The Covid-19 self-quarantine mandate has changed our lives in more ways than one. We are still having to adjust to a significant lifestyle change; improvising everything from working out at home to updating our diet to suit less active days. One of the most significant changes I had to make has to do with my beauty practices. While I have been masking more often, the fact that I won't be going out has me skipping over some crucial skincare steps. One of them is sunscreen - a product most people never reach out for indoors.
Do you need to wear sunscreen indoors?
Now that we have to stay indoors for weeks, let's clear the air once and for all. Yes, you do have to wear sunscreen at all times; even when staying in. One of the biggest misconceptions we have is that we aren't prone to sun damage in the safety of our homes.
In reality, the standard glass window in your home will block UVB but not UVA rays. UVA rays can penetrate deeper into our skin, which won’t feel like a sunburn but contribute to photo-ageing. This means the gradual appearance of dark spots, wrinkles and early signs of ageing.
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How to use sunscreen when staying indoors?
This is especially true if your work desk is by the window or your house gets a lot of sunlight. Now, this doesn't mean that you are sitting at home with SPF 50 cream slathered on; as if it’s a beach day out. The trick should be to add a touch of sun protection in your daily routine. Pick a hydrating moisturiser that is packed with protective ingredients. If you are ignorant towards sunscreen while indoors, it can lead to premature ageing and other skin issues.
The same goes for our body. Since we are at home, living in cute booty shorts and tank tops, the skin on our body runs the risk of sun damage as well. Pick a daily body lotion with SPF in it, and you should be okay.
When we step out, it’s necessary that we re-apply sunscreen every couple of hours depending on sweat and other factors. When saying home, you can take a call on the same depending on how much sun exposure you are getting. Use a broad spectrum SPF to cover all grounds and maybe apply twice a day? Good!
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