I don’t get dark spots and never go out in the sun, but my doctor says I could still get skin cancer if I don’t wear sunscreen all year round! Is this true?
SKIN SHORT: Yes. Sunscreen is recommended year round, both indoors and outdoors, regardless of your ethnicity, your tendency to hyperpigment, and even if you think you’re not getting any sun at all.
MORE SKINFO: We’re exposed to light a lot more than we think we are every day. Take winter as an example. It’s cold and you’re bundled up, but the sun’s rays can still get to what little skin remains visible. If you’re in a place with snow, you have to factor in the reflected glare, too. Imagine the increase in exposure when it’s warm out, you’re outdoors more and you’re wearing less.
Unfortunately, many people forget that their skin is receiving light if they don’t feel the heat so acutely. UVA, which is extremely damaging, doesn’t burn as quickly as UVB…so you could be baking and not know it. This is why some people are surprised when their dermatologists find carcinomas and other sun-induced skin damage even if they feel they “never go out in the sun.” Just your daily coffee run, all year round, can mean enough repetitive accidental sun exposure to, over time, put you at risk of serious skin damage.
To be safe from UVA, UVB, Visible and even Infrared Light—from the sun as well as indoor lights from computers and regular house lights (halogens, fluorescents, etc.)—slather on the sunscreen indoors and outdoors, and all year round. VMV HYPOALLERGENICS® Armada Sun + Light Screens are formulated specifically for indoor-outdoor use.
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