Going away for winter vacation? We’re sure you’re getting ready to take off for a bit of traveling any day now. You already know to protect your skin from the sun when you hit the beach, but it’s important that you do it even while you’re on your way there, too!
UVA and UVB Rays
There are two different types of ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun: ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB). While UVB rays may be blocked by your car or plane window, UVA rays are not — and these are what causes wrinkles, redness, brown spots and skin cancer.
That’s why when you fly or drive, you MUST wear sunscreen, even if your windows are closed. I know this may sound silly, but UVA rays can easily penetrate your skin through a window. And since when you fly, you’re 35,000 feet closer to the sun, in a thinner atmosphere that provides less protection to shield you from exposure, sunscreen is a must.
So, before you drive or fly, be diligent about protecting your delicate skin from UVA and UVB rays. Apply a good dose of sunscreen before you set out on your trip, and don’t forget to reapply during the journey, too.