As a pilot, you always have sunglasses with you and you wear them as soon as you see the first sun rays coming through the clouds. It’s critical to protect your eyes, a small part of your body but so important. This is so commonly known by all pilots. Something not everyone knows is that your skin also gets a lot of UV radiations. You could read a bit more about this in one of my earlier blogs about the importance of using sunscreen (click here)
As we fly, we pick up radiation anyway but did you know ta UV-A waves also go through the protection of the windows of the plane? for that reason, it is very important that you have an additional barrier against the sun. Most of the sunscreens now are so-called chemical sunscreens – depending on the sunscreen – they block UV-A and/or UV-B and some other wavelenght. I started using Eucerin products SPF 50+ to protect myself. Their Sunscreen technology protects against UV-A, UV-B and HEV-Light (High-Energy Visible Light). With this, I have a lesser chance of getting skin cancer. Honestly, I find this more important than getting a suntan! What other effects has the sun on you? Sure the sun provides you with vitamin D, which is healthy but you shouldn’t get too much of it. Indeed, too much Sun can accelerate the aging effect on your skin and give wrinkles. In the worst case, it causes skin cancer. Why would anyone risk this?