You’ve been hit over the head with the importance of sunscreen—but did you know that applies to when you’re indoors, too? Yep—if you sit anywhere near a window, it’s possible for the sun’s rays to affect your skin. Yikes.
So, while you might not see any burns or redness outright from your bay window breakfast nook desk set up (hey, you’ve got to get that vitamin D where you can these days), it’s the long-term damage you should worry about. Add to that the negative effects of blue light from the computer screen and phone (it’s a type of light that emits high-energy visible (HEV) light that can cause wrinkles, dark spots and a loss of collagen, in addition to hurting your eyes), and you’re looking at a cocktail of skin issues.
All of this is exactly why SPF has become my new favorite sunscreen product, but not just any kind: Olay Regenerist Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is my shield of choice for a few reasons.
For starters, it’s a physical sunscreen—also known as mineral—which means that it blocks both UV and HEV light from penetrating your skin. It creates an actual barrier, versus chemical sunscreens, which interact with the rays to form a chemical reaction that bounces them back off. They typically don’t work for blue light, though, so physical/mineral is always going to be your best bet.