I’m not sure if this is something everyone knows by now, but I’ll say it again for the people in the back. You need to be wearing sunscreen every day. UVA and UVB rays are no joke and if you’re scared of shriveling up and looking like a raisin when you’re in your mid-40s, start slathering on the SPF every time you go outside.
Something that I just learned recently is that wearing sunscreen indoors is monumentally helpful when it comes to anti-aging. In an Allure interview with Joyce Park, a California-based, board-certified dermatologist, “Standard glass windows block UVB but not UVA rays, which can penetrate deeper into the skin than UVB [rays], [and] are the main contributing factor to photo-aging — which are changes seen as dark spots, wrinkles, and leathery textured skin.” This means that just because you are indoors, whether that be on a plane, in a car, or I don’t know, working from home at a desk for 6-8 hours near a window during a global pandemic, you should really consider more protective measures when it comes to your skincare.
Sunscreen has been known to be one of the least satisfying steps in a skincare routine. I’m sure that the mention of sunscreen is tapping into those childhood memories of beach days and that iconic (and olfactory traumatizing) sunscreen smell. Don’t worry, sunscreen has come a long way since then and finding the perfect sunscreen for your skin type has gotten a lot easier.