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How Can You Protect Your Skin From the Relentless Sun?

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Living in a tropical country like Singapore, where the sun shines at full force all year round, a complete sun protection strategy is indispensable.

Why the Need for Sun Protection?

Look, we know you love your Vitamin D – and so do we. But do you know that without sun protection, even limited exposure to the UV rays emitted from the sun can cause damage to your skin, no matter your skin colour or tone? UV rays not only cause your skin to age prematurely (think wrinkles), but they can also contribute to other issues such as discolouration, dark spots and congested skin.

With Singapore having one of the highest levels of ultraviolet radiation globally, lax attitudes towards sun protection will only lead to harmful, irreversible outcomes.

Is It Okay to Forgo Protection If You’re Staying Indoor All Day?

The short answer is no! While we very much would love to disregard sun protection as we lounge around the house on a lazy day, the truth is UV rays penetrate through window glasses.

And given that 80% of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds, even a cloudy, overcast day is not an excuse for you to get lax about sun protection. Take proactive actions to protect your skin, and your skin will thank you in the long run.

Ways to Keep Your Skin Protected and Healthy

Apply & Reapply Sunscreen

By now, you should know that sunscreen is your first line of defence against the sun. But what are the best types of sunscreen to use?

Well, opt for a broad spectrum sunscreen – one that helps filter both UVA and UVB rays. Experts also recommend using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher before heading outdoors for the day and SPF 15 if you stay indoors. For adequate protection, a good rule of thumb is to reapply sunscreen every two hours as the sun breaks down all active ingredients in sunscreen over time.

Edible Sunscreens for Added Protection

Topical sunscreen alone is not sufficient if you are spending a long day in direct sunlight. Here is where oral sunscreens can help close the gap, offering double UV protection. Consumed in the form of pills, oral sunscreens typically contain potent antioxidants to protect not just your face, but also your entire skin surface against free radicals.

Accessorize with Hats and Shades

Last but not least, wearing sun-protective items can go a long way in protecting your skin against harmful UV rays. Sunglasses with 99% to 100% UV absorption provide optimal protection for the eyes and the tender skin around them, while hats with wide brims protect your nose, cheeks, scalp and neck.

Ways to Reduce Pigmentation & Achieve Glowing Skin

Apart from the aforementioned, there are also ways you can reduce the harmful effects of UV rays.

Develop Healthy Eating Habits

Fuel your body with foods packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals that can prevent and/or heal sun damage. These include:

  • Blueberries: All berries are rich sources of antioxidants that can neutralise the free-radical damage that sun exposure causes. The tiny anthocyanin-rich blueberry is believed to have the highest antioxidant capacity.

  • Green Tea: Polyphenol antioxidants found in green tea can protect your cells from UV-induced damage. It also contains vitamin E, which hydrates dry and cracked skin – a common side effect of sunburn.

  • Leafy Greens: Leafy greens such as kale and spinach are rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant known for its ability to renew and repair the skin. Lutein and zeaxanthin found in these greens also act as natural sunblock for your skin.

Hakubi White C Tablet & White C Drink Are Your Trump Card

One of the best Japanese whitening supplements, Hakubi White C Tablet and Hakubi White C Drink help to mitigate oxidative damage caused by UV exposure and suppress the production of melanin to tackle skin concerns such as pigmentation.

Comes in pill form, White C Tablet is formulated with higher L-cysteine and vitamin C content for enhanced skin whitening. Vitamin B6  also promotes active skin regeneration.

Not a fan of pills? White C Drink is the product for you. It is easy to consume; just one bottle a day, and is packed with vitamin C and vitamin B6 to help enrich the antioxidant properties of vitamin E. With White C Drink, maintaining healthy-looking skin has never been so effortless.

All You Need to Know About Vitamin C

Vitamins

As the world becomes more educated on the topic of immunity, vitamin C has received a great deal of attention as one of the biggest immune system boosters. Also known as L-ascorbic acid, vitamin C is an essential water-soluble vitamin and antioxidant – necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. For instance, the presence of vitamin C would speed up the healing process of wounds.

With potent antioxidant powers, vitamin C has also been associated with many impressive health and skin benefits, which include:

  • Lower risk of heart disease

  • Protection against immune system deficiencies and cardiovascular disease

  • Reduce inflammation

  • Neutralise harmful free radicals

  • Manage high blood pressure

  • Reduce appearance of wrinkles

  • Boost collagen production

However, due to the absence of the enzyme L-gulonolactone oxidase (GULO), human bodies, unlike 4,000 other species of mammals, can’t produce vitamin C. As such, it is imperative that we obtain them from diets or supplements.

How Much Vitamin C Should You Take a Day?

Now, while vitamin C is essential, it is also important to keep within the recommended intake. Too much of it can lead to adverse gastrointestinal repercussions such as diarrhoea, nausea, cramps, abdominal discomfort and more. As the adage goes, “too much of a good thing is bad for you” – moderation is vital.

So, how much is too much?

The maximum intake for adult men and women is 2000mg a day – but experts from the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies recommend 90 mg for healthy adult men and 75 mg for healthy adult women. Individuals who smoke will require 35 mg more vitamin C than nonsmokers.

If you are unsure of how much vitamin C to take per day, be sure to consult your doctor.

Signs of Vitamin C Inadequacy

Due to the widespread availability of vitamin supplements and fortified foods, severe vitamin C deficiency (scurvy) is relatively rare in developed countries like Singapore. But here are some signs indicating that your body is running low in vitamin C:

  • Fatigue

  • Weakness

  • Irritability

  • Weight loss

  • Muscle and joint aches

Natural Food Sources

Thankfully, vitamin C is relatively ubiquitous in the diet, with fruits and vegetables being the best sources. Fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C include:

  • Citrus fruits (tomatoes, orange, grapefruit, limes and lemon)

  • Red and green peppers

  • Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower

  • Berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cranberries)

  • Kiwi fruit

  • Potatoes

Why Do People Take Vitamin C Supplements?

We get it – at this point, you must be thinking, “If we can get sufficient vitamin C through whole foods, why do people still take vitamin C supplements anyway?”

Well, simply because it is not always practical for everyone to consume the required amount of vitamin C needed through fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Due to hectic work schedules and busy lifestyles, more Singaporeans are adopting poor eating habits – such as relying on snacks and ready-to-eat processed foods to fill their tummies. Unfortunately, these meal alternatives do not offer the same amount of essential vitamins and minerals as whole foods.

Here is where supplements come in handy. These “health in a bottle” offer hard-to-beat convenience, making it easier for individuals to fill the nutritional gaps.

The Different Forms of Vitamin C Supplements

Vitamin C supplements come in a variety of forms, including tablets, capsules, gummies, liquid and more. Within our Hakubi range alone, you can find them in liquid and tablet forms. As of now, there are little to no scientific evidence that any form is better than another – so it is entirely up to your personal consumption preferences.

Give Our Hakubi Range a Try

If you are in search of Japanese vitamin C supplements, our Hakubi White C Tablets and Hakubi White C Drink are among the best in the market. Stay on top of your vitamin C game with Sato Pharmaceutical today!

TENOL ROLL-ON SOLUTION

Anti-PerspirationR Group3Remedies

Active Ingredients: Water, Alumimium Chlorohydrate, Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Phenoxyethanol, Alcloxa, Fragrance.

Indications: For neutralizing the smell of armpits and restraining perspiration.

Directions: Rub an appropriate quantity onto skin of affected area.

SATO DHA

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Active Ingredients (per 4 capsules): Purified Fish Oil with EPA and DHA (EPA and DHA). Helps you maintain good health.

Directions: 4-6 capsules a day with cold or hot water.

BIHAKU

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Active Ingredients (per 2 tablets): Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 30mg, Pyridoxal Phosphate (Active Vitamin B6) 20mg, Nicotinamide 30mg, Biotin 30µg, Coix Seed Dried Extract 184.6mg (2,400mg as Coix Seed)

Indications: Rough skin, Vitamin B2, B6 supplement for physical fatigue during pregnancy or lactation, during and after illness.

Dosage: Adults (15 years and older): 1-2 tablets at a time; 7-14 years: 1 tablet at a time, once daily.