MANILA, Philippines - While it's tempting to stay under the sun to achieve a glowing, sun-kissed look, one should not underestimate the effect of intense summer rays on your skin.
Dermatologist Ivan Singzon said too much sunlight can cause dry skin, photodamage, sunburn and heat rash or urticaria.
Long periods of exposure to the sun, however, may cause skin cancer, which generally develops in the epidermis or the outermost layer of the skin, he said.
"You don't want to get yourself sunburned because you get blisters, itching and stinging pain," Singzon said in an interview on [email protected] aired recently.
It's easy to look and feel good under the sun while protecting your skin, he said.
Here are some tips from Singzon, Prime Skin Care Asia Derm Center executive director Ana Vida and model Phoemela Baranda, host of ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda:
Wear proper clothing. Wear a wide-rimmed hat to protect your ears and neck, and sunglasses for the skin around your eyes. If it's too hot outside and you don't intend to get a tan, wear a long-sleeved cotton shirt.
Remember: 10 to 3 is bad news. The sun's intensity is at the highest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., so it's best to stay indoors at this time of day, or stay under structures such as trees and umbrellas. Here's a tip: if you're out in the sun and you see that your shadow is shorter than you are, then the sun's rays are at their highest.
Slather on sunscreen and moisturizer. You can never get too much sunscreen. Apply 30 minutes before going out, and re-apply after swimming or sweating. If you'll be staying under the sun the whole day, apply every 2 hours. A sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 is sufficient.
Go for the faux tan. If you just want a darker complexion you can skip the sun's rays -- and the risk of getting sunburned -- and get a spray-on tan instead.
Get rid of scars. Scars ruining your summer get-up? Regular applications of honey, olive oil or calamansi juice on the affected areas will help lighten and soften scars.