#1 Supergoop! Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 PA+++, $55 (50 ml)
This lightweight moisturiser is not only great at keeping skin hydrated, it forms a well-rounded protective shield to help skin defend against pollutants, UVA, UVB, infrared and blue light.
#2 Shiseido White Lucent Day Emulsion SPF 50+PA++++, $90
With cutting-edge ReNeura Technology+ which is inspired by neuroscience, the this lightweight hydrator helps skin to respond rapidly to skincare, brightening skin by breaking down melanin.
#3 Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 PA+++, $92
Formulated with Japanese wild rose which helps reduce the appearance of pores, this sunscreen also contains vitamins and minerals to help reduce the effects of free radical damage.
#4 Sisley Phyto-Blanc Brightening Daily Defense Fluid SPF 50 - PA+++, $315
The luxury sunscreen everyone should own, Sisley’s Phyto-Blanc Brightening Daily Defense Fluid shields the skin from pollution and free radicals to prevent photo-ageing. Not only does it do a superb job at reducing dark spots, the silky formula also promises to help the skin to radiate from within, moisturising and smoothing it for a more even complexion. Apply it on as a base before makeup and you’re sorted for the day.
#5 Shiseido Senka Perfect UV Milk, $16.90
Recently launched in May, the Perfect UV Milk comes in a smooth and milky texture that blends really easily for an even base for your makeup. If you’re the sporty beach-going sort, you’ll be happy to know that this is water-resistant and protects the skin from UV rays with an SPF of 50+. Plus, it is ultra hydrating with so-called double hyaluronic acids and glycerin so you don’t dry out in the sun.
#6 Estee Lauder Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening UV Protector SPF 50/PA+++, $89
The high SPF 50+ rating ensures that your skin is always protected, reducing the risk of developing dark spots and sunburn. Gentle and lightweight, this is suitable for everyday use; the formula is fortified with antioxidants and soothing anti-irritants to nourish and protect the face, leaving you with fairer and brighter skin.
#7 Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint, $51
If you’re looking for a sunscreen that doubles up as a blemish concealer, the Ceramidin Day Tint from Dr Jart+ is just the thing for you. Deeply hydrating with SPF 15+ UV protection, it is suitable for all skin types. The multi-action tint provides a sheer coverage for a natural finish, so you can forego foundation or BB cream if you fancy.
#8 Guerlain Blanc De Perle UV Shield SPF 50++, $94
We love Guerlain’s Blanc De Perle UV Shield for its exceptionally lightweight formula that promises high protection against UV rays. So-called Skin Shield Technology is said to strengthen the skin’s natural defences against external aggressors, leaving it brighter and more luminous. Heat-, humidity- and sweat-resistant, this one is perfect for our erratic weather.
#9 Laneige Anti-Pollution Day Defensor SPF30 PA++, $50
Laneige’s Anti-Pollution Defensor is the first-ever ‘concept treatment’ serum that shields the skin from fine dust, treating it for a clearer and more supple complexion. With ingredients that promise to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier and slow the process of ageing, apply this before makeup for an even base.
#10 Za True White Day Protector, $13.90
To celebrate Za’s 20th anniversary, the beloved Japanese brand has released a limited-edition and incredibly adorable sakura packaging for its True White Day Protector. A lightweight emulsion that doubles up as a daytime moisturiser and sunscreen, it contains SPF 26++ and helps to prevent pigmentation and blemish marks round the clock. It blends really well into the skin, giving natural-looking coverage while brightening up the skin at the same time.
#11 Su:m37 White Award Uptoning Shield Master Sun Block, $61
A cult Korean brand that has recently hit our shores, Su:m37 incorporates the fermentation process into its product range, which in turn promises to amp up the absorption of active ingredients. Its five-in-one brightening sunblock contains micro algae that’s formulated to block UV rays and other harmful external aggressors while simultaneously softening the appearance of age lines and dullness.
#12 L’Occitane Reine Blanc Illuminating UV Shield, $67
Using this light emulsion daily will protect your skin, prevent uneven skin tone and improve the translucency of the skin. Made with the extract of a pure white flower, Reine Des Pres, this also contains salicylic acid that aids in epidermal renewal and the boosting of luminosity. Moisturising with a subtle floral scent, we recommend this for anyone looking to give their skin an instant lift and glow.
#13 SK-II Atmosphere Airy Light UV Emulsion, $99
Other than UV rays, we need to consider infrared rays, which may be another ‘hidden’ cause of premature skin ageing. Enter SK-II’s newest Atmosphere Airy Light Emulsion, which promises to protect your skin holistically from all UV and infrared rays. Formulated with opuntia cactus extract and niacinamide with a concentrated dose of the brand’s famed fermented Pitera extract, this emulsion is very blendable and lightweight. Just a pea-sized dollop from the pump will suffice to cover your entire face.