When thinking about sun exposure, we may envision ourselves in the beach, playing sports during the day or even doing some yard work, but actually, we receive a large part of our sun exposure when we are in our cars. Research shows that UV radiation penetrates through car windows. Thus, there are some skin care guidelines you need to follow. We should avoid the midday sun and go driving or take walks during the early mornings or late afternoons when the sun is low. If we drive in the scorching heat of the day, applying the right sunscreen lotion, wearing protective clothing, and changing the car windows are some of the best strategies to protect the skin from getting a lot of the harmful UV radiation. Let’s look at these strategies in more detail.
Make Sunscreen Lotion a Priority
Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher is a very effective and a popular tip for protecting your skin. Select a lotion according to your skin coloration, shade, and cloud cover and time outside. We recommend that you use an ounce over the entire body, including a teaspoonful on the face. Apply the sunscreen about thirty minutes before you start traveling.
Your sunscreen should contain UV-shielding elements such as capsule, stabilized avobenzone, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide. You also must reapply the lotion after every two hours and after sweating heavily.
Wear Protective Clothing and Accessories
UV-blocking sunglasses, hats with a brim of about three inches all around, long pants as well as long-sleeved shirts are the types of clothing and accessories you should wear to protect your skin from the sun’s radiation.
In particular, men who have thinning hair and are at the risk of having skin cancer on the top of their heads should wear hats. It is good to have clothes that are tightly woven and loose fitting.
We know that wearing long-sleeves on a hot sunny day isn’t the best idea, but no one wants to be sunburnt. We always remember to have our cellphones, wallets, keys, and belts with us when we go out of the house but more often than not, we don’t think about sunscreen. Applying sunscreen lotion before driving should be a priority.
Tint or Apply UV-Protecting Film to Your Car Windows
Tinting or applying UV-protecting film to the window glasses of your car is another good sun safety tip. While window shields are able to protect you from the rays, you are left entirely vulnerable from the side and back windows when you are driving. In some states, tinting windows is regulated, so make sure you educate yourself about the laws.
You are likely to become really sweaty if you dress too warm. Your hands will also be too oily from the sunscreen lotion. These factors make tinting or applying UV-protecting film to the car windows a definite boon.
These guidelines will help you to stay safe while you are driving a car and also once you reach your destination. For more information, go to: https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/top-sun-safety-tips/