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These Incredible Images From a UV Camera Will Make You Want to Wear Sunblock

By Hanssie on August 15th 2014

The skin is the body’s largest organ, so it’s no surprise that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. There are ways you can  lower the risk of skin cancer and this following short film makes a strong case to wear sunblock.

Thomas Leveritt uses an ultraviolet camera to show an up close look at our skin in the video “How the Sun Sees You.” Stopping people in the park, Leveritt gives them (and us!) an eye opening look at what our skin really looks like using only UV light.  From freckles to scars and blackheads, all the hidden damage is shown clearly and shockingly to the participants.



Even though we are all born with good skin, years of poor care and harmful rays has ravaged our beautiful skin. The most compelling part of the 3 minute video is when he has the participants put on sunscreen, which immediately blocks out the UV light, turning their skin black as it provides a barrier to filter out the light. Glass also blocks UV light.

So, to protect your skin you can either: not go in the sun, put on sunscreen or live in a glass box. I guess I’ll go grab the sunblock now and rig my Canon DSLR to do the whole UV trick so I can take a closer look at my own face.


Check out the awesome video below…don’t forget to lather up!

[Via Youtube/PetaPixel]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Crazy! Gross! Darn you, sun! Oh wait, the sun is necessary for life on the planet, lol.

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  2. Vladimir Ladev

    Did you notice that the girl at the end had some work done on her front top left tooth and with the glass the area that was suposedly chipped and filled in turned black. I thought that was pretty awesome.

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  3. Kyle Farris

    The real question is if glass block UV light, how does it get through the lens?

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    • Stan Rogers

      For the same reason that you can still hear when wearing earplugs. A really good set will only let about 1/2000 of the sound through (33dB blockage), but that’s enough for you to use and make sense of.

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