While the sun provides a bright, cheerful glow, it also emits harmful UV rays. These rays damage skin, causing dark spots, wrinkles, a leathery appearance, and even skin cancer. It’s no secret that outdoor exposure to the sun requires protection in the forms of sunscreen and protective clothing. But did you know that the sun rays can damage your skin indoors as well? Think about how flooring and furniture near your windows fade and discolor. The same UV rays that cause deterioration of your home’s interior through your windows can also cause compounding damage to your skin.
Skin Cancer Awareness Month
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, over 5 million skin cancer cases are diagnosed, which is more than all other types of cancer combined. Additionally, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70 according to The Skin Cancer Foundation. One of the main causes of cancer is the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Ninety percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 85% of melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to UV rays from the sun. Although skin cancer is very common, it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. The purpose of Skin Cancer Awareness Month is to spread facts and raise awareness, while drawing attention to the ways that skin cancer can be prevented.
Skin Cancer Prevention
While skin cancer is incredibly common, there are several straightforward habits you can adopt that can decrease your risk of developing the disease. You might think that you can only be harmed by UV rays when you’re outside on a hot, sunny day. In reality, UV rays can reach your skin through the clouds, in the snow, and even through your windows and into your home. Don’t fall victim to this unwanted and unseen exposure! Here are some simple ways you can help prevent damage to your skin.
- Stay in the shade between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.
- Avoid using tanning beds, which are one of the 2 major causes of skin cancer (the other being the sun’s UV rays).
- Apply sunscreen! The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends wearing SPF 15 every day and SPF 30 for extended outdoor activities.
- Go to the dermatologist regularly. Early detection is a simple way to prevent progression of the disease.
- Install window treatments in your home. While you may think you’re safe inside, the sun’s rays can penetrate the glass and cause damage to your skin.
How Do Window Treatments Help?
Your hardwood flooring loses color and pieces of artwork and furnishings fade from the sun’s light through the windows. Imagine what impact this continual exposure might have on your skin! A simple solution is installing blinds, drapery, shutters, or shades to limit the amount of UV rays entering your space. With window treatments, you can add years to the life of your furniture and flooring, protect your skin, and still elevate the aesthetic of your home. Window treatments help absorb both UVA and UVB rays, giving you peace of mind knowing that you and your family are protected from the sun’s harm in your home. Additionally, consider contacting our partner Solar Film about window film installation. Window film provides virtually invisible protection from the sun’s UV rays, even when your window treatments are open and you’re enjoying the view.
During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, take the time to learn about the risks of skin cancer and how you can implement habits to prevent it. One of the easiest ways to start is by installing attractive window treatments to protect your and your loved one’s skin from damaging ultraviolet rays. Reach out to the window treatment experts at Specialty Drapery to find the perfect solution to protect your skin while simultaneously enhancing your space.
Since 1967, Specialty Drapery has provided the highest quality of window treatment solutions to the Mid-Atlantic region. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and relentless pursuit of customer delight. Contact us to schedule your design consultation.