free shipping on all orders over AUD$150
Checkout: 0

Your Cart is Empty

USD
AUD
NZD
GBP
EUR
CAD
HKD
SGD
JPY

How long can I stay in the sun before I burn?

Sobari Blog: How long can I stay in the sun before I burn?

It largely depends on two factors: the UV index in your location at a specific time and your skin type.

The UV index or ultraviolet index is an international standard measurement of the sun burning UV in a particular place at a particular time. 

UV Index

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 a prolonged period irrespective of the UV index rating for the day.

Thomas Fitzpatrick skin types

Skin types were rated 1-6 by Thomas Fitzpatrick in the1970s and are 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 preventsunburn 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.

You can find out more about Solbari's certified UPF50+ sun protective range by clicking the blue links below:   
Women UPF50+   
Men UPF50+   
Sun hats UPF50+   
Accessories UPF50+

The Solbari Team 
The blog is for information purposes only, always consult a medical professional.



Also in Solbari Skin Health Blog

Solbari Blog: What fabrics are good for sensitive skin?
What fabrics are good for sensitive skin?

This blog outlines which fabric types are best suited to those with chronic skin conditions including psoriasis, lupus and eczema. Natural fabrics including cotton and bamboo are considered the best for irritable, sensitive skin. These fabrics are the best because they are soft and they help regulate body temperature.
Read More
Solbari blog: What is eczema?
What is eczema?

This blog describes what eczema is, what causes it, how it appears on the skin and how many people are impacted by eczema globally. Eczema is a skin condition which results in inflammation and irritation of the skin. Solbari has developed a sensitive fabric to help those affected by eczema manage their skin condition.
Read More
Is it possible to get sun burnt through clothing?
Is it possible to get sun burnt through clothing?

In this blog we explore if it is possible to get sun burnt through clothing. People don't realise that they are routinely exposed to the sun through their regular clothing. Dermatologists agree that the best way to protect yourself from the sun is to wear UPF 50+ sun protective clothing. UPF 50+ means that at least 98% of UV rays are blocked. UPF 50+ is the highest accreditation for sun protection achievable in the World.

Read More