No matter what your workplace, make sure your sunscreen is working as hard as you do as we explain the importance of wearing sun cream even when you’re working indoors.
Did you know UVA rays can pass through windows?
Those that work indoors might not think that sun care is a necessary part of their working day.
The reality is that skin-damaging UVA rays can penetrate glass windows and even those that that work indoors should be applying sunscreen regularly to protect their skin from premature-ageing UV light damage.
Here we reveal some of the professions that we think can benefit from regular sunscreen application.
Sunscreen for offices and working from home
Regardless of whether you work in a sleek city skyscraper or from the comfort of your home-office or conservatory, if you work under a glass roof or near glass windows it is essential that you protect any exposed skin from UVA rays throughout the working day.
Unlike UVB rays, UVA light does not burn the top layer of the skin. Instead, these longer-reaching rays slip unnoticed deep into the skin where they can cause cellular damage including premature ageing and skin cancer.
For an effortless way to protect against this kind of sun damage, apply a UVA-protective SPF face cream daily and, to protect hands against age spots, apply sun cream to the wrists and backs of the hands – remembering to reapply it after using hand wash.
TOP TIP: If you’re stepping into the sunlight for your lunch break remember that the sun is at its fiercest between the hours of 11am and 3pm and, ideally, you should stick to the shade during these hours.
Being outside also increases your skin’s exposure to skin-burning UVB rays and, without adequate UVB sun protection, spending an hour’s lunchbreak by the park is more than enough time to run the risk of sunburn.
Sunscreen for outdoor workers
For dogwalkers, window washers, postmen, lifeguards and anyone that works outside regularly, applying UVA & UVB protective sun cream should be as straight forward as brushing your teeth and an essential part of your daily routine.
Outside workers are not only more exposed to cell-damaging UVA light, they’re also frequently exposed to shorter UVB light rays which can burn and redden the skin.
The more you apply your sun care, the more it will become second nature to apply it daily. To remind you, keep your sun cream next to your toothbrush and apply them to any areas of exposed skin at least 20 minutes before you leave for work.
If you work outdoors regularly or are often away from your desk, it is a good idea to invest in a travel-sized tube of sun cream for work. Our 30ml, 50ml and 100ml sun care products are convenient to carry with you and make it easy to keep your natural sun protection topped-up.
It can be tricky to make time to maintain your sun protection throughout the day but, for the best protection, you should aim to reapply your sun care every 2-3 hours.
TOP TIP: Coincide reapplying your sun care with your tea break. Our silky-soft sun creams sink into the skin so smoothly that you’ll be able to reapply and reinstate your sun protection in the time it takes to boil the kettle.
Sunscreen for drivers and pilots
Bus drivers, delivery drivers, pilots, cabin crew and anyone that drives or flies for long periods during the working day also need to keep their sun protection topped up. This is because UVA light can travel through your windscreen and vehicle windows and damage the skin.
Some studies have looked at the impact window pane UV light exposure has on pilots and a paper published in 2015 revealed that pilots flying for 56.6 minutes at 30 000 feet were exposed to a potentially cancer-causing UV radiation effect that is equivalent to spending 20-minutes on a tanning bedi. Sun cream use and wearing UV protective eyewear can help to safeguard against these health consequences of UV light exposure.
Drivers may also want to consider fitting a UV window filter to their vehicle and applying SPF hand cream before getting behind the steering wheel. It is not unusual to notice that you have more age spots on your right hand and if you are in the UK, this could simply be because it is nearer to your car’s window when resting on the steering wheel.
Those that work in and around the seas and riverbeds are just as at risk of sun damage as those that work on the road or in the air. UV light can travel through water and it can also reflect off the water so, if you’re out fishing or working on the water, always apply effective broad-range sun protection.
If diving or spending a lot of time in seas or rivers, wear reef-safe sun cream to ensure that any sunscreen that slips off your skin and into the water is not harmful to the marine life that lives there.
Sunscreen for creature companions
Even our office pets be at risk of sunburn! Whether you have an office dog, work from home with your cat or, work at a stable or farmyard, you can help to keep your creature colleagues safe in the sun by applying a little sun cream to the tips of their ears and their nose.
Apply only a tiny amount and be aware that the animal is more than likely going to attempt to wash the sun care off their skin and that, when injested, some sun care ingredients can be toxic to pets.
With this in mind, it is always best to apply a gentle, natural scent-free children’s sun cream, and to check that the sun care does not contain known animal toxins like lavender or eucalyptus before you apply it to an animal’s skin.
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