Can You Get Sun Damage While Driving In A Car?

As someone who has been working with skin for over 20 years, I know that clients have more brown age spots on the left side of the face than the right, and I certainly attribute this to the amount of UV rays that can come in through the left driver side window of your car.

Read: How To Prevent Summer Sun Spots

Did you know that harmful rays from the sun can pass through the side and rear car windows? Most windshields are made of laminated glass, which prevents the windshield from shattering in an accident. Laminated glass will block the sun’s damaging rays. However, most car’s side and rear windows are not laminated glass, so rays can penetrate, damaging skin and setting the stage for premature skin aging and possibly skin cancer.

I recently purchased a new car and what sold me on the car was that the side and rear windows were tinted with a special tint used on military planes that cuts out 95% of UV rays. This esthetician means business when it comes to skin!

Consider having sunlight-control film applied to rear and side windows but always wear sunscreen applied generously to the face, neck and sides of the neck every, day so you’re protected when driving in your car – or anywhere you are…

Read: How To Apply Sunscreen To The Face And Neck

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