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3/26/2018

Important to Use Sunscreen When Riding the Aircraft, Why?

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Important to Use Sunscreen When Riding the Aircraft, Why?
Sunscreen There are many things that should and should not be done about self care when traveling. One of the self-care that needs to be done before boarding a plane is to use sunscreen.

Although in the plane, sitting on the plane can make you more exposed to harmful sunlight. So it takes sunscreen to protect it.

"Although aircraft windows can block UVB rays, UVA rays can still penetrate and provide high levels of exposure UV exposure does not always travel as far as possible to cause damage, but damage can be much more severe when at higher altitudes" says Dr. Marisa Garshick a dermatologist from Weill Cornell Medical College.

Launched from InStyle on Monday (26/3/2018), the relationship between sunburn and flight is also evaluated in a study published in Dermatology JAMA in 2015. The study measures the amount of UV radiation in the cockpit of the aircraft.

The researchers found that at an altitude of 30,000 feet, one could be exposed to dangerous carcinogens for 56 minutes. The danger is equivalent to what you get when you're in the cockpit for 20 minutes. This is what makes the passengers are obliged to wear sunscreen while on the plane.

Reasons to use sunscreen When boarding a plane

Reasons to use sunscreen When boarding a plane

Although pilots and cabin crew have a higher risk of exposure to sunlight, all passengers sitting next to the window should also wear sunscreen.

Dr Garshick added that the importance of passengers to protect from UVA rays. Because UVA itself can be a cause of skin aging and skin cancer. Dr Garshick also recommended that airplane passengers use sunscreens with SPF 30. Sunscreen with SPF 30 is enough to protect the skin from UVA and UVB light exposure.

Sunscreen should be used about 30 minutes before flight. Usage must be repeated every two hours, especially if you are on a long-term flight. As long as the sunscreen you use is within the limit of 3.4 ounces, you can bring your sunscreen in the form of cream or spray on the bag during the flight.

Use makeup that contains SPF

Use makeup that contains SPF

If you make a flight with makeup, make sure that the makeup you use contains SPF 30. Apply the makeup again every two hours.

"Most makeup does not fully meet the requirements, it does not matter as long as it contains sunscreen, there are some sunscreen powders that can be used, like Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen," said Dr. Garshick.

If your skin dries due to decreased air pressure, you can use a moisturizer that contains SPF. So that your skin remains well hydrated while fighting harmful radiation.

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