Skin Cancers and Photo Aging

When thinking about skin exposure, you might envision yourself on the beach or exercising outdoors. But millions of people receive a large portion of their sun exposure when they don’t even realise it – in their cars.For years dermatologists have observed that patients in the US have more sun damage (which can lead to wrinkles, leathering, brown age spots and skin cancers) on the side of the face that faces the glass than on the other side of the face.
Why? Research increasingly points to ultra violet A (UVA) radiation penetrating through car windows. (See our photo below of a 69 year old truck driver who spent 28 years driving a truck, meaning he was far more exposed to the sun’s rays coming through the window on the left of his vehicle as he drove.)

UV radiation from the sun, associated with about 90 percent of all skin cancers, reaches the earth as long-wavelength UVA and shortwave UVB rays. Glass effectively blocks UVB, with front windscreens specially treated to block UVA as well. However the vehicles side and rear windows allow UVA to penetrate. UV exposure is cumulative, and research has proven that skin exposed to sun shining through window glass even in an office, can over time lead to significant damage.

All Solar Gard window films both automotive and architectural (flat glass) have a UV inhibitor in the film that stops up to 99% of all UVA and UVB. AIMCAL (the Association of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators), WFAANZ, IWFA and EWFA. Performance results are calculated using NFRC / AFRC methodology and LBNL Window 5.2 software using the International Glazing Database (IGDB). Prerequisite for product listings on the IGDB is that all data must be offered for third party peer challenge / review.

One study noted a 93 percent reduction in skin cell death when UV exposure was filtered through window films such as Solar Gard when applied to vehicle windows.

So for that peace of mind and protection for  yourself, your children and even your pets, you need protection from UVA and UVB rays and Solar Gard films can provide this protection .Solar Gard window film offers a one-time application that offers affordable and safe protection.

Solar Gard films is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Don’t accept anything less as there a number of films that cannot provide this level of protection or say they can but cannot prove it.


UVA Rays To anyone who’s ever questioned the power of Solar Gard protection, there isn’t a more graphic example than this image of the truck driver from Chicago whose face a staggering 20 years older on one side than the other.
Related Articles : Bill McElligott had been driving his milk delivery truck for 28 years, without sun protections. And closed windows or not (UVA, the longer rays responsible skin’s aging, can penetrate through glass) the damage was done – all 20 added years of wrinkling and thickening according to the New England Journal of Medicine.