Let’s face it, no one likes putting on sunscreen but if it helps you delay ageing, the least you could do is to find a sunscreen that isn’t sticky. Here are our recommendations.
#1 Aprilskin Magic Snow Sun Stick, $25 (18 g)
Most sunscreens have a fluid texture so it can be hard to wrap your head around a stick sunscreen, but swipe it on your skin and you’ll fall in love with its non-sticky texture. We love how it can be applied both before or after makeup, so it’s perfect to pack along for touch ups.
#2 Bioderma Hydrabio 2-in-1 Moisturising Anti-UV Mist SPF 30, $19.90
Another sunscreen that’s great for using over makeup is the Bioderma Hydrabio 2-in-1 Moisturising Anti-UV Mist, it contains hydrating ingredients to moisturise skin, while shielding it against UV damage and pollution.
#3 Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection, Price unavailable
You might be new to this brand, but the Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection is a cult favourite around the world. It has a light rose scent and its anti-glycation technology blocks sugar molecules from reacting with proteins and fats (including collagen and elastin in your skin), delaying the signs of ageing.
#4 Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Anti-Pollution, $56 (30 ml)
The reformulated Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Anti-Pollution has an improved texture that doesn’t feel oily or sticky after application. Plus, it absorbs quickly so you don’t need to wait too long before putting on makeup.
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#5 KOSE Sekkisei Perfect UV Gel, $50 (80 g)
The KOSE Sekkisei Perfect UV Gel dispenses like a lotion, but rub it on and it turns into a watery texture that instantly soothes and hydrates.
#6 Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++, $18.90
We’ve seen the Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence undergo many iterations and the most recent one is the best one yet. Its texture is amazing, absorbing almost immediately when spread across the skin, leaving no residual stickiness.
#7 Shiseido Anessa Perfect Facial UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster SPF 50+ PA++++, $34.90
This water-resistant sunscreen is ideal for water sports as it utilises Aqua Booster Technology to form stronger bonds when it comes in contact with water.
#8 Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Essence SPF 50+ PA ++++, $18.90
The Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Essence is a gel-based sunscreen that cools skin down and offers time-release hydration to keep skin moisturised all day.
#9 Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, $48
Asian brands have their sunscreen textured perfected and we are only seeing just seeing Western brands start on this thanks to Glossier’s Invisible Shield. Taking cue from its popularity, Supergoop! created their own version which is feels amazing and leaves behind a velvety matte texture.