The Importance Of Sunblock In Everyday Life | Clozette

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We cannot deny that being under the sun is quite enjoyable; but too much sunlight can be hazardous to our skin. The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) rays that cause dry, wrinkled, discoloured, and leathery skin. It's also the culprit behind skin ageing, sunburn, and serious long-term problems such as skin cancer and cataracts. If you don't want to experience any of these, then you must start protecting your skin as early as now!

Watch this skin tip video and learn from skin expert Dr. Joyce Lim about protecting yourself from the sun:

Now that you know more about the importance of sun protection, read on for more tips on how you can take better care of your skin!

Look For The Right Sunblock

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There are tons of sunblock out there--even makeup brands have added SPF to their formula; but nothing beats the sun better than a dedicated sunblock lotion. Make sure your sunblock has at least an SPF of 50 and is clinically proven to nourish and hydrate skin while protecting you from sunburn. Also, it should be formulated with micronized Titanium Dioxide as it absorbs quickly and leaves no filmy, white residue. Lastly, it should be non-greasy, non-irritating, and fragrance-free. 

Apply Sunblock From Head To Toe 

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Aside from wearing hats, sunnies, and such, the best way to protect yourself is to apply sunblock. We're talking about applying sunblock for both the face and the body--because the sun is literally everywhere and you have to protect your skin from it. 

Add Sunblock To Your Daily Skincare Routine

We all have our holy grail products in our skincare routines and it's about time to double check those items and exchange them with something that has at least SPF 15 or more for the face, and SPF 50 or more for the body. So yes, make it a habit to apply sunblock daily, especially if you're going out between 10am to 3pm because that's when the sun is at its harshest state. 



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Oops! Before you apply that mascara, are you sure it's still safe to apply it on your lashes? You may not be aware of it but you might be doing harm to your face because your makeup is not in its prime condition. No matter how pretty your makeup may look and apply, don't forget that these products also need tender love and care.

Here are 4 makeup no-nos we should watch out for.


Sharing Your Makeup and Tools

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No matter how much we love our BFFs, it's still a big no-no to share our makeup with them. This also applies to makeup tools such as our brushes, sponges, and lash curlers as well. It's just unsanitary. Doing so will transfer bacteria from her face to your makeup and eventually to your face. 

Not Cleaning Your Makeup

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You read that right-- "makeup", not just "makeup brushes". Every time you open and use your makeup, you expose them to bacteria. So it's essential to clean the makeup you use regularly. Use antibacterial facial wipes to clean the container, wands, and cover. For the powders, creams, and eyeshadows--spray rubbing alcohol on the top layer of the product and wipe it clean with tissue so you can eliminate the bacteria resting on top. Let it dry for a few minutes and you're done! 

Not Keeping Track Of The Dates

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Unlike food, makeup companies are not required to put the expiration dates on their products; but most of them do so anyway to inform their customers. Here are the standard expiry dates of most makeup: lipsticks lasts 2 years, glosses 1 year, mascara 2-3 months, liquid face makeup 6-12 months, and powder makeup 1 year. The countdown starts once you've opened the product.  

Not Storing Them Properly

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Storing makeup properly not only keeps your vanity table organized, but it also keeps your makeup clean and prevents the products from deteriorating. Makeup is best stored in room temperature. However, if it's too hot and some of your products are melting away, store them inside the refrigerator or at a cooler area in your room to keep them intact.



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Ziplining through the forest canopy, trekking through verdant rainforests, spotting hornbills in Borneo: all these are amazing, adrenaline-filled adventures, but let’s face it, they're also… messy. How does one look good while exploring the great outdoors? 

In a hot, humid environment, you don’t want to clog your pores with heavy moisturizer. For the same reason, stay away from foundation and powder, as it will melt off your face about 10 minutes into your adventure. If you need coverage, go for a non-greasy tinted moisturiser with sunscreen. Ditch the eyeliner and keep it simple with waterproof mascara and lip stain. 

You’d be surprised at what you can pull off with a little planning! Here are some beauty finds for those aiming to go trekking, ziplining or spelunking in wild tropical rainforests – which are beautiful, but also located in hot and humid climates.


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel SPF 30

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Lightweight and perfect for humid weather, this hardworking moisturiser and sunscreen from Neutrogena contains hyaluronic acid for moisture retention.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

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For those who prefer some coverage, this is a non-greasy alternative to using foundation during your trekking escapades. This moisturiser packs an antioxidant punch with Vitamins C and W; and is a good choice for those with sensitive skin.

Laneige Sun Block Supreme SPF50+/PA+++

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Waterproof, sebum-absorbing, and suitable for both face and body--this sunscreen from Laneige is lightweight and not greasy, making it an excellent choice for trekking in humid climates. 

Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara Waterproof 

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If you want to splash out on waterproof mascara (no pun intended), this clump-free, lightweight mascara is a great choice. It stays on even after a swim, so you can rise gracefully out of waterfalls during your jungle trek without unintentionally doing an impression of a panda.

Stila Lip & Cheek Stain in Acai Crush

Stila’s lip and cheek stain comes in delicious berry shades, and this particular shade is not named Acai Crush for the colour: the lip stain is infused with acai, which has immunity-boosting and antioxidant properties.  

That’s all for now. Have thrilling adventures in style, and don't forget the sunscreen! 

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