Many people think windows protect you from the sun, but the truth is you can actually still get a sunburn when you’re inside a building or a car. As redheads, we need to protect our sensitive skin (inside) 365 days a year from harmful UV rays. We are more susceptible to melanoma even if we don’t go outside. Here’s everything you need to know.
An indoor sunburn won’t happen as quickly
According to ScienceFocus, “ordinary glass absorbs 97% of the UVB rays that cause sunburn and some skin cancers and 37% of the less harmful UVA radiation.” This means you are less likely to get a sunburn during a short period of time but extended exposure could leave you susceptible to a burn and skin damage.
But you still really, really need sunscreen
The only truly effective way to keep your skin protected from any form of sunlight is to use SPF and sun protection. You may opt for a lighter SPF when indoors, but reapplication will still be necessary.
Know the difference between building windows vs. car windows
The windows in a home/building are actually different from the windows in a car; building windows filter basically all UVB rays and about 80% of the UVA rays. The car windows do not! That doesn’t mean you’re fully safe from sunburn or sun damage, so wear your sunscreen on those long car trips.
Rock it like a Redhead!