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Protect Your Skin While Driving
Picture this: you head to the beach, spend the day laying out and swimming, forget to reapply sunscreen and then drive home at the end of a long day. Which of these activities have put you at risk for skin cancer? It may be a surprise but the answer is all of them. While hanging out at the beach or neglecting to apply sunscreen seem the riskiest, hours spent in the car can be risky, too.
The glass in car windows can effectively block shortwave UVB rays, but offers little protection against long-wavelength UVA rays. Only front windshields are typically treated to block UVA rays. The untreated side windows and back windshield leave you and your passengers vulnerable to UV exposure.
Interestingly, a recent study from the Journal of the American Aacdemy of Dermatology reports that nearly 53% of patients with skin cancer in the United States developed it on the left side of their bodies (the drivers’ side). Similarly, in countries where the drivers’ side is on the right, researchers have observed a higher incidence of skin cancer on those patients’ right arms and faces.
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is cumulative. Without protection, the effect of UV rays on your skin and health can be harmful. In addition to causing skin aging and wrinkling, according to the American Academy of Dermatology sun exposure is one of the leading causes of skin cancer.
While you’re in your car, window tint offers a long-lasting solution to protect your skin from the risks associated with UV rays. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends window tint as part of a comprehensive skin care program. It acts as sunscreen by blocking more than 99% of UV rays. Window tint is available in a range of shades, even clear for those who don’t prefer the look of tinted windows, or live in a state with regulations against dark tint.
During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, LLumar partnered with the Skin Cancer Foundation to educate the public about skin cancer protection while driving or riding inside a vehicle. Learn more about skin protection.