Sunscreen plays an important part in our daily skin care. It gives us protection from the harmful UVA and UVB rays. Our response to sun exposure varies since we have different skin types and circumstances~ complexion, time of day, time of year, and altitude are to be considered.
A fair skinned Caucasian who goes out in the sun at 12 P.M. at 5,000-foot elevation stands a good chance of beginning to burn within 10 minutes of exposure. Take that same person but change the time of day to 10 A.M. and the elevation to sea level and it may take 25 minutes before the skin begins to be affected.
But what if you don’t know how long it takes you to burn? Here’s the catch!~
Type 1: has fair skin with blue or green eyes and light blonde or red hair; typical time for skin to burn~ 10 to 20 minutes.
Type 2:has fair skin, with ash blonde, deep red or light brown hair, and deep blue, hazel, or brown eyes; typical time for skin to burn~ 15 to 30 minutes.
Type 3: has medium skin with brown hair and brown eyes; typical time for skin to burn~ 20 to 40 minutes.
Type 4: has medium to light brown skin, dark brown hair and eyes; typical time for skin to burn~ 25 to 50 minutes.
Type 5: has light to medium golden brown skin, black hair, and dark brown eyes; typical time for skin to burn~ 30 to 60 minutes.
Type 6: has brown to deepest brown skin, black hair, and dark brown eyes; typical time for skin to burn~ 40 to 75 minutes.
** When putting sunscreen, be sure to apply on lips (in form of lip balms with SPF), ears, nape, hairline, and tops of feet~ as they may get badly burned if they are exposed to sun.
Note: SPF number indicates the length of time a person can stay under the sun without getting burned. Let say that normally after 20 minutes in the sun you get a burn. If you apply a sunscreen with SPF 15, you can stay 15 times longer than if you weren’t wearing a sunscreen before you burn (approximately 5 hours).
* Credits to Miss Paula Begoun’s Book Don’t Go to The Cosmetics Counter without me Second Edition.