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Posts for: December, 2017

By Peter Accetta, M.D.
December 13, 2017
Category: Sun Protection
Tags: sunscreen  

As you might have suspected it has now been reported ultraviolet radiation is also present indoors, so for maximum protection and maximum anti-aging apply sunscreen every morning.

Did you know that fluorescent lights increase lifetime UV exposure by 3%. Close sources like desk lamps are the worst offenders and although as halogen bulbs contain UV blocking agents, not all of the UV radiation is filtered out. Light Emittering Diodes (LEDs) do not emit UV rays and are considered safe.

Other indoor sources include TV monitors, computers and tablets. Flat screen LCD monitors are best older cathode ray tube screens are the worst.

Last year the Food and Drug Administration released a consumer alert regarding the use of UV- curing lamps at nail salons. UV protectant gloves or sunscreen is now recommended.

UV radiation also passes through window glass. The shorter UVB rays which are responsible for sunburns are blocked by glass however UVA radiation is only partially filtered. Clear window glass allows 75% of UVA to pass tinted glass allows 25-50% of UVA to pass through. Use blinds, shades and tinted glass to reduce your exposure.

How about UV exposure while driving?

Laminated windshield auto glass blocks all UVB, but only 50% of UVA. Side windows block even less.

So my recommendation is to wear board spectrum every day. I prefer zinc oxide products available at the office and at cosmetic counters. Avoid close exposure to fluorescent lamps, upgrade to flat screen TV and computer monitors. Be mindful that UV exposure through window glass is chronic and culminative as this photo of a secretary whose left cheek faced the window for 15 years.




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