The level of ultraviolet radiation from the sun varies between outdoors and indoors. Although the exposure to the sun’s rays is minimal indoors it does not guarantee safety from the sun’s radiation.
That is why people think they are safe from skin damage if they stay away from the sun.
While this is true, UV exposure is cumulative. And continuous exposure to minute UV rays can still cause skin problems over time.
Sun damage can happen in the most unexpected places. There are places where you think you’re safe but you are still exposed to UV radiation.
At Offices and Schools
People working in the office are less prone to skin conditions caused by sun exposure. But this doesn’t mean they are exempt from this. Offices have large windows and glass doors which let the UV rays in. Glass windows don’t fully block UV rays. That is why offices install blinds and curtains.
People think it’s unlikely for kids at schools to be affected by UV rays at school. Although they’re inside their classrooms they are still at risk of skin diseases. If your child is sitting near a window, UV radiation can still reach them. This may cause serious effects on their skin when exposed for a long time.
Some schools have multiple buildings in the compound that require students to take long walks from one building to another. Kensington Systems Ltd recommends the installation of walkway covers for schools to provide shade and temporary shelter from the sun during outdoor activities.
In the Car
Unfortunately, your car windows cannot keep off all the sun’s UV rays. And while windshields are often tinted for sun protection, the side and rear windows could still let in harmful UV radiation. This is because windshields are made from single-pane glass that only blocks UVB rays. UVA rays are less intense than UVB rays, but they are more prevalent. This makes them a leading reason for premature skin aging and wrinkling.
Have your car inspected and be sure to have all windows covered with UV-protective film. And of course, don’t forget your sunscreen.
On the Ski Mountain
Even in of the coldest places on earth, you are not safe from the sun’s heat waves. UV rays in the mountains can be much more dangerous. That’s because there’s increased radiation when you’re in a higher altitude.
Snow on the ground can reflect up to 80% of the UV rays coming from the sun. This means you’re more likely to get sunburns and skin damage. So, it’s important to wear sun-protective clothing and sunscreen before you hit the slopes.
The damage of UV rays on your health depends on your exposure. Staying out of direct sunlight is not always possible. That is why besides applying sunscreen it is also good to know where and when to cover up even indoors.