Yes, you do need to wear sunscreen at home

Niki Bruce
Contributor
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With many of us currently holed up in our homes, you might think that some of your skincare steps can be missed. Sure, you probably don’t need to be wearing a full face of makeup every day - unless you want to - but there are some products you really shouldn’t be skipping no matter what. 

Yes, you really DO need to wear sunscreen every day, even if you are spending the day indoors. 

According to dermatologists and skincare experts, not needing to use sunscreen while indoors is the most common misconception. This isn't true. The main reason is that our windows do not block UVA rays which are the ones that penetrate deeper into our skin and are the major cause of photo-aging - wrinkles, dark spots, and textured skin. UVA rays can also contribute to skin cancer.

This is why you need to use sunscreen at home, particularly if you are sitting in an area with a lot of natural light. 

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According to Singapore skincare and beauty expert - and sunscreen evangelist - Larry Yeo, sunscreen is the number one product you can’t miss, no matter whether you’re outside or at home.

"The sun doesn’t stop rising and since UV damage is cumulative, always use sunscreen as your LAST step in your skincare regime. Unless you can tell me that you are working from a dungeon or underground with no sunlight,” states Yeo.

We should be reapplying our sunscreen during the day at least every couple of hours, although many of us don’t do this. Anyone who wears makeup knows just how hard it is to reapply sunscreen over the top of your foundation, after all. Still, now you are at home and not wearing any makeup you really have no excuse not to reapply. 

Your sunscreen should be at least a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher protection product, and according to Yeo, you need to use as much as the size of a 20 cent coin. “Spread it out on both palms and massage it out from the centre of your face out to the edges of your face, including the whole neck area,” says Yeo.

Remember, the sun keeps shining, so you’ll need to wear sunscreen indoors.

Larry Yeo’s recommended sunscreens:

D Program Allerdefense UV Essence SPF45/ PA+++ from Watsons

Sunplay Skin Aqua Tone Up UV Essence SPF50+ PA++++ from Guardian

Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk from Watsons

Larry Yeo’s tips on how to prep your skin, including sunscreen

For more handy tips on skincare and beauty, check out Larry’s website at www.larryyeo.com.