is it really the case that you don’t need sunscreen indoors? Or is that a common misconception?
WITH SPRING-BREAK UPON US AND THINKING TO MYSELF IF I WERE FORCED TO PICK JUST ONE BEAUTY PRODUCT TO BRING ALONG, YOU CAN BET YOUR BUM I’D BE BRINGING SUNSCREEN.
WHY? IT’S SIMPLE REALLY: SPF IS UNEQUIVOCALLY THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF ANY SKINCARE ROUTINE. I’D GO SO FAR AS TO SAY A SKINCARE ROUTINE WITHOUT SPF IS ABSOLUTELY USELESS. HARSH, BUT TRUE. LET ME BREAK IT DOWN FOR YOU.
YOU MAY THINK THAT IF YOU ROLL OUT OF BED, GET IN YOUR CAR AND DRIVE TO WORK, WHERE YOU SIT AT YOUR DESK ALL DAY, THAT YOU DON’T NEED SUNSCREEN. OR, MAYBE YOU’RE INDULGING IN A LAZY SUNDAY, BINGE-WATCHING YOUR FAVORITE SHOW, AND YOU HAVE NO INTENTION OF BRUSHING YOUR HAIR, MUCH LESS PUTTING ON SUNSCREEN.
IF YOU AREN’T USING SPF YOU ARE MOST LIKELY HARMING YOUR SKIN AND UPPING YOUR RATES OF SKIN CANCER, IF YOU DON’T WEAR SUNSCREEN EVEN INDOORS. THAT’S BECAUSE, WHILE GLASS EFFECTIVELY BLOCKS MOST ULTRAVIOLET (UV) RAYS, IT DOES NOT BLOCK ALL OF THEM IN EQUAL MEASURE.
What really is SPF?
SPF stands for sun protection factor, which is the theoretical time one could spend in the sun without getting sunburned while wearing an SPF of that amount.
So, for example, an SPF of 30 means you could stay in the sun roughly 30 times longer than you could without sunscreen. The higher SPF, the longer the protection—not the stronger the protection.
In general, we want a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
what are the benefits of wearing sunscreen daily?
The sun kind of wreaks havoc on us mere mortals, and sunscreen is our suit of armor. Wearing sunscreen every single day is absolutely key to looking and feeling good.
90% of all signs of aging come from UVA rays. Not good. Sunscreen protects the skin from that sort of damage.
Wearing sunscreen keeps skin tone even: The sun can cause some serious dark spots and bouts of hyperpigmentation.
decreases your risk of developing cancer: Daily use of sunscreen drastically decreases the risk of developing skin cancer—especially against the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma.
minimizes skin damage: Whether you burn or not, skin is damaged by sun exposure over your lifetime. Sunscreen helps minimize the damage.