How long can I stay in the sun?

There’s no denying the many benefits of sunbathing, such as stimulating the production of vitamin D, improving sleep and mental health, decreasing risk of skin diseases or high blood pressure. On top of being pleasurable, soaking up the sun strengthens your immune system. But you shouldn’t underestimate the power of the sun. Getting sunburnt is not only painful in the moment, but it also can have several long-term effects. Every time you spend time in intense sunlight, your risk of pigment spots, skin aging and skin cancer increases. To make the most out of the sun without risking your health, it is essential to know what skin protection routine is ideal for you.

3 factors that determine how long you can stay in the sun

SPF

The SPF that you find on sunscreen stands for “sun protection factor”, and the factor itself tells you how much longer you can stay in the sun without getting burned versus being in the sun without any sun protection. However, the SPF only considers UVB rays, so check the bottle carefully to make sure you’re also protected from the UVA rays. The amount of product you use is also important; most people tend to use too little and don’t redo the layering often enough – this should be done at least every two hours.

Skin colour

The next affecting factor is skin colour. Darker skin tones get their colour from melanin, which to a certain degree protects the skin from sunburn and skin cancer. Even if you have dark or tanned skin, you’re not completely safe, especially when your skin is exposed for a longer time. Melanin also doesn’t stop the skin from aging. In short; the lighter the colour of your skin, the higher the higher SPF. Nonetheless, everyone should make sure to use sunscreen regularly.

UV rays

Lastly, the amount of sun and damaging UV rays varies immensely. During the summer months in mild climates, there’s increased sunlight compared to winter months and cloudy weather. Naturally, you get more sun the closer to the equator you are! The time of the day also plays a huge role; the sunnier it is outside, the better it is to use sun protection. Don’t neglect skin protection when you’re close to snow or water. In fact, the potential for reflection is a lot bigger in those cases, so you’d better protect your skin from the sun.

But how can skincare be easy?

Since regular application of sunscreen is key to stay safe during sunny days, IONIQ is the perfect tool for application. Through our advanced magnetic skin technology, applying sunscreen is an easy, fast and mess-free process, without any spilling. If you want to learn more about the most convenient sun protection tool, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter!