Are Sun Umbrellas Effective At Protecting Your Skin From The Sun?

We all rush for our umbrellas when the weather is threatening rain, but it can be just as helpful and beneficial for your health if you did the same when it’s going to be sunny.

While it is wonderful to be outside on a warm sunny day, it is also very unhealthy in the sense that too much exposure to the sunshine causes high doses of UV or ultraviolet rays to bombard our skin. These UV rays are known to increase risks of contracting skin cancer.

When a person uses an umbrella, roughly 77 to 99 percent of the UV rays are blocked from hitting your skin. A study was recently conducted at Emory University in Atlanta, random umbrellas were used in no particular order, and it the statistics were impressive.

A device was used to measure the UV radiation that was just under the fabric of the umbrella as it would have come through the fabric. Some of the umbrellas were just standard umbrellas, some were hand held rain umbrellas and a few were sun umbrellas.

The sun umbrella actually blocked over 99 percent of the UV rays, but the standard and regular umbrellas did well too, taking care of at least 77 percent of the harmful rays, and if the umbrella was a darker color, it provided an even higher level of UV protection.

People are accustomed to their habits and we do live in a microwave society where we expect everything to have instant results. While handheld umbrellas or parasols are more common in the coastal regions and in designer styles, everyone can benefit from the protection of a sun umbrella. Here is where you can buy one if you are interested in a fashionable model.

If you are looking for the highest level of UV protection, you should purchase a blue sun umbrella. The color of blue blocks the most UV rays, while the color yellow actually blocks the least. Red umbrellas are moderately effective and protect more than yellow umbrellas and less than blue.

Sunshine is not all bad, however, as we do receive a good amount of vitamin D from the sun. Plus, you will still receive some benefit from the sun even if you do use a sun umbrella to block the sun. If you are worried about a vitamin D deficiency, you can also supplement with food or vitamins.

Getting burned is not fun

Sometimes it takes learning a lesson to understand why you were put in the situation in the first place. With the way technology is setup and used so frequently now, it’s not surprising that many lessons are learned by using technology.

The lesson I was fortunate (actually, unfortunate) enough to learn, is what to do to your computer when it seemingly bursts to flames – maybe from being too close to the sun?!

While it’s unfortunate to have to go through the situation to remember how to fix it in the future, it would have been much sweeter to avoid it in the first place. Oh well, such is life!

When writing poetry, I like to print it out and read a physical copy. I feel it’s easier for me to see typos or other errors that way. When I was doing that, I kept getting an error on my computer saying my printer wasn’t working. It was something about the spoolsv.exe file. The errors I was getting were saying the printing cache or buffer is full or not working properly. I did some research on the Microsoft forum to see if anybody else was noticing this too. Good news is – some other people had seen this too.

I kept doing more searches to see if there was any site that could help fix it. Sure enough, I found a site that has tons of articles about various errors and other tips and reviews to help too. I went to and the info there was great. Plus, they had information about the spoolsv process that was pretty helpful too.

I also checked this video to see if it would help, but it didn’t offer a ton of help outside of what I already knew.

So, I kept searching further. Like I said, it’s nice to be able to edit a physical pen and paper copy for me, and I didn’t want to have to worry about this later if I were to print a longer document to edit.

I went back to the other site and searched for the article about how to fix the spoolsv.exe error. Sure enough, it had tons of information about what could cause it, how to fix it, and ways to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future. I wasn’t too worried I had a virus, but it also suggested getting my computer scanned. Maybe I should do that too, and make sure I’m good to go to keep printing my paper copies. :-)

As I said before, it’s interesting how sometimes it takes actually going through the lesson to learn why you should do something differently. Either way, I’m glad it’s working now, and super thankful so many people have great information online to help people with somewhat basic problems. I’d much rather spend 5-10 minutes doing some research to fix a basic problem than paying Geek Squad or some other company $100+ to “diagnose” and “fix” my problem. From what I’ve heard, that can be a total pain and be much more costly than it has to be.

Anyways, back to editing, have a great weekend!