7 Sunscreen Facts I Wish I Knew Earlier

We tell you exactly why you need a good sunscreen like La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Invisible Fluid SPF50+ when you’re both outdoors and at home daily!

Still not convinced that you need to use sunscreen daily? We bust seven excuses and myths with facts on why daily sunscreen application is crucial for skin health. Yup, you might wish you knew this earlier, but it’s not too late to up your sun protection game.

#1: I DON’T NEED TO USE SUNSCREEN IF I’M NOT GOING OUTSIDE.
FACT:
Most windows block UVB rays that are responsible for the burn you feel on the skin. However, UVA rays can still pass through the glass windows of your home, car or office, even when it’s raining or cloudy. In fact, 95% of the sun’s rays are UVA rays.

Plus, UVA rays are able to penetrate deeper into the skin, causing photo-ageing like fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots, and worse still, can even cause skin cancer. This means that even when you’re staying indoors, your skin is still prone to UVA-induced damage. In addition, for those with sensitive skin, not applying sunscreen when you’re at home can lead to skin irritations too.

The La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid has an ultra-high UVA protection of PPD46. PPD stands for Persistent Pigment Darkening and is used to measure the strength of UVA protection (in Asia, the PA grading is commonly used instead). Moreover, a PPD value above 18 is equivalent to PA++++, so a grade of 46 is an extremely high level of UVA protection.

With continued WFH days ahead, you’ll want to make sunscreen a part of your daily skincare regimen. And while it may not come naturally for everyone at first, you should make wearing sunscreen your new skincare normal, just like how wearing masks is part of our new normal. The suncare for your skin will pay off in the future, as it staves off skin damage.

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#2: ANTI-AGEING SKINCARE IS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN SUN PROTECTION IN KEEPING MY SKIN YOUTHFUL.
FACT: Anti-ageing starts with sunscreen. Including a sunscreen with broad spectrum properties like the La Roche-Posay Invisible Fluid SPF50+ PPD46 in your daily skincare routine can help protect against UV-induced damage and oxidative stress that can result in fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness and pigmentation. In addition, it also contains a powerful blend of antioxidants that fight free radical damage that cause premature skin ageing, ensuring that your complexion remains healthy and youthful.

#3: IT DOESN’T MATTER IF I’M USING SPF15 OR SPF50 AS LONG AS I’M USING A SUNSCREEN.
FACT:
SPF = Sun Protection Factor. It protects the skin from UVB rays that cause skin to burn. Here's an estimate of the sun protection you get from different SPF numbers:
- SPF15 blocks out 93% of UVB rays
- SPF30 blocks out 97% of UVB rays
- SPF50 blocks out 98% of UVB rays

And because you want to protect your skin as much as possible, opting for a sunscreen with SPF50 will help. But research has shown that going beyond SPF50 doesn’t exponentially increase the amount of UVB rays that get blocked. 

In addition, as most of us aren’t applying enough sunscreen as it is (one teaspoonful for the face and neck), we should be diligent in reapplying as sunscreen fades as we touch our face throughout the day — especially when we’re at home more (don’t worry, it happens to all of us!).

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#4: SUNSCREEN ISN’T NECESSARY WHEN IT’S RAINING AND/OR CLOUDY.
FACT:
Singapore has a high UV Index (UVI). In fact, Singapore’s maximum UVI on average during the hot midday hours of 11am to 3pm is 12 — anything more than 11 on the scale is considered “extremely high”. 

More importantly, this international standard that describes the level of solar UV radiation on the earth’s surface is not linked to how hot or humid it might be. So it could be raining, but the UV Index can still be high. UV rays, especially UVA rays, are present 365 days a year, regardless of the weather. Rain or shine, applying sunscreen is essential!

#5: SUNSCREEN CAUSES BREAKOUTS.
FACT:
Gone are the thick, sticky sunscreens of the past. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid has a very lightweight texture that won’t gunk up the pores. It’s resistant to sweat, but also won’t leave the skin greasy and shiny. Plus, it is recommended by 60,000 dermatologists worldwide, and boasts a trusted formula that is suitable for all skin types, even ultra-sensitive or sun-allergic skin.

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#6: SUNSCREEN IS HARMFUL TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
FACT:
While not all sunscreens are made the same, fortunately, the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid uses 100 per cent organic filters in its formula, making it not only safe for you but for marine life and the coral reefs too.

#7: I DON’T NEED SUNSCREEN SINCE MY FACE IS ALREADY COVERED BY A MASK.
FACT:
Wearing a protective face mask doesn’t provide you with extra protection from the sun. You’ll still need sunscreen to protect against UV-induced damage. Besides, UV rays can still seep in and reach your skin through the gaps or when you remove your mask.

The perfect complement to mandatory mask-wear, the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid uses a breakthrough Netlock Technology that gives it a non-greasy, non-sticky invisible texture. Its gel micro-drops provide an even, non-migrating and very resistant protection, making the sunscreen highly sweat- and water-resistant, which is important when worn under a mask.

Want to ensure that your skin stays healthy and youthful? These seven facts emphasise the importance of using sunscreen daily to protect your skin, especially if you’ve got sensitive skin, from UV exposure. Make this your skincare normal, whether you’re staying home or heading outside.

8DAYS READERS, GET YOUR SUN PROTECTION HERE!
There’s no better time than now to ensure that your skin is well-protected against the sun’s harmful UV rays. La Roche-Posay is offering 20 per cent off its Anthelios sunscreen range at all Watsons and Guardian Pharmacy stores, as well as online at www.watsons.com.sg and www.guardian.com.sg.

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