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:
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
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.