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Thursday, 9 September 2010

Something To Think About...

Windows- A Cause of Skin Damage?

According to a new study, which has been carried out by Boots, workers who sit by windows can look up to ten years older than other colleagues.  Experts have found that damaging sunrays can penetrate the glass, forming lines and wrinkles in the skin.  The study also found that rays through side windows can leave one side of the face with up to seven years more creasing than the other, leaving cabbies and van drivers at risk too. 

The Boots research has concluded that even sitting by an office window in weak April sunshine can increase the risk of skin damage by up to 300%.  Scientists in Besançon, France, have found that over 90% of all skin damage can be attributed to harmful UVA rays.  According to skin doctor, Mike Bell, 'the biggest danger is for staff in open-plan offices with big windows'.

How can you protect your skin from harmful UV rays?

Don't panic, there are a few different options available to people who want to protect their skin, even in office or commercial environments.  You could cover the windows in solar glazing film, which acts as a barrier for these danagerous rays of sunlight, without imposing too much on the view.  Alternatively, you could fit blinds in the windows in order to control how much sunlight you let in to the room or office.

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