When the sun plays the spoilsport

Some people think that they are not risking anything until they are too hot. But it is the infrared which provides the heat, while the ultraviolet rays are responsible for the harmful effects of sun exposure.

Between the return of spring and the gradual lifting of restrictions linked to Covid, we are eager to enjoy the sun. But beware: it should be consumed in moderation, even when it does not seem to be hitting hard! “The feeling is not the same, but we risk exposing ourselves as much in the summer in the northern half as in the south of France”, recalls the Dr Héloïse Hatuel, dermatologist in Neuilly-sur-Seine (Île-de-France).

● Rely on the UV index more than the impression of good weather

To know how much to guard against the sun, better to rely on UV indices than the impression of good weather. This scale for measuring the intensity of ultraviolet radiation goes from 1 to 11+. Up to 2, no danger. From 3 to 5, the risk is moderate: it is enough to burn fair skin without protection. From 6, the risks are important even in cloudy weather, under a parasol or in water (sand and water reflect UV rays). “And you can never be too careful with children

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