[By Theresa Olin]

If you are a redhead or just fair-skinned by nature, chances are you would’ve experienced at least one bad sunburn in your life. However, this should not dampened your summer spirits nor deterred you from having a great time by the beach during this wonderful time of the year. There are plenty of ways to protect your delicate skin without wearing a head-to-toe wetsuit or bank robber-liked protective face mask. Here are a few tips to preserving your precious porcelain skin while soaking in what the sun, sand and sea got to offer at the height of summer!

Slather on your sun protection

A good sunscreen and not a fancy designer bikini is your best investment for a day at the beach. With most things that money can buy, you get what you pay for. So don’t get stingy on this and cough out a bit more for a sunscreen with a max SPF that’ll match your skin type to a T. SPF 30 keeps out 97% of harmful UV rays, SPF 50 keeps out 98% while SPF70 guards against almost 100% of them. They may seem like negligible differences, but if you are fair-skinned and light-sensitive, or have a family history of skin cancer, those extra percentages will make a significant difference.

The SW1 UMBRELLA UV Protection & Light Diffusing Cream is a powerful 100% chemical and fragrance-free physical blocker that offers top notched “rays-ban” sun protection, providing mega dose of SPF 70 with potent UV-shielding ingredients including Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, suspended in a blend of 3 antioxidant teas with an invisible shine-absorbing micro mesh of UV reflectors. A super lightweight and non-comedogenic formula that doesn’t clog pores, this soleil protecteur extraordinaire forms a breathable shield to safeguard you from both burn-causing UVB beams and wrinkle-inducing UVA rays. Added potent tea and botanical extracts provide extra perks of smoothening and brightening skins, giving complexions the desirable youthful glow along with excellent sun protection against photo-aging. Being 100% chemical-free and fragrance-free, it is perfect for the fair skinned beauty and her sensitive skin. The perfect offering for those looking for maximal protection while enjoying a spot of summer sunshine by the beach, its sweat proof formulation even protects up to 240 minutes in water, just in case the clear blue water beckons you to take a dip!

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Be a Cover-up Connoisseur

You might not think much of them but busting out the head armor of a great pair of shades complemented with a fabulous hat is a great way to add protection by the beach. And just like Patsy & Edina or Tina Fey & Amy Poehler are unstoppable duos, some sunglasses and hats just work seamlessly together. Perfect the art of a cover-up connoisseur and put your fashion muscles to good use this summer. For maximum shade with an equally hefty dose of glamour, go for the classic combination of a wide, floppy brim hat paired with upsized Jackie-O sunnies peeking out from underneath.Straw fedoras are lightweight and shady in summer and with their revival as fashion must-haves past few seasons, now come in a myriad of juicy colours and weaves to choose from. You can’t go wrong by pairing them with wayfarers, another classic staple that both high end designers and high street labels went bonkers with a gazillion re-interpretations churned out every summer in recent years. Whether they are matchy match or clashing, let your personal style do the talking while protecting your alabaster skin!

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Channel a retro pin-up babe

You don’t have to be a shrinking violet by the beach just because you do not fit the cookie-cutter image of a sun-drenched Victoria’s Secret bronzed angel. Think of the pin-up girls from the 40’s and 50’s, aren’t they all gorgeous looking even though voluptuous and fair-skinned? With gingham and polka dots strongly featured in many collections for S/S18, go for a retro-inspired swimsuit to rock the pin-up babe look this summer. With 4th of July just round the corner, wear your hair in victory rolls and smack on your favorite bright red lippie and I won’t believe this doesn’t turn heads and make you the belle of the beach!

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Be smart and get shady

While everyone else is melting under the stares of Apollo, you can be cool and play the beach bum role by remaining in your own little haven, sipping on an ice cold Mojito with a book under the shade of a brightly-striped beach umbrella. If you

have companions who are off frolicking in the sea, they will thank you for helping to keep an eye on their belongings, thus save them the trouble to join the snaking queue to the public lockers.

“Melanin helps block out damaging UV rays up to a point, which is why people with naturally darker skin are less likely to get sunburned compared to those with fairer skin tones.” Says Dr. Chua Han Boon, senior medical consultant with the SW1 Clinic, a one stop destination for medical spa, cosmetics dermatology and aesthetics surgery in Singapore. “They are also more prone to Pigmentation and Rosacea and therefore should really limit and avoid prolonged periods of sun exposure.”

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Save the best for last

The sun is at its hottest in the late morning from 10am to early afternoon around 3 to 4pm, so save your skin by beach combing or lounging a little later in the day.If you put in that extra bit of effort to protect your fair skin from sun damage, the trade-off will be a blemish and line free complexion that will see you through more beautiful days than summer past!

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