Sunscreen - a must-have in your daily defense against UV damage
Protecting your skin from
unnecessary sun exposure is one of the most important steps in your daily
skincare routine. Without proper protection, UV damage from sun exposure can
give rise to free radical damage, causing the appearance of fine lines and
wrinkles, pigmentation and a dull complexion.
At LS Aesthetic, apart from our
in-house sunblock range, we also offer Solar Protection Formula, a range of
non-comedogenic and water-resistant sunblocks.
Here, Dr. Kok addresses some of the common questions he gets
about sun protection:
Are sunblocks and
sunscreens the same thing?
No! While both sunblocks and
sunscreens protect you from UV damage, they use different ingredients and
mechanisms to do so.
Sunblocks generally use chemicals or minerals, such as zinc oxide or titanium oxide to create a physical barrier on
the skin, essentially blocking the sun’s harmful UV rays from penetrating the
skin. Sunblocks are ideal for usage during long periods of significant sun
exposure, such as swimming or outdoor sports.
Sunscreens, on the other hand,
uses minerals and other ingredients to absorb the sun’s harmful rays once they
penetrate into the skin. Sunscreens are generally easier to apply as compared
to sunblocks, as they do not leave a whitish residue.
What is SPF?
SPF stands for “sun protection factor”, and is a measure of
how long the sunscreen or sunblock can protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
SPF is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to produce a sunburn
on protected skin to the amount of time needed to cause a sunburn on
For instance, for a fair-skinned
person who would normally turn red after 10 minutes in the sun, if that person
uses a sunscreen with SPF 2, it takes 20 minutes in the sun for that person's
skin to turn red. Now, if that person uses a sunscreen with SPF 15, it
multiplies the initial burning time by 15, so it takes 150 minutes, or 2 and
half hours, for that person's skin to turn red.
Dr. Kok recommends the usage of a sunscreen or sunblock with
at least SPF 30 in your daily skincare routine.
What are UVA and UVB
These are different types of UV rays that can penetrate the
skin and cause skin damage, if adequate protection is not taken. UVA rays tend
to penetrate deep into the skin, causing premature aging, as well as fine lines
UVB rays, on the other hand,
usually tend to burn the superficial layers of the skin and are responsible for
causing most types of skin cancers.
Why Solar Protection
Our range of Solar Protection Formula sunscreens offer
effective yet gentle protection against the sun’s harmful rays, making them
suitable for children as well. Some of the benefits include:
- Free from: chemical sunscreen filters, oils,
dyes, fragrances, or PABA
- Offers broad spectrum protection against UVA and
- 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
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more enquiries. We are conveniently located at
#10-04 Wisma Atria
Office Tower, 435 Orchard Road Singapore 238877.