Sunscreen is a major skincare essential, especially in Singapore’s hot weather.
It can help prevent pigmentation, premature aging and decreases the risk of skin cancer. Traditional formulas tend to be thick and greasy, and can be difficult to apply on the skin evenly, leaving makeup looking patchy. Luckily, brands are coming out with new sunscreens that have a better formula. Take a look at our top favourites from the gallery below.
Ideal for touch-ups, this handy powder sunscreen makes doubling sun protection a breeze.
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.
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.
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.
Containing thermal water, this mineral-rich and hydrating sunscreen goes on easily and leaves no stickiness. Skin is also protected from UV rays and also blue light which is emitted from smartphones and computer monitors.
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.
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.
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.
The Bevy.C Perfect UV Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++ defends skin against UV rays and is sweat-proof so skin still received adequate protection even if you are out in the hot sun.
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.
Lightweight, spreads easily and leaves no sticky feeling — basically none of the yucky things we hate about sunscreen.
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.
Unlike chemical sunscreen which protects UV rays by absorbing it, mineral sunscreens like this reflects them, making it more comfortable for those with sensitive skin.
This 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.
It’s advisable to reapply sunscreen every two hours, but that can be hard when you have makeup on. This sunscreen allows you to reapply sunscreen without ruining your makeup. Just hold it about 20 centimetres away from your face, and spritz away.
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 protects children from getting sunburnt, and has a light milky texture that doesn’t leave behind any stickiness.
Although this product is not strictly a sunscreen, it 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.
This sunscreen 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.
When you apply the Sunplay Skin Squa Sarafit UV Essence SPF 50 + / PA ++++, 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.
Wear it alone or with makeup, this sunscreen 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
By Arissa Ha; This article first appeared on The Singapore Women’s Weekly, May 2018.
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