Yes, You Should Be Wearing (and Reapplying) Sunscreen While Self-Isolating Indoors

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"Daily sunscreen use can help guard against skin cancer and premature skin aging", said Dr Anjali Mahto, a London-based consultant dermatologist.

This is because mineral sunscreen (also known as physical sunscreen) sits on top of the skin and causes congestion, while chemical sunscreen sinks into the skin, which can lead to irritation. Neither are ideal.

For this reason she recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protects against blue light, too.

According to the experts, you need to look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, and "it should be a minimum of SPF 30", said Dr Mahto.

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To get to the bottom of why exactly wearing sunscreen is still as important as ever right now, we spoke to some of the top dermatologists and skin-care experts.

While "UVB [rays] do not penetrate through windows, UVA does", said Dr Anne Wetter, dermatologist and founder of skin-care brand Allél, which is why we still need protection.

"Blue light can be associated with increased hyper-pigmentation/melanogenesis in the skin, i. e. melasma might be exacerbated by blue light," said Dr Wetter.

According to Dr Wetter, blue light has a very short wavelength with high energy, which can be less than ideal for the skin.

Now that we’ve concluded that, yes, you absolutely still need to wear sunscreen during social distancing, what SPF should you use?

Just as pool or ocean water can break down sunscreen, so does sweat — especially if you’re doing an especially rigorous HIIT or Tabata session.

"This is because your sunscreen can begin to wear away and minimize levels of protection it is providing".

One of the biggest issues people have with wearing sunscreen is that it can feel heavy or clog pores.

First, it’s important to note that scientific studies draws mixed conclusions on the effects caused by blue light.

Some studies — including one published in 2014 in the Free Radical Biology and Medicine Journal — showed that blue light can affect those with hyper-pigmentation issues.

However, if you don’t have either of those handy, you will need to use your regular sunscreen cream or lotion.

For a lot of people, the last thing they’re thinking about right now is whether or not they should be reapplying sunscreen after their 1 p. m. Zoom work call.

Go and wash your hands, then slather that sunscreen on your face and neck — and if you’re taking things really seriously, the backs of your hands, too.

"If you are in the sun for prolonged periods, you should be reapplying your sunscreen every two hours," said Daniel Issacs, director of research at Medik8.

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