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Driving and the Sun

Driving and the Sun

It’s a startling truth: even behind the wheel, we're not safe from the sun's reach. From truck drivers traversing endless highways to daily commuters navigating city streets, the sun's UV rays can quietly wreak havoc on our skin. Whether you're on a cross-country journey or a short trip to the grocery store, protecting your skin from sun damage isn't just a beach-day concern-it's a daily necessity.

The Skin Cancer Foundation iterates that side and rear windows in automobiles do not necessarily offer adequate protection against UV radiation, specifically UVA rays. This type of radiation can penetrate through glass, leading to cumulative damage to the skin over time- like premature aging of the skin, such as wrinkles and age spots. More critically, it also increases the risk of developing skin cancers, including potentially deadly melanoma. Over time, cumulative exposure adds up, especially if you have a long commute or frequently drive during peak sunlight hours.

To mitigate these risks, incorporate sun protection strategies into your driving routine. Here are some practical steps you can take:

Use Sunscreen: Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, and hands 15 minutes before getting into the car (if it’s a chemical sunscreen).

Wear Sun-Protective Clothing: Soleil Sunwear has teamed up with Araya Visors to offer a BRAND NEW Sun Protection Car Kit, with driving gloves for your hands and arms, a mini scarf for your neck and decollete, and visor that covers your face to give you ultimate protection while behind the wheel..

Use Window Film: Consider installing window film on your car's windows that can block UV rays. This can help reduce your overall exposure while driving.

Wear Sunglasses: Invest in sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays to protect your eyes and the delicate skin around them.

By taking simple yet effective precautions, such as wearing sun-protective clothing and applying broad spectrum sunscreen, you can significantly reduce your risk of sun damage. Let's all drive towards a safer and sun-smart future.


Sources: 

https://www.skincancer.org/blog/surprising-danger-planes-trains-automobiles/