With summer comes the ubiquitous danger of sunburn. The sunscreen can avoid a few painful weeks and is therefore essential. In addition, sunburns have other consequences for your body that you can all prevent.
What type of skin are you?
There are differences between six different skin types. These skin types are defined by their self-protection time. The duration of self-protection determines the period of time during which your skin will not be damaged by direct sunlight. The Celtic guy gets away less than ten minutes without sunscreen. Now, you also know why your red-haired friend nearly collapses to ashes while it's only been in the sun for a short time.
the Nordic type Survives at least 10 to 20 minutes under the hot sun. the mixed type has a self-protection time of 20 to 30 minutes. a Mediterranean type can do it for more than 30 minutes, but we can not give you more time. Dark skin types can do about 90 minutes without sunscreen. The last type of skin is the black skin typeThis is by nature better protected against UV rays. It also intervenes for more than 90 minutes, but holds it even longer than the dark skin type.
The sun protection factor indicates how long you can stay under the scorching sun in relation to your self-protection time, without suffering from sunburn. To calculate this time, multiply your own protection time with the sun protection factor Sunscreen.
There are four classes of protection with the corresponding protection factors:
- Low at 6, 10
- Middle with 15, 20, 25
- Up to 30, 50
- Very high at 50 and over
A type of Celtic or Nordic skin, which normally lasts only ten minutes, can live in the sun for 300 minutes with a sun protection factor of 30, without risk of sunburn.
The UV index also plays a crucial role in the choice of sunscreen. This UV index is divided into five levels:
- 0-2 bottom
- 3-5 moderately
- 6-7 up
- 8-10 very high
- 11+ extremely
At lunch time, the UV index is always the highest. As a fair-skinned person, avoid direct sunlight in areas of the world where the UV index is very high. For example, along the equator, the UV index is 10-13 throughout the year.
That's why you become brown in other countries. The UV index just higher there. Sunscreen is your best friend during holidays in Africa. In Germany, on the other hand, we reach at most a UV index of seven points during the summer months. When choosing your next summer vacation, the UV index could help you!
The UV index should only be used as an indication, as it leaves relatively many variables open.
When shopping, make sure the products do not contain microplastic pigments. With natural cosmetics, you are on the side of safety and, at the same time, you are doing a great service to your skin.
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The role of accompanist
Sunscreen is suitable for many events as an ideal companion. Whether you are at the festival, at the lido or with your friends at the lake, you should always bring your sunscreen.
In order to optimally prevent sunburn, you will enjoy about 30 minutes before sunbathing. Post-cream is just as important. After cooling in the lake, it is possible that isolated parts of your body may not be as creamy as you would like.
Also under the laundry cream!
If you lie in a meadow in the summer, remove your t-shirt, put on your pants and stick in cream. Then you can get dressed again. UV rays do not stop in front of your shirt.
If you get caught and have a sunburn, here are some SOS tips.
Even after a sunbath, stressed skin needs adequate care. With the right after-sun care, your skin feels like a caress and looks great too.
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