#1 Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF45PA++, $155 (40 ml)
Formulated to protect skin against UVA and UVB rays, the Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection also contains antioxidants like Cherry Blossom, Lemon Balm and White Tea Extract to help skin defend against free radical damage.
#2 Eau Thermale Avène - Very High Protection Fluid Fragrance-Free SPF50+ 50ml, $49.90
The Eau Thermale Avène – Very High Protection Fluid goes on as a light-weight fluid and dries to an invisible, dry finish which helps skin look fresh and matte. The new generation of sunscreens from Eau Thermale Avène are also formulated to be safe for the environment, which means they have improved biodegradability, and are not as easily absorbed by marine organisms. Perfect for use if you dive or do water sports.
#3 FANCL Sunguard 50+ Protect UV, $50 (60 ml)
Besides UVA and UVB rays, this sunscreen also protects skin against blue light, which is emitted from mobile devices and computer screens. The lightweight formula doesn’t leave a white cast and is also waterproof.
#4 Mamonde Everyday Sun Stick, $22 (20 g)
Perfect for touch-ups, the Mamonde Everyday Sun Stick forms a protective layer which blocks out ultraviolet rays and fine dust particles while keeping skin hydrated. The matte finish doesn’t leave skin feeling sticky or uncomfortable.
#5 THANN Oil-Free Facial Sunscreen SPF 30 PA+++ with Nano Shiso and White Tea Extract, $45
Formulated with shiso leaf and white tea extracts which are both powerful antioxidants, the THANN Oil-Free Facial Sunscreen is also oil-free and doesn’t leave a greasy film after application.
#7 Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF 50+ PA++++, $39.90
It sounds too good to be true but the Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk gives skin stronger protection when it’s wet. Water bonds help sunscreen molecules align to form a uniform layer which protects skin against UV rays. The best part is that it spreads easily with its fluid texture which dries to a semi-matte finish, allowing for makeup to go on smoothly.
#8 LANEIGE Marshmallow Sun Cushion SPF 50+ PA+++, $26
If you love cushions, this sunscreen is for you. Tap on sunscreen easily over makeup for a quick boost of sun protection before lunch or if you’re heading out for a quick brunch. It’s easy to slip this into your purse, which makes it a must-have for your next beach vacay.
#9 HERA Sun Mate Protector SPF50 + PA+++, $50
The HERA Sun Mate Protector SPF50 + PA+++ is an amazing sunscreen that also works well as a makeup base. Besides defending skin against sun’s rays, it also forms a protective shield against environmental pollutants.
#11 Aprilskin Magic Snow Sun Stick SPF 50+ PA ++++, $25
This sunscreen comes in a stick form which covers and protects skin completely against UV damage. Plus points for it’s handy side and the fact that it leaves a non-sticky finish.
#12 Estetica ést.lab SunShield Aqua SPF50, $86
The Estetica ést.lab SunShield Aqua has a lightweight watery texture that’s suitable for all skin types, including oil and sensitive skin. It also contains a variety of hydrating ingredients to keep skin moisturised while it protects.
#13 Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Mild Gel SPF 30, $18.90
This sunscreen does more than just protect against UV damage. It forms a protective shield which blocks out PM 2.5 particles and prevents them from passing into the skin.
#15 Skin Inc Hydrating Shield SPF30, $72
Though not strictly a sunscreen, this moisturiser hydrates skin and contains SPF30 to shield skin against sun damage. It’s lightweight texture absorbs quickly into skin and leaves no sticky feeling behind.
#16 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.
#17 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.
#19 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.
#20 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.
#22 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.
#23 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.
#24 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.
#26 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.
#28 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.
#29 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.
#30 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.
#31 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.
#33 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.
#34 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!
#36 CNP Laboratory Tone Up Protection Sun SPF 42 PA+++, $47.20
Containing physical UV filters like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, this deflects hazardous ultraviolet rays without feeling thick or sticky. Moreover, it also contains pearl powder which brightens the complexion and regulates sebum production while deep sea water infuses skin with minerals and amino acids to lock in moisture so smoother, plumper skin throughout the day.
#37 Eucerin Sun Lotion Extra Light SPF 50+, $32
Perfect for use on the body, this water-resistant formula ensures that you are amply protected from head to toe throughout the day. Furthermore, it is infused with Licochalcone A, a powerful antioxidant which offers UV protection at a cellular level to prevent DNA damage. While it packs powerful UV protection, it remains mild enough to be suitable for even those with compromised skin barrer, like those with atopic eczema.
#38 Heliocare Silk Gel SPF 30, $27.28
For those with acne-prone skin, finding a sunscreen that combines powerful UV protection, sebum-regulating properties and keeps skin moisturised is an uphill task. Enter Heliocare Silk Gel SPF 30, an innovative sunscreen that boasts a cooling gel texture that absorbs rapidly without any stickiness or greasiness. It also gets bonus points for containing anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory ingredients to keep blemishes at bay while ensuring that skin is amply protected, down to the cellular level.
#39 La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 50+, $49.90
Battling a shiny T-zone is a daily challenge for most of us, even for those with dry skin. Which explains why this quick-dry, mattifying sunscreen is a hit, even amongst the most demanding of beauty editors. This sunscreen does a valiant job of fighting the signs of hyperpigmentation and offers optimal UVA and UVB rays protection, even in extreme sunshine intensity. Tested under dermatological control, it is formulated sans fragrances and parabens, and is non-comedogenic, making it the go-to choice for all skin types, especially those with extremely sensitive skin or oily skin.