For most of us, car safety is researching crash tests, the number of airbags our vehicle has and buckling up. One of the most overlooked ways to protect yourself and family, while behind the wheel, is protecting your skin from the Sun’s harmful UV rays.
Increases in driver’s side skin cancers are on the rise, not to mention artificial aging and wear and tear on the skin from excessive sun exposure.
Passengers and those who receive excessive exposures through office windows and at home are not immune to the downsides of overexposure to the sun.
If possible, cover your skin with long sleeve shirts and other garments to minimize your exposure. Keep a Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen in the car that protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. In short, UVA can cause irreversible skin damage, skin cancer and premature aging while UVB causes sunburn, premature aging and skin cancer.
Studies show that 1 in 5 Americans will be affected by skin cancer in their lifetime. With sunscreen and covering your skin you may greatly reduce the odds of becoming one.
Tinting your windows gives you an additional layer of protection. Side windows, including rear windows, are particularly vulnerable leaving more than just the driver exposed. Window tint can be installed professionally in either shaded, if you’re looking for a customized appearance, or transparent that reduces nearly all the harmful UVA & UVB without reducing visibility.
Sources: The Skin Cancer Foundation, LLumar FORMULAONE