We’re so used to thinking “Danger!” when we hear thunder, but we tend to forget that we’re just as exposed to danger on a sunny day, thanks to UV rays. UVA and UVB rays in particular, are the 2 forms of UV exposure that are highly harmful to us. How do we measure the extent of the danger from our exposure to UV rays? That’s where the UV index comes in.
The UV index – an open-ended scale from 0 upwards – informs us of the amount of damage we are doing to our skin (and eyes!) The higher the index, the more damage done to your skin, and accordingly, the less time needed for that harm to be inflicted.
Here’s a rough guide breaking down what the different UV index levels really mean:
UVI of 1-2: Low UV exposure
UVI of 3-5: Moderate UV exposure
UVI of 6-7: High UV exposure
UVI of 8-10: Very high UV exposure
Anything beyond a UVI of 11: Extreme UV exposure, i.e. skin and eye damage could occur within minutes.
Guess where Singapore stands on this spectrum? An annual average of 11.5.
Therefore, protection is key. What can we do?
This is still one of the most effective ways to protect against skin cancer. Be sure to use a sunscreen of at least SPF 30, and reapply every 3 hours or so.
At LS Aesthetic, we carry the TiZO2 and TiZO3 range of mineral sunscreens, which offer effective yet gentle protection against the Sun’s harmful rays. Other benefits include:
- Free from: chemical sunscreen filters, oils, dyes, fragrances, or PABA
- Offers broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays
- Photostable: these sunscreens do not break down when exposed to sunlight
- Lightly tinted formula: fades to match your natural skin tone
- Water resistant versions available
Not just a whitening oral supplement, Crystal Tomato acts as a natural sunscreen against UVA/UVB rays to protect against UV damage and sunburns. Not only does it reduce existing pigmentation in our skin, it also contains anti-inflammatory properties against wounds and UV damage, aiding in wound healing.
Best of all, it’s a 100% natural food supplement – meaning that it’s safe for long-term consumption.
Other means of sun protection include wearing hats and sunglasses, and carrying umbrellas. Ensure that your sunglasses protect you from UV rays!
Look for sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection or those labelled as “UV 400” – this means that you’re protected from all light rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers.
As for umbrellas, look for those that are able to block 99% of the sun’s UV rays. Such umbrellas are made of advanced fabrics with the ability to block out both UVA and UVB rays.
For more information on our Crystal Tomato supplements and our TiZO range of sunscreens, call us at +65 6738 4700, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at Wisma Atria, Orchard Road.
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