DEMYSTIFYING THE UV INDEX

For a long time, the UV Index was a fairly abstract concept to me, falling in the category of meteorological terms I don’t really concern myself with, along with things like “dew point” and “barometric pressure.” I knew a high number meant bad things could happen to my skin, but the classifications really meant little from a practical standpoint.

Someone involved in weather-forecasting technology once told me that the only thing people want to know when they check the weather is what they should wear that day. Do you need a sweater? A jacket? Rain boots? When developing PARASUN, I took a keen interest in the UV Index, as I tried to determine when, exactly, people should concern themselves with protecting themselves with their PARASUN. I learned that a “Low” UV Index number didn’t mandate a PARASUN, but that “Moderate” means you should use it during peak sun hours (10 AM to 2 PM), and anything High or above means you should pretty much stay under your PARASUN whenever you are outside.

To simplify my customers' understanding of the practical applications of the UV Index, I developed a simple app. When the UV Index is Moderate, I get a notification on my phone. It tells me to stay under my PARASUN if I’m outside during those potentially dangerous midday hours. When my phone gets an alert that the UV Index is High, Very High, or Extreme, I know that the best way to keep my skin safe and protected is to stay under my PARASUN at all times when outside.

Anyone who’s ever sustained a sunburn while skiing or on a deceptively cool, overcast day knows that sun damage can occur regardless of the temperature or even cloud cover. I hope the PARASUN UV Index Alert app will help demystify the numbers and warnings, and help everyone easily understand when they need to use their PARASUNs.

To download the PARASUN UV Index Alert app, click here.