It’s that time again: pools and beaches are open, festival season is in full swing, we’re sparking up the backyard grill, and road trip adventures await. All these outdoor allures may feel like a conspiracy if you’re prone to sunburn or concerned about the aging effects of UV rays. These concerns don’t have to keep you in the shadows and out of the fun, though. You can up your defenses beyond habitual applications of SPF. Here, we give you three refreshingly simple ideas to help: sun protection films for your car, sun exposure trackers, and sun protection supplements. Each works against sun damage in a different way. And whether you decide to try just one or all three, you’re sure to have a healthier, more carefree summer.
Idea #1: Sunscreen for Your Car
Automotive films are better known as “custom window tint” than sun block, but LLumar’s entire line of automotive films will protect you from 99% of harmful UV rays, every day. And with just a single application. No worries if the look of custom-tinted windows isn’t for you, either. Ask for AIR80, a clear film from LLumar that provides sun protection without tint. Still, you’re probably asking yourself: is this really necessary?
Yes, being inside a vehicle feels a lot like being indoors. You’ve got cushy seating, stereo sound, and air conditioning. But you can get a lot of sun when you’re out driving around, so it’s really more like being outdoors. In fact, a recent study by the St. Louis University School of Medicine found that people who spend more time driving in a car are more likely to develop skin cancer on the side that’s exposed to more sunlight, the left side. And one in five of Americans develop skin cancer in their lifetime. So vehicular sunscreen’s really a no-brainer. Just like regular sunscreen.
Idea #2: Sun Exposure Trackers
The next big thing in wearable tech is not that watch named after a fruit. It’s devices that protect you from sun damage, with a warning when you’ve had too much. Like fitness monitors, they come in styles that can be clipped to clothing or worn on your wrist, at a wide range of price points and with varied features. Choices include CliMate, June, SunFriend, SunSprite, Suntracker, TZOA, and Violet. If you’re interested in trying out a sun tracker, there’s probably one that’s right for you.
You’ll find low-tech trackers that change color in response to UVA and UVB rays, stand-alone devices with flashing lights to signal it’s time to find shade, and advanced options that pair with Bluetooth-enabled smartphone apps. Styles run the range as well, with some disposable, some like modern jewelry, and some in bright plastic. Many devices offer variable settings, so you can adjust sensitivity to match your skin tone or SPF. Some even figure exposure based on cloud cover and other environmental factors, too. Still, the most major plus for sun trackers is that wearing them can become a daily habit that teaches you about sun exposure in all times of year and weather conditions, so you have better knowledge and awareness of risk.
Idea #3: Sun Protection Supplements
The idea of a pill or liquid for sun protection is hard to resist: no messy lotions or sprays, no ridiculous looking burns in spots you miss, quick and easy “reapplication.” Really, it’s no surprise that Heliocare Sun Protection Pills, Sunsafe Rx Supplements and Osmosis UV Neutralizer, the first “drinkable sunscreen” are getting lots of attention. Full disclosure before we go any further: the FDA has evaluated none of these products’ claims. Still, since many of us have dabbled in vitamin therapies or diet changes – so it makes sense to mention sun-benefit dietary supplement options here.
Now, diving in: pills in this category are basically loaded with antioxidants. Doses vary, but all are based on the theory that antioxidants help with recovery from sun exposure, so can support healing and help defend against skin cancer. This is not the same as SPF, and these supplements are clear about that. The drinkable sunscreen is bolder: you’re advised to drink it an hour before sun exposure, and to expect around 3 hours of 30 SPF sun protection. While reviews are mixed on whether or not the product works, everyone seems to agree the flavor is pleasant. And pills are pretty much tasteless as well. So you can do a taste test on any supplement with no risk. Whether you decide to test-drive them in other ways? That’s up to you. We’ll take responsibility only for providing some interesting water cooler banter.
Before You Get Out to Enjoy the Sun
Hopefully your takeaway from this post is more practical and than conversational – even if a specific item doesn’t work for you, most everything we’ve shared is an idea that can help with sun protection. Here’s a recap of what we’ve covered, to help you stay happier and healthier in the sunny months: apply window film to your vehicle just once for daily UV protection, be more aware of your personal sun exposure, and support your body’s recovery from the sun’s effects.
When a guest decides whether to return to a hotel, much of his or her decision is based on guestroom comfort. Noise levels, the mattress, lighting quality, water pressure, room temperature – these are all factors that impact the hotel experience.
According to a 2012 J.D. Power and Associates study on common complaints among hotel guests, temperature/HVAC issues made the top three (right behind noise levels and dirty rooms). A guestroom that’s too hot or too cold may make it hard to sleep, be productive, or even get settled in.
Several things can affect a guestroom’s indoor temperature: malfunctioning HVAC equipment, solar heat gain or thermal heat loss through windows, lack of circulation, moisture levels, etc. Determining the root cause can help you select the most energy-efficient, cost-effective solution.
To help control room temperature in instances when solar heat gain and thermal heat loss occur, hotels across the country are finding success with high-performance, low-e window film. The right window tinting solution can improve insulating power of existing windows; it can reduce solar heat gain during warm months, and may also prevent thermal heat loss during cooler months.
Check out how these two well-known hotels took guest complaints to heart, and used commercial window film to improve comfort levels.
Hyatt Regency Houston
The 924,000-square-foot Hyatt Regency Houston was receiving temperature complaints from guests due to solar heat gain (especially on the building’s southeast and southwest sides). The hotel was looking for a way to solve this problem, and was also interested in lowering its annual $1.6 million energy bill.
Hyatt Regency Houston decided to install low-e window film to help reduce solar heat gain, along with an extensive sub-metering system so hotel staff could monitor energy use in rooms with window film. The sub-meters also measured energy use in rooms without window film so that energy-use comparisons could be made.
The rooms with low-e window film showed a reduction of 23% in cooling energy use and 25% in heating energy use, according to the data gathered by the sub-meters. These energy savings provided a full payback in 3.6 years, based on national average installation costs and taking into account an energy-efficiency rebate from the utility company.
Marriott Hotel – Winston-Salem, NC
The Marriott in Winston-Salem, NC, was having problems with its HVAC system: In the guestrooms receiving lots of sunlight, the existing HVAC equipment wasn’t able to cool below 78 degrees F. Complaints about room temperature prompted the Marriott to investigate possible solutions, and low-e window film was installed to address the room temperature issues.
After the window film was in place, the hotel’s HVAC system was able to cool guestrooms to 72 degrees F – six degrees cooler than before. The Marriott’s annual heating and cooling costs are expected to drop by at least 5%, saving $24,000 annually. Projected payback for the project is approximately three years.
What comes to mind when you hear the word, “ceramic”? —Likely it’s traditional ceramics—dishes, tiles, or a vase that’s been fired in a kiln. While today’s advanced ceramics share some of the same properties as traditional ceramics, including its ability to withstand high temperatures and its brittleness, the definition is more applicable to properties than components. From electrical and thermal insulators for spark plugs, telephone poles and spacecraft to LLumar® window tint for cars, window film for homes and commercial properties, advanced ceramics have become an important factor in cutting-edge technology.
We’ve received questions from consumers about ceramic window tint for vehicles. So if you’re looking for window tint for your vehicle both LLumar CTX® and AIR Series and FormulaOne Pinnacle® Series window tint uses nano-ceramic technology.
The benefits of LLumar ceramic window tint include:
High heat resistance helps keep your car cooler
A range of colors from dark to clear delivers what you need and want
Outstanding heat rejection
Advanced technology that won’t interfere with electronics
Won’t interfere with your keyless entry, radar detector, mobile phone, and other radio frequency technology you rely on in your vehicle