We all love the sun-kissed look, but at what cost?

Sun damage can wreak havoc on our skin, causing premature aging, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. One way to truly understand the damage caused by UV exposure is to see it under a UV light.

This video was  created by Thomas Leveritt (find him on  IG here), as a way to  persuade people to start using sunscreen. He used  a special UV filter to show people what their skin actually looks like under the surface. The results were UNBELIEVABLE!! 

How UV Light Works

UV light can detect skin damage that is not visible to the naked eye. When skin is exposed to UV radiation, it causes damage to the DNA in skin cells, which can lead to mutations and ultimately, skin cancer. UV light can reveal the presence of sun damage in the form of brown spots, wrinkles, and freckles. These signs of damage may not be noticeable in regular lighting, but can be seen clearly under UV light.

Seeing the damage under a UV light can be a wake-up call for many people who have not taken sun protection seriously in the past. It can make people more aware of the dangers of UV exposure and the importance of protecting their skin.

Most Powerful Way To Protect Skin

One of the most effective ways to protect your skin from sun damage is to wear sunscreen. Sunscreen helps to protect against both UVA and UVB rays, which can cause skin damage and aging. UVA rays are responsible for premature aging, while UVB rays are responsible for sunburns. Sunscreen with a high SPF, or sun protection factor, can help protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

It is important to choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and to apply it liberally and frequently throughout the day. Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed areas of the skin, including the face, neck, and hands.

Seeing sun damage under a UV light can help to bring awareness to the dangers of UV sun exposure and the importance of wearing sunscreen. Sun damage can cause premature aging, wrinkles, and even skin cancer, but it can be prevented by taking precautions such as wearing sunscreen with a high SPF and applying it frequently throughout the day. Don’t wait until it’s too late to start protecting your skin. The life you save, just might be your own. 

*Updated 2023


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