Prevention of skin damages indoor
Prevention of skin damages indoor: the hidden risk of ultraviolet radiation at home, in your office or when driving.
Sun protection is essential to prevent skin damages as both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation from the sun can harm the skin and lead even to skin cancers. When we are outdoor most of us care about skin protection, use sunscreens and avoid exposure in peak hours of sun intensity, nevertheless there is a hidden risk of sun damages even spending time indoor in some specific situations.
At home and in our offices UVB is effectively blocked by glass. However, at least 50 percent of UVA rays can pass through windows. UVA rays are less intense than UVB but are present with equal intensity during daylight and throughout the year.
For this reason, installing special window films might be an effective solution as they can block up to 99.9 percent of UVA radiation protecting our skin (and our furniture!) from sun damages. These products can also contribute to energy efficiency: they reduce heat within the home in hot weather and during the winter reflect interior heat back inside. Additionally, some manufacturers offer special type of ‘safety’ films that can hold window glasses in place when shattered reducing property damage and personal injury in case of accident.
Sun protection behind glasses is essential in your car too. In most of the vehicles only the laminated windshield comes with both UVB and UVA protection. The side and back windows allow in more than 60 percent of UVA rays. Research has shown that UV damage is more extensive on the side of the body closer to the window; i.e. in continental Europe drivers have more skin cancers on the left side of their faces and drivers in UK or Australia have more skin cancers on the right.
If you are long time drivers it is important to double check the standards applied in your car and use add on films. They are available from clear to dark tints for vehicles’ side and back windows and they screen out more than 99 percent of UVA and UVB without reducing visibility.
As children usually sit back, where none of the glass (even darker glass found in SUVs and mini-vans) offers standard adequate UVA protection, it is key to use alternative solution: cover up with clothing and apply broad spectrum sunscreens.