Sunscreen while Flying: Tip of the Day 5-10-22
Vacay season is ramping up. If your plans include hopping on a plane, make sure you lather up in sun protection first.
It’s very possible to get sunburned on a plane, but the more serious threat are the harmful rays that cause cancer, according to dermatologists.
There are two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB. UVB rays are associated with causing burning. UVA rays penetrate deeper and are associated with causing skin aging (wrinkles, age spots) and skin cancer.
Dermatologist Marc Glashofer tells Traveler, “For the most part, plane windows block UVB rays, but unfortunately for anyone sitting in the window seat, UVA rays can penetrate glass.”
Skin experts suggest pulling down the window shade when flying and applying sunscreen lotion one hour before taking a flight. Broad spectrum sunscreen is important because it will protect against UVA and UVB rays. Re-applying a marble-sized amount to your face every two hours is important. Remember to include areas like the back of your hands, forearms, décolletage (if exposed), and ears.