The sun is essential for life. However, you must expose yourself to it safely. Repeated and excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can:
- damage the skin;
- cause eye damage;
- increase the risk of skin cancer.
The tan is a sign that the skin has suffered deep cellular damage. It is not recommended to get a tan, either in the sun or under artificial tanning lamps.
To find out the intensity of the UV rays of the sun to help you plan your outdoor activities, refer to the UV index. The higher it is, the more you need to protect yourself. You can find out the forecast UV index for the day by checking your local weather forecast.