In addition, you can monitor your tanning time to obtain a safe tan throughout the days. It is a spectacular application.

QSun It is free for most functions; with a subscription if you want additional information, such as the vitamin D your body needs. It is a 100% recommended application.

The applications are only informative: never sunbathe

How to know the UV index and the solar factor you need