3.3 million. That’s about how many Americans are diagnosed with skin cancers each year in the United States according to the American Cancer Society. The leading cause? Exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. In addition to skin cancer, exposure to UV rays can cause premature aging and even lead to eye problems, such as an inflamed cornea. While UV rays are harmful, it’s not reasonable to completely eliminate sun exposure as a whole! With this in mind, it’s important to learn how to protect yourself from UV rays so you can safely enjoy the sun.
How to Protect Yourself from the Sun
There are many different ways that you can protect yourself from exposure to UV rays. Taking these few extra steps each day can go a long way toward safeguarding against skin damage.
The first method that often comes to mind is using sunscreen! While we typically think to apply sunscreen on a beach day or at the pool, dermatologists actually recommend you wear it every day, not only on sunny afternoons spent by the water.
Wear a Hat & Sunglasses
Another simple step you can take to protect yourself from UV rays is wearing a hat and sunglasses! Hats can protect your eyes, ears, forehead, nose, and scalp. UV-blocking sunglasses will protect both your eyes and the skin surrounding the eyes.
Treat Every Day Like It’s Sunny
It’s also important to recognize that even when it’s cloudy, your skin still absorbs 80% of the sun’s rays. While you might think you’re in the clear to skip the sunscreen on an overcast day, you’ll still want to prepare as if it’s a sunny day and apply SPF!
Most of the steps we take to protect against UV rays are done so before we head outdoors. However, UV rays can still reach you when you’re inside! While many head indoors to seek shelter from the sun, UV rays can actually enter through windows with the sun’s light. This not only puts your skin at risk when you’re indoors but it can also cause fading in furniture, flooring, and artwork. With that being said, how can you protect your skin from UV rays when you’re inside?
Protect Your Skin Indoors with Window Film
With window film, you can enjoy the sun’s light in homes and offices while also enjoying UV protection. In fact, window film can reject up to 99.9% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays! Not to mention, the Skin Cancer Foundation even recommends window film as an effective UV protectant. Window film can extend the life of furnishings and floorings by preventing fading. Along with its ability to protect people and property from UV rays, window film can also provide comfortable indoor temperatures and lower energy bills. With window film, you can welcome the sun’s light into your space, without the worry! Rest assured knowing that your skin is protected with window film.
While skin cancer is prevalent in our country, there are many preventative steps we can take to better protect ourselves. Before heading outdoors, be sure to take precautions in the form of sunscreen or protective clothing. On the other hand, when you’re indoors, allow window film to do the work for you! Learn more about our sun control window film products to find the best window film for your space.
If you have any questions about your window film installation, please give us a call at 443-243-0884. If you’re interested in a new window film installation, feel free to reach out and request your free quote from Professional Window Tinting! In addition to commercial and residential films, we also provide auto window tinting (Delaware location only).