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Additional Ways To Protect Yourself From UV Rays

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Everyone knows to wear sunscreen and sunglasses as protection against the sun's UV rays, which increase the risk of developing skin cancer and can cause premature aging. However, there are additional daily steps you can take to further protect yourself and your skin. Pair these techniques with sunscreen and sunglasses, where appropriate, for the best results.

Window Tinting

You can have window tinting applied to your car windows or a home windows by a company like Icon Tinting & Graphics. The tinting company will install a thin coating that both dampens the amount of sun that comes through but also filters out the UV rays for added protection. Make sure the tinting isn't too dark: that's often illegal in cars and can make the inside of your house look like a cave.

Window tinting is especially important if you drive a lot for work or if you work from home and have an office desk next to a window. You might not typically think to apply sunscreen in these situations, even though you are as much in the sun as you could be on an overcast day at the beach. Window tinting takes the danger away without you having to slather in sunscreen just to sit down and type.

Protective Clothing

In general, any area of skin you can keep covered is going to absorb less UV than exposed skin areas. This is far easier in winter, where layers and excessive covering such as balaclavas are appropriate for winter sporting activities. Summertime is a bit trickier, since walking around in a balaclava might cause heat stroke. However, there has been a rise in UV-protective fabrics that come in summer-appropriate styles such as tank tops, shorts, and hats. You still want to coat any exposed areas with sunscreen, but the presence of the clothing can help protect more of your body.

Avoid Reflective Surfaces

This sounds like advice to the vampire who can't see his reflection in the mirror, but reflective surfaces such as snow, pool water, and white sidewalks can all magnify the intensity of the sun and its UV rays. If at all possible, stay away from reflective surfaces during daylight hours but particularly during midday when the sun is the brightest. Of course, it isn't always possible to avoid these areas. In those cases, limit the length of time you're exposed or else start applying sunscreen and put on your sunglasses and hat.


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