Sun Damage Where you least Expect It

Sun_Damage_Derma_blog_june09.jpg Usually when we think of skin cancer and getting sun damage, the first thing that comes to mind is holidays by the beach, summer and sunbathing. But in fact dermatologists are saying that there are a number of non-conventional ways we can get burned and damaged skin. Of course standard protocol for skin health is sunscreen and constant reapplication when outdoors. However, for those of you commuters, the sun that shines into your car during peak hour may actually be causing sun damage to your face, so it is wise to wear sunscreen even when you're commuting. A Forbes health report said, "While the glass in car windows typically blocks UVB rays, which causes skin to burn, UVA rays--those that cause skin aging--can seep through, says dermatologist Dr. Francesca Fusco, associate clinical professor at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. What's more, a high percentage of UV radiation bounces directly off sand and water and on to the skin, even while you're sitting in the shade." The report goes on to say that even some types of clothing are harmful; white t-shirts only have about an SPF 7 protection, and if it gets wet that falls down to SPF 3. Which is why for the outdoorsy wearing protective clothing is a good idea. Some sportswear and clothing companies actually have high SPF material clothes.
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