Should I bring my sunscreen to Singapore

The best sun protection for skin and hair

Sun protection for the skin

For sensitive skin

Sensitive skin makes special demands on sun care: it needs a high level of protection, but it does not tolerate many active ingredients. Physical filters such as titanium and zinc oxide are particularly suitable for the delicate eye area, as they do not penetrate the skin, but lie on the surface and reflect UV radiation. Ingredients such as shea butter, camellia oil, lentil and ginger extract care for and soothe irritated areas (e.g. from Olaz and Kiel's). In our part of the world you shouldn't be unprotected for more than 20 minutes. Perfect for everyone who doesn't want to do without make-up: SPF fluids with a light tint (e.g. from Caudalie).

For oily skin

Many sunscreens clog pores and can lead to blemishes. If you tend to have oily skin, you should avoid sunscreen with a chemical filter. Physical UV filters that reflect sunlight are also more suitable here. Also, look for reduced oil formulas.

For pigmented skin

Don't just use a tinted face cream, use a sunscreen with a high protection factor. At the same time, vitamin C can reduce the production of melanin. However, you should only use products that are below a concentration of 5%.

Sun protection with hyaluronic acid

With antioxidants, melanin boosters and enzyme technology, the latest developments offer additional security against light-induced skin aging. Special compositions make the skin feel even more pleasant. Lancaster developed a cream that, thanks to the "dry touch system", can be applied directly to damp skin and creates a dry, velvety finish. For a more even complexion, Vichy also relies on hyaluronic acid for sun protection. "It moisturizes, fills in wrinkles and makes the skin look plumper," explains scientific director Katrin Kipper.

The new beauty products with sun protection factor

Sun protection for the face

Sun protection for the face not only protects against sunburn and skin cancer, it also prevents premature skin aging and pigment spots. When you think of sunscreen on your face, you immediately think of a greasy film that causes blemishes and pimples. To prevent this, you just have to make sure that the products are non-comedogenic - that is, that the pores are not clogged. How good that this is no longer the case with most products. With different textures, the products are tailored to different skin types and needs. See our four favorite products in the gallery.

Sun protection for the hair

We take good care of our skin when it comes to sun protection. What is often forgotten is the hair. Like the skin, this reacts very sensitively to strong UV radiation. This burns the protective layers of the hair follicles, causing moisture loss, brittleness and faded colors. In addition, chlorine and sea salt dry out the hair. The result: brittle and lackluster après-holiday hair. Shampoos and after-sun products help with care and sun protection. We show tips for sensitive blonde hair here. Help is also provided by nourishing heat protection sprays with UV filters, oils and vitamins such as the "Beach Bound Spray" from Tigi Bad Head. 100 ml, around 10 euros.

The care tips from the experts

Need some tips on sun protection? Vogue asked renowned medical professionals and cosmetics researchers for tips and the latest findings:

How do you properly dose sun protection?

Kirsten Vogelsang, Training Director at Estée Lauder: "The basic rule for all creams, regardless of whether they have a high or low sun protection factor, is to renew them after two hours at the latest. I recommend a teaspoonful for the face and about as much for the body as would fit in a shot glass. "

When is the sun strongest?

Avoid the sun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Even then, you should still use sun protection. Especially when you are at the beach or pool: The reflective surface of the water can direct the sun's rays directly in your direction.

Do day creams with sun protection factor offer the same protection as sun creams?

Lionel de Benetti, Head of Research at Clarins: "Classic sun products are designed for longer stays outdoors and are based on a more intensive formula that protects against all negative influences of UV rays. Anyone who does not explicitly expose themselves to the sun, for example in the city, should use a day cream with SPF 30 or, for very sensitive skin, SPF 50 is sufficient. "

What does waterproof actually mean in sun care?

Dr. Stephan Ruppert, Head of Product Development at Beiersdorf: "Waterproof only means that after being in the water for a certain period of time, at least half of the original protection is still available. The European Cosmetics Association Colipa defines that it lasts 40 minutes for the label 'waterproof' and for one hour for 'extra-waterproof'. I advise you to renew your sun protection after a long stay in the water. "

Can you apply an anti-aging serum under sunscreen?

Dr. Olivier Doucet, Vice President Skin Research at Lancaster Coty: "Serum plus sun care on top of each other create a layer that would work like a third product, but which would neither have the adequate function of a serum nor that of a protective cream.

Sun allergy - what to do?

Dr. Patricia Ogilvie, dermatologist from Munich: "Sun hardening makes sense for sensitive skin, especially if you plan to stay in southern countries. For this, the doctor adjusts the UVA / UVB radiation in a medical sun cabin so that natural protection is built up on the whole body Therapy is dosed individually and lasts between 7 and 10 minutes per treatment. You should start with two sessions a week about a month before your vacation. "

Tips for getting a tan

Protection or tan?

Study results show that vacationers mostly strive for a visibly tinted complexion. "Emotionally we want more tan, rationally for protection. Most people are now aware of how important a high SPF is. They still want to tan intensely, but as healthy as possible. Unfortunately, every stay in the sun leaves unwanted marks often only show up in old age, "explains Dr. Heiner Gers-Barlag, has worked in the light protection development department at Beiersdorf for 20 years.

28 different approved UV filters are currently in use. The focus of the future will be on combining color and protection.

In order to guarantee the coveted bronze complexion, the product developers concentrate on one of the skin's own substances: melanin. When UV rays hit the skin, the body begins to form the pigment melanin in the melanocytes, it migrates to the keratinocytes (horny cells that make up 90 percent of our cells in the epidermis) and wraps itself over their nucleus like a cap to protect the inherited genetic makeup. In addition, it rises to the surface of the skin with the nucleated keratinocytes that form the horny layer. Result: tan becomes visible and acts like the skin's own UV filter, which corresponds to about a sun protection factor of 4.

"Melanin is an excellent UV absorber and also an effective skin antioxidant", confirms Dr. Katrin Kipper, scientific spokesperson at Vichy. The only problem: After the first sunbath, the skin needs three to four days to produce the pigment. During this time, however, burns can already occur. Beiersdorf worked for five years to find a substance that accelerates and intensifies melanin production. It was found in the European liquorice root. Its extract does not work superficially like a self-tanner, but deep inside the cells - it is supposed to stimulate them to immediately form color pigments. "The effect also works without the sun, but cannot be compared to the intense tone of a self-tanner," says Dr. Katja Warnke, product developer at Nivea Sun and responsible for the "Protect & Bronze" with SPF 20 or 30.

How do tanning capsules work?

Marijane Bevanda, Scientific Director at Innéov: "These capsules contain beta-carotene, which, as a strong antioxidant, reduces the release of collagen- and elastin-degrading enzymes and prevents premature skin aging from UV rays Since children have a different nutritional profile than adults, they are not advised to consume the capsules. "

Dos and don'ts when tanning

Do: Travel with aloe vera for sunburn relief.

Use products that contain hyaluronic acid, soy extract, and panthenol to help promote hydration and reduce inflammation.

Wear cotton clothing so the skin can breathe.

Wait at least three weeks after any skin treatment (such as laser treatments and exfoliants) before exposing your skin to the sun.

Don't: Do not use retinoids or exfoliants such as glycolic and salicylic acids, which can make the skin more sensitive to the sun. All vitamin C-based products should have a concentration of less than 5%.

Do not wear perfumes and oils in the sun, as they can cause inflammation when exposed to UV rays.

Do not use petroleum based products; they trap heat in the skin and make sunburn worse.

Skin cancer screening

VOGUE: How do you know whether a dark spot on the skin is a birthmark or a carcinoma?

Dr. Timm Golüke: The so-called ABCD rule, according to which one should check the marks, helps here: A for asymmetry - irregular shape, B for border - irregular edge, C for color - color change, D for diameter - more than 5 mm or growth.

What types of skin cancer are there?

The most common are the less aggressive epidermal tumors such as basaliomas and spinaliomas, but unfortunately also the dangerous black skin cancer, malignant melanoma. It can metastasize very quickly and spread throughout the body via the lymphatic system.

Which parts of the body are particularly at risk?

Basaliomas and spinaliomas are triggered by intense UV exposure and usually occur on areas exposed to light such as the face, forearms and décolleté. Melanomas, on the other hand, usually develop on the back, abdomen and legs.

Can the scalp also be affected?

It should definitely be checked as well. Ask your barber to alert you to suspicious marks.

How often should I go to the check-up?

Annual controls are usually sufficient. From 50 birthmarks one is considered a risk patient.

How is it treated?

In any case, the skin cancer is surgically removed with a sufficient safety margin. In advanced stages of the melanoma, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, or radiation should follow to prevent it from spreading.

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