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Is the Sun Good for Your Skin?

A woman looking outdoors through her blinds.

Everyone requires some sun exposure to produce vitamin D, which helps calcium absorption for stronger and healthier bones. Calcium is required by your body to build and maintain healthy bones. A small amount of UV rays is beneficial to us. However, unprotected contact to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can harm the skin, eyes, and immune system with potential to cause cancer with prolonged exposure.  In short, sunlight exposure will harm your skin, but we do require it in small doses, so the answer is both yes and no on whether or not the sun is good for your skin. 

Time in the sun is often a period of fun, whether you’re at the beach or playing golf, being outdoors in bright sunlight is usually enjoyable. But without proper UV blocking methods, you can expose yourself to unwanted skin conditions, undoing any health benefits from the exercise and boosted vitamin d and serotonin levels. 

Who Requires Sun Protection?

Everyone should be applying sunscreen whenever they have to be outside, especially during peak sunlight hours of 10 am to 4 pm. Regardless of your skin type or color, the sun will not discriminate. It will cause your skin harm and burn you if you do not have ample sunscreen to protect it. If you do need to be outdoors during these hours, find the right sun protection factor SPF that  works best for you and spend as much time in the shade as you can, whether you stay underneath a tree or have outdoor blinds to provide it.

Outdoor Patio Blinds

Everyone knows that the sun is extremely powerful, capable of burning skin and fading any items in its direct path. As a result, it is critical to ensure that you can provide a certain level of protection for you, your family and your belongings. An outdoor setting is an awesome place to be during the warmer months of the year, as it is often time for barbeques, pool parties, and get togethers. So for your patio or deck, we highly recommend exterior solar shades.

Solar shades are a type of fabric that will block out most of the sunlight passing through along with its harmful effects, but they will leave you with a view to the side where there is more light. It is especially ideal during those hot afternoon gatherings to have these shades down to protect everyone from the sun. You will still receive ample amounts  of light while enjoying a view and be safe from the harmful UV light.

Outdoor roller shades on a patio.

Other Protective Window Treatments

The outdoors is not the only place where you can be exposed to the sun. Believe it or not, you can get hit with plenty of sun and UV rays while indoors as well. While the sunlight won’t be as direct compared to you being outdoors, it can still peak through your windows at certain times of the day, depending on the angle of the sunlight. To counteract this, just like with exterior solar shades, we highly recommend a few of the following window treatments to help protect your skin while indoors.

Unlike outdoor solar shades, these blinds or shades would be mounted inside or outside of your window frames. They will provide coverage and protection for you and your family. Furthermore, they can help to protect your interior as well, prolonging the lifespan of your furniture, floorings and belongings. So without further ado, here are the shades.

Blackout roller shades are the ideal shades for someone not looking for an extravagant covering. Roller shades are a single roll of fabric that rolls up and down from a headrail. Its appearance is simple and economical, with no wasted material on frivolous designs. If you are interested in protection without needing much else, roller shades are the ideal option.

If you are the opposite of the person above and want something that provides more of a design, then roman shades are the choice for you. They fold in large pleats when closing, providing a beautiful look that can remind you of royalty and nobility. Roman shades are also the standard look for natural shades. As implied in its name, these shades are made from natural materials like wood, giving your home an eco friendly look. Both these are usually made of a light filtering fabric, so for full blackout, you may need to add a liner. Regardless of the fabric, you should be able to get the additional protection from the sunlight that you are looking for.

Protecting your Health

The sun can be very beneficial for you. It is known to help with mood by helping to improve serotonin levels, it provides you with much needed vitamin D and it is by far the greatest source of natural light. So indeed, the sun is good for you, but it needs to be taken in with moderation. Protect yourself from excess sunlight while you are outdoors and don’t forget to cover up entry points in your house so you don’t get burned!