Can You Get Sunburnt Through a Window?

Posted on : 11.23.2015 Updated on : 09.27.2018
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In our modern day and age, we spend a lot of time indoors, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re completely safe from sun damage and sunburns. Have you ever wondered if you can get sunburnt while indoors because you sit near a window at work, or if you can get burnt in the car? The answer is:

Yes, you can still get sunburnt through a window, either at home, at work or in a car.

While a window or glass does reduce the amount of UV radiation transmitted, your skin can still be sunburnt by UV rays. While the majority of UVB is blocked through glass, some UVA can still penetrate and the amount will depend on the type of glass1. While it might feel safe inside, if you’re being exposed to the sun’s rays for a prolonged period of time, it means that you’re at risk of incurring sun damage.

If you spend a long time in a car, or sitting in a sunny position in a building, taking sun protection measures is important2. Tinted glass can also reduce the amount of UV radiation penetrating a window.

We would recommend that even if you don’t feel like you’re exposed to the sun that you wear sunscreen for extra protection against sun damage. Go for something with broad spectrum protection like SunSense Moisturising Face 50+. A sunscreen like SunSense Moisturising Face not only provides UV ray protection, but also acts as a moisturiser.


1 Almutawa F, Vandal R, Wang SQ, Lim HW. Current status of photoprotection by window glass, automobile glass, window films, and sunglasses. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed. 2013; 29(2):65-72.
2 Cancer Council Australia. Position Statement: Window Tinting [online]. 2013 [cited 07/08/2013]. Available at URL:

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