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Why You Should Wear Sunscreen During Holiday Travel

Most people know the importance of packing sunscreen for their vacation, but not everyone knows that importance of making sure that it is in your carry-on bag!  The sun's UV rays become stronger as our elevation increases (or, as we become closer to the sun.)  Airplanes travel at a much higher elevation that we are accustomed to living, meaning that the potential UV exposure is much higher.  However, shouldn't you be safe inside the airplane?  Dr. Schweiger explains that, "The sun's UVA rays, which can cause skin cancers and premature aging of the skin, can pass through the windows of the plane.  Many people choose the window seat and don't realize the extra sun damage they are exposed to during a long flight.  Our recommendation is for all people, regardless of which seat they are assigned to, to wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30 during their light.  It is also helpful to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, and the delicate skin surrounding the eyes, and to close the shade on the window during daylight hours." Here are a few more tips to protect your skin during air travel this season:
  • Stay hydrated!  Bring a bottle of water on your flight to avoid dehydration.
  • Apply moisturizer and lip balm (we recommend plain Aquaphor) during your flight.
  • Walk around.  It is important to get out of your seat and walk around or stand for a few minutes during a long flight.
  • Bring a gentle cleanser in your bag, to wash your face during an overnight flight.
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