Umbrellas are not only used during heavy rains. But when the sun is shining bright and fierce, umbrellas can also be used to protect the skin from ultraviolet rays. This is according to a research at Meroy University, Atlanta.
They found that umbrellas can block an average of more than 3/4 UV light on a sunny day. Black umbrella can even withstand sunlight by 90 percent.
“In addition to using sunscreen, I advise people to use other solutions to ward off solar,” said Dr. Brundha Balaraman, researcher and dermatologist from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, as reported by Reuters Health (20/03).
In addition to using an umbrella, Balaraman also advised to wear a wide-brimmed hat or clothing that protects from ultraviolet rays. These objects can be a good alternative if you’re not allowed to use sunscreen.
In this study Dr. Supehy Chen and his colleagues wanted to test whether umbrella can be used to protect people from the sun. They conducted experiments on 23 types of umbrella using UV light producing devices.
Umbrellas that are made ??specifically to withstand the sun managed to hold up to 99 percent of UV rays, while rain umbrella can withstand as much as 77 percent.
Using an umbrella could be useful for people who travel or for golf players. But advising people to get used to carrying and using an umbrella on a sunny day seems not to be easy.
Also read: Blue is the Best Color Against Ultraviolet.