Applying sunscreen when you’re about to head out of the house is imperative. Think about the harmful UV rays and the kind of effects it has on our skin. Yeah, no thanks.
But since we’ve started to spend more time at home, some of us have started to simplify our beauty routines — and mostly because we assume that we’re well protected from the pesky external aggressors when we’re outdoors.
That’s where you’re wrong. The truth of the matter is, even when you’re indoors, taking care and protecting your skin from these external aggressors should still be your first priority in maintaining good skin, which brings us to the main question we’re going to answer in this article: do we need to apply sunscreen even when you’re indoors?
1. APPLYING SUNSCREEN DAILY
The answer is: most definitely. Though it may seem like we’re well-sheltered from the sun’s rays, there are still some other factors to consider that might affect the condition of our skin. The perfect example? Enter UVA rays.
Say, you’re sitting by the window while WFH or lying on the bed, taking a nap while your blinds are up. You think to yourself, “Ah, nothing beats a beautiful, sunny afternoon.” Well, if that has ever occurred to you, then it’s time for a wakeup call. UVA rays can still penetrate through your windows and cause issues such as discolouration, fine lines and other skin issues.
So to counter the issue, it’s always a good reminder to set yourself some time in the day to apply (and reapply sunscreen) — whether you’re indoors or outdoors.
2. REAPPLY SPF EVERY 2 HOURS
As a rule of thumb, you should always re-apply your sunscreen every two hours or so for maximum protection. Though it may seem like a bit much, applying a light layer every now and then should keep your skin well protected from the harmful UV rays. Use a small dollop with each application and spread it evenly on your face and the other areas of concern.
3. BLUE LIGHT PROTECTION
As far as UV rays are concerned, taking blue light pollution into account should also be paramount, especially if you’re sitting in front of your laptop/desktop, mobile phone or even your TV for extended hours during this stay home period. With long exposure to blue light, your skin will be prone to skin damage which also includes inflammation, weakening of the skin’s barrier, as well as photo-ageing.
4. SELECT A SUNSCREEN WITH SPF 30 OR 50.
Just because you’ve set your sights on a sunscreen that promises an SPF of 100 doesn’t mean that it’s better than the one with SPF 50. Besides the fact that it offers adequate sun protection from UV rays, it’s been said that sunscreens with SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays while SPF 30 blocks 97%, and SPF 50, blocks out 98%.
But does a sunscreen with SPF 100 block out 100% of UVB rays? Not true. They are marginally better but no sunscreen can block out 100% UVB rays no matter its claims.
In fact, you should look out for one with enough SPF (30 or 50), so you’ll find yourself applying it more often and more liberally! For some of the best lightweight sunscreens to consider during this stay home period, consider these options: