What is one major gripe you’re bound to hear in Singapore?
A. The weather is so hot! B. The sun is so strong. C. All of the above.
As much as we’d like to be proven wrong, Singapore’s sunny and balmy weather is indeed one of the top few complaints we always hear.
While there is nothing we can do to alleviate the warmth you feel while on the go, there is a lot we can and need to do to protect ourselves from our tropical weather.
Here are a few facts about Singapore’s Sunny weather that you might have missed out on:
#1 Singapore’s UV Index Levels are one of the highest in the world
To give you a gauge of the UV Index - a measure of the level of UV radiation, Australia’s UV Index is only 8.41 as compared to our average of 11.5.
Last year saw UV levels
hitting an index level of a whopping 15 twice in a week!
According to the World Health Organisation, UV index 8 and above warrants extra sun protection:
- Avoid being outdoors during midday
- Apply sunscreen daily
- Make sure you seek shade
(TO THINK YOU WERE JUDGING ALL THE UMBRELLA TOTING PEOPLE)
#2 You need protection indoors too
A 2008 review conducted on indoor lighting showed that UV radiation emitted by fluorescent lighting can increase an individual’s exposure to carcinogenic radiation by 10 to 30 percent.
Not to mention, UV rays have the ability to reflect off surfaces such as sand, water, grass and even the table you’re sitting on right now.
#3 Skin cancer is in the Top 6 cancers for Men | 7th for Women
In Singapore, about 35 people are diagnosed with cancer every day.
While not 100% preventable, knowledge is power - take steps to reduce your risk of skin cancer with the following pointers:
- Early detection is key as most types of skin cancer are highly curable if detected early
- Diligent sun protection habits such as reapplying sunblock and covering up under strong sun
#4 There is an increase in younger skin cancer patients
The Singapore National Eye Center took notice of a rising trend in incidence of skin cancer over the last 40 years.
While this condition is still most prevalent in the elderly, data from the cancer registry showed a rise in skin cancer diagnoses for young people (<65 years old).
This can also be interpreted as an increased awareness regarding the disease and more younger people are proactively getting checked.
Here are some sun protection tips from us, to help fight the good fight:
|Sun Protection||Item||What it does|
A basic form of sun protection, it is recommended that sunscreen be applied daily prior to going outdoors.
The sunscreen forms a protective barrier on top of skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Sunscreen should be reapplied every few hours as it may wear off throughout the day.
Try Theia Sunscreen Lotion SPF50 - Developed in partnership with leading dermatologists, this gentle formula is designed for sensitive skin.
Theia Sunscreen is water-resistant up to 80 minutes and has an advanced molecular encapsulation technology - meaning it will molecularly adhere to your skin, making it rub-resistant.
|UV protection Oral Supplements||
Yes, there are supplements now you can ingest to give yourself an added boost of sun protection. Formulated with key ingredients to strengthen skin immunity against free oxidative damages, as well as to repair damaged skin cells.
Try S.O.D Skin White+ MicroTabs - a UV protection oral supplement created by Bio G. BioG MicroTabs is an intelligent supplement solution that compresses multiple separate supplements into a single high potency blend without preservatives, lactose, gluten, artificial flavourings and colourings.
S.O.D Skin White+ MicroTabs consists of 2 powerful primary antioxidants, Superoxide Dismutase (S.O.D) and Vitamin C, and 2 other important natural dietary supplements, PhytoflORAL and Polypodium.
PhytoflORAL® not only protects the skin from oxidative and photo damage, but also has skin lightening, complexion improving and anti-aging effects.
Polypodium, a fern extract, has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. On top of protecting the skin from oxidative and photo damage, it helps reduce redness and decrease pigmentation.
Physical blockage of sun rays is equally important, hence the World Health Organisation's advice to stay indoors when the UV index goes above 11 during midday hours.
If heading out is a must, remember to keep in the shade and wear protective gear such as sunglasses, caps or long sleeved shirts to cover up!
Take a look at our mutant caps - Protects you from the sun AND a stylish add-on to your wardrobe, might we add.
For our 12th Birthday, we're conducting a giveaway every day from 12th - 23rd July!
For this articles, we're giving 1 lucky winner a box of S.O.D Skin White+ MicroTabs ! All you have to do, is follow @Fitlion on instagram , and double-tap on giveaway post!
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