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Should We Use Sunscreen At Home or Office?

21 July 2022

At home we don't sunbath, so it's really necessary use sunscreen? Can we just minimize or not use at all sun protection?


Does the fact that we spend some more time at home means that we can reduce or even not use sunscreen?

The truth is that at home, there is no risk of getting sunburns so, for this reason, there is a false security feeling that the sun does not significantly affect our skin. It is still necessary to keep in mind the willingness that each of us has to enjoy every ray of sunshine and light, especially those who live in flats or apartments with balcony. Still, even if you're not planning to spend time in these parts of the house, we share why you should continue to include sunscreen into your daily beauty routine, whether in sunlight or artificial light conditions. We have reunited 2 main reasons presented by Vichy to keep your skin always protected even in the comfort of home or in any other enclosed space.

Sunlight contributes to photoaging

Although it is clear that UVA and UVB radiation in open environments is higher than in enclosed spaces, it also exists in these, since it is able to cross glass. In addition, the damage it causes is cumulative. In other words, for example, if your home benefits from a wonderful natural light, with a high amount of clarity between the divisions, throughout the day, you should know that even though the benefits for mood, harmony and well-being are many, its exposure to this luminosity can continue to propagate skin photo-aging, especially through the increase of expression marks and sagging skin of the face and neck. This process is not equal to natural aging caused by age. Instead, it is caused by the sun's rays, so its light will continue to contribute to it, as well as to the risk/increase of stains and even burns.


Idéal Soleil Anti-age 3-in-1 SPF 50+ from Vichy may be the perfect product for increase protection, since in addition to the high UV protection, it has a triple anti-aging action: anti-wrinkle action and enhances the elasticity and luminosity. Its formula also contains camu camu extract, rich in vitamin C, for an antioxidant effect that is even more efficient in the harmful effects that we explained right in the next point! Another option it can be to try the new (2.) Liftactiv Collagen Specialist FPS25, with sun protection factor 25, which helps to fight the visible signs of collagen loss and correct pigmentation spots, while helping to brighten and even the skin tone, filling wrinkles and defining the contours of the face.

Artificial light is also able to go through the glass and penetrate into the skin

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), exposure to artificial light for 8 hours – the equivalent often of what happens in offices where lights are always on – will be the equivalent to 1 minute and 20 seconds of sun exposure. UVA and UVB radiation also exists under these conditions, but in a smaller amount. However, by making the calculations considering that 5 times a week, over 1 year, this may be your scenario, the cumulative result is already the same of 5 hours and 48 minutes under the sun, completely unprotected. And yet: if we tell you that this issue is valid for different types of artificial light, such as fluorescent, which you can not only find on the lamps, but also on the computer or television screen – or even on the tablet and smartphone? For effective protection against artificial light, you should know that it is important to look for specific characteristics in your sun care, after all we are talking about a different light. For starters, you should pick a color sunscreen, since the physical barrier provided by the pigments of its formula is able to protect from this visible light, acting as a "shadow" on the skin and preventing its penetration. This is a particularly important tip if you suffer from melasma.


Finally, look for products with antioxidant properties that will fight aging signs. Our suggestion? (1.) Capital soleil face spf50+ anti-dark spot tinted sunscreen, for normal and combination skin, with color and anti-dark spots action. You have oily skin? The new (2.) Capital Soleil mattifying 3 in 1 sunscreen spf50+ with green clay, bifidus extract and Vichy volcanic water is a protective care that mattifies skin complexion, reducing and controlling sebum production and oiliness. This care helps purify and fortify the skin for a refreshing effect throughout the day.