Photoprotection: clothing and glass

Dermatol Clin. 2014 Jul;32(3):439-48, x. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2014.03.016.


Ultraviolet (UV) radiation (UVR) has well-known adverse effects on the skin and eyes. Little attention is given to physical means of photoprotection, namely glass, window films, sunglasses, and clothing. In general, all types of glass block UV-B. For UV-A, the degree of transmission depends on the type, thickness, and color of the glass. Adding window films to glass can greatly decrease the transmission of UV-A. Factors that can affect the transmission of UVR through cloth include tightness of weave, thickness, weight, type of fabrics, laundering, hydration, stretch, fabric processing, UV absorbers, color, and fabric-to-skin distance.

Keywords: Clothing; Glass; Photoprotection; Sunglasses; Ultraviolet; Window films.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clothing*
  • Glass*
  • Humans
  • Photosensitivity Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Ultraviolet Rays / adverse effects*