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.
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 aprolonged period irrespective of the UV index rating for the day.
Skin types were rated 1-6 by Thomas Fitzpatrick in the1970s, and is still used today as the international standard. People with skin type 1 and 2 are most susceptible to sunburn and skincancer 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 preventsun burn and skincancer 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.
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Moles primarily form when your skin cells are damaged from exposure to sunlight. Which is why people with fair skin tend who are most susceptible to sunburn are likely to have more moles.
The vast majority of common moles are harmless or benign, but they can in some cases develop into a malignant or melanoma skin cancer.