UVR Exposure while Driving

UVR Exposure while Driving

A new study from French researchers provides startling new evidence of the impact of UVR filtering through glass on skin.

Researchers at the University College Hospital in Besancon, France, conducted the first study on how sections of the face age at different rates depending upon the amount of sun exposure.

Their conclusions: “Participants showed significantly more clinical signs of facial aging on one side of their face due to driving or working close to windows over many years.”

Glass does reduce the transmission of the sun’s ultraviolet B rays, but about 50 percent of ultraviolet A rays that cause skin burning and aging, do get through.

One study participant, a 62-year-old sales-woman, had been driving two to five hours a day for 33 years to attend client meetings.

Researchers found that the side of her face closest to her car window appeared seven years older than the opposite side.

While the new research highlights the aging effects of UVR, dermatologists here have warned for years that sunlight entering the left side of a car can contribute to skin cancer on the left side of the face and body.

Here are recommendations from the American Academy of Dermatology on reducing UVR exposure while driving.

Be Safe. Be SunAWARE.

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