If you live in Thailand then you’ll be familiar with the effects that both the weather and the pollution can have on your skin. Sure, you can get some protection from the sun if you’re living somewhere like Bangkok, the high-rise buildings and the BTS line do a good job in that respect, although there isn’t much that can be done about the billows of black smoke piling out of the back of the big trucks;
You can’t stay indoors all the time
Although you may get some overhead cover in built up areas, the chances are, that you are still going to be subject to some pretty extreme sun exposure at some point. It’s highly unlikely that you live in Thailand because you don’t like to enjoy going out and about or taking advantage of the beaches nearest beach in Chon Buri at the weekend.
Protection for your skin
You’ll need some protection from the sun even if you only venture out to a local shop now and then, so you could look into things like handmade soap produce (known as ผลิตสบู่แฮนด์เมด in Thai), the market for skin protection and beauty products is absolutely massive as you’ll have no doubt noticed when you do nip to a local convenience store. The reason being is that there is a clear cultural difference between generations in Thailand, which sees the younger female generation striving to protect their skin as best they can to prevent skin damage and or becoming too tanned.
Where to look
You can’t help but see the product offerings in local convenience stores, the shelves are littered with various forms of soaps and creams, however, you’ll probably also have noticed how small the packets are when compared with other countries and the majority of ‘popular products’ are imported so, the prices aren’t exactly great value for money either.
A search of the Internet for products produced in Thailand would be a good idea, then at least you can get something that is made locally, which makes the cost more appealing and most of the products are made with natural ingredients so you can protect and potentially enhance the look of your skin at the same time.
On a separate note,
If you are travelling to Thailand from a Western country and you intend to use a cream or spray specifically designed as a sunscreen, then it would be a smart idea to bring a load with you, the prices for sun screen in Thailand are a little expensive to say the least. You could find yourself making a saving of around 80%.