Do I Really Need to Wear Sunscreen Inside?

Do I Really Need to Wear Sunscreen Inside?

We’re huge proponents of wearing SPF every single day, rain or shine, no matter what. We’ve received a lot of questions lately asking if this includes wearing sunscreen indoors, whether recent events mean you’ve transitioned to working from home or you’re simply enjoying a staycation from the comfort of your living room.  

The short answer? Yes, absolutely! Nearly all visible effects of aging to the skin are due to sun exposure, so protection is a MUST. 

The long answer: We’ll let Dr. Dendy, renowned Cosmetic Dermatologist and MOHS Micrographic Surgeon, explain. 

Sunscreen is still mandatory everyday whether you are inside or outside — whether indoors or out, sunscreen is imperative. 

Studies have shown that exposure to indoor assailants such as blue light, heat and infrared light can cause premature aging of the skin and can cause or worsen dyschromia or hyperpigmentation. In cases of melasma, indoor pollution can stimulate pigment cells to produce more melanin, thus worsening hyperpigmentation and resulting in uneven skin tone.

I always recommend using an antioxidant serum on your clean skin before applying your sunscreen because it provides extra protection against free radical damage from the sun and other toxic avengers, like pollution.

Sunscreen is the best thing we can do to prevent early signs of aging and fight against future skin cancers.

– Dr. Dendy Engelman

Let’s dive into this a little deeper:

Sunscreen is still mandatory everyday whether you are inside or outside — whether indoors or out, sunscreen is imperative

While it may seem like staying indoors means you’re safe from damaging UV rays, the reality is the sun can still make its way to your skin through windows and incidental exposure (like quick trips in the car, a stroll out to the mailbox or taking your dog out on a walk). 

While standard glass windows typically block UVB rays, which are the primary cause of sunburns, they do not block UVA rays, which are responsible for what’s called “photo-aging” that leads to wrinkles, sun spots, texture issues and most concerningly, skin cancer. 

Even if it feels like your curtains or blinds are sufficiently blocking these rays, the reality is they’re still getting inside and even indirect exposure can cause long lasting damage. 

Glo Skin Beauty’s sunscreen collection offers a variety of SPF options that you’ll love to use every single day to help shield against this potential harm. And don’t forget to reapply! To ensure maximum protection, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours to maintain effectiveness throughout the day.

Studies have shown that exposure to indoor assailants such as blue light, heat and infrared light can cause premature aging of the skin and can cause or worsen dyschromia [an alteration of the color of the skin] or hyper-pigmentation.

In this day and age, we spend the majority of our time in front of screens, whether it’s phones, tablets, laptops or TVs. These devices emit blue light, which has a short wavelength and high energy, that can have a damaging effect on the skin and lead to hyperpigmentation or texture issues over time. 

In addition to the sun’s UV rays, this high-energy visible light (also known as HEV light) generates free radicals in skin cells, which are unstable molecules that damage collagen and elastin in the skin and result in texture issues like wrinkles and leathery skin, as well as hyperpigmentation like age spots or melasma. Thankfully, SPF provides a shield against the damage HEV can cause.

I always recommend using an antioxidant serum on your clean skin before applying your sunscreen because it provides extra protection against free radical damage from the sun and other toxic avengers, like pollution.

Studies have shown that using an antioxidant vitamin C serum prior to sunscreen can help address damage from the sun and pollutants by neutralizing free radicals before exposure. While an antioxidant serum doesn’t directly contribute to sun protection by itself (so don’t forget that sunscreen!), combining it with a broad spectrum SPF can help amplify its effectiveness. 

Vitamin C and suncare are the perfect pairing, and using both together helps you maximize protection and prevention.

Sunscreen is the best thing we can do to prevent early signs of aging and fight against future skin cancers.

The Ultimate Glo Solution: Protection Essentials Kit

In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve curated a limited-edition Protection Essentials Kit containing all the products needed to help protect and prevent damage to the skin.

Daily Power C: Brightness in a bottle: A powerful 15% vitamin C trio brightens and boosts antioxidant protection. 

Eye Restore: Next level prevention: A powerful multi-peptide complex provides innovative blue light defense and targets dark circles + puffiness.

Oil Free SPF 40+: The ultimate protector: Nourishes skin while providing invisible broad spectrum sun protection from the sun’s damaging rays.

Other Glo Solutions

We know everyone’s skin is different and we all have our own formula or ingredient preferences, skin type + concerns and individual needs. At Glo Skin Beauty, we have something for everyone when it comes to protection, so take a look at a few of our other favorite sunscreen options or shop all SPF products here. 

Solar Shade SPF 50 is a reef-safe mineral sunscreen perfect for sensitive skin, and provides high SPF protection without any irritation with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide filters. 

Protecting Powder SPF 20 is a self-dispensing brush-on powder formula that makes reapplication throughout the day super easy and convenient. 

Luminous Liquid Foundation SPF 18 is a lightweight, liquid foundation that enhances radiance for a soft focus effect on the skin while protecting against UVA and UVB rays. Just make sure to also use a face sunscreen prior to application too for maximum protection.

Daily SPF application is non-negotiable, and Glo Skin Beauty suncare products are so easy to incorporate into your everyday routine. Wearing sunscreen every single day is the best way to make sure you’re always protected and safeguard yourself against the environmental aggressors, both inside and out. 

So snuggle up on that couch, ease into those fuzzy slippers on and kick back at home knowing your SPF has got you covered. 

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