Indoor sun protection for your family

by llumarAdmin

They say you need around 20 min of direct sunlight to absorb your daily dose of Vitamin D. Yes, we all need some sun exposure, as vitamin D helps our bodies absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones. But frequent unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage, skin cancer, eye damage and immune system complications.

Here is what you need to know about ultraviolet radiation:

The sun radiates light to the earth, exposing us to invisible UV rays. When these rays reach our unprotected skin, they cause sun burn and other skin damage.

There are three types of ultraviolet rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC:

Women who are serious about averting the effects of aging should be especially cautious when it comes to UVA rays, as these cause skin aging and wrinkling. UVA also contribute to skin cancer, such as melanoma. Because UVA rays pass effortlessly through the ozone layer, they make up the majority of our sun exposure. But you are fine, as long as you are indoors, right? Unfortunately UVA rays easily penetrate through glass into your home and into your car. Even though UVA radiation is less powerful than UVB, it also penetrates deeper into the skin causing long-term skin injury.

Women who are serious about averting the effects of aging should be especially cautious when it comes to UVA rays, as these cause skin aging and wrinkling. UVA also contribute to skin cancer, such as melanoma. Because UVA rays pass effortlessly through the ozone layer, they make up the majority of our sun exposure. But you are fine, as long as you are indoors, right? Unfortunately UVA rays easily penetrate through glass into your home and into your car. Even though UVA radiation is less powerful than UVB, it also penetrates deeper into the skin causing long-term skin injury.

So how do you protect your skin from injury while you are in your house and car?

  • The best protection comes from glass specially geared towards blocking UV rays, such as laminated glass and UV-blocking window film . Window film is designed to protect against harmful ultraviolet rays and is a micro thin film that is transparent so you can enjoy the view without the UVA. Both filter out up to 99% of all UV light.
  • Use window blinds or shades during peak sun hours.
  • Don’t work or sit too close to the windows especially where there is direct sunlight. Indoor UVA intensity decreases as the distance from the window increases.
  • Use sunscreen. If you spend some of the time outdoors, you need a good, strong sunscreen anyway. Otherwise, a moderately robust sunscreen with good UVA protection applied to face and neck should suffice.
  • In most modern cars, the windshield is fitted with laminated glass that blocks all of UVB and the vast majority of UVA. Bear in mind however, that the side and rear windows are usually made from non-laminated glass and will let as much as 60-70% UVA through. It is therefore imperative to fit your car with UV protection window film.

As much as we love the sun, its harmful effects on our skins are unmistakable. Protect yourself and your children from UV radiation, make sure your home, office and car has adequate UV protection.

 

Company Bio

LLumar Films, a PG Group company, is the sole distributor and premier window film supplier of LLumar high-performance window films in Southern Africa. LLumar supplies a complete solution with the largest range of solar control, safety, decorative and energy saving window film in Southern Africa.

 

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