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Sun Up, Sun Down

Did you know that Vista Malls have lots of open spaces in which to bask in the early sunshine with your family? Go for an early morning walk at Lakefront in Sucat or run with your canine pet for a brisk exercise at Evia Lifestyle Center in Las Pinas before a nice hefty breakfast at one of Vista Malls’ numerous dining places and coffee shops. But whenever you take time outdoors, make sure you take care and come slathered in a bit of sunscreen to keep off the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Vista Malls Evia

While the sun happens to be the most revered object in all of human history, our source of light has also been feared, because of various reasons that include wrinkles, sunspots, and that hideous, if not ignorant, standard of beauty: light, fair skin. Sure, 90% of wrinkles are said to be caused by the sun’s UVA rays, while sun damage is the biggest cause of premature aging in men and women.

To avoid the harmful effects of its rays, dermatologists recommend using at least a 30 SPF sunscreen, applying it 15-20 minutes before exposure. At Evia, you can head to Derma Gold and Mercury Drug; at Paseo, Boardwalk and Antipolo, you’ve got Rose Pharmacy; and, well, you can always walk into Rustan’s Grocery.

Vista Malls Derma Gold at Evia

Remember also to use natural, organic products, because 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the body. Yes, that includes cancer-causing chemicals, which sunblocks with SPF 30 and higher are said to be infamous for. According to the Environmental Working Group (, “an incredible 84% of sunscreen products are harmful to consumers. You read that right: More than four out of five sunscreen products actually harm the people who use them.” The best sunscreen would be, in fact, internal, gathered from eating berries, spirulina, chlorella and other superfoods that contain antioxidants. If you have enough antioxidants in your system, you can deflect UV rays naturally.

Mercury Drugstore at Vista Malls

See, sun exposure is good for you. Aside from giving us a natural source of Vitamin D, sunlight kills bad bacteria, while its rays lower blood pressure and cholesterol; at the same time, increases oxygen content in our blood, cleans our blood and blood vessels, and even has beneficial effects to those of us with skin disorders. For a complete list of benefits, visit:

So really, as in everything in life, always go for moderation. Sure, go get sunscreen, but also avoid going under the sun from 10am to 4pm, which are the peak hours of ultraviolet radiation. Instead of sunscreen, you can also use virgin coconut oil (VCO), which you can get in Rose Pharmacy, Mercury Drug and Rustan’s. VCO’s antioxidant properties not only helps protect the skin from free radical damage, but also allows our bodies to absorb other nutrients more effectively as well.

Vista Malls Rose Pharmacy in Antipolo

Vista Malls Rustans in Evia

Skin damage doesn’t come from the sun alone, it happens with careless sun exposure, a poor diet, and a lifestyle filled with harmful habits.


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