Do tinted car windows prevent skin damage and possibly cancer too? Read this detailed article on why it’s extremely important to correctly tint your windows in your vehicle, home, or place of business along with the different methods used to tint your windows.

Tinted Car Windows Reduce Danger From Sunlight

Sunlight exposes skin to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can cause early signs of skin aging, and ultimately skin damage. Repeated skin damage can lead to skin cancer. Every tan means damage to your skin cells. However, a sunburn causes such extreme damage to your skin, that even after the sunburn has vanished the unseen damage to your skin cells remains. Sadly, with five or more sunburns in your life, the risk for potentially deadly Melanoma skin cancer doubles. While light-skinned people are more vulnerable to sun damage and skin cancer, dark-skinned people can also develop skin cancer. 

And even when the sky is covered in thick clouds, and there is not a speck of sunshine insight: 80% of the harmful UV rays can still reach our skin. 

Protecting our Skin From The Sun

Protecting our skin is or should be, on everyone’s mind. The skin is our largest organ, and skin cancer is the most aggressive cancer in existence. It accounts for a staggering 3.5 million cases of cancer every year in the US alone, thereby making up almost half of all cancer cases annually in the US. The skin consists of many layers, but the two main layers are the epidermis (the outer layer), and the dermis (the inner layer). Skin cancer begins in the epidermis, which consists of squamous cells (epidermis top layer), basal cells (epidermis middle layer), and melanocytes (epidermis lower layer). The most common type of skin cancer involves the squamous and basal cells, and it is a cancer that can usually be cured (despite causing disfigurement and calling for lengthy and expensive treatments). However, the third most common skin cancer, called Melanoma, is also the deadliest one, due to its tendency to spread to other organs, including vital organs, in the body.  

Difference Between UVA and UVB Rays

Two types of light makeup ultraviolet radiation. First, there is UVA radiation. This light has a longer wavelength and causes skin aging. UVA accounts for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the earth. As the UVA rays maintain the same level of strength during daylight hours throughout the year it makes them unavoidable for all of us, and UV protection is a must. UVA rays can even penetrate windows and will penetrate the lower skin layers. 

The “broad-spectrum protection” you see on sunscreen packages refers to UVA protection being included in the product. This is because initially, sunscreen lotions only protected against UVB rays. So, when in the past, a commercial sunscreen listed an SPF 30 (SPF=sun protection factor), this referred only to the UVB rays. It indicated that, on average, a person with a medium skin tone could stay out 30 times longer in the sun without suffering from sunburn than without the sunscreen lotion applied to their skin. As scientists discovered that UVA rays are at least as harmful as UVB rays, new “broad-spectrum” sunscreens were developed. 

On the other hand, UVB rays cannot penetrate windows. They have a shorter wavelength and cause suntan, sunburns, and ultimately, blistering. Their intensity fluctuates, with the mid-morning to late afternoon being the most intense. They can also be reflected by water, snow, and ice. As outlined above, when the media outlets warn to avoid the sun between 10 am and 4 pm, this aims primarily at avoiding a sunburn from UVB rays. However, UVA rays will still be affecting our skin with unchanged intensity. 

Every day that the UV index is predicted to be 3 or above, a person should apply sunscreen. A UV index is like a weather forecast. It predicts levels of harmful UV rays and is also commonly listed with your weather forecast. It is therefore a good idea to pay attention to the UV index every day.

Difference Between Factory Tint and Window Film

It is understandable that many buyers assume that the tinted car windows on their new car will protect them from UV rays. However, some factory tint was solely developed for the privacy of drivers and passengers. Therefore, when it comes to tinted windows, it is crucial to distinguish between a factory tint and a window film. 

A factory tint is applied through an electrical process called “deep dipping”, which darkens the inside of the glass. As it is only meant for privacy, it does not keep out solar heat and solar radiation (UV rays). On the other hand, window film will keep out solar heat and harmful UV rays. Consequently, before applying a window tint, it is vital to ensure that the tint is a high-quality tint like the 3M UV protection tint. For quality assurance, it is also essential to have it installed by a certified window tinting expert, such as one of our experts at 

About Window Tints

Fortunately, by law, front windshields are treated to filter out most of the UVA rays. However, the side and rear windows are not treated by car manufacturers, which means that harmful ultraviolet rays can affect you and your loved ones in full. In order to make it easier to pick the right window tint for your car, these tints come with a rating system: The lower the number of the window tint the less light will be able to penetrate the window. These numbers refer to what is called the Visible Light Transmission (VLT) percentage. A high-end automotive tint can block up to 99% of harmful UV rays and provide an SPF of 1000+. Most window tints consist of a polyester film, which is usually made of Polyethylene Terephthalate (“PET”). The newest line of ceramic window tints even blocks up to 99.9% of all harmful UV rays. 

Don’t go through the trouble of ordering and installing your window tint on your own. Instead, have one of our knowledgeable professionals help you pick the best tint for your needs and install it to high specifications. To make it a hassle-free experience for you, you can even drop off your car, go for a relaxing meal with your family, and pick up the car when it is ready. So, give us a call at (407) 777-1281 to schedule a window tinting by the experts!

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