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How long it takes to sunburn by UV Index Ratings

First let's start with a means of finding your UV index. Check your UV index here.

0-2 Minimal UV Exposure, over 60 minutes to sunburn.
A wide brimmed hat should do, and sunglasses if applicable. 

3-4 Low, sunburn can occur in approximately 45-60 minutes or more.
Wear a hat and protect your skin using clothing UPF 15 and SPF 15 on any exposed skin.

5-6 Moderate, sunburn can occur within 30 minutes.
Wear a minimum of UPF 15 clothing, UPF 20-24 is recommended, and polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes. Sunblock SPF 15-30 should be applied to any exposed skin.

7-9 High, sunburn can occur within 15-20 minutes.
 Advised to stay inside between peak times of 10:00AM - 4:00PM. Wear UPF 40-50+ clothing, hat, polarized sunglasses and SPF 45 to any exposed skin.

10+ Very high, sunburn can occur in less than 15 minutes
 It is recommended you stay indoors. If you go outside, try to stay in a shaded area, keep yourself hydrated, wear SPF 40-50+ clothing, wide brimmed hat, polarized sunglasses and SPF 45 on any exposed skin.

SPF recommends that when applying sunscreen to exposed areas of your skin that you apply it in lower indexes every 2 hours. During higher temperatures, you will want to apply it more often due to perspiration, around every half hour. We recommend this because when you are out in the heat, you perspire and your sunblock can wear off quicker than what the bottle states. Sun protective is beneficial in not having to apply in hard to reach areas. If you are in the water, you should apply sunscreen to exposed skin ever 20 minutes, even if it says waterproof, we still recommend it to be safe. 

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