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You’re well aware that laying out under the sun without protection is a definite no-no. But if you’re at home binging your favorite series or at the office working behind your desk, do you still need sun protection? Yes! FYI, the sun still damages your skin even if it's nowhere in sight: Ultraviolet rays can be harmful indoors as well as out. This is because clear glass, while it effectively blocks UVB rays, allows up to 75 percent of UVA to filter through.
UV radiation is divided into three spectrums. UVC, the most damaging type, is completely filtered by the atmosphere and does not reach the earth's surface. UVB is credited for painful sunburns, and UVA has been associated with the formation of lines, wrinkles, and dark spots—things you can still get even when you’re indoors. Thus, the sun speeds up the aging process even if you think you're protected inside.
So if you’re sitting at a desk next to a window or riding a car with untinted glass for hours at a time, you're still susceptible to the skin-damaging effects of the sun. But don't fret! There are tons of ways to prevent and reverse sun damage, so you can enjoy yourself and not worry about premature aging whether you're working indoors or chilling outdoors. Read on to find out how:
1. Wear sunscreen at all times.
Wearing sunscreen on a daily basis is one of the best skincare tips for getting younger-looking skin, mainly because it's your first defense against UV rays. Before you head out the door and head into your office building, make sure to slather on some SPF. A broad-spectrum one will help protect you against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
2. Cover up.
Your clothes count as sunblock, too. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and maxi dresses can help protect your arms and legs from sun damage. Tightly woven fabrics, such as denim, polyester, lycra, and nylon and dark or bold colors also help filter out UVA and UVB rays.
3. Invest in blinds or tinted glass.
Installing blinds, shades, or a UV-protective tint to your glass windows is one of the best methods of protection against chronic indoor UVA exposure. If your desk is right beside a window, see if you can work at your office pantry or a meeting room during the peak hours of sun exposure.
4. Use skincare that can help protect and repair your skin from aging.
Being particular about the products you use can help protect and repair your skin from aging caused by everyday sun damage. Try Pond's Age Miracle Power Duo Day Cream and Night Cream to get that youthful, radiant glow. Use Pond's Age Miracle Wrinkle Corrector Day Cream SPF 18 PA++ to help protect you against sun exposure. It also contains retinoids, which help reduce skin aging due to sun exposure. At night, complement the day cream by using a correcting cream that helps repair your skin as you sleep, like the Ponds Age Miracle Wrinkle Corrector Night Cream. It contains anti-aging ingredients like retinol, which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines; vitamin B3, which can help reduce hyperpigmentation and keep skin looking radiant; and vitamin E, which can help moisturize dry areas.
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