How UV Radiation Damage Your Skin?
Malaysians spent an average of 72 minutes per day on the road, and 26,280 minutes per year. It is a whopping amount of time on the road and 80% of the time is exposed to sunlight.
As ozone levels are depleted, the atmosphere loses more and more of its protective filter, which means more solar ultra-violet (UV) radiation reaches the earth’s surface. Prolonged and repeated exposure to UV radiation can cause your skin cell damage. If your body can’t repair the cells, this can eventually form a cancerous tumor.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the key differences between UVA and UVB rays, how they affect your skin, and what you can do to limit sun damage.
Two types of UV light are proven to contribute to the risk for skin cancer:
- Ultraviolet A (UVA) has a longer wavelength and is associated with skin aging.
- Ultraviolet B (UVB) has a shorter wavelength and is associated with skin burning.
Facts about ultraviolet A (UVA) rays and how they affect your skin.
- They have higher wavelengths than UVB, but lower energy levels compare to UVB rays.
- They’re more penetrating than UVB rays, which means they can affect cells deeper in the skin.
- The short-term effects such as immediate tanning and sunburn.
- Long-term effects such as premature aging, wrinkles, skin cancers.
- Unlike UVB rays, they’re not absorbed by the ozone layer. About 95 percent of the UV rays that reach the ground are UVA rays.
Facts about ultraviolet B (UVB) rays and how they affect your skin.
- They have shorter wavelengths compare to UVA, with higher energy levels.
- UVB rays damage the outer and surface layers of the skin.
- The short-term effects such as delayed tanning, sunburn, and blistering.
- Long-term effects such as skin cancers.
- Only about 5% of UV rays that penetrate through the ozone layer are UVB.
The bottom line is that both UVA and UVB can damage your skin cells leading to skin cancer. These rays can also cause eye damage if unprotected. Despite the risk factor, you can happily enjoy the great outdoors by protecting your skin against UV exposure with sunscreen, hats, eyewear, and also high UV rejected window film for your cars and home.
XPEL is a proud member of The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Corporate Council. Established in 1979, the Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection, and treatment of skin cancer. Their goal is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research.
XPEL fully supports the mission of the Foundation and its efforts to save and improve lives. That’s why our window films for automotive glass and commercial and residential flat glass all offer protection against the damaging effects of UVA and UVB radiation.
XPEL PRIME brand of automotive window film has earned The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation for its safe and effective protection against ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
The Seal of recommendation is granted for products that meet the established criteria by the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Photobiology Committee. It ensures that its recommended products are safe and effective at preventing skin damage that can lead to skin cancer.
In addition to UVA and UVB rejection, XPEL PRIME window films provide significant glare reduction and up to 98% infrared heat rejection. The films’ protective properties are designed to keep vehicle passengers safe and comfortable and are all backed by XPEL’s industry-leading limited lifetime transferrable warranty.
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