Sun protection doesn’t have to be a pricey affair. Here are the sunscreens with the best texture, all below $50!
#1 ORBIS Sunscreen Cool Shower, $26
Besides protecting skin from UV damage, the ORBIS Sunscreen Cool Shower has the added function of cooling skin down with its -5°C spray formula which instantly calms redness. Plus, it also soaks up excess sebum and sweat to keep skin looking shine-free and matte.
#2 La Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+, $46.90
Ideal for sensitive skins, the La Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ boasts a high broad-spectrum protection against sun damage, all while being water-resistant.
#3 Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50 PA+++, $31.90
Hate the sticky feeling that some sunscreens leave after application? Not the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50 PA+++ though. It’s also made with 100 per cent Zinc Oxide, a type of physical sunscreen which is more suitable for those with sensitive skin.
#4 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++, $18.90
The Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence is a gel-type sunscreen that leaves a watery film when applied and doesn’t interfere with makeup – making it the ideal sunscreen to use under your foundation.
#5 Shiseido Senka Perfect UV Milk SPF 50+ PA++++, $16.90
Don’t be fooled by the Shiseido Senka Perfect UV Milk – its formula may be an opaque white, but it doesn’t go on heavy as one might assume. It absorbs easily, and leaves a matte finish behind, ideal for those who experience shine during mid-day.
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#6 Bioderma Mattifying Fluid High Protection Combination Oily skin SPF 30, $44.90 for 40ml
With sweat and sebum often appearing by mid-day, we could all use a little extra oil-control and that’s when the Bioderma Mattifying Fluid High Protection comes in. Its mattifying formula keeps shine at bay, so you can enjoy shine-free skin for longer.
#7 Biore Perfect UV Spray, $10.90
Even those who are diligent in applying might not know the importance of reapplication every two hours. That’s when the spray-on sunscreens come in handy. Keep the Biore Perfect UV Spray on your desk or in your purse for a quick spritz every two hours for maximum protection against the sun’s harmful rays.
#8 innisfree Perfect UV Protection Spray SPF 50+ PA+++, $19
Suitable for use on the body, face and even hair, the innisfree Perfect UV Protection Spray is a must-have when you’re spending extended periods of time under the sun.
#9 Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster, $39.90
The Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster is formulated to keep makeup from sliding, which makes it the perfect sun companion for your foundation. Plus, it’s also water-resistant, so you won’t worry about your makeup sliding off under the hot sun.
#10 Sunplay Skin Squa Sarafit UV Essence, $18.90
The Sunplay Skin Squa Sarafit UV Essence also has a gel-texture and is one of the most comfortable sunscreens to wear. It comes in two variants, one with fragrance and one without, but both offer the same amount of sun protection and are amazing underneath makeup.
#11 Aprilskin Magic Snow Sun Stick SPF 50+ PA ++++, $25
The Aprilskin Magic Snow Sun Stick comes in a stick form so it’s easy to carry around, even if you’re on a flight. It glides on easily over makeup without ruining it, and doesn’t leave any sticky feeling behind.
#12 Curel UV Protection Milk SPF50+ PA+++, $28.80
The Curel UV Protection Milk can be used as a makeup base to allow makeup to smooth on easily. The formula is gentle on skin and can even be used on babies aged two months and above.
#13 HADA LABO Air Aqua UV SPF50 PA+++, $19.90
Suitable for oily skin, the HADA LABO Air Aqua UV has a lightweight texture that doesn’t feel heavy on skin. It also contains sebonormine, an ingredient which controls excess sebum, so skin remains shine-free.
#14 Kose Cosmeport Suncut UV Protect Spray - Super Waterproof, $19.90
Ideal for those who love outdoor sports, the Kose Cosmeport Suncut UV Protect Spray can be used all over the body, including your hair, for complete sun protection.
#15 L'Oreal Paris UV Perfect City Resist 8 SPF50+ PA++++, $22.90
This all-in-one sunscreen boasts eight benefits including haze protection, hydration, anti-ageing, anti-pigmentation and brightening. Simply apply after moisturiser and before makeup, and you’re protected from UV damage.
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#16 Bioré UV Bright Up Base SPF 50+ PA++++, $19.90
This sunscreen also functions as a makeup base and it comes in three variants – Covering Base to conceal spots and pores, Oil Control, as well as the Bright up Base to brighten skin dullness.
#17 Kosé Sekkisei Sun Protect Essence Gel SPF50+PA++++, $50
The Kosé Sekkisei Sun Protect Essence Gel has an amazing texture that just feels like a gel-based moisturiser. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel sticky, so foundation can go on without pilling.
#18 Soleil Toujours 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30, $38 (35.5 ml)
Unlike chemical sunscreen which absorbs UV rays, and as a byproduct of this reaction, generates heat which can be uncomfortable for sensitive skin, mineral sunscreen reflects UV rays. This makes mineral sunscreen ideal for sensitive skin.
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