Last month, we focused on all things sun protection because May was Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Sun protection is important all year round, but especially in the summer because (a) we tend to spend more time outside and (b) longer days of sun with typically higher UV indices. We won’t rehash all of those topics in this post, just highlight one of the lesser known things about UV rays: they reflect.
UV rays reflect off of many popular summer surfaces such as water, concrete, sand and snow (included on the off chance you are heading somewhere cold to ski in summer!). This can increase your UV exposure without you realizing it, even in the shade (i.e. an umbrella will block UV rays coming down from the sun, but may not block against any rays that have bounced off the concrete below). Pay attention to every area of skin (such as under the chin) when applying your sunscreen and sun protective clothing to make sure you aren’t accidentally leaving any area of your skin vulnerable!