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Protect Your Body and Home from UV Damage this Summer

Wednesday Jul 4, 2012

PEARL RIVER, N.Y. - Everyone looks forward to summer fun - days on the beach, boat outings, barbeques and more - however be sure to avoid the downsides of all that sunshine - UV rays.

With a few easy tips from Sally Morse, Director of Creative Services and lead contributor to "Ask Sally & Jen" on, you can easily help avoid sunburn and its aging effects on your skin as well as the unsightly fading of furnishings and artwork that unfiltered UV rays can bring so you can simply enjoy the season.

Did you know that up to 90 percent of the visible skin changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by the sun? Not to mention that the sun's harmful UV rays can increase the risk of more serious effects, such as skin cancer and other skin disorders. Thankfully, with proper protection there are new and tried-and-true ways to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.

Here are some:

· An option to aid you in protecting your face other than the typical hat or sunscreen is a makeup powder with SPF. Applied over makeup or on its own, the powders are ideal for sensitive skin as they feature lightweight mineral blends that provide chemical-free broad-spectrum protection that goes on invisibly. An added benefit of these protective powders is they absorb excess oil to leave a smooth, matte finish. The powerful powders are available from Bare Escentuals among other brands.

· Before heading to the beach, take a look inside your medicine cabinet. Certain medications cause added sensitivity to sunlight including antibiotics and diuretics and some high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes medications.

· Add protection to more than your skin by trying an easy-to-use laundry additive, like SunGuard. The laundry aid washes UPF 30 sun protection into clothing that help block more than 96 percent of the sun’s harmful rays. No need to worry about reapplying with this sun protection, the guard conveniently lasts through 20 washes.

· Consider upping your intake of vitamins C and E or beta carotene as UV exposure depletes the body of these nutrients. While not proven, recent studies have reported that adding these supplements can assist in preventing sunburn.

· Scrub away and soak up SPF protection with a body wash. One option is Solise body wash that has a unique emulsion-based technology to bind SPF 15 sunscreen to skin’s natural oils while also washing away dirt and impurities. Further, the wash’s skin conditioners leave skin soft and not greasy.

While you are in an overhaul to protect your skin this summer, be sure to prevent sun damage to something else that you treasure - your home. Light is the source of life and most of us love light-filled rooms.

Many homeowners remodel to let more light into their homes and today’s new houses feature large expanses of windows and glass doors, but did you know that ultraviolet rays may be destructive inside the home? The damaging rays sneak in as sunlight but will eventually fade floors, furniture, upholstery and drapery fabrics - or even worse - a treasured painting.

To increase protection in your home, try these tips:

· Did you know that red is one of the fastest colors to fade in the sun? The saturated color is deeply pigmented. As a result, the pigment lightens when it is exposed to the sun. If you have paintings with this hue in them, be sure to safeguard them. As important as the right frame, is the glass. Use one with UV protection such as Museum Glass®.

Along with its nearly invisible finish, it effectively blocks up to 99 percent of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays. Additionally, it reduces reflection by over 85 percent and properly transmits light to enhance colors, brightness and contrast levels so you can enjoy and easily maintain these often irreplaceable possessions.

· Look south when it comes to protecting your home. South-facing windows are the most important natural light source in an interior because they receive sunlight year-round that casts a warm, golden glow across the space.

However, heat and UV rays resulting from this consistent light will cause the greatest damage. Be sure to have fabrics and window treatments that are UV-stable in this important area of the home.

Try these sun safety tips for an all-around positive summer that makes the most of natural sunlight while helping to minimize its damaging effects on both your skin and your home.

· A must for UV-protection is the right window treatments. For enough options to please anyone’s tastes, opt for window coverings from Hunter Douglas, the leading name in custom window fashions. Most of its products help block the majority of UV rays when fully closed and certain Hunter Douglas products have received exceptionally high ratings for protecting against UV rays while still allowing light and a view.

These include Silhouette® window shadings, which feature soft fabric vanes suspended between sheer fabric panels, and Luminette® Privacy Sheers, a similar product that runs vertically across the window. The sheers provide light and a softened view of the outside, while still minimizing harmful UV rays. Pirouette® window shadings with adjustable vanes attached to a sheer backing offer similar protection.

Hunter Douglas Inc., headquartered in Pearl River, N.Y, is the leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions in North America and a major manufacturer of architectural products. The company is a national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, covering windows in every Habitat home built in the U.S. and Canada.

For more information, call 1-800-274-2985 or visit:

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