You know, I have been learning a lot about UV radiation in the past 12 months, and I have to say that the greatest thing that I have learnt is that first thing in the morning and later in the afternoon, each day, regardless of how hot it is, there are two periods when you can be outside in full sun without sun protection, and you won’t damage your skin.
I was probably like a lot of people and instinctively thought that I got sunburnt only when it was hot. But the more I have learnt, the more I realise that UV and heat are really not the same thing, and we can get burnt on a cooler day, and there are times we can be outside without protection and it is still 40 degrees.
Here is the word; even on the hottest day in summer in Australia, once the UV drops to below 3 you can’t get sunburnt, because the UV level is too low. Basically when the UV is under 3 you don’t need any protection because the UV is not strong enough to burn or damage your skin.
It still might be 38° at the beach but when the UV is under 3, it is safe for you to be there unprotected. And if you are not sure of the time, just get onto the app and it will tell you when the safe periods are to be outside without protection.
So roll on summer afternoons because I am getting my rig out and enjoying being outside, maybe having a drink with mates, or just chilling out down the beach. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you enjoy it.