Keeping your skin in tip-top condition can be a challenge in Singapore. Extreme heat and humidity can lead to skin problems like sunburn, rashes and excess oil production. Follow these tips for a better complexion.
Everyone knows the importance of sunscreen by now, and it should not be an option but a must. Choose one with higher SPF (we recommend 30 and above) and have a travel-sized tube with you always when you are out. The reason? Sunscreen needs to be reapplied at least every two hours when you are outdoors for maximum efficacy.
Keeping your eyes shielded at all times is important, and a pair of sunglasses with UV protection is de rigueur when you are out. The skin around our eyes are the thinnest and is the area most prone to ageing, so make sure to protect it at all times, especially under the sun. Other than protecting your eyes, a pair of stylish sunnies is also the best way to accessorise your outfit of the day and give it an edge.
Use an umbrella
It might seem unglam to use an umbrella on a sunny day instead of a rainy day, but umbrellas are the fastest and easiest way to provide shade for your skin when you are out. Make sure to choose an umbrella with UV shield – they cost more than a normal umbrella, but trust us, it‘s worth it.
Wear a hat
If you still feel it is not cool to use an umbrella, then the next best option is to wear a hat. For for a wide-brimmed hat like a sun hat, a fedora or a boater so it provides adequate shade for your face and neck. Other than being a cool fashion accessory, a hat also helps conceal bad hair days – double bonus!
Containing Omega-3 fatty acids to help skin fend off harmful UV rays and zinc which has been shown to activate the proteins needed for collagen synthesis, fatty fish like salmon and cod are best for promoting skin health. We suggest to eat at least one portion of fish a day.
Remember that skin is one of the body‘s organs (and it‘s the body‘s biggest organ!) so keeping it hydrated is important for it to stay healthy. Water helps with improve blood circulation and also flushes toxins and impurities out of the body, which will in turn help your skin remain plump and healthy – so drink up!
There are now many nifty apps which can help you monitor your time in the sun, give you reminders when you need to reapply your sunscreen, and also tell you when the UV rays are strongest with an hourly UV index. Try apps like Sunny@SG, UVI Mate – Global and Ecosport UV.
A version of this story first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly. The go-to, trusted magazine for the latest news and information in areas that matter most to the professional working woman, The Singapore Women’s Weekly is now available in both print and digital formats. Visit www.WomensWeekly.com.sg for more.