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Skin Novela Being a frequent flier
Pilots and flight attendants are twice as likely to develop melanoma, compared with people, according to a 2014 University of Florida, San Francisco research. "Most individuals don't understand that for about every 3,000 feet you climb, there's a 15% enhance in intensity of UV radiation," describes Bruce Robinson, MD, a skin professional in NYC. Which signifies that at 30,000 feet—where most commercial aircraft fly—the UV stage is about twice that of move out. And while the plane's structure affords some protection, UVA radiation (which are even more extreme when flying above clouds or snowy mountains) go right through the windows. Applying a broad-spectrum sun prevent (which defends against both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of at least 30 before getting off the ground should help.