Sunscreen in Quarantine?


A client recently asked me, "Do you still recommend that I wear sunscreen even if we are in quarantine?"  While not technically quarantined, this client, like many of you, had not been outside for several days except to go grocery shopping.

While I advocate wearing sunscreen every day even when it is cloudy or rainy, it's usually assumed that you will go outside sooner or later.  I don't think any of us ever anticipated the necessary social distancing would change our daily habits the way it has for the last few weeks.

However, even if you would like to skip a step in your skin care regimen, I still recommend sunscreen daily even if you are spending most of your time indoors. Ultraviolet light still penetrates through windows, as demonstrated by the sun damage we all see more on the left side of people’s faces from driving.

Even if in quarantine, most of us will still go outside even for limited times to walk dogs, get the mail or do essential errands.  Your skin should still be protected.

Because the Coronavirus is not airborne, most of us will still go outside for limited times to walk dogs, retrieve our mail, or do other essential errands.  Even in these brief outdoor moments, our skin should still be protected.

Additionally, most of us are spending more time in front of screens, and there is increasing data that the blue light from electronic devices can have harmful long-term effects on the skin. The various sunscreens we carry at Maine Laser Skin Care all have ingredients to block the blue light as well as the harmful ultraviolet rays.

So, the message is: Yes, you still need to wear your sunscreen every day. Make it a habit like brushing your teeth or combing your hair that you wouldn’t think of not doing.

Be safe out there, wash your hands, social distance religiously and we will get through this together.