A new study published in the Science journal from the University of Yale found that the sun, particularly its ultraviolet rays, can still have a devastating effect on your skin even when you go inside a building. Moving indoors will not protect you from the sun’s harmful damage, but there are definitely ways on how you can prevent this from happening.

The sun is indeed both marvelous and dangerous / Sunshine Movie
The sun is indeed both marvelous and dangerous / Sunshine Movie

What the Study Discovered

The researchers from the Yale University revealed that the sun is still strong and will continue damaging your skin even when you move indoors. The timeframe is four hours, so getting inside the house will not protect you against ultraviolet rays. Additionally, the sun actually is even stronger as you move indoors and gives you an increased risk for cancer.

Melanin’s Role

Melanin is the pigment that is found in your skin cells and it has been getting praises for being able to protect the skin from the UV rays. However, the research has discovered that the shield melanin provides is only temporary. The sun’s energy is actually absorbed and deposited into the tissues that surround melanin in the cells. This then causes mutations or abnormalities in your DNA and can unfortunately lead to skin cancer.

The discovery is indeed disheartening, especially now that you know even at home, you’re not safe. However, the findings could result to the development of lotions or solutions that may help minimize the dangerous effects of the sun.

How to Protect Yourself

There is still no effective fix on the sun’s damage even when you move indoors. However, experts recommend that you at least wear a sunscreen, which can help you protect yourself when you’re outdoors and indoors as well. You should look for a product that has a sun protection factor of 15 (SPF 15). If you could find something with a higher number, it is much better. Aside from the sun protection factor, make sure the product you choose comes with broad-spectrum protection. This way, both UVA and UVB will have reduced effect on your skin.

Whenever you go outside, always wear a sunscreen. Even if it is cloudy or it is the winter season, you shouldn’t skip sunscreen because your skin still needs all the protection it can get. Note that as much as 80% of the ultraviolet rays from the sun still move across the clouds. If it’s snowing, you get hit by the UV rays twice because ice has the ability to reflect the rays back to your skin.