Things you need to know about skin protection for summer

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“When you’re exposed everyday to the sunlight or you put a lot of makeup on, you know, your skin is very sensitive it ages very quickly,” said Jasmine Curtis Smith (center) in a discussion about skin protection during the launch of her new product endorsement on March 3.


It’s officially summer!

It is during this season when people really have fun under the sun, especially when at the beach.

But, of course, experts would always remind us not to enjoy the heat of the sun too much because longer exposure to the sun may damage your skin.

Skin protection is a must when going under the sun.

Pond’s newest beauty ambassador Jasmine Curtis Smith said it’s always important to look for the PA and SPF rating when choosing skin and facial products.

“Kasi when you’re exposed everyday to the sunlight or you put a lot of make up on, you know, your skin is very sensitive it ages very quickly.

“So, unless you start now, you start putting this on, it will age very quickly,” she said during the launch of the new Pond’s White Beauty at Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City, on March 3.

To help us understand the importance of applying skin protection, dermatologist Dr. Anna Palabyab joined event host Sam Oh, and the product’s senior brand manager Cesca Silvestre to debunk some myths about sun protection.

Myth 1: The higher the SPF in my skin care product, the better the protection.

Dr. Palabyab says: “There’s some truth to it. But you know, it doesn’t really matter how high for as long as you are able to re-apply.

"More often than not, people don’t apply enough sunblock, which is why you have to re-apply it. It’s why you don’t maximize the SPF product.

“It takes 10 minutes to burn under the sun for Asian, Filipino, skin types. So, if you have SPF 15, you can stay out for 150 minutes.”

Myth 2: All types of SPF face products—sprays, creams, and lotions—work equally well.

Dr. Palabyab says: “You have to choose something for your skin type.

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"If you’re oily, you don’t wanna pile on the heavy creams and the oils anymore. You don’t wanna add to that.

"So, if you're oily, you choose something lighter, with a better finish.

“I always tell my patients that they should enjoy applying the product because they always have to keep re-applying it.”

Myth 3: If your makeup has SPF, you’re covered.

Dr. Palabyab says: “Well, you always have to read the label. How high is the SPF and how much are you actually putting on your skin?

“So, for powders, there’s a recommended amount and usually we don’t even reach half of that.

"You always have to be mindful of how much you put and the recommended amount."

Dr. Palabyab adds that you're "pretty much" covered if you first put on a moisturizer that has SPF then wear makeup that also has SPF in order to reach the recommended amount of protection.

Myth 4: You don’t need SPF protection on a cloudy day.

Dr. Palabyab says: “That’s definitely not true.

"You know, the UVA rays actually penetrate through the clouds and even through the glass.

"UVA rays can go through, so even when you’re just in your car, inside your office if you’re sitting by the window, you still have to put on SPF.

"Sometimes I tell my patients, as soon as you brush your teeth, put it on.

“The PA rating covers you for the UVA rays [which causes aging], while SPF only covers you for the UVB rays [which causes burning].

"Both are harmful, so make sure it’s a broad spectrum sunblock.”

Myth 5: Forget about SPF for summer. Scrubbing your face with soap will keep your skin healthy and acne-free.

Dr. Palabyab says: “Nobody thinks that’s true anymore!"

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Myth 6: I’m still young, SPF is not that important yet.

Dr. Palabyab says: “We’re just as young as we feel. But, unfortunately, sun damage is cumulative, meaning, the five minutes that you walk out in your car, it all adds up.

“So, you can never be too young to wear sun protection. Even for babies, it’s not usually recommended for the first six months.

"But we advise them to just avoid the sun or wear protective clothing. Make it a habit for your kids to put sunblock when you go out.”

Before the program ended, Jasmine made this special reminder: “I like to be fresh and young that’s what I stand for. So, I encourage other young people to stay young and fresh when they can.”


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