Although melasma is more common in women, men can develop it as well. You apply sunscreen to your skin every two hours and wear protective clothing and hats to limit your exposure to outdoor UV rays. But what can you do to protect your skin inside of the home? Ultraviolet sun rays can penetrate the window glass in your home and aggravate your melasma even further. Replacing your window glass with spectrally selective glass reduces your exposure to indoor UV rays. Here's what you should know about ultraviolet light's effects on your skin condition and how spectrally selective window replacement benefits you.
What Are the Most Dangerous UV Rays and How Do They Aggravate Your Melasma?
You may think that all ultraviolet rays are the same but they're not. The sun releases three types of ultraviolet rays: UVC, UVB and UVA. UVC stays within the atmosphere and doesn't bother you, but UVB rays usually cause sunburn if you expose your skin to direct sunlight for too long, or when you leave your skin unprotected or uncovered when you go out in the sun. However, UVA rays are the most dangerous for your skin because they can damage the cells placed deep inside your skin outside the home and out.
UVA rays are powerful enough to penetrate the protective foundation supporting your home. Because melasma affects the cells that control your skin's pigment or color, you experience the most problems from UVA rays. The areas of your skin affected by melasma become dark brown, beige or black, depending on the severity of your condition and natural skin tone.
You experience changes in your skin's pigmentation even during cloudy days or the cold season. Cold weather or shady days don't reduce or limit the effects of UVA radiation on your skin.
To reduce the harmful effects of UVA rays, place spectrally selective glass in your home.
What's Spectrally Selective Window Glass?
Spectrally selective glass blocks as much as 73 percent of the sun's most harmful ultraviolet rays because of how it's made. Selective glass isn't the same thing as window film or tint, which cover the surfaces of glass.
Instead, spectrally selective glass features a special glaze or coating made of three layers of silver, tin oxide or some other strong substance that allows natural light to enter your home but keeps dangerous UVA rays out.
The protective coating reflects much of the sun's radiation back outdoors before it has a chance to enter your home. In addition, the area between each coating contains special gases, such as argon and krypton, that absorb heat. As a result, the surfaces of spectrally selective glass stays cool and comfortable.
For maximum performance and UVA protection, you can have a window replacement contractor tint the surfaces of your selective glass. White, frost or other variations of the color white make excellent choices because they reflect the sun's rays. If your contractor offers it, you can have the tint designed in different patterns, such as flowers, dolphins or mountains, to improve the appearance of the glass.
Can You Do Other Things to Protect Your Skin From UVA Rays?
Once you have your new spectrally selective glass installed, add a few final touches to your windows to protect your skin from UVA rays. For instance, placing lightly-colored curtains or window treatments on your windows works well.
Be sure to use curtains long and wide enough to cover the sashes, sills and frames of your windows. Unless your window replacement contractor offers protective frames, UVA rays can still penetrate the area around your selective glass.
If you need additional help finding window glass to replace your current glass, contact a contractor today.