Comment: Under the Singapore sun, surprisingly few of us use sunscreen

Fourth, reapply your sunscreen throughout the day. You should reapply sunscreen every two to three hours, especially if you’re swimming or sweating. Set a phone alert for reapplying to help you remember.

Fifth, make it stylish. Support your sun protection effort by wearing fashionable hats and sunglasses when you go out.


Parents and teachers can also help establish good sun protection habits from a young age. I have two boys and we use sunscreen whenever we are outside.

For the older child, I make it fun by letting him “draw” with his fingers using the sunscreen on his own skin. For the youngest, I sing a cute song with dramatic actions while applying it. My favorite is “One, two, three, four, five, once I caught a live fish” and when I count I put sunscreen on it.

Hopefully these childhood routines can help them be less resistant to sun protection as they grow up.

In a way, the beauty industry has played an important role in health by promoting sunscreen as a cosmetic product. After all, a little sunscreen is better than no sunscreen.

While flaunting our radiant, blemish-free complexion, we might prevent skin cancer along the way – not that it’s intentional, but it’s definitely a positive side effect.

Kristen Juliet Soh is the Editorial Director and Co-Founder of daily vanity.

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