Grooming, Skincare

The Real Importance Of Wearing Sunscreen at Home

 
The Real Importance Of Wearing Sunscreen at Home

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When Abangsapau is not reading non-fiction or poetry, writing, keeping up with politics and current affairs, listening to local music, thinking he can dance or eating thosai at his void deck (all while probably wearing a sarung that belonged to his late grandfather), he is working on new materials and will be dropping them later in 2020.

It seems dated to talk about the importance of sun protection considering the Healthy People 2020 of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aimed to raise the proportion of people who use sun protection to 11.2% by 2020. While they have nearly hit the target, there is one common uncertainty about the use of sun protection — should one be wearing sunscreen at home?

As advised by Dr Teo Wan Lin of TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre, “The key point to consider about wearing sunscreen at home would be if light is coming through your window. For most of us, there will be light penetrating through it and especially if your windows do not have specific UV treatment. The components that make a sunscreen should also consist of physical or chemical sunblock agents.” Chemical sunblocks block out harmful UVA rays whereas the physical ones provide the broad spectrum coverage that is required to prevent photo ageing and skin cancer.

One’s exposure to blue light should also be considered if one needs to decide on wearing sunscreen at home, “Blue light damage is not well established or quantified. However, it’s best to err on the side of caution now that we have some early data emerging about the potential harm it causes like increased pigmentation and some level of free radical damage.”

LAB SERIES DAY RESCUE DEFENSE LOTION SPF35 PA+++
The first filter is one that prevents sun damage and the second is HYDRA-ENDURE TechnologyTM that absorbs and retains hydration.
Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Gel SPF 50+ PA++++, $34.90 for 90g
The genius in this product is that its UV protection veil spreads more evenly and strongly when one is exposed to sweat or water.
DIOR PRESTIGE LIGHT-IN-WHITE UV PROTECTOR YOUTH AND LIGHT SHEER GLOW SPF 50+ PA+++
The secrets in this sunscreen’s youth restoring sauce are antioxidant filters, roses essence and white horehound extract.
YVES SAINT LAURENT BEAUTÉ PURE SHOTS AIRTHIN UV DEFENDER SPF50+ PA++++
Literally thin in formula, this sunscreen also contains a blend of detoxifying citrus peel and niacinamide to protect the skin barrier.
DR.TWL DERMACEUTICALS SUNPROTECTOR
Formulated specifically for humid climates, this sunscreen also regenerates, repairs and soothes sensitive skin.
SKINNIES SUNGEL SPF30
A pea-size blob is all one needs for his face, neck and ears as this vegan-friendly gel formula contains no water.
LIERAC SUNISSIME PROTECTIVE FLUID GLOBAL ANTI-AGING SPF 50
A combination of patented UVA/UVB filtering system, plant flavonoids and fractionated melanic protects, restores and fortifies.
LA MER THE BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50 UV PROTECTING FLUID
La Mer’s signature Miracle BrothTM that softens, nourishes and soothes is also used in this quick absorbing fluid formula.
I WOKE UP LIKE THIS PROTECTIVE BASE SUN CREAM SPF50+ PA+++ / KSISTERS.SG
Pycnogenol is added for collagen production and the lightening of hyper-pigmentation while Ceramide 3 boosts radiance.
HUXLEY SUN CREAM SPF50+ PA++++
Lightweight, non-greasy and protective, this sun cream contains the perennial Huxley staple — moisturising prickly pear seed oil.

Photography Jeff Chang
Styling Bryan Goh
Grooming Zoel Tee

This story about wearing sunscreen at home first appeared in the October 2020 issue of Men’s Folio Singapore.