DRIVING WITHOUT PROTECTION
Unless you have seriously tinted windows, UVA rays—responsible for lines, pigmentation, and all three types of skin cancer—can penetrate glass and damage skin cells year-round, explains Dr. Zeichner. Studies show that both sun-induced skin damage (like wrinkles and spots) and skin cancers appear more on the left (or driver’s) side of our faces.
WHAT’S The b ig d e Al?
When it comes to UV damage, nothing defends like sunscreen. Titanium dioxide– based blocks start deflecting rays the second they’re applied. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, require 15 minutes to soak into skin—not ideal if you tend to run late in the morning. Remember: Any form of SPF needs to be reapplied every two hours, so tote a mini in your purse (not in your car though— high temps can deactivate the ingredients in the formula) and apply before your ride home.