UV calculator: calculate your uv index of your region

Check your region’s UV index here daily, and take the proper precautions to protect yourself when you’re outdoors.

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SEARCH LOCAL UV INDEX

The UV Index is issued daily to advice you on the strength of the sun's UV rays in your region.
The scale of the UV Index is divided into 5 levels and ranges from low (1-2) to extremely high (11+). There are various recommendations for sun protection of the skin for each level.
The higher the number, the stronger the rays. The classification applies to all skin types and for every place in the world.
Check your region's UV index here daily, and take the proper precautions to protect yourself when you're outdoors.

WHAT'S THE UV INDEX IN:

With the city name we are able to locate your area and to determine the right uv index.

 

YOUR UV INDEX IS [uvIndex]

It’s a low uv index for [city]

With a low UV index from 0 to 2, no special sun protection is necessary. Nevertheless, you should at least use products with a sun protection factor for your day care in order to protect your skin. A sun protection factor should be chosen that is at least twice as high as the stated UV Index (e.g. UV Index 2, sunscreen with SPF 10).

YOUR UV INDEX IS [uvIndex]

It's an average uv index for [city]

With a medium UV index of 3 - 5, wearing outer clothing (shirt, T-shirt, blouse) is recommended. You should wear sunglasses and additionally protect your skin by applying sunscreen. A sun protection factor should be chosen that is at least twice as high as the stated UV Index (e.g. UV Index 5, sunscreen with SPF 10).

YOUR UV INDEX IS [uvIndex]

It's a high uv index for [city]

With a high UV index of 6 - 7, you should definitely dress your upper body. You should wear sunglasses and you should not do without headgear. In addition, the skin must be protected with a sunscreen. The SPF of sunscreen is at least twice as high as the UV Index. You should not only stay in the sun, but alternate between sun and shade.

YOUR UV INDEX IS [uvIndex]

It's a very high uv index for [city]

Avoid staying outside in the hours between 11 and 15 o'clock in the case of a very high UV index of 8 - 10. Even in the shade, the skin must be protected by long-sleeved sun-proof clothing. Long trousers are just as popular as sunglasses with UV protection and headgear with neck protection. The SPF of the sun cream that must be applied is more than 15.

YOUR UV INDEX IS [uvIndex]

It's a very high uv index for [city]

With an extremely high UV index of 11, 12 and higher, you should stay indoors during the lunch hours. Even outside this time it is advisable to seek out mainly the shade. Long trousers and long-sleeved, sun-proof outer clothing are obligatory, as are sunglasses with UV protection and a headgear with neck protection. Even in the shade, it is essential to use a sunscreen with SPF greater than 15.

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READING YOUR LOCAL UV INDEX

UV INDEX: 0 - 2

With a low UV Index from 0 to 2, there is hardly any risk of sunburn.
Nevertheless, you should at least use products with a sun protection factor for your day care in order to protect your skin.
A sun protection factor should be chosen that is at least twice as
high as the stated UV index. But this is just a general
recommendation. Always make sure to use products suitable for
your skin type!

 

UV INDEX: 3 - 5

With a medium UV Index of 3 to 5, wearing protective clothing (shirt, T-shirt, blouse) is recommended. Sunglasses and a sun hat can also protect you from UV radiation.
You should additionally protect your skin by applying sunscreen that is appropriate for your individual skin type.
A sun protection factor should be chosen that is at least twice as
high as the stated UV Index.

UV INDEX: 6 - 7

With a high UV Index of 6 to 7, you should definitely cover your
upper body.
Make sure to put on sunglasses and wear a hat to protect your
sensitive scalp. A lip balm with SPF is also recommended.
In addition, the skin must be protected with a sunscreen that is
suitable for your skin type.
A sun protection factor should be chosen that is at least twice as
high as the stated UV Index and that is also appropriate for your
individual skin type.
You should not only stay in the sun, but alternate between sun and shade, especially at noon.

 

UV INDEX: 8 - 10

Avoid staying outside in the hours between 11am and 3pm in the
case of a very high UV Index of 8 to 10.
Even when staying in the shade, you should protect your skin by
wearing long-sleeved and sun-proof clothing.
Make sure to also cover up your legs, put on sunglasses with UV
protection and and wear a hat that also protects your delicate neck area.
When it comes to sunscreen, make sure to use a type-appropriate
sun protection with a very high sun protection factor.

 

UV INDEX: 11 and higher

With an extremely high UV Index of 11, 12 and higher, you shoud
definitely avoid the sun during the lunch hours and stay indoors.
When staying outside, make sure to stay in the shade as often as possible.
Long trousers and long-sleeved, sun-proof clothing is olbligatory, as are sunglasses with proper UV protection and a headgear with neck protection.
Even when staying in the shade, it is essential to use a sunscreen
with a very high sun protection factor that is suitable for your skin
type.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT UV RADIATION

WHAT IS UV LIGHT?

The effects of UV light are invisible and unnoticable, and small amounts of UV light are important to keep us healthy, as we need it to procuce Vitamin D. But overexposure to the sun can be very damaging.
Ultraviolet light, UVA and UVB are frequently mentioned on sunscreen bottles and can be harmful for our skin.
Read on to find out why.

UVB rays do not only stimulate the production of melanin in the skin, creating a suntan. They are also responsible for sunburns. On the other hand, UVA rays play a minor role in sunburn. However, they can trigger sun allergies and lead to premature skin aging. At NIVEA SUN, we use a combination of different UV filters to ensure reliable high protection across the entire UV range. Our NIVEA SUN products contain both filters for optimal protection. NIVEA SUN uses mineral UV filters like Titanium Dioxide in its sun protection products.

Mineral UV filters reflect the sun's UV rays away from the skin like little mirrors.
In addition, there are organic UV filters with protection mechanisms based on absorbing UV radiation. In this case, the harmful UV radiation is converted into harmless heat. 
To achieve high protection from both UVA and UVB, different UV filters are combined. NIVEA SUN has selected a well-balanced combination of UV filters for the respective product.

 

LEARN ABOUT THE POTENTIAL DANGERS OF UV RAYS

WHY YOU NEED UV PROTECTION

SUNBURN

The sun's rays are generally good for the body. They promote the production of the happiness hormone serotonin, so the sun makes us happy. But UV rays can also have negative effects on our skin. UVB rays penetrate the upper layer of the skin, the epidermis, and are also responsible for painful sunburn.

SKIN DAMAGE

The sun's rays give us a beautiful glow and stimulate the skin's vitamin D production, which is particularly important for bone stability and our health in general. But you should always be cautious of the risks of UV rays. Because of their high energy levels, UVB rays can directly damage the DNA, which in the worst case can lead to skin cancer.

THE SKIN'S AGING PROCESS

UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply - all the way into the dermis. Although we are usually not aware of them because they aren't painful, they form free radicals which are able to damage cells and DNA. This can lead to allergies and skin aging: about 80% of wrinkles are caused by UVA light. 

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STAY SAFE IN THE SUN

Calculating your region's UV Index is a great start to learn about sun protection. However, the UV Index's recommendations only serve as a general guideline.

The intensity of UV radiation differs over the day, the year and depending on your region. Furthermore, snow, water and sand increase the radiation exposure. Accordingly, the actual value may be higher than the predicted UV Index, so adequate UV protection is advisable for appropriate activities. There are many different factors that come into play when it comes to reliable sun protection: Your skin type, how to apply sunscreen correctly, finding the right SPF for you, etc.

If you have specific questions on your individual sun protection needs, you can always consult your dermatologist. 
In the meanwhile, feel free to explore our other articles to learn more about specific topics on sun care.

 

THE RIGHT SUN PROTECTION FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE

HOW TO APPLY SUNSCREEN CORRECTLY

HOW TO DEAL WITH SUNBURNS

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOU