Record-breaking temperatures have affected nations in Southeast Asia, including Singapore. While the heat has tempted some of us to just stay indoors, many also want to take advantage of the weather to do outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, and going to the beach. We also need vitamin D, which is best obtained from sun exposure. 

Dr. Sylvia Shares How to Get Your Vitamin D Safely via Vogue Singapore

The issue, of course, is too much heat and sun exposure can increase the risk of skin damage and skin cancer. So, how can you get that sun-kissed glow and get your daily dose of vitamin D while staying safe? Our very own Dr. Sylvia Ramirez shares a few tips via Vogue Singapore in an article via Azrin Tan

Protect your skin outdoors and indoors – Extended exposure whether you are indoors or outdoors may result in the buildup of DNA damage in skin cells. This can cause photoaging and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. 

Time your sun exposure – Embrace the golden hour or get your necessary dose of vitamin D in the early morning or late afternoon when UV intensity is reduced. This helps minimize UVB exposure (needed for vitamin D) while also lowering your risk of skin injuries associated with UVB rays.

Protect yourself in fashion – Accessorize and sun protect your skin with wide-brimmed hats, fashion-forward sunglasses with 100% UV protection, or clothing with Ultraviolet Protection Factor, which is designed to block UV rays.

Use a systematic approach when applying sunscreen  – Dr. Sylvia recommends applying about two milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin. A dollop the size of a 20-cent coin is recommended for the face alone; about two tablespoons (shot glass) is ideal for the face and body. Other helpful tips from Dr. Sylvia include:

  • When using spray-on sunscreen, apply until the skin glistens or has an even sheen.
  • Don’t forget neglected areas such as the ears, neck, back of the hands, and feet. UV rays can still penetrate these areas and cause damage. 
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Reapply SPF every two hours, particularly after swimming or sweating. 

What to look out for when shopping for sunscreen – Read labels and be smart about your sun protection formula with these tips: 

  • Choose a water-resistant formula with an SPF of at least 30.
  • Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protects against both UVA and UVB protection.
  • Assess active ingredients. Those with sensitive skin should choose mineral sunscreen with physical filters like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. 

We at Cutis always recommend using sunscreen regardless of the weather and practicing other sun protection measures. Check out our previous blog for 9 ways to up your sunscreen and sun protection game

Information/tips were taken from “Here’s how to beat the relentless heat and enjoy the sun (in moderation)” by Azrin Tan. This story is published in Vogue Singapore.