sun exposure

TO Chick
on Mar 09, 2015 @ 04:38 pm

do you think a person can get a sunburn from sitting near a sunny window?

I have big windows where I live and I do have blinds but also enjoy the sunlight

would the windows have some kind of UV protection in the glass?
I have a feeling the answer is yes

5 Replies

sunscreen on Mar 09, 2015 @ 07:48 pm

Although UVB rays are blocked by glass, UVA rays aren't. The same happens when we're driving, so it's important to wear sunscreen that blocks both these rays out.


Sun Exposure on Mar 09, 2015 @ 07:59 pm

There have actually been studies (I wish I had a link for you, I'm sorry!) that finds people who develop skin cancer often get it on the left side of their body-- ie. the side of your body that is exposed when you're driving on a sunny day. And when skin cancer doesn't develop, there's still more sun damage on that side for a lot of people (especially because most people don't wear sunscreen just to go driving). While I've never heard of getting a sunburn through a window, you're still getting exposed to some rays and it certainly wouldn't hurt to protect your skin! If you don't want to wear sunscreen indoors, which is understandable, you could always go for sheer curtains. That way you still get most of the nice light, but it would reduce the rays when the sun is at its strongest. Or even just a light long sleeve shirt. Hope this helps! :)

TO Chick
Sun Exposure on Mar 09, 2015 @ 08:16 pm

but wouldn't you have the window down? but then I guess there is air conditioning in cars too

I do have blinds that I pull down but I was just curious
thank you!

Sun Exposure on Mar 10, 2015 @ 01:02 pm

I have a very fair completion and burn very easy. I have never had a tan. My mom when she was young always loved the sun Unfortunately she did get Skin Cancer on her lip which had to be cut out and left a pretty bad scare. So I am so careful I love gardening and being outside so I wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen.

Sun Damage on Mar 17, 2015 @ 11:06 am

It's ALWAYS important to wear a face cream with some sort of SPF in it, minimum SPF 15 I would say. Even if you don't get burnt, your skin is still exposed to the sun and it's still getting damaged! Someone in my family only has sun spots on the one side of his face because of driving in a hotter climate all year round. The sun would only shine on that side of is face through the window and now you can tell!

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