Car glass fails to protect us against the sun’s UVA rays.
We are the skin cancer capital of the world and the findings of a new study should make you rethink going without window tint on your cars windows.
Just as we are advised by the experts to protect our eyes with sunglasses, the study from St. Louis University in the US has found that regular car windows do very little to filter potentially harmful UVA rays and this shows the benefit of protecting your skin from these rays as you do your eyes.
We spend on average around four years in our cars during our lifetime, just think about the sun damage that can be done with that much exposure in Australia.
A separate US study has backed up the research, it found nearly 53 percent of skin cancers in the US occur on the left hand side of the body, the side most exposed to the sun among drivers of left hand drive vehicles.
Window Tint Benefits and Facts:
- Window Tint blocks harmful ultraviolet rays which may cause long term, cumulative skin damage.
- Helps reduce the interior surface temperature of a vehicle helping keep passengers cooler.
- Helps reduce fading and cracking of interior finishes.
- Provides privacy and security.
Dr Dee Anna Glaser is the vice-chair of the dermatology department at St. Louis University, she says taking preventative measures such as installing window tint on vehicle windows and using sunscreen can help protect Australian drivers against skin damage.
“UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and can silently accelerate the aging process, cause wrinkles and even skin cancer.”
Unlike UVB rays, which create immediate effects like blistering and burns, UVA rays create long term damage that is not immediately noticeable.
“That’s why many people don’t realize their skin is getting damaged from sitting near car windows.”