Adding window tint to your car could be a healthy and economical move

Columbus Ohio 2018 – Many people do not realize that they are putting their skin at risk every time they jump in the car. Harmful ultraviolet rays enter a vehicle through the side and rear windows, which can cause skin damage and lead to skin cancer, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation. A recent study by the Harvard Health Watch found that the average American spends 101 minutes per day driving. That’s 614 hours a year or an estimated 37,935 hours in a lifetime exposed to UV rays while in a car.

Adding window film, sometimes called tint, to your car could be one of the easiest and most economical ways to provide round-the-clock sun protection for you and your family. “When applied over automotive glass, this tint’s virtually invisible protection blocks more than 99 percent of harmful UV rays*,  which have been shown to contribute to aging, sagging, wrinkling and even skin cancer,” says Mark Gershenson, Director, Global LLumar® Brand Management at Eastman Chemical Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of window tint.

There are two primary types of ultraviolet rays, UVB and UVA. UVB are the burning rays that cause immediate reactions to the skin surface like blistering and burns. UVA are the penetrating rays that cause long-term damage that’s not immediately visible. UVA rays penetrate deep within the skin cells and are a known leading cause of skin cancer and premature skin aging, including wrinkles and age spots.

“Glass in car windows helps to block UVB rays,” Gershenson explains, “However, UVA rays pass through glass unencumbered and penetrate deeper into the skin to cause cumulative damage over longer periods of time. Because you don’t see the immediate effects, many people don’t realize the risks.” These same UVA rays also cause fading and cracking of automotive interiors. UVA rays are present during all daylight hours, 365 days a year, even in cloudy weather.

In a recent article, ”Sun Hazards in Your Car, **” Susan Butler, MD, a dermatologist and micrographic surgeon at the California Institute, points to a trend in “wrinkles, leathering, sagging, brown ‘age’ spots and even skin cancers” on the left side of patient’s faces. “The more time subjects spent driving a vehicle, the more severe their photo damage on the left side.”

Clear window tints are widely available

While all films in the LLumar portfolio offer UV protection, clear film appeals to those who do not want the darker window appearance or where the use of dark films is prohibited by state laws. “Clear window film is an attractive alternative for many families who like openness and natural light, but understand they need to protect their kids. Clear window film is becoming one of our most popular selling films,”  says Dave at Automotive Appearance Pros.

Installation options

Manufactured in the United States and backed by a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty, LLumar window films can be professionally installed at LLumar and FormulaOne® High Performance Window Tint dealers nationwide.  A typical window tint installation is a one-time cost that can range from $200 – $500, depending on the size of the vehicle and level of tint performance chosen. See an authorized dealer for details.

LLumar window tints have earned The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, a symbol of safety and efficacy. The Skin Cancer Foundation grants its Seal of Recommendation to products that meet the Foundation’s specific criteria for effective UV sun protection.

“For most people, window film is an excellent investment,” says Dave at Automotive Appearance Pros. “When you consider the long term health benefits, occupancy comfort, reduced cooling loads and around the clock protection of window tint, it just make sense.”

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*(wavelength 280-380nm)

** “The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal,” May, 2011.