Does sitting near window make your skin age faster? © Getty Images

Does sitting near a window make your skin age faster?

Everyone knows the dangers of staying in the sun for too long, but does sitting near a window have the same ageing affects on your skin?

Asked by: Anonymous

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Skin is damaged by ultraviolet radiation in sunlight, especially so-called UV-B, the relatively short-wavelength variety known to trigger skin cancer. The good news is that UV-B can’t penetrate through glass. The bad news is that the far more common, longer-wavelength UV-A, which also causes wrinkles and skin ageing – it can pass through glass. It’s also now thought to increase skin cancer risk as well, making sitting near windows a potential threat to health as well as appearances.


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