DO YOU KNOW?
UV rays from the sun damages your skin every day!Living in sunny Singapore means that it is hard to steer clear of the harmful effects of UV rays. Sun exposure without protection can lead to undesired pigmentation and premature skin ageing. Even when indoors, prolonged exposure to UV lights can have the same effect on your skin. Read on to find out how you can protect your skin and stop premature ageing in its tracks!
1. UV damage can happen indoors too. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can penetrate windows to reach the skin, accelerating skin ageing even when you don’t know it.
2. It is easy to skip sunscreen when it isn’t sunny outside but UV rays can get through, even on a cloudy day. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds.
3. Anyone, no matter their skin tone is susceptible to skin cancer. People with darker skin produce more of a pigment called melanin that can help protect the skin to a certain extent but not entirely from UV damage.
4. UV rays can reflect off surfaces like water, sand, snow, pavement, or grass – affecting more than we think they could.
TYPES OF UV RAYS
Ultraviolet A or UVA
Commonly associated with Skin Ageing
UVA rays are long waves that penetrates deep into the dermal layers and are linked to long-term skin damage such as wrinkles, freckles and even skin cancer.
Ultraviolet B or UVB
Typically associated with Sunburn
UVB rays are shorter waves that do not penetrate into the skin but affect the skin surface, causing it to burn or become inflamed, leading to redness, soreness and peeling skin.
Excessive exposure can produce genetic mutations in the skin’s cellular DNA, which can lead to skin cancer. Therefore, it is extra important for us to be vigilant in sun protection. Doing so not only prevents and reduces the harmful effects of UV damage, but can also improve your skin tone over time.
PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM THE SUN
1. Avoid going outdoors during peak periods of most intense sunlight
UV rays are the strongest between 10 am and 4 pm, so do your best to stay indoors then.
2. Cover up with protective clothing
The easiest way to test if a fabric can protect your skin is to hold it up to the light to see if you can see through it. If you can, then UV rays can also pass through the clothing. A white shirt typically has an SPF of about 7 but drops down to 3 when it is wet. Therefore it is important to also wear other protective gears like hat and sunglasses to shield the face and eyes.
3. Apply adequate amount of broad-spectrum sunscreen every 2 hours
To ensure that you get the full SPF of a sunscreen, you would need to apply about 30 ml for a normal day and double the amount for a long day at the beach.
Sunscreens should also be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure to ensure that the ingredients properly bind to the skin.
Reapply every 2 hours daily and immediately after sweating.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends an SPF of 15 or higher. Here is a quick breakdown of what it means:
- Sun Protection Factor (SPF) measures its ability to block against UVB, the main cause of sunburn
- The Protection Grade (PA) indicates the sunscreen’s ability to block against UVA.
4. Simply take LAC Taut® Sunshield to protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays from inside-out
LAC Taut® Sunshield is a revolutionary beauty supplement that protects you against UVA and UVB rays from the inside out. It features 2 powerful key ingredients Golden Tomato, a prominent photo-ageing protective ingredient and Vitamin C, an antioxidant essential for healthy skin renewal. Both ingredients work together to protect skin ageing caused by sun radiation, reduce skin sensitivity (redness) and brighten and even skin tone.
Buddies in the Sun!Pair up with LAC Taut® White for overall lighter and brighter skin complexion. While LAC Taut® Sunshield absorbs UV and prevents skin ageing, LAC Taut® White complements by fading existing age spots and reducing new formation of pigmentations, leaving you with more radiant and brighter skin.