Do You Know What The Solstice Means For Your Skin?The summer solstice happens once a year in this hemisphere. This year, the solstice falls on Wednesday, June 21st. The Earth will be closest to the sun - and the sun will be closest to your skin. The days before and after the solstice carry the same high UV risk. The days are longer, which means the UV rays are more intense throughout. The actual solstice day has the longest daylight. I celebrate it because I love long days! I also get ready with 'spot on' sun protection.
Around the WorldMany cultures across the world mark their summer solstice with festivals or rituals. Some regions view the solstice as the end of spring, others view it as midsummer. I see it as the height of sun damage season! No matter what your feelings about the summer solstice, you need to know UV sun damage is at its peak. When the sun is close to you, more UVB radiates your skin. UVB rays burn the superficial layers of your skin. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer.
UVB is absorbed by the earth’s ozone. The farther south the sun is, the more of an erratic path rays take through the atmosphere before hitting your skin in our hemisphere. UVB intensity is lost during this process. But in the summer and around the solstice, the sun makes a short path through the ozone; fewer rays are lost. Thus your skin burns more.The longer the daylight hours, the longer UVA can damage your skin. UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, which is the skin's thickest layer. Unprotected exposure leads to premature skin aging and wrinkling, as well as suppression of the immune system.
UVA is not absorbed by the earth's ozone layer. If the sun is out, UVA is out in full force.The bottom line is: get your sun protection strategy 100% correct!
Dermatologist's Essentials for Sun Protection
- Step #1: Cover your skin with sun protective clothing. I recommend Coolibar for their fiber technology; it's one of my favorite products. Use it to comfortably cover as much skin as possible.
- Step #2: Then A.S.K. if the rest of your skin is protected.