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5 Simple Tips to Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage 

We won’t be having our usual winter holidays this year as more Singaporeans head out to nearby local islands for vacation time away from the main island. We are lucky to have tropical heat and stable weather all year round so we can predict and plan for activities. It is during such activities that we have to take note to protect our skin health as well.

You may not notice at an earlier age, but skin damage can be incremental and you will notice only when you are in your thirties or later. This can present itself as pigmentation, dark spots, wrinkles and premature skin aging due to UV exposure. In extreme cases, we might even develop skin cancer after repeated exposure and sun damage. To keep your skin and complexion healthy and in tip-top shape, follow these simple tips while you are out and about: 

1. Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen

Most important and easiest way to protect your skin is by using a broad spectrum / high SPF sunscreen and be sure to apply liberally. If you detest the stickiness or smell of traditional sunblock, try looking out for non-sticky versions produced by skincare brands at your local pharmacy. 

You may not realise as well, but sunscreen is important even when you are indoors, travelling in vehicles or out on a cloudy day as there are still UV rays bouncing off surfaces or streaming in through the clouds. That explains why you might find yourself getting tanner or sunburnt after a cloudy day at the beach. 

2. Bring along a hat whenever you head out

As long as you are heading out, be sure to pack a hat to protect your face from strong sun rays. Nowadays it is more fashionable to wear caps or boat hats, which is handy and compact in offering protection. If you are heading out to the beach or nearby islands, a wide-brimmed hat will offer further protection to your neck and shoulders. You can’t deny that it will add to a nice insta-worthy shot for your feed as well!

3. Wear a suitable face mask during active days

With COVID-19 precautions in place, we constantly have a facemask on when we are out and about. Those with sensitive skin should pay special attention to the kinds of materials their masks are made of. Some thicker material might cause abrasions during wear, leading to further irritation and inflammation of your skin, in addition to the sun and sweat from being outdoors. 

4 . Keep yourself and your skin hydrated 

Before heading out for a strenuous activity under the sun, be sure to replenish your fluids – especially since you might not have easy access to clean water during your day’s activities. Carry a water bottle if you can, and always hydrate once you are back home.

If your skin feels burnt or dry, do take more care to apply proper moisturisers or even facial skincare masks at the end of the day. If you can, hydrate with plain water and coconut water, staying away from alcohol and coffee that could further dehydrate your body and skin.

5. Invest in a pair of UV-protection sunglass

Lastly, consider investing in a proper pair of sunglasses that offers 100% UV protection. Again, as sun damage goes, you might not realise when you are younger but years of prolonged exposure to the sun and UV rays can lead to cataracts (clouding of eye lens) when you’re older. This would require some form of surgery to resolve in future.

If you need more ideas for year-end activities, check out this popular lifestyle article: 4 ideas for your “Singapoliday” on this Sunny Island

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