Happy Sunscreen Day! Admit it, many of us skip this step in the morning and go straight ahead to either piling on our makeup (for girls) or simply applying moisturiser (for guys), because this step is just too mafan and we’re always rushing to leave the house.
So, why is sunscreen so important? To put it simply, wearing sunscreen will help protect your skin from the damaging ultraviolet rays and in the long run, failure to protect will be reflected on your skin 10 to 15 years down the road. In addition, it will also help prevent the onset of skin cancer, which is a real and pressing problem.
If we’ve convinced you (which we hope we did), here’s a list of 13 recommended sunscreens that will be perfect for wearing under makeup, in Singapore’s unpredictable (and super hot) weather.
1. Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk ($18.89)
The Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk has a SPF of 50 PA +++ and is said to be great for daily protection and moisture and is catered more towards normal to oily skin. It has a non-sticky milk formula, making it super comfortable for users to apply under your makeup too! The sunscreen is said to become more effective when in contact with water or sweat.
Promising Review- “The product glides on the skin so well and easy. It feels a bit sticky when I first apply it but it will dry out within a minute to create a smooth finish. It won’t leave a white cast or greasy layer on the skin that may haunt other people coz you definitely don’t want to look like a zombie in pictures so it is necessary to choose a non-white cast sunscreen.” – Anonymous
2. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence ($18.90)
If you’re on a budget and do not want to spend too much on sunscreen, you should consider this which is said to be a cheaper alternative to Anessa’s Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk. What’s so special about it? Well, for starters, it claims to have a waterproof and sweatproof formula, making it the perfect sunscreen for Singapore’s climate! In addition to that, it also has a light, watery texture that is easily absorbed into your skin, giving it a non-sticky finish. Psst, some even say that it can be used as a makeup base.
Promising Review- “My fave sunscreen ever. I alternate this one with other Japanese and Korean sunscreens, but I love this one the most. This might not be the usual descriptive info, but others have done that very well. Unlike American sunscreens that are mostly too thick, leave a whitish cast, stink to high heavens, clog my pores, and ruin my makeup, this does not do any of that, and is a keeper. You can also tell the manufacturer refined the formula for a better application.” – stephgray
3. AprilSkin Magic Snow Sunstick ($16.90)
We’re pretty sure you’ve seen this pretty stick flooding around your Social Media platforms. Unlike most of the other sunscreens on the market, it is a rolling-stick, making it mess-free and the best product to bring along if you’re always on-the-go. With a SPF50+/PA++++, it is clearly designed to protect your delicate skin from the sun’s rays. It also has a non-white cast when applied onto your face, so you do not have to worry about having to go out looking like Ju-On!
Promising Review- “Great product, my skin is fine but for some reason, I always have breakouts from all types of sunblock. But this is amazing, I gave it a week trial and so far so good!” – Anonymous
4. SunPlay Skin Aqua UV Watery Gel ($18.90)
With the new advanced Solarex-3 technology, this sunscreen is definitely designed to provide an all-encompassing 3-in-1 UV defence system which will help to protect your skin against sun damage, premature ageing and dryness caused by these darn UV rays! As the name suggests, this sunscreen also has a light watery texture, giving a weightless, non-sticky feel. If you’re looking for a sunscreen that will give you a nice matte powdery finish, this will be your best bet!
Promising Review- “I was impressed at the first application! There’s a very subtle floral scent to the sunscreen, but I find it pleasant instead of intrusive. The sunscreen is not sticky and is not greasy at all. I could re-apply with no hassle, and it does not feel eeky at all. Man, drugstore brands are really stepping up their game!!” – chloeash
5. Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence ($26.22)
The Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA+++ is an everyday sun protector for sensitive skin. As is it water-based, it holds a gel-type texture to give a soft weightless and light finish. Also with its high SPF and PA level, it completely guards the skin against UVA, UVB without leaving any greasiness or white cast. This is definitely perfect for those who have sensitive skin and do not like the tackiness of a typical sunscreen!
Promising Review-“I’m extremely happy with the Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence in this respect as it meets my expectations – it’s very hydrating, blends smoothly, absorbs and dries down quickly and leaves no white cast.” – Anonymous
Anthelios Anti-Imperfections corrective gel-cream is a dermatological suncare product enriched with Salicylic Acid and Niacinamide. The formula provides very high broad spectrum protection (UVA-PF 21, UVB, certain Infrared-A and pollution damage) for acne prone skin at risk of UV-induced marks and post-sun breakouts. This suncreen is both non-oily and non-sticky. This is perfect for acne prone skin at risk of UV induced marks and post sun breakouts.
Promising Review- “I love this! My skin didn’t react to this at all. It is not greasy at the end of the day.” – Anonymous
7. Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense ($46.40)
You know how some sunscreens are just so heavy and creamy that you feel weighed down by it? Well, that is because you aren’t using this! Albeit on the pricey side, this sunscreen is famed for its light texture that is easily absorbed by your skin with a few pats. Unlike other brands, the product also doesn’t leave a sticky or greasy finish on your skin. Apparently, there are reports that it can even help prevent up to 90% of skin ageing problems such as fine lines and wrinkles!
Promising Review- “I really like how “dry” this feels on my face. All the other 50 SPF sunscreens make me look pale and shiny like a disco ball. This behaves like a daily moisturiser, I sometimes even forget I have it on. It is very light and comfortable. ” – 翻译
8. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen ($22.30)
You might be put-off at first glance when you squeeze out a little of the sunscreen because of the thick and creamy consistency. But, unlike most other “thick” sunscreens, the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen is readily absorbed into your skin with a quick massage and best of all, it gives a non-greasy finish, making it comfortable to wear under makeup. If you have sensitive skin and do not have the budget to get the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid Sunscreen, you know what to get!
Promising Review- “As a person with oily skin I’ve been searching for a good sunscreen that won’t leave me looking shiny and greasy an hour after applying. This stuff is IT. I apply this sunscreen, top with primer, then dust my face in loose powder and have no problem staying matte for the majority of my day. Highly recommend this stuff.” – coolbeans83
9. Dr. Jart Every Sun Day Tone-up Sunscreen ($27.99)
This sunscreen is a lightweight sunscreen that has both moisturising and soothing benefits, preventing dryness and yet, it does not leave the skin feeling greasy or sticky. With a subtle light pink-beige colour, it can even work to colour correct your skin tone for a healthier and brighter skin tone. Just a word of caution though, if you have a slightly dark or brown skin tone, this might not work as well and might leave your skin looking slightly grey without makeup.
Promising Review- “This is one of the few sunscreens I would consider wearing on my face because it’s not greasy, unscented, doesn’t have a white cast and isn’t sticky. It applies like a moisturiser and doesn’t just sit on my skin. I also love the bottle. It has a little nozzle, so you only get as much of the product as you want and is very hygienic. This is something I would use every day.” – pillager13
10. Sofina Jenne Whitening UV Cut Emulsion ($33)
Sofina Jenne Whitening UV Cut Emulsion is both a moisturizer and Sunscreen. It is moisturizing yet not sticky or oily. It is also easily absorbed into the skin and is lightweight as well. Make sure to shake well before use and is best to use it after upon application of toner.
Promising Review- “This sunscreen is really amazing! i expected it to be greasy like most sunscreen, but this definitely proved me wrong! I am on second bottle already!” – Anonymous
11. Make p:rem Blue Ray Sun Gel ($16.90)
A new addition to the K-Beauty scene, the Make p:rem Blue Ray Sun Gel was hyped by many Korean Youtubers since its release. If you’re looking for a primer with SPF, this might be your best bet! It is so thin and light that you can easily apply your makeup over it during the day. Squeeze a little out and the cream surprisingly spreads water-thin and even breaks into tiny dew-like droplets when it comes in contact with your skin. The product not only promises to hydrate your skin but also help to instantly cool your body down, which to us, is the perfect product to use in tropical Singapore.
Promising Review- “Texture is smooth and upon blending gets a bit watery and absorbs well. Do note though that for the first five minutes your skin will be oily. This leaves a greasy feel for a good five minutes but then disappears. Skin feels soft and hydrated and no longer greasy after five minutes. Has a mild floral scent to it. It comes in a pump bottle and very affordable for its price. The bonus is that it has chock-full of nourishing fermented plant extracts, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. Niacinamide is also high up on the ingredient list. It doesn’t leave a white cast and feels like you’re wearing nothing at all. Doesn’t pill under foundation either or layered on top of other skincare. Has not broken me out. I usually skip moisturiser if I use this on its own, it’s pretty hydrating for me. But if you have dry skin, best to apply a good moisturiser underneath first. Overall, I love this. This is my new favourite sunscreen. Highly recommended!” – aishteru85
12. NALC Non-Alcohol Perfect Waterproof Sunblock ($34.90)
This is a top-selling Sunscreen in Japan ranked #1 in Rakuten Japan, and is known to be suitable for sensitive skin types. The sunscreen has a lightweight texture and does not form a white cast upon application. Not only does it protect your skin thoroughly, it doubles up as a nifty moisturiser!
Promising Review- “This is the first time I have used such an effective sunscreen! This sunscreen protects my skin and it does not come off while sweating or come in contact with water. Super recommended!” – Christina Lee
13. Red Capsule Suncream 30g Sunscreen ($23.20)
This sunscreen is perfect for sensitive skin because it is non-comedogenic and uses non-nano ingredients which does not clog pores, hence preventing breakouts. Apart from providing 100% physical sun protection, it is also non-greasy and does not leave a tacky feeling after application. Furthermore, what makes it more attractive is that there is no white cast, hence making it perfect for slathering on before you apply your makeup.
Promising Review- “The texture is like essence when I applied it on my face, also no white cast and non-sticky at all :)” – Dan
Well, what sunscreen are you using now? Let us know in the comments below!
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