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Here comes the sun, and it’s not alright

| On 31, Jan 2015


I’m looking forward to a break in Penang with my girlfriends next weekend. We’ll be staying at the Golden Sands Hotel right on the beach which sounds great but with my hyper-pigmentation, it means packing umbrella, beach hat and staying in the shade at high noon.

I’ve been using Heliocare sunblock on my face for a couple of years, but it’s too precious to slather all over my arms and any other exposed skin, so I will have to shop for sunblock for the body. The problem is finding something effective and not icky-greasy. A safer option is sunblock that works from inside. Heliocare has a supplement, but the bother is going to a clinic to buy it (check the distributor’s website for addresses –

Sun damage is often not taken seriously until it shows up as blotches and wrinkles, and by then you need to be prepared to spend thousands to repair it. The problem with topical sunblock as Dr Victor Wee of Kin Mun Clinic says, “We have found that direct sunlight will go through the best sunblock in the world”, so how high should you go with SPF, etc I asked Dr Wee?

When buying sun protection products, what should we look out for? How do we know what will work?

When buying sun protection products, try to get one with a good SPF, preferably SPF 50 plus. Be careful of sunscreens that are too oily and that can clog pores especially if you are acne prone.

So I would personally recommend the use of Heliocare SPF 65 sunblock which will give you a protection of at least SPF 30. I personally use a non-oily base and apply it often in a day without worrying about blocking my pores.

Are there foods that will help protect against sun damage, and repair damaged skin? How much or how often would we need to consume these?

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