Unexpected ways summer can damage your skin

We all know the importance of applying sunscreen when going out in the summer, but strong sun rays can damage the skin through daily practices we don’t realize are harmful.

Since sun damage can lead to cancer and other skin diseases, protecting yourself from it is crucial.

Here are some common “unexpected” ways you can be exposed to harmful rays that may damage your skin, according to a new report published by the “Mirror.”

Sitting by the Window

If you’re someone who likes to sit by bright windows while working or relaxing, beware of the impact on your skin.

Experts say glass will not prevent harmful rays from reaching your skin. While it blocks harmful UVB rays, ultraviolet rays that penetrate the skin more deeply and contribute to premature aging and skin cancer can pass through ordinary glass.

A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that skin cancer is more common on the left side of the body, which researchers linked to increased exposure to UVA rays while driving.

Your Clothes

While experts often recommend covering the skin from direct light, especially during peak hours, what you wear can make a significant difference.

Experts say, “Some materials and fabrics allow ultraviolet rays to penetrate the skin. For example, loosely woven, light-colored fabrics like cotton offer less protection compared to darker, tighter-woven fabrics. These materials can allow more UV rays to reach the skin.”

One study showed that ultraviolet rays can penetrate common summer fabrics like nylon and polyester.

Under the Umbrella

Shade is better than sitting in the sun, but don’t expect a beach umbrella to protect you from sunburn.

According to a study published by Cleveland Clinic, 78% of umbrella users got sunburned after three and a half hours on the beach, while only 25% of those who used sunscreen did.

Experts say, “The protection provided by a beach umbrella is much less than most people think.”

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