Summer means lots of swimming, sunbathing, BBQs, hikes, golfing ... just about any outdoor activity you can think of. But with summer comes the scorching hot sun and sunburns. And not only are those sunburns painful at the time, their effects can be deadly.
Skin cancer is nothing to take lightly. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in every five Americans will get some type of skin cancer in their lifetime. Worse, almost half of all Americans over the age 65 will have had at least one type of skin cancer.
Those are scary statistics, there's no denying it. Luckily, there are steps you can take to help prevent sunburns. Always applying sunscreen, wearing long sleeves and sun-protective clothing, and avoiding tanning beds are among the basic and more well-known tips.
But there's one more lesser-known tip to consider: Checking the UV index so you know when to avoid being outside altogether. And guess what? There's an app for that.
It's called UVLens and with it, you get a full UV forecast for anywhere in the world you might be. You'll see a color-coded wheel that will give you all the info you need: if it's safe to go outside, which hours to be the most careful, how fast you could burn with nothing protecting you and so on.
On top of that, you can calculate your very own, personal burn risk. Take the skin type assessment and you'll learn how much time you can spend in the sun before being at risk.
Don't forget to grab the sunscreen and download this app before your next pool party. Click one of the blue buttons below or click here for Windows phones, click here for Android phones and click here for iPhones.