Oops, I did it again! For the nth time in this WFH period, I skipped applying sunscreen while working in my home office. I have a bad habit of omitting sun protection when I’m indoors because I equate wearing sunscreen to outdoor activities. Sometimes, I also omit this important step in my anti-ageing skincare routine out of sheer laziness. Although I know it protects skin against the sun’s damaging UV rays, which can cause premature ageing like fine lines, wrinkles, skin roughness and pigmentation.
Which is why, when I was asked to try the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid SPF50+, I jumped at the chance. With continued WFH now, using sunscreen probably isn’t considered crucial for most of us. But we’re exposed to UV rays indoors too, through our windows. And as we start heading outdoors more, we’re also going out in the sun more. I’m taking this as a timely reminder to practice good suncare behaviour, starting with using a broad spectrum sunscreen as part of my daily skincare regime, to guard against UV rays.
What It Is
The Anthelios Invisible Fluid SPF50+ is a lightweight sunscreen that applies easily while protecting against UVA and UVB rays, as well as pollution. Its SPF50+ shields skin against UVB rays while its PPD46 (Persistent Pigment Darkening), translates to a PA+++ to PA++++ rating and equates to an extremely high protection against UVA rays.
Using a broad spectrum sunscreen is important when it comes to ensuring that skin is well-protected. While UVB rays are responsible for the burn you feel on the skin, UVA rays are the silent rays that can cause signs of premature ageing like wrinkles, loss of skin firmness and even pigmentation, as well as acne rebound, skin irritation and worse, skin cancer. Most importantly, UVA rays, which account for 95 per cent of UV rays that we get daily, are able to pass through glass windows in your office, car or home and are also present 365 days a year, even if it’s raining or cloudy.
The Anthelios Invisible Fluid SPF50+ is also resistant to water, sweat and sand. That means I can continue with my home workouts or cook a meal, as well as go swimming or do a nature hike.
And knowing that it’s packed with such high sun protective properties definitely reassures me that my skin is well taken care of all day, every day, no matter if I’m staying home or heading outside.
It contains 100 percent organic UV filters, which are safe for both humans and marine life, so not to worry. It also contains antioxidants to protect against free radical damage, and glycerin to keep skin hydrated (since staying out in the sun can dry out the skin).
Here’s what happened when I tried it over the week:
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