The Sun’s UV Rays Don’t Stop Shining

by Jana K. Hoffman
June 30, 2019

It’s pretty common for people to think that the only time they need to wear sunscreen is while in a swimsuit catching rays on the beach. The reality is, UVA and UVB rays are strong every day, which means you should always wear sunscreen. We put together a list of occasions when the sun is still shining even when it doesn’t look like it.

In the Car

Your windshield glass does an excellent job of blocking you from UVB rays. It has to by law. But, the other windows in your car don’t do such an excellent job. UVA rays are known to shine right through glass, so that means your arms, hands, face and neck are all exposed to the UV light that causes aging skin. This goes for drivers and passengers.

On Cloudy Days

Were you planning on leaving home without sunscreen because the weather app said it’d be cloudy tomorrow? Not so fast. First of all, who trusts weather apps anyway? Weather is always so unpredictable. Second of all, UVA and UVB rays are still able to penetrate your skin right through the clouds. In fact, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, clouds filter less than 25% of UV rays.

At High Elevations

Ain’t no mountain low enough to keep you from getting sunburned. The higher your elevation gain, the higher chances you have for the sun to reach exposed skin. The Skin Cancer Foundation states that UV radiation increases 4 to 5 percent with every 1,000 feet above sea level. You’re even more susceptible on the slopes because those rays are reflecting off of the ice and snow and hitting your skin a second time. As if one time wasn’t bad enough!

On Rainy Days

You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers. It’s currently April when we’re writing this so that little idiom is on our minds. The thing that they don’t say, though, is April showers bring signs of premature aging skin. It doesn’t quite have the same ring. Even when overcast skies take over and rain comes pouring down (usually when you don’t have an umbrella, of course), UV rays are cutting through the clouds and your skin is at risk of receiving them.

In Water

Just because you’re swimming around in a pool doesn’t mean your skin can’t absorb UV rays. Sunlight can reflect off the water and hit any areas that aren’t immersed. Especially like your face, neck and shoulders.

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