Despite the possibility of developing skin cancer from UV exposure, slapping on the sunscreen can still feel like a chore. But there are other risks associated with sun exposure such as skin cancer and premature skin ageing. The trouble is, it’s easy to ignore the dangers when you can’t actually see them. But a new photo series will give you the reminder you need to slather on the SPF.In the series, called RAW, photographer Pierre-Louis Ferrer took ultraviolet, close-up portraits of 20 people to show the reality of sun damage invisible to the human eye. Shot with special camera equipment, the pictures show the marks and spots on the skin that are caused by UV light.READ MORE: Can you ever reverse sun damage?Commenting on the series, photographer Pierre-Louis Ferrer, 31, said: “Each model offers the viewer an intimate view of his own being, which he cannot even perceive by himself. This relationship of intimacy and trust is the opposite of our society where selfies and social networks project an idyllic vision of our lives.”In effect, the series is showing us a more honest view of the human body, where sun damage isn’t masked by the glossy filters and covetable tans we often see on social media.Ultraviolet light is the part of the electromagnetic spectrum with a wavelength below around 380 nanometres. The human eye can generally detect ‘visible light’ between wavelengths of 380 and 700 nanometres.UV radiation can cause surface damage to the skin, resulting in freckles and sun spots.However, special camera sensors can detect UV light that would otherwise be invisible to humans, and reveal the skin imperfections it causes.READ MORE: What are the three types of skin cancer you should look for?Scroll to see the photos.
Spring has sprung and with it has come some mighty fine weather. But while we all love soaking up some rays, what is all of this exposure to the sun doing to our skin? Most of us just about remember to use a moisturiser with a sun protection factor (SPF), but how many of us think about protecting our hands or feet or hair? Hate to break it to you, but sun spots – and other forms of sun damage – will affect your extremities too.Plus, let’s not forget the extremely delicate skin surrounding the eye contour. And our hair needs help defending itself from the sun, too.Slapping on sun lotion might seem like a bit too much for an hour in a pub garden – especially if the weather forecast predicts merely ‘sunny spells’ – but there are plenty of other products around that you can incorporate into your daily beauty regime to protect your skin on-the-go.Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK. Read more from Yahoo Style UK: Checking your moles: How to know when they’re dangerous – or need removing April best beauty buys: Tried and tested Koreas, £8.00 Laura Mercier, £34.00
The sunshine is FINALLY here and with the weather reaching 25 degrees this weekend, it’s time to talk about being sun safe. Do we need to do anything to protect ourselves from the sun? What happens if we don’t?