The heat is on and we are turning to these sunscreens to protect our skin against the brutal Singaporean weather.
#1 Shiseido Perfect UV Protector S SPF 50+ / PA++++, S$63
Lightweight, spreads easily and leaves no sticky feeling — basically none of the yucky things we hate about sunscreen.
Formulated with the unique WetForce technology, the Shiseido Perfect UV Protector S SPF 50+ / PA++++ (S$63) forms an even stronger barrier against the sun when its wet, making it perfect for outdoor sports.
#2 Fresh Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30, S$36
The Fresh Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30 (S$36) goes wherever you go. Packaged in a handy stick, you can easily swipe it on your lips and face (even on the under-eye area) to protect yourself against UV damage. It’s also water-resistant, making it the ideal companion for those who lead an active lifestyle.
#3 Kiehl's Dermatologist Solutions Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++, S$72
Unlike chemical sunscreen which protects UV rays by absorbing it, mineral sunscreens like the Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++ (S$72) reflects them, making it more comfortable for those with sensitive skin.
#4 Daylong Light Gel for Face and Body, S$32.90
The Daylong Light Gel for Face and Body (S$32.90) offers a cooling sensation when applied and dries to a comfortable matte finish. Formulated without parabens and fragrance also means it’s suitable for sensitive and oily skin.
#5 The DrGL Sun Protection Mist SPF29 PA++, S$88
It’s advisable to reapply sunscreen every two hours, but that can be hard when you have makeup on. The DrGL Sun Protection Mist SPF29 PA++ (S$88) allows you to reapply sunscreen without ruining your makeup. Just hold it about 20 centimetres away from your face, and spritz away.
#6 Biore UV Mild Milk SPF 50 / PA++++, S$13.90
Children have more sensitive skin compared to adults so ensure that the sunscreen they use is suitable for their skin. The Biore UV Mild Milk SPF 50 / PA++++ (S$13.90) protects children from getting sunburnt, and has a light milky texture that doesn’t leave behind any stickiness.
#7 Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Multi-Rejuvenating Lightweight Emulsion SPF 25, S$100
Although this product is not strictly a sunscreen, the Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Multi-Rejuvenating Lightweight Emulsion SPF 25 (S$100) stimulates skin regeneration and protects the skin against the full light spectrum including UV, visible light and infrared. This means that skin is not just shielded from the sun, but also your computer and mobile phone screens.
#8 Kenzoki White Blossom Delicate UV Shield SPF50 / PA+++, S$65
The Kenzoki White Blossom Delicate UV Shield SPF50 / PA+++ (S$65) hydrates dry skin and leaves behind a dewy finish. Its plum blossom essence inhibits melanin production, which prevents the formation of dark spots and pigmentation.
#9 Sunplay Skin Squa Sarafit UV Essence SPF 50 + / PA ++++, S$16.90
When you apply the Sunplay Skin Squa Sarafit UV Essence SPF 50 + / PA ++++ (S$16.90), you’ll banish all misconceptions about sunscreens feeling heavy and greasy when you apply them. This one goes on smoothly like a gel-based moisturiser and dries to a light-weight matte finish, forming the perfect base for your makeup to go on.
#10 Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution SPF50 PA+++, S$74
Wear it alone or with makeup, the Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution SPF50 PA+++ (S$74) comes in three shades, Translucent, Rosy Glow and Fairness, to correct dull complexion or minimise redness. Plus, it contains a high concentration of antioxidants to fight against pollution and free radical damage. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!
#11 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++, $18.90
Glossier may have launched a new “see-through” sunscreen, but we know that Emily Weiss took inspiration from Asian sunscreens. Biore has consistently produced good sunscreens at affordable prices and the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++ is no exception.
With a lightweight gel texture that absorbs easily, and a waterproof formula to boot, this is definitely one of our go-to sunscreens to wear under makeup.
Shiseido Senka Perfect UV Milk SPF 50+ PA++++, $16.90
There’s a lot to hate about sunscreens – thick texture, doesn’t go well under makeup and leaves a white cast. But you won’t find any of that in the Shiseido Senka Perfect White UV Milk. Its watery texture goes on easily, and leaves a powdery finish, allowing for foundation to apply easily over.
#13 Astalift White Perfect UV Clear solution 50 + PA ++++, $72
The Astalift White Perfect UV Clear solution doesn’t just offer great sun protection (at SPF 50+ and PA++++), the cap comes with a unique function – it changes colour from white to purple when exposed to the sun, especially in the presence of deep UVA rays which is responsible for causing premature skin ageing. Plus, this also doubles up as a beauty essence and makeup base. Perfect for time-strapped ladies.
#14 Chanel UV Essentiel Gel-Creme SPF 50:PA+++, $87 for 30ml
The new gel-cream texture of this sunscreen makes it comfortable to wear in our hot and humid weather. Besides its ultra-lightweight formula (which is already a huge plus in our books), it also hydrates skin while protecting it against pollution. A must-have for city dwellers.
#15 The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Ice Air Puff Sun SPF 50 PA+++
We don’t know why we haven’t discovered this earlier. The design of this sunscreen isn’t conventional either – you basically push down the lid to dispense sunscreen onto a puff which you then dab on the skin. Plus points for its cooling sensation (you need to try it to believe it) and offers lightweight coverage so you can just put this on while you head out to grab some grub or walk the dog.
#16 su:m37 ̊ Sun-away Cooling Watery Sun Block EX SPF50+ PA++, $61 (50 ml)
Enriched with soothing and hydrating ingredients, the su:m37 ̊ Sun-away Cooling Watery Sun Block EX SPF50+ PA++, has a lightweight formula that works perfectly under makeup and doesn’t pill when you apply foundation.
#17 Supergoop! Super Power Sunscreen Mousse Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $49 for 220ml and $28 for 100ml
This unique mousse sunscreen made us wonder why no one thought of this idea earlier. This lightweight, bubbly sunscreen spreads easily and dries to a powdery touch – plus it stays water resistant for up to 80 minutes!
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#18 Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++Hydrating Shield, $99
Containing Idebedone, a powerful antioxidant, the Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++Hydrating Shield not only protects against UV rays, but also free radical damage.
#19 ORBIS Sunscreen Cool Shower, $26
This spray-on sunscreen packs quite a punch. With SPF 50 and PA++++ in a handy spray can, it also has the added benefit of cooling your skin down. Perfect for use after being out in the hot sun!
#20 SK-II Atmosphere Airy Light UV Emulsion SPF 30 PA+++, $99
With Atmosphere Therapy Complex O, this lightweight emulsion doesn’t just shield against UV light, but infrared as well. It also contains the proprietary Pitera and Niacinamide to keep skin radiant and healthy.
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