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What is UV Index and Why Does it Matter for Redheads?

Redheads, most of us know how it feels to get a sunburn on a cloudy day. You may be wondering how this even happens. Simply put – that day was a high UV index. You might have seen the term on your weather app before, but what does it really mean and why is it important to pay attention to?

What is UV index and why does it matter? 

UV index is a number assigned to how much UV exposure there is at a given time. The scale is from 1-11+ with 1 being low exposure and 11+ being extremely high exposure. The higher the UV index, the more likely you are to burn and/or have your skin and eyes damaged by UV rays. Being aware of the UV index number allows you to plan accordingly. 

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What does this mean for redheads? 

As redheads, we are born likely to burn in general. Being conscious of the UV index allows you to be more prepared and cautious with your skincare and sun protection. The UV index is something you should check daily, even in the colder, more cloudy months. According to the EPA, here is how you should prepare for each index category. 

  • 1-2: Low Exposure Wear sunglasses if it’s bright out, if you burn easily, consider wearing sunscreen and using sun protection clothing.
  • 3-5: Moderate Exposure – Sunscreen and sun protection should be used outdoors. Avoid direct sunlight during midday.
  • 6-7: High Exposure – Protection against the sun is needed by all. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and sun protection clothing should be worn. Reduce sun exposure between 11 am and 4 pm. 
  • 8-10: Very High Exposure – Unprotected skin will be damaged quickly, take extra precautions. Avoid the sun between 11 am and 4 pm. If you are exposed to the sun be sure to wear sun protection clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. 
  • 11+: Extreme Exposure – Avoid the sun, seek shade, and wear sun protection clothing, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Skin and be damaged within minutes.

Rock it like a Redhead!