According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma at least once.” Many Tennesseans find these statistics shocking, so we slather on sunscreen when we go to the lake or wear a hat and sunglasses while we’re doing yard work. Unfortunately, we completely ignore one of the biggest risks to your skin health: driving in the car. Keep reading to learn more about why your car doesn’t protect you from the sun’s damaging rays and how professional window tinting can help.
Glass Doesn’t Filter Out All Radiation
Being in a car is like being in a small room with windows, right? That’s why many people think that riding in the car means they’re sheltered from the sun’s harmful rays. This is absolutely wrong, however. As CNN reports, “Glass filters out only one kind of radiation — UVB rays. But UVA rays, which penetrate deeper, can still get through. That’s why many adults have more freckles on their left side than their right — it’s from UV exposure on that side through the car window when driving.”
Sensitive Areas Are Most Exposed In The Car
The same rule about filtering out harmful UV rays applies to your windshield as well. Even worse, sun that comes through your windshield often hits you directly in the face, leaving your sensitive forehead, cheek, and nose areas completely vulnerable to hyperpigmentation and even skin cancer.
Window Tinting Makes A Significant Difference
We obviously can’t stop riding around in cars, so how are Nashville-area drivers supposed to protect themselves. Start by employing the same tactics you use at the beach: sunscreen, long sleeves, sunglasses, and hats. Then, you can increase your protection by adding UV-filtering window tinting to your car’s windows, especially in the back where your kids typically ride.
Want to know more about how professional window tinting can protect your health? Contact Accu Tint today.