5 Reasons you Need to Wear Sunblock to Work (every damn day)


Repeat after us: I work in an office and I wear sunblock every damn day. 

This is your new mantra. 

Why? We’ve rounded up the five reasons with the help of Supergoop on why you need to slather on the sunblock, even if you’re not outdoors. Call it #SPFgoals. 

1. You’ve got to think about how you’re traveling to and from your office. 

Do you travel to work on an underground railway that never sees the light of day? Didn’t think so. Most sun damage occurs through short doses of exposure. When you are walking to the office or driving in your car, you are being exposed to the sun.

2. UVA rays penetrate windows.

Forget worrying if your boss has spyware on your computer, you should worry about UVA rays sneaking in through your office windows. One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime, and 90% of the visible signs of aging are caused by UV exposure. Sunscreen everyday all day is a no-brainer. Yes, that means for you, the workaholic who never leaves her office. UVA rays penetrate windows! 

3. Have you ever heard of an ROS report?

No. It’s not something you need to hand in to HR at the end of the week. Reactive Oxygen Species AKA ROS are free radicals that attack the proteins in healthy skin cells and cause oxidative damage. Say what? Say, yah. Not good. Pollutants are everywhere. Even the air in your office. 

ROS leads to the breakdown of elastin and collagen, which help keep your skin firm and smooth. Oxidative damage in your skin leads to signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, dullness and loss of elasticity. Oxidation increases in skin cells as you get older and your skin gets weaker, diminishing the skin’s ability to repair itself. That means that it’s more effective to prevent the signs of oxidation than to try reverse them once they appear. Thankfully Supergoop has a product for that too. Their City Sunscreen Serum is an awesome first step in a pollution-protecting skin care routine. 

Images from @streicherhair + @kerrently

4. Blue Light damage is a thing.

Guess what? According to Supergoop and science, blue light, which is emitted from our computers, reaches deeper into the eye than most lights and its cumulative effect can cause damage to the retina. Not a good thing. Supergoop has the perfect product for that. Unseen Sunscreen is a totally invisible, weightless, makeup-gripping daily SPF with blue light protection. Perfect.

5. OK. But I really don’t leave my desk. 

First, come on! That’s sad. You need to take a break from your #saddesksalad and go for a walk. Really. Talking a walk has proven your ability to refocus and come up with better ideas. And if you’re actually getting outside you’re going to be hit with both UVB and UVA rays. Don’t let bad sun happen to you. Make sure you reapply when you get back into the office, Supergoop it up. Don't let your makeup be your excuse either, this mineral setting powder reduces shine and refreshes your UV and environmental protection all in one swoop. 

Have any more sun protection tips for your office work flow? Let us know in the comments!