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UV Index is high: How to protect your skin

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 10:15 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 10:15 AM

Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs explains what the UV Index is and why it's so important during the spring and summer months.

The UV index is high.

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The UV index is a scale used to measure the strength of sun’s UV rays and its affect on the average person. The higher the UV index, the more likely someone could develop a sunburn.

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Here are a few ways to protect yourself:

  • Limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • When outdoors, seek shade and wear protective clothing, hats and sunglasses
  • Apply sunblock of SPF 30+ every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming
  • Watch out for bright surfaces, such as sand and water, which reflect UV and increase exposure

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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the “shadow rule” can help detect how much UV exposure you may be getting. If your shadow is taller than you are (early morning and late afternoon), your UV exposure is likely lower. If your shadow is shorter than you are (around midday), you are exposed to higher levels of UV radiation.