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Believe It Or Not, Air Travel Can Cause Your Skin to Tan

air travel, skin, tan,Have you thought that taking a flight could be making your skin tan? The closer you get to the sun, the stronger the UV radiation.

Key takeaways:

  • At altitude levels of about 30,000 feet, the UV radiation levels are two times more than at ground level. The intensity of UV radiation increases by 15 percent for about every 3000 feet increase in altitude.
  • The dangerous UVA radiation can pass through aircraft windows causing damage to the deeper layers of the skin.
  • Wear sunscreen of SPF 30 to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays when flying.

Cabin windows don’t protect you against UVA rays. The cabin windows on an airplane can block UVB rays, but minimally filter the more harmful UVA rays. This naturally results in tanning, spots, premature aging and wrinkles.

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