“We need to treat every day as a high sun exposure day because there’s no such thing as safe UV rays,” says Ava Shamban, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based out of California. “It is important to keep in mind that we can still get sun damage on a cloudy or cold day. And, few people realize they can sustain sun damage indoors or in their cars, too.” (Read more about how UVA rays penetrate through clouds and glass here.)
That commute from your house to your office or even from your front door to your mailbox involves sun exposure. And as for being indoors, Shamban says that building windows are rarely treated for sun protection. And, while car windshields can provide UVA and UVB protection, those side windows do not. “When driving, we are exposing ourselves—usually in an exaggerated amount—to damage and accelerating skin aging on our driver’s side,” she says.
Regarding the volume of sunscreen you should use, dermatologists recommend applying the equivalent of a shot glass for your body. You can allocate about a ¼ teaspoon dollop to your face and neck. If you’re using a sunscreen mist, then any exposed skin should have a sheer, even coat on it. On days when you’re mostly indoors, don’t be fooled…reapplication every two hours is also still important.
You may be thinking, “Wow that’s a lot of sunscreen,” but let us introduce you to a concept we think you’ll love: sunscreen layering. Supergoop! Products were created to be worn together, so if you’re worried about putting on the right amount, try an SPF outfit. A great one to start with is hydrating with Superscreen SPF 40, priming with Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 or Mineral Matte Screen SPF 40 and then topping off with our CC Cream. By wearing all of these together, you can ensure you’ll be putting on enough sunscreen.
Some of our favorite sunscreens for everyday or indoors include Body Butter SPF 40 (like a post-shower body lotion) and Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, our award-winning, makeup-gripping primer that goes on clear on all skin tones.