If there is one thing beauty editors, dermatologists, aestheticians and other beauty insiders agree on, it’s that using sunscreen is non-negotiable. Sun damage is the Number One cause of skin ageing, and if you didn’t already know, the signs of ageing include skin that’s dull, rough, dehydrated, tanned and has fine lines or pigmentation. 

 

And when you live on a sunny island like Singapore, there is no such thing as too much sun protection.

Enter oral sunscreens, which makes for an easy way to get added sun protection. Don’t know where to start? Try the Dr. Ora AURA WHITE ULTRA ($55 for 30 x 5gm sachets), which won the CLEO Clear Skin Awards for Best Oral Sunscreen. Curious to know how it works? Read on.

The Product

Dr. Ora AURA WHITE ULTRA is an oral supplement that is conveniently packaged in sachets, making it easy for you to take it anywherethink the gym, on vacation, a day at the beach… you get the drift.

It’s best taken first thing in the morning, before your breakfast and you can eat whatever you like 15 minutes later. The finely-milled powder can be mixed in with 100ml of water or consumed on its own. 

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Each sachet of the Dr. Ora AURA WHITE ULTRA is packed with a mix of skin-nourishing natural ingredients such as yeast, artichoke, extracts of crystal tomato, pomegranate, grape seed and apple, camellia Japonica as well as vitamin C. Together, these strengthen the skin’s natural defences, regulate skin cell turnover, fade dark spots, reduce inflammation and offer sun protection while boosting radiance and evening out skin tone. 

It is also certified halal, is gluten-free, and is suitable even for vegetarians.

Tried and Tested

As recommended, I consumed one sachet of the Dr. Ora AURA WHITE ULTRA every morning. Since I take my supplements after breakfast, it took some effort for me to remember to take these before breakfast every morning. One way I conditioned myself into not forgetting the routine was to keep the sachets near my skincare products and after doing my morning skincare regime, I would tear open a sachet and take it immediately. It became part of my skincare routine—just like the sunscreen I apply on my face.

It has a refreshing fruity flavour that makes it more palatable and the fine powder means you can ingest it easily and quickly. I didn’t notice any side effects during the time that I was taking it. But as with all supplements, it’s best to check with your doctor before adding it to your list of supplements.

The CLEO Verdict

After taking the Dr. Ora AURA WHITE ULTRA, I noticed my skin looked healthier and more even-toned, thanks to the cocktail of ingredients mentioned above. 

I suffer from bouts of adult and hormonal acne, and the Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) left behind usually takes ages to fade. After taking this supplement, however, the acne marks seemed to fade faster.

While I would say that this is a great addition to your sun protection routine, I can’t guarantee that it works on its own since I didn’t stop using my topical sunscreen.

And because I’m so kiasu about sun protection, I might even start using their new product, the Dr. Ora Aura White Sun Spray, $53 for 120ml. 

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Not only is it a broad-spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from UVA and UVB rays, with a high Sun Protection Factor of 50, it also has you covered against blue light exposure. It’s oil-free, won’t clog your pores and is suitable for sensitive skin.

Since it is a spray, reapplication is a breeze. You can ensure hard-to-reach areas, such as your upper back, are also protected. You can also spray it onto the Dr. Aura Cushion Puff and reapply it over your makeup to ensure you’re protected all day from the sun’s harmful rays . It’s also said to have a cooling effect, which makes it even more refreshing to use in Singapore’s hot weather!