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Bet you didn’t know your chance of sunburn is increased in high altitudes

Posted on March 30 2017

 

Bet you didn’t know your chance of sunburn is increased in high altitudes

It makes sense, I had always assumed that the closer to the equator you are, the more intense the sun’s rays. So it came as a surprise to learn that the risk of sunburn increases at higher altitudes.

A researcher from the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at the New York University School of Medicine used a hand-held meter (National Biological Corporation Model 500-C) to measure UV light energy in three locations: Vail, Colorado; Orlando, Florida; and New York, New York. The readings were taken at solar noon in direct sunlight on cloudless days.

What would you expect that the research proved?

It came as no surprise to hear that it would take only 14 minutes for a person with an average complexion to burn in Orlando Florida at high noon.

It sounds about right that the same person would develop sunburn after 25 minutes of noontime exposure in New York.

But get this… the intensity of the UV-B exposure suggests that a person having an average complexion, with unprotected skin…..would burn after ONLY SIX MINUTES of sun exposure on a clear day at noon in Vail, 11,000 feet above sea level.

If that isn’t enough bad news, consider that snow reflects sunlight. When skiing or snowboarding 80-90% of UV light is reflected, a dramatic increase in your sun exposure. In comparison, grass reflects only 3% of sunlight.

Water also reflects sunlight. Those beautiful tranquil lakes can reflect up to 100% of UV light. Doubling your UV exposure when fishing or boating.

"The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone wear protective clothing, avoid the strongest mid-day sun and wear sunscreen daily," said Dr. Darrell S. Rigel, MD, the lead author of the elevation study. The estimate is that 1 million new cases of skin cancer will occur in the United States this year. That translates to 1 in 5 Americans will developing skin cancer during their lifetime….

Enjoy your time off with your family, your hiking buddies or in a well-deserved quiet solitude. Whether you are a fisherman, backpacker, mountaineer or snowboarder, don’t neglect to purchase your sunscreen before you leave on vacation! Some destinations, remote locales outside of the USA may not even have sunscreen readily available. Those that do may charge inflated gift-shop prices. Don’t let thoughts of locating sunscreen at the last minute cramp your style. Warrior sunscreen comes in a convenient 3 Oz. size which is TSA compliant. Sold with a clip, fasten your sunscreen to your backpack where you can’t lose or forget it.  Get on with your vacation and embrace that fresh air and exercise. Make memories. Take plenty of snapshots and selfies. Have one good healthy wholesome time… minus the sunburn.

 

Bet you didn’t know your chance of sunburn is increased in high altitudes

It makes sense, I had always assumed that the closer to the equator you are, the more intense the sun’s rays. So it came as a surprise to learn that the risk of sunburn increases at higher altitudes.

A researcher from the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at the New York University School of Medicine used a hand-held meter (National Biological Corporation Model 500-C) to measure UV light energy in three locations: Vail, Colorado; Orlando, Florida; and New York, New York. The readings were taken at solar noon in direct sunlight on cloudless days.

What would you expect that the research proved?

It came as no surprise to hear that it would take only 14 minutes for a person with an average complexion to burn in Orlando Florida at high noon.

It sounds about right that the same person would develop sunburn after 25 minutes of noontime exposure in New York.

But get this… the intensity of the UV-B exposure suggests that a person having an average complexion, with unprotected skin…..would burn after ONLY SIX MINUTES of sun exposure on a clear day at noon in Vail, 11,000 feet above sea level.

If that isn’t enough bad news, consider that snow reflects sunlight. When skiing or snowboarding 80-90% of UV light is reflected, a dramatic increase in your sun exposure. In comparison, grass reflects only 3% of sunlight.

Water also reflects sunlight. Those beautiful tranquil lakes can reflect up to 100% of UV light. Doubling your UV exposure when fishing or boating.

"The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone wear protective clothing, avoid the strongest mid-day sun and wear sunscreen daily," said Dr. Darrell S. Rigel, MD, the lead author of the elevation study. The estimate is that 1 million new cases of skin cancer will occur in the United States this year. That translates to 1 in 5 Americans will developing skin cancer during their lifetime….

Enjoy your time off with your family, your hiking buddies or in a well-deserved quiet solitude. Whether you are a fisherman, backpacker, mountaineer or snowboarder, don’t neglect to purchase your sunscreen before you leave on vacation! Some destinations, remote locales outside of the USA may not even have sunscreen readily available. Those that do may charge inflated gift-shop prices. Don’t let thoughts of locating sunscreen at the last minute cramp your style. Warrior sunscreen comes in a convenient 3 Oz. size which is TSA compliant. Sold with a clip, fasten your sunscreen to your backpack where you can’t lose or forget it.  Get on with your vacation and embrace that fresh air and exercise. Make memories. Take plenty of snapshots and selfies. Have one good healthy wholesome time… minus the sunburn.

 

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