With summer in full spring and the weather predicted to hit an all time high here in Singapore, it is crucial to ensure that you not just wear sunscreen, but wear it correctly!
Always follow the label directions when putting it on. Pay close attention to your face, ears, neck, arms, and any other areas not covered by clothing. If you’re going to wear insect repellent or makeup, put the sunscreen on first.
Ideally, about 1-ounce of sunscreen (about a shot glass or palmful) should be used to cover the arms, legs, neck, and face of the average adult. In general, sunscreen needs to be reapplied at least every 2 hours to maintain protection, unless stated otherwise on your sunscreen. For example, EHA sunscreen is for 24 hours. Sunscreens can wash off when you sweat or swim and then wipe off with a towel, so they might need to be reapplied more often. Be sure to read the label. And don’t forget your lips; lip balm with sunscreen is also available.
Some sunscreen products can irritate your skin. Many products claim to be hypoallergenic or dermatologist tested, but the only way to know for sure if a product will irritate your skin is to try it. One common recommendation is to apply a small amount to the soft skin on the inside of your elbow every day for 3 days. If your skin does not turn red or become itchy, the product is probably OK for you. Don’t deny the benefits of sunscreen when it comes to your aesthetic beauty!