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It May Be Raining, But You Still Need Your SPF!

Gone are the days when sunblock is just an icky white substance reserved for when you go to the beach. Today, sun care is a huge global industry for men and women alike, and companies have created tons of sun protection products to cater to the market’s unique concerns. Some are especially created for city use, some have whitening components, some for sports, and some for ultra sun exposure at the beach. Nevertheless, no matter how plenty they are and how confusing they may seem at times, it all boils down to some key concepts we all should master before booking our next island getaway. We picked the brains of Board-certified Dermatologist and Diplomate of the Philippine Dermatological Society Dr. Raissa Pasion to help us out! Read on, and be sure to practice what you learn on your next shopping session!



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UVB (Ultraviolet-B) B stands for Burning, but UVB rays are blocked by glass in cars, houses, etc.

UVA (Ultraviolet-A) A stands for Aging, hence, UVA is the culprit for wrinkles, sun spots, and premature aging. These rays can pass through window glass.



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Broad Spectrum Sunscreen This means you are protected from both UVA and UVB rays.

SPF (Sun Protection Factor) This basically measures how well a product protects you from the sun’s UVB rays.

PA (Protection Grade of UVA) Measures how well you are protected from the sun’s UVA rays.



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  • Apply 30 minutes before heading out into the sun.
  • Re-apply every two hours when under the sun.
  • SPF 50 blocks 98% of the sun’s UVB rays while SPF 30 blocks 97%. A minimum of SPF 30 is recommended for daily use!
  • Stay out of the sun from 10 AM to 4 PM!
  • Apply sunscreen before makeup!
  • Put 1 teaspoon for the face and neck, and 1 shot glass for the body!




Credits: 1. Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50, Rustan's; 2. Supergoop! Glow Stick Sunscreen SPF 50,; 3. Human Heart Nature 100% Natural Safe Protect Sunscreen SPF 30, Beauty Bar; 4. VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face & Body Shield SPF 60, Power Plant Mall; 5. Pixi Skintreats Sun Mist with Chamomile & Bamboo Extracts, Common Thread


This article originally appeared in the Metro April 2017 issue and was repurposed for Metro.Style. Lead photo via @intothegloss. Thumbnail photo by Seven Barretto.