Safe From the Sun While Driving?

Safe From the Sun While Driving

Most everyone knows to protect their skin from the damaging effects of the sun when they are outside, yet many do not even think about all the damage that could be occurring while they are inside their car. This terrific article from The Skin Cancer Foundation discusses the importance of staying safe from the sun while in your car.



Story by Susan T. Butler MD for The Skin Cancer Foundation

Sun Hazards in Your Car

When thinking about sun exposure, you might envision yourself on the beach or exercising outdoors. But millions of Americans receive a large portion of their sun exposure when they don’t even realize it — in their cars.

For years, dermatologists have observed that patients in the US often have more sun damage (which can lead to wrinkles, leathering, sagging, brown “age” spots and even skin cancers) on the left side of their faces than on the right. Why? Research increasingly points to ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation penetrating through car windows.

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