Window Tint and Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Facts: Does Window Tint Prevent Skin Damage From The Sun?

May is National Skin Cancer/Melanoma Awareness Month. The United States has more patients diagnosed with skin cancer every year compared to all other cancers combined.


The latest statistics reveal that…

  •  One in five people in the country would develop skin cancer before they reach the age of 70.
  • Even though the risk factor for skin cancer is rather low for African Americans, Latinos, and Asians, skin cancer can be the deadliest for these groups as well.
  • The American Cancer Society says that men are twice more likely to get skin cancer than women.
  • The yearly expenditure of treating skin cancer in the United States is a staggering $8.1 billion – $3.3 billion allocated for melanoma skin cancers and $4.8 billion allocated for non-melanoma cancers.
  • In fact, the diagnosis of nonmelanoma skin cancers has increased by 77% between 1994 and 2014.
  • More than 90% of these cases are due to the exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

These facts don’t come as a surprise since most people would think only of outdoor sun safety when thinking of skin cancer prevention.

How Do I Protect Myself From UV Rays?

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher as a part of a complete sun protection regimen in order to reduce your risk of skin cancer. While wearing an effective sunscreen and staying in the shade will help protect your skin from the sun’s Ultraviolet Rays (UV) when you are outdoors, you should consider a complete approach to preventing skin cancer when you are indoors – especially in your car on the road. 

Many people don’t do this and regret the consequences later on in their lives. That is why you need to take steps to protect your skin when you are driving in the hot sun. Window tinting comes handy under such circumstances. In fact, the latest studies have revealed that window tinting and the prevention of skin cancer go hand in hand. A high-quality window tint can drastically reduce your risk of skin cancer while driving in the sun. Here are some interesting facts about window tinting and skin cancer.

Does Window Tinting Help Prevent Skin Cancer?

The damage due to exposure to ultraviolet rays is cumulative. In fact, UVA rays will penetrate deep into your skin and accelerate the skin aging process. This could result in the occurrence of wrinkles, fine lines, and skin cancer. UVA radiation is responsible for more than 90% of skin cancer cases in the United States. On the other hand, UVB rays will cause immediate effects like burns, and blisters but don’t cause long-term skin damage.

The damage caused by UVA rays are long-term and not immediately noticeable. That is why most people don’t immediately realize that their skin is being damaged from sitting near the window in a car. Millions of Americans receive a large portion of their sun exposure while traveling in their vehicle. According to AAA, Americans spend an average of 290 hours on the road per year. However, most of us aren’t aware of just how intense the sunlight can be. 

Window glass can effectively block UVB rays, while the windshield is typically treated to block UVA rays. But the car’s rear and side windows will allow UVA rays to come through and do damage to your skin. That is where an effective and high-performance window tint comes in handy. The latest research has revealed that window tinting and the prevention of skin cancer are closely correlated.


A high-performance window tint will offer all-day skin protection to help prevent skin cancer in the long run. A properly installed quality tint can help block up to 99% of harmful UV rays and provide a long-term solution to prevent the occurrence of skin cancer. Since window tinting is regulated in many states, you should check the laws in your area before tinting your car windows. An alternative to dark tint is clear window film, that is treated with a UVA protectant.

One recent study revealed a 93% reduction in skin cell death when UV exposure was filtered through a UV-absorbing glass. In fact, some window films help block up to 99.9% of harmful UV rays when applied to car windows. That is why you should consider window tinting for the prevention of skin cancer in the long run. It is one of the most effective methods of preventing skin cancer over time.

How Does Window Tinting Block UVA And UVB Radiation?

When you are driving, the last thing you are thinking about is whether or not your skin is being damaged due to the exposure to harmful UV rays, but they are there, even when you aren’t fully aware of them.  UV rays from the sun pass through the windshield and side windows of your car and could cause long-term damage to your skin. This can result in skin cancers in the long run. That is where a high-performance window tint comes in handy. Such a window film can block up to 99.9% of all UV rays and help prevent skin cancer for both drivers and passengers alike.

Most people are likely to develop skin cancer on their left sides of the body since it is the most exposed area to the sun when we drive. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you apply a high-performance window tint to your car in order to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. The latest research shows that window tinting and the prevention of skin cancer go hand in hand. That is why you need to apply a high-performance window tint to your car to help prevent the occurrence of skin cancer over time.

Rayno and Skin Cancer Foundation
As seen on Designing Spaces airing on the Lifetime Channel, Rayno Window Film, carries premium, high-performance window film products that can help prevent skin cancer in the long run. We strive to improve the quality of life for our customers while stretching the boundaries of the window tinting industry. Best of all, Rayno Window Film is currently a member of the Skin Cancer Foundation and officially sealed. Invest in Rayno Window Film for your car, home, or office building and prevent the damaging effects of solar radiation on your skin. Learn more about automotive window film and architectural window film.

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