July 05, 2018

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The Truth About UV Damage

We spend hundreds upon hundreds on our skincare routines, removing the last traces of teenage acne marking our complexion, plumping up our skin with the latest holy grail moisturiser and way more. But how many of us actually put in as much effort into sun protection as we do on our routines.

The truth is that the time we spend under the sun could be undoing our entire skincare routine, causing premature ageing, pigmentation and even potentially life-threatening conditions like skin cancer.

In a country like Singapore, sun protection is especially important seeing how the UV index can hit the extremes here.

We dig deep and uncover the truth behind some common sun protection myths and talk about why you should start your sun protection regime today. 

Myth #1: UV Rays do not affect us when we’re indoors.

Myth Busted: UV is as much of a danger indoors and out. UVB rays are blocked out by glass windows but the real danger indoors is UVA radiation. Studies have found that glass allows at least 50% of UVA rays through.

A 2012 article from the New England Journal of Medicine published a  photo of a 69-year-old man with unilateral dermatoheliosis -- severe damage from ultraviolet rays on one side of his face. The UV damage sustained throughout his career of driving a truck had dramatically aged the side of his face with more sun exposure.

Image result for truck driver uv damage

Imagine what sun damage will do to you in 10 years or so.

Myth #2: Sunscreen is unnecessary when it’s not sunny.

Myth Busted: UV radiation can pass through cloud cover as well. In fact, you might be getting MORE UV radiation on cloudy days. In some instances, UV rays can be reflected off the cloud's edge, thus intensifying the level of UV rays while giving the impression of a sunless day.

The lesson? Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!

Myth #3: Tanning is great for your skin

Myth Busted: That enviable sun-kissed glow is caused by UVA rays and is actually a sign of damaged skin! The change in skin colour is a response to DNA damage that triggers the release of melanin to protect your skin from further damage. Getting a tan can be the biggest cause of premature ageing and sunspots.

Save the money on expensive anti-ageing treatments and nip the problem in the bud. It’s never too late to start on your sun-protection habit so that your skin remains happy and healthy.

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Charlene K
Charlene K

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Charlene enjoys long walks to the fridge, makeup and emotional eating. A former journalism student and avid skincare nerd, you'll find her on the weekends reading up and writing about the properties of ceramides, acids and oils.



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