Physical Health, Wellness / Self-Care

PSA: You can get sunburned indoors

So wear sunscreen everywhere!

words by: Natasha Marsh
Aug 19, 2020

It’s summer. For most Americans, summers are spent outside by the pool or beach, playing pick-up games with friends and strangers or vacationing to a new place. This summer is a bit different with the pandemic – the CDC has okayed outdoor activities but still requires masks to be worn. 

 

With high caseloads of people who have contracted the virus in a large percentage of American cities, there is an overwhelming amount of people who have chosen to stay indoors this summer. There’s a few things that they are positively avoiding – exposure to the virus, mosquitos and summer allergies. Notice that I didn’t put the sun on this list. Contrary to popular belief, you can get sunburned inside!

 

According to the American Cancer Society, most indoor glass, used in homes, offices, cars and buildings are designed to block most UVB rays but do not protect from all UVA rays. Which basically means, staying indoors doesn’t exempt you from sunburns. If you’re close to a window you can still risk the exposure to UVA rays and possible skin damage. 

 

These UVA rays can penetrate the skin and cause discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles. Our advice, wear sunscreen: Every. Single. Day. Whether you’re inside or outside! To help you out, we love the below creams.

 

Supergoop! Handscreen SPF 40 ($14-$38)

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 ($17-$34)