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Sunscreen: When And Where To Wear It

Most of us have been spending our time at home since the pandemic began and chances are, we might have also been skipping out on a few steps in our skincare routine, because who needs sunscreen when you are indoors, right? Well, wrong.

According to dermatologists, wearing sunscreen indoors is vital especially if you are sitting near a window or in front of a computer screen because these things would expose us to potentially skin-damaging light like harmful Ultraviolet A (UVA) and B (UVB) rays.

UVA rays are capable of penetrating through windows and deep into our skin, causing premature skin aging and to a scarier extent, skin cancer. These rays hold the same level of intensity during daytime throughout the year, so putting on layers of sunscreen would be the best solution to protect not just your skin, but also your health.

While UVB rays can be filtered and do not penetrate glass, they can still penetrate and damage the outermost layer of your skin, causing sunburns, blistering and even skin cancer in the long run. Unlike UVA rays, UVB rays fluctuate in intensity but they can still damage your skin throughout the year, especially when you are surrounded by a tropical climate like in Malaysia.

And if you managed to avoid the sun but still use your mobile devices, then I have bad news for you because the blue light emitted from digital screens like your laptop, phone, tablet and TV will still affect your skin, causing pigmentation, inflammation and the breakdown of collagen in your skin.

So unless you can stay away from the sun and your technological devices 24/7, the best solution is to always put on sunscreen. But of course, it is ok to let your skin breathe at night when you are asleep to avoid clogging your pores with too much sunscreen.

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