Here’s the last installment of the Teenage Guide to Sunscreens (catch up on the first two parts: Knowing Your UVA to PA++++ and What Type of Sunscreen Is For You), and we’re picking out our fave sunscreens for the brutal Singapore weather.
Good for first time users
Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF 50+ PA++++, $18.90
The Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel comes in the same light and watery texture of Bioré’s popular UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence. We love it for its cool and refreshing feel upon application! It is infused with hyaluronic acid and citrus extract to keep skin hydrated and fresh. Suitable for first time users cause it’s easy to use, affordable and you can use it for your face and body!
Good for outdoor activities
Shiseido Perfect UV Protector Wet Force SPF 50+ PA++++, $59
If you’re into outdoor activities, the Shiseido Perfect UV Protector Wet Force will be perfect for you. It doesn’t just resist water; it recruits water into the protection process! Get it wet, and the minerals in water or perspiration will boost the strength of its protective veil so you can swim, cycle or run without worrying about sun protection. Tough as it might be, it removed easily with any cleanser.
Good for reapplication
Ettusais Aqua Splash UV SPF 30 PA++, $34
The Ettusais Aqua Splash is a handy mist that shields your skin from the harsh summer sun, and you can just sprintz over makeup for extra sun protection anytime of the day. Skin stays hydrated with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and rosemary extract, to create a veil on skin to prevent moisture loss. The spritz bottle makes reapplication a breeze, plus it doesn’t hurt that it refreshes the skin at the same time!
Good for high coverage
L’Oréal Paris UV Perfect Even Complexion SPF 50 PA++++, $20.90
The L’Oréal Paris UV Perfect was scientifically tested with a UV camera to prove its efficacy and true to its claims, it completely blocks out the UV rays to create a protective barrier between the sun’s rays and the skin. Aside from its UV protection, the L’Oréal Paris UV Perfect evens out skin tone, prepping it for makeup application. Double-duty goodness, we like!
Good for sensitive and/or acne-prone skin
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50+ PPD 42, $57.90
The La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid has very high, broad and photostable UVA/UVB protection. It has an ultra-light texture, is non-greasy, very water resistant and leaves no white residue. Fragrance-free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic, the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid is perfect for those with sensitive skin.
Good for oily and/or acne-prone skin
Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA+++, $52
The highly-raved about Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense is oil-free, fragrance-free, colorant-free and non-comedogenic, making it the ideal choice for sensitive skin. The formula is quickly absorbed without any greasy feeling. Plus points for making the skin look great on its own, or underneath makeup!
Good for the environmentally friendly
The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Sebum Control Moisture Sun Cream SPF 40 PA+++, $23.90
For those who are more eco-conscious, this sunscreen is for you. Containing eco-certified Organic Sunflower sprout extracts, The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Sebum Control Moisture Sun Cream contains powerful antioxidants to strengthen skin’s immune system. The formula absorbs quickly, controlling sebum production while smoothing out your skin texture.