Do you know why our skin darkens, producing what we know as a “tan”, when we are exposed to the sun for a period of time? A quick science lesson – this is because a pigment called melanin already present in our skin darkens upon exposure to UV rays.
You may be thinking, a healthy tan is not so bad… in fact it is a must-have in the Western beauty book! However, beneath the cosmetic effects, sun exposure increase the risk of skin cancer and premature ageing of the skin. It also causes new melanin production and accumulation, and can result in the formation of dark spots or freckles. Not too bright and sunny now?
In fact, Wolverine star Hugh Jackman has recently urged fans to put on sunscreen daily as he fights against skin cancer. Let’s listen to the big guy and learn how to best use sunscreen for ultimate UV protection. Here are some DV tips to help you with any of your sunscreen woes!
1. “Cream, lotion, gel, spray, stick – so many sunscreens which should I choose?”
With so many types of sunscreen in the market, and new ones launched every month, even a seasoned beauty guru gets confused sometimes. Sunscreen, being the most basic necessity for your skin, is everywhere from the drugstore to luxury, from the lightest of liquid to solid form.
DV Tip: Choose a broad-spectrum UV protection sunscreen with at least SPF 30 ++
Selecting a sunscreen which protects you from both UVA and UVB rays is more important than the form of sunscreen. In fact, all types of sunscreen, whether it is cream, lotion, gel, stick or spray, work the same way to protect your skin. It is ultimately up to your preference and skin type.
Creams and lotions are thicker in consistency, hence more hydrating and suitable for dry skin. Gel and water-based sunscreens are lightweight and perfect for those with normal to oily skin, and in humid countries like Singapore.
If your skin condition changes from time to time, it is best to arm your vanity with a variety of sunscreen to be prepared for what we call, our skin’s “mood swings”.
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2. “Not again… I’ve forgotten to apply sunscreen before my makeup!”
A scenario every woman who applies makeup has experienced at least once in her life. Hands up if you have lost count of the number of times you’ve smacked your forehead after applying base makeup, staring helplessly at your bottle of untouched sunscreen.
DV Tip: Use a base makeup with sufficient UV protection
Even though having a first layer of sun protection beneath your foundation is ideal, using a base makeup that has UV protection will safe you from unnecessary panic whenever you forget your sunscreen.
Try: Lancome’s UV Expert XL-Shield CC Cover
Armed with a broad-spectrum protection of SPF 50 PA+++, Lancome’s UV Expert XL-Shield CC Cover is a daily tinted skincare that combats seven pigment-inducing factors (including UV rays) to help maintain an even, uniform complexion.
DV Tip: Use a spray-on sunscreen
Spray-on sunscreens are slowly gaining popularity as it is convenient and easy to use. Late adopters are hesitant to jump onto the bandwagon as sprays have been surrounded by controversial arguments on its safety and effectiveness.
Try: SOLEIL TOUJOURS Zinc Based Sunscreen Continuous Spray SPF 30
This zinc-based, non-aerosol sunscreen does not expose you to potentially harmful ingredients such as oxybenzone, and contains natural antioxidants, vitamins and botanicals. Unlike most sprays, this sunscreen produces a white mist to ensure you know exactly where your skin is protected. Simply rub into your skin or pat it in if you are applying above makeup (no remaining white residue).
3. “Can I apply sunscreen on the area around my eyes?”
It is 100% necessary to apply sunscreen on the area around your eyes as it is prone to UV damage as well! However, are regular sunscreens safe to use around the eyes?
DV Tip: Use a gentle sunscreen for the area around the eyes
Similar to how an eye cream is formulated specially for your delicate eye area, it is important to choose sunscreens which are moisturising and contain gentle ingredients. You can opt for sunscreens which are specially designed for the skin around your eyes.
Try: FRESH Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF30
This handy little sun protection stick boasts of its moisturising treatment properties and provides targeted nourishment and water-resistant UV protection to the lips, face and eye area.
4. “Do I really need to apply sunscreen on my body?”
Like most of our skincare routine, we often focus on our face and neglect the rest of our body, Protecting yourself against skin cancer should be your number one concern, hence any area of skin which you expose to the sun on a daily basis needs to be sufficiently shielded from UV rays.
DV Tip: To simplify your routine, choose a sunscreen which can be used for both face and body
Try: Orbis Suncreen Freence
The new Orbis Sunscreen Freence gives ample sun protection and all-day moisture for face and body. Gliding on your skin in a smooth milk-like texture, this sunscreen is suitable for both adults and children as it is mild to the skin and free from chemical filters.
DV Tip: Don’t forget your lips!
We stand corrected; the most neglected area is not our body, but our lips. Do you know our lips are easily susceptible to dryness and its skin is also prone to UV damage?
Try: Orbis Lip Sunscreen SPF22 Pa ++
Maintain healthy and attractive lips with this daily summer lip care, equipped with SPF22 PA ++ to prevent dullness and lip wrinkles. Its gentle UV absorber-free formulation makes it safe for daily use even on sensitive lips. Living up to its all-in-one promise, the lip sunscreen doubles up as a tinted balm, giving your lips a subtle red tint that complements your skin tone and brightens your complexion!
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5. “Reapplying sunscreen makes my skin feel oily, heavy and sticky!”
Reapplying sunscreen is just as important as applying it in the first place. We know how annoying (grotesque even) sunscreen can feel on our skin after we’ve sweat and produced sebum on our faces. To get ultimate sun protection, or any at all, you should reapply a fresh layer of sunscreen every two to three hours.
DV Tip: Choose a light-weight sunscreen that is designed for re-application
Try: Bioré UV Aqua Rich Refreshing Gel SPF33 PA+++
A one-of-its-kind sunscreen, Bioré UV Aqua Rich Refreshing Gel is formulated with a unique gel to powder formula that dries sweat instantly upon application, leaving skin matte, fresh and free from any oiliness and stickiness. All the cons of reapplying sunscreen get instantly tossed out of the window!
6. Will sunscreen irritate my skin if I have sensitive or acne-prone skin?
If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, it is best to comb through the list of ingredients and avoid chemicals in your skincare regime.
DV Tip: Opt for a mineral sunscreen
In traditional sunscreen, chemical sunscreen filters are used to defend the skin against UV damage by absorbing UV rays before they penetrate the surface of the skin. This way of protection may cause irritation and discomfort for sensitive/ acne-prone skin. Opt for a mineral sunscreen as mineral sunscreen filters protect the skin by forming a barrier that deflects UV rays, greatly reducing and even eliminating any potential of irritation.
Try: Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Ultra-Light Daily UV Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++
Long been known for its expertise in sensitive skin, Kiehl’s recently introduced a non-irritating, broad-spectrum lotion specifically formulated with sensitive and acne-prone skin in mind. It is a sheer, ultra-lightweight, lightly tinted lotion, and most importantly, features a 100% mineral-based filter, giving you ultimate UV protection free from irritation.