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Myth or Fact - "I Don't Need Sunscreen Because I'm Not in The Sun?"

Myth or Fact - "I Don't Need Sunscreen Because I'm Not in The Sun?"

01 Dec 20

Do you only wear sunscreen when you are going to be outside under direct sunlight?

Do you only wear sunscreen on the weekends?

For many Australians, applying sun protection is not a daily ritual and often I hear of SPF being worn mainly on the weekends when outdoors or only when 'going in the sun'.

From such a young age, we are exposed to the harmful UVB and UVA rays and it's not until adult life that the effects of this damage appear on the skin. The damage can surface as wrinkles, pigmentation and in some cases, skin cancer.

So, chances are you probably care about the health of your skin, and you certainly don’t want lines and wrinkles appearing prematurely. But are you applying sunscreen daily?

Why do I need sunscreen?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. We need SPF protection on a daily basis to protect from the harmful UV rays - UVA and UVB Rays.

UVA Rays - Are associated with 'skin ageing' and have the same intensity all year round. Being the longest rays in the spectrum, they penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin, causing damage to our collagen and elastin.

UVA is the culprit for much of our visible skin ageing in the form of wrinkles, sagging skin, uneven skin tone and sunspots. Other signs of damage are the appearance of small blood vessels and spider veins on the face, neck and chest.

UVB Rays - Are associated with skin 'burning'. They are stronger in the middle of the day and their intensity depends on where you live. The results? Burnt skin that looks red, feels painful and may even blister.

Should I wear sunscreen if I'm indoors?

Avoid getting a false sense of security when sitting indoors or when the weather is dull, as UVA rays can penetrate unfiltered glass including some car windows. And don’t count on the clouds to protect you, as UVA is still active on cloudy days!

They say, “prevention is better than cure”, and this phrase couldn’t be more fitting when talking about sun protection.

Does sunscreen prevent getting the benefits from Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is vital to regulate the absorption of calcium and facilitate a healthy immune system function. Absorbing a sufficient amount of Vitamin D is important for the growth and development of bones and teeth, so as to improve resistance against certain diseases.

But does SPF interferes with our Vitamin D absorption?

Research and studies from the Skin Cancer Foundation have never found that daily sunscreen use leads to Vitamin D insufficiency. In fact, prevailing studies show that people who use sunscreen daily can maintain their Vitamin D levels.

High-SPF sunscreens are designed to filter out most of the sun’s UVB radiation (since that is the major cause of sunburns and can lead to skin cancer).

However, no matter how much sunscreen you apply or how high is the SPF, some of the sun’s UV rays still manage to reach your skin. For example, an SPF of 30 will filter out 97% of UV rays, while an SPF 50 will filter out 98%. This is based on using them within the cancer council guidelines.

Which Dermalogica sunscreen is best for me?

Product and Skin Type Benefits to the skin Price To Purch

Solar Defense Booster

  • Protects against skin-ageing free radicals
  • Non chalky formula that feels lightweight
  • Can be used alone or mixed with moisturiser
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Prisma Protect SPF15

  • Defends against visible light
  • Provides a luminous finish to the skin
  • Light-weight and hydrating
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Oil Free Matte SPF30

  • Perfect for oily skin
  • Absorbs oil and gives a matte-finish all day
  • Lightweight
  • Ideal for breakout-prone skin
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Pure Light SPF50

  • Shields from UV induced hyperpigmentation (brown spots and uneven skin tone)
  • Lightweight and hydrating
  • For best results apply after C-12 Pure Bright Serum
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Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50

  • Ideal for combination skin
  • Peptides stimulate collagen to help firm the skin
  • Fights the common concerns of ageing
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Invisible Physical Defense SPF30

  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Protects against ageing UV rays and Blue Light
  • Invisible zinc
  • Blends easily into every skin tone
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If you need any further advice about which sunscreen is best for your skin please reach out to us for advice and we would be happy to help.

About the Author

My name is Sarah and I am the founder of GLO Skin Body. With over 17 years experience, I believe a professional relationship with your skin therapist is crucial in helping you to achieve your skin care goals and to ensure your skin is always looking and feeling its best. Whether it's in person or through our online support, Im here to guide and support you towards your healthiest skin ever.

On a personal note, I am a Mum of 3 so I understand completely the juggles and balancing of life and family commitments . My goal is to help everyone have an effective and enjoyable home care routine that gets you the results you want...no matter how busy you are!

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