The Weird Place You Should Be Wearing Sunscreen — But Probably Aren’t
(AscendHealthy.com) – Many of us don’t think about wearing sunscreen when we’re indoors. However, experts say we should rethink that decision. Learn why you might want to add putting on sunscreen to your stay-at-home routine below.
What Does Sunscreen Do?
Sunscreen lotions are designed to provide protection from UV light in two ways. The products contain both chemical and physical particles that absorb and block UV rays.
The chemical components of sunscreen are responsible for absorbing the rays. The physical particles help to block those same rays.
By containing both types of particles, sunscreen protects you from UVA and UVB rays. Both types of rays may contribute to skin cancer. In addition, UVB radiation can cause sunburn, while UVA rays may lead to signs of aging in the skin, such as wrinkles.
The sun protection factor (SPF) indicator on sunscreen products shows the length of time it takes before UVB rays burn the skin. If a product contains an SPF of 15, for example, it takes 15 times longer for the skin to redden than if the product is not used.
Why Use Sunscreen Inside?
Spending most of your time indoors might seem like a good reason to skip the sunscreen. But although the windows in your home block UVB rays, they still provide access to UVA rays. If you travel in a car at any point during the day, the car windows may also expose you to UVA rays. When those rays travel through your windows, they connect with your skin. The UVA rays may result in skin cancer and also cause premature aging.
And sunshine isn’t the only potential culprit. Many devices with screens, such as computers, televisions and cell phones, release HEV blue light. That light can travel into your skin, potentially resulting in hyperpigmentation and other skin concerns.
Tips On Using Sunscreen Indoors
When shopping for sunscreen, look for the words “broad spectrum” on the label. A broad-spectrum product will provide protection from UVA rays and HEV blue light.
When you apply sunscreen, take time to cover areas such as your ears, neck, and hands, as well as your face. You want full coverage indoors just as you would outside in the full sun. As an added bonus, the full coverage means that if you step outside to check the mail or even head out for a drive, you are better protected from the sun’s rays.
It might seem odd to add sunscreen to our indoor routine, but it might help protect our skin from fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and premature aging. More importantly, adding sunscreen as a precaution may reduce our overall risk for skin cancer. It’s a valuable self-care step to ensure a sunny future.
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