Individual protection against UV
How can I safely enjoy the sun?
Too much sun is dangerous – but that does not mean that you cannot enjoy spending time outdoors. Just remember to follow a few simple rules. Stay out of the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the summer months and when on holiday in a country closer to the equator. Rather than frying your skin on the beach at midday, you can safely enjoy the late afternoon hours without suffering a heat stroke and with a much reduced risk of getting burnt. Never fall asleep in the sun!
Seek shade or create your own! Shade is shelter which reduces dangerous levels of UV and maintains a cool temperature to produce a comfortable summer environment, especially during the hottest part of the day. Move your outdoor activities to a shady spot, and take an umbrella to the beach. But keep in mind that shade structures such as trees, umbrellas or canopies do not offer complete sun protection. And don't forget that you may still experience high UV levels due to scattered radiation and ground reflection, especially in the snow or on the beach.