The Hidden Danger of Sunlight Indoors As it Relates to Skin Cancer
We diligently slather on sunscreen for beach trips or backyard barbecues, but what about the sunlight streaming through our windows at home? Surprisingly, regular window glass offers minimal protection against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. This means that even indoors, we’re still vulnerable to the risks associated with UV exposure.
There are two main types of UV rays:
- UVA rays: Penetrate deeply, causing premature skin aging (wrinkles, sunspots) and contributing to skin cancer risk.
- UVB rays: The primary culprit behind sunburns and also play a significant role in skin cancer development.
The same risks that apply to outdoor sun exposure, like premature aging and skin cancer, linger even inside your home. Over time, this consistent, unprotected exposure can significantly impact your skin health. For that is the reason that home window films have received The Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation to help with regard to skin care.
In an article on The Skin Cancer Foundation Website, Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, president of The Skin Cancer Foundation., had the following to say:
“UVA rays can penetrate window glass, meaning you can still be at risk of exposure while inside,”
In another article on their site, they state the following, “While spending most of your time indoors, it’s instinctive to gravitate toward places in your home that receive natural light, like windows and skylights. It’s important to exercise caution while enjoying this little slice of the outdoor world, however — sunlight streaming through glass can still harm your skin.”
With about 85 percent of melanomas and 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers being associated with exposure to UV radiation, it is important that you take steps to protect your skin whenever possible. Home window films can be install on any window in your home and block 99% and greater of the UV from ever entering your home.
In addition, these films come in a variety of shades so that they fit with nearly any decor or can practically be invisible on your glass.
You can read the an article from The Skin Cancer Foundation on this topic by clicking HERE
In conclusion, sun safety doesn’t stop at your doorstep. While we readily protect ourselves outdoors, the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate most regular windows, putting you at risk even inside your home. Fortunately, several options are available to create a sun-safe haven: UV-blocking films, energy-efficient windows, and strategic shading are all effective solutions.
By taking these steps and remaining informed, you can make informed choices for your well-being and protect your skin from sun damage, not just outside, but inside your home as well.
For more general information about home window films, click HERE. If you have any questions or would like to arrange a free, no obligation assessment of your home and how window film can help, contact one of our Window Film Pros to schedule a free, no obligation consultation and estimate.