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Enjoy the sun but protect your skin!

When we're outdoors, we all know we need to protect our skin from the sun's harmful rays. Of course, it's impossible to avoid the sun especially in Singapore's sunny weather. No one wants to stay hidden indoors all day when it feels so great to get outside and be active. And the sun is not all bad as sunlight helps our bodies create Vitamin D. So follow these tips when you're outdoors to help protect your skin from the sun:

  • Wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, even if it's cloudy or you don't plan on spending a lot of time outdoors. If you swim or plan to stay outside, reapply sunscreen (even if the sunscreen is waterproof) every 2 to 3 hours.
  • Choose a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Look products with "broad spectum protection" or UVA protection in addition to the SPF of 15 or greater. Select a sunscreen that has "nonacnegenic" or "noncomedogenic" on the label to help keep pores clear.
  • The sun's rays are strongest between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, so please ensure that you reapply sunscreen often and take occasional breaks indoors if you can. If your shadow is longer than you are tall, then it's a safer time to be in the sun (you should still wear sunscreen).
  • Apply more sunscreen (with higher SPF) when you're around reflective surfaces like water, snow, or ice.
  • It's a common fact that sun can damage skin, but did you know it can contribute to eye problems too? Protect your face and eyes with a hat/cap and sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection.
  • Some medications, such as prescription acne medications or birth control pills, can increase your sensitivity towards the sun. Do increase your sun protection when you are on medications.
If you want the glow of a tan, try faking it with bronzer or salon tanning treatments. Avoid tanning beds, some still use harmful UVA rays.
 
 
 
 
 
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