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Hiding in the shade doesn’t mean you can’t soak up the sun

Hiding in the shade doesn’t mean you can’t soak up the sun

You can run from the sun — but can you really hide?

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Most of the natural ultraviolet (UV) light we encounter every day comes from the sun. While it’s common to believe that hiding in the shade will protect us, these UV rays can reach your skin even if you’re not in direct sunlight.

How does this work?

Imagine sitting in the shade at your favorite café on a hot and sunny day. In spite of overhead protection from awning or umbrellas, you might still feel the need to wear sunglasses. Why?

Surfaces around you can bounce the sun’s rays in all directions, not just affecting your eyes, but your skin as well. Glass walls, mirrors, even the sidewalk, can be highly reflective, kicking the sun’s UV beams your way. You need to pay extra attention if you’re hitting the beach. Taking cover beneath a parasol won’t help much, as sand and water reflect the sun, too.

Overcast days can be also deceptive. Remember, the sun is very powerful, and even if you can’t see it, its rays are still busting through the clouds, ready to beat down and weaken your skin.

What’s the solution? Stay indoors?

To a certain extent yes, but it’s worth knowing that the sun’s rays can penetrate certain types of glass with ease.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you should hide away in a window-less basement just to avoid the sun. With the right skincare and protection, you won’t have to live like a hermit.

Being aware of the power of the sun, and its rays’ uncanny ability to reach your skin, is key. Wearing a hat is a good idea if you’re outdoors on a sunny day, even if you are planning to stick to shaded areas.

Make sure you apply SPF30 sunscreen as part of your daily morning routine. If you use makeup, products with sun protection properties will be an added bonus.

When you return home, thoroughly remove all that makeup and sunscreen, and use brightening skincare with vitamin B3 and vitamin C, to maintain skin strength. Strong, healthy skin, working together with all those sun protection ingredients will keep the harmless effects at bay.