In August, the U.S. Surgeon General released a statement urging the public to be aware of the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) exposure, a message that tint shops are helping to spread.



Window Film Magazine contributor Casey Flores reports that tinting companies are getting customers “referred by dermatologists for UV protection”, particularly to get their car windows tinted.


Many Lansing, MI residents may feel safe from the sun’s rays inside their homes, but what they may not know is that these harmful rays remain strong even indoors, regardless of the season or temperature.


Skin Cancer by the Numbers

According to Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, over 63,000 melanoma cases are recorded each year, with a seventh of these cases resulting in death. Almost five million people are afflicted with at least one type of skin cancer in the country.


Lushniak’s report also states that 90 percent of melanoma cases are caused by UV exposure. The common belief is that one should get protection from UV rays during the summer, particularly when lounging under the sun. However, the Skin Cancer Foundation says that the intensity of the UV radiation the earth gets remains the same in any weather and temperature.


Invisible Threat

UV rays can be classified into three types: UVA, UVB, and UVC. The first two types pose greater threat to human skin due to their long and medium wavelengths, respectively. However, according to the World Health Organization, UVA is more common than UVB, accounting for 95 percent of radiation reaching the Earth’s surface.


How Tints Help

UVB rays are most potent in summer and are the main cause of sunburn, but UVA rays are strong throughout the year. Additionally, while UVB rays are effectively blocked by glass, UVA radiation can go through them, and reach people’s skin.


Window tints offer a good defense against UVA rays, blocking out almost 100 percent of these, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Thus, Lansing residents should not hesitate to get quality window tinting from Lansing, MI services like Design Rides. Not only can tinting protect humans from the rays’ harmful effects on skin, it can also prevent damage on carpeting, upholstery, and drapery that harmful UVA rays can cause.


Moreover, Lansing residents do not need to worry about darkening their homes by applying tints. Michigan home window tinting by experienced providers can be made out of a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) base with dyes or metals added. PET is widely known for its optical clarity, allowing a clear view from one side of the film. Residents can continue enjoying the view from the outside without having to worry about dealing with harmful rays that accelerate skin aging.


(Source: Surgeon General Issues Skin Cancer Warning, Tint Shops Respond, Window Film Magazine, August 6, 2014)