Catch the waves, it’s good for you

catch the waves its good for you

  Are you feeling depressed or run-down? Don’t pop a pill or drown in alcohol. Pick up your surf board, SUP or any water sport you enjoy. Head out to sea. The ocean and physical activity are not only good for the body, but also the mind and soul. Surfing has been shown to help US war veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder cope with civilian life after the … Read More →

Why is a hat made in Ecuador known as a Panama?


  The Panama Hat is made with straws of toquilla palm, native of Ecuador, and woven by skilled weavers from Ecuador. So why is a quintessential Ecuador hat known as a Panama hat? It has to do with events in Americas at the turn of the 20th century. Panama was where most travellers first encountered the hat, which were transported from Ecuador to Panama by traders. The Californian Gold Rush … Read More →

Foot skin cancer most common in Singapore


  One of the most common areas for skin cancer, melanoma to appear in Singapore is on the soles of the feet, according to the National Cancer Centre. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. The disease affects one in 200,000 Singaporeans by the age of 55. Prolonged sun exposure is the main cause of melanoma. Early stages of melanoma could look like a mole on the sole of … Read More →

Panama Hat: Which is the real McCoy?


There are many Panama-style hats in the market that look like a Panama but are not. They are actually Paper Braided hats. Can you tell which one of the hats below is a genuine Panama Hat? The real McCoy: the hat on the left is a Panama Hat. The one on the right is a Paper Braided Hat.   1. Check the Origin A Panama Hat is always made in Ecuador, so check … Read More →

How fine is the world’s finest Panama Hat?

unbelieveable weave count

  When you hold a Panama Hat, you are holding a piece of history and fine craft in your hands. Each hat is made by hand, not machine sewn, and from skills passed down from generations. Run your hand through the grains of the hat, they won’t prick your fingers. The hat is that smooth and fine. So how fine is the finest Panama Hat? An incredible 3,906 weaves per square … Read More →

Exercise worsens iron deficiency in women: study

woman volleyball player

Do you get fatigue easily even though you exercise regularly? Is your hair thinning? Do you have brittle nails? You may be iron deficient if you have these symptoms. Iron deficiency is more prevalent among Singaporean women than realized, and regular exercise increases the risk for a woman, according to a local study by health-screening provider SATA Comm-Health. In the study, SATA Comm-Health screened 600 healthy women. The women were … Read More →

What do SPF, broad spectrum, UVA and PA mean?


  In Singapore, we have MRT, KPE, MOE, NTUC, GST, SGH…. Acronyms make life simpler and presumably, allow you to talk faster. But if you are not local, these abbreviations could be mind-boggling. Similarly, sunscreen acronyms were created to simplify sunscreen labels to let you make more informed choices. Here’s a guide on what they mean, and how to read sunscreen labels from around the world. Most of us are familiar … Read More →

The U.S. gets tough on sunscreen claims

why is US sunscreen labelling rule so strict?

  In the United States, regulators want consumers to know, that not applying the right sunscreen is harmful to health. You may have seen sunscreens from the US with the following Health Warning on the labels: Skin Cancer / Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early … Read More →

How safe are BB creams?

How Safe are BB creams?

  BB creams, short for beauty balm, are all-in-one creams, used to cover blemishes, moisturise and protect the skin from the sun. Created by a German dermatologist who wanted to create a single cream for post-laser treatment, it became a sensation in South Korea. The popularity spreads across Asia, where there are now many brands of BB creams. According to the consumer watchdog, the Environmental Working Group, you are better off … Read More →

Kids UPF 50+ hats: Sunday Afternoons’ hat sketches

Sunday Afternoons hat sketch_1

Looking at Sunday Afternoons’ hat sketches for children, what stands out is the thought that has gone into the design of each hat. The attention to details —from using UPF 50+ certified fabric to mesh paneling for ventilation — are aimed at keeping the young hat wearer safe and comfortable in the sun. A Blue Print for Sun Protection & Comfort The fabric is UPF 50+ certified, which means it has been … Read More →