Do you need to use sunscreen at night?April 13, 2010 • By Paris B
We all know that sunscreen is the best anti-aging cream you can start with. It protects your skin from UV rays that accelerate skin aging and it protects skin from generating too much melanin which appears in the form of pigmentation.
We also know that you should use sunscreen even in winter or even if you’re indoors. Those pesky UV rays are everywhere! But what about at night? Do we need to use sunscreen at night?
I looked around for answers and there is a very small school of thought that says that you should still wear sunscreen at night because UV rays are emitted from our lighting, or the television or even the computer screen. Yes, what you are staring at now. But this is a very small minority.
The majority opinion is that we don’t need sunscreen at night because:-
- Any UV rays present at night is negligible compared to the day
- Our skin needs to rest and rejuvenate itself and sunscreen might clog pores or be too drying
On a personal note, I don’t use sunscreen at night because its “sun” screen isn’t it? And there’s no “sun” at night So I do use creams without SPF at night.
That said, there’s no harm in using products containing SPF at night if it does not bug your skin. Your skin does not need it, but if it can handle it, then by all means continue. It would be a bit of a waste though because if you only use products with SPF in the day, it’ll last you longer
What do you think? Do you really need SPF or sunscreen at night?