Words by Nana Valdueza
The scorching days and the sweltering nights are sure signs that summer is here, and although our time outdoors is limited due to the current situation, we get our free source of vitamin D whenever we just head out to our backyards or gardens or lounge by the poolside in our favorite swimsuit or trunks. After all, exposure to the sun is important to our overall health and well-being. Experts say that soaking up the rays can strengthen bones, regulate blood pressure, and even ward off depression.
But whether we're getting some sun outside or stuck at home , the fact is we need to wear sunscreen all the time.
It's a common misconception to this very day that just because you're indoors, you don't need to put sunscreen. Ask any dermatologist and they will tell you—you should apply sunscreen. Being indoors doesn't mean you're protected from UV rays. UVA rays are a big factor to skin aging, causing dark spots, wrinkles, and textured skin. Meanwhile, UVB rays are the principal cause of sunburns and can directly damage the DNA in our skin cells.
It might be tempting to skip sunscreen while staying inside, but it's in your skin's best interest to slather it on, just as you usually would if it were safe to go outdoors.
SPF Fast Facts
With all the information about sunscreens and SPF available online, we've gathered some of the frequently searched information about sun protection
How often should you re-apply sunscreen?
It's best to reapply once every couple of hours, whether you're indoors or outdoors. Your skin is always exposed to the sun or UV rays, hence, it's safe to say you need to stay protected as much as possible.
What if it's cloudy or raining?
The sun and the UV rays are present all year round—not just during the summer. As a matter of fact, the existence of water, sand, or even snow in the coldest countries can actually reflect the sun's rays to your skin, hence, increasing the risk for skin damage.
What is the recommended SPF level for everyday use?
Whether you are indoors or outdoors, dermatologists recommend wearing a classic SPF or a skin-care product that contains suncreen with at least a broad spectrum SPF 30.
Does higher SPF level mean longer protection for the skin?
No, it is not. Although sunscreen with higher SPF protection and broad-spectrum coverage offers more protection against sunburn, UVA damage, and DNA damage than comparable products with lower SPF values, products with very high SPFs often create a false sense of security, which makes people skip reapplying.
Regardless of the SPF, it’s important to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and reapply it every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
Whether you need to head out to run errands or you're working at home the whole day, when it comes to skin protection, it’s important not to rely on high-SPF sunscreens alone. No single method of sun defense can protect you perfectly. One must have a skin-care routine to care for your skin, eat well-balanced meals, and keep yourself hydrated.
Yes, the sun is our friend—but don't get too close to it. Keeping things in moderation is always a must.