TiZO2 / TiZO3 Mineral Sunscreens
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, especially in light of Singapore’s extreme UV levels. 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 unprotected skin.
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 rays?
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 and wrinkles.
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 TiZO2 / TiZO3 Mineral Sunscreens?
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 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