Summer Sun Safety Tips
Television public service announcements stress the importance of buckling up and avoiding distracted driving when getting behind the wheel. Most Calabasas drivers are unaware, however, that they also need to protect their skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays even though they are inside a vehicle.
Skin Cancer Facts:
Approximately 20 percent of Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. The majority of skin cancers are the result of damage caused by the ultraviolet radiation in the sun’s rays. More than half of skin cancers occur on the left or driver’s side of the body, and most of those are on the head and neck. This is because the side and rear windows let in approximately 63 percent of UVA rays.
Steps to Prevent Skin Cancer:
One of the best ways to limit sun exposure while in a vehicle is to install a window film that filters out up to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation without impacting visibility. Dermatologists also recommend applying an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen every two hours during long road trips. The best sunscreens contain a combination of UVA-blocking ingredients, such as ecamsule, titanium dioxide, oxybenzone, avobenzone, and zinc oxide. When riding in a convertible or a car with a sunroof, wear a hat with a wide brim to protect the face and the top of the head. Drivers should also avoid the temptation to prop their arm up on an open window and should wear long sleeves to shield the arms. A pair of quality sunglasses will help protect the delicate skin around the eyes.
When possible, avoid going outdoors during the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Sunburns and excessive tanning, whether outdoors or in tanning beds, should be avoided. Individuals who spend considerable time outdoors or in vehicles should perform a skin self-exam every month and consult a board-certified dermatologist annually for a professional skin exam.