As promised, now that you’re convinced that sunscreen will drastically prevent your skin from ageing prematurely, the question remains — what sunscreen should I buy?
Here, I break down 5 different types of sunscreen for different skin/ purposes.
1: Sunscreen for oily skin – Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence
This is arguably one of the most — if not, the most — popular Asian sunscreens around. Made in Japan, the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence will melt right into your skin, leaving zero trace behind. There will be no stickiness. There will be no white cast. It’s almost as though you didn’t put sunscreen on (but you did).
Dries down to a semi-matte, velvet finish, so it’s good if you’re looking to mattify oily skin.
Suitable for: Oily skin, combination skin. I say this because there is quite a high level of alcohol in it, so it might be drying for dry skin.
Don’t use if: You are sensitive to alcohol, or have dry skin. Also don’t use if you use gel-based moisturisers during the day. I find this tends to pile when I use it with my DRGL Restore Gel, and you know I can’t live without this stuff.
Protection levels: SPF 50+; PA++++ (the old formula was a PA+++, so make sure you look out for the new formula).
Scent: Lemony, fresh, mild.
Where to buy: Guardian, Watsons, Shopee.
2: Sunscreen for dry/ combination skin – Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this sunscreen. Another great Asian beauty sunscreen offering (from Japan). It ticks all the boxes for me — alcohol free, doesn’t leave any white cast or sticky icky film, sits under makeup without piling into weird little balls, and doesn’t irritate my skin or cause any breakouts.
An added plus — if you like the ‘dewy’ glowy look, this is a prefect sunscreen, because it dries down to a dewy, healthy finish.
Suitable for: Sensitive, Dry, Combination skin, and if you’re looking for a dewy finish sunscreen
Don’t use if: You don’t like a dewy finish on your sunscreen (but seriously, who doesn’t want that)
Protection levels: SPF 50+; PA++++
Scent: Fresh, mild
Where to buy: Shopee, qoo10
3: Spray on sunscreen to use throughout the day – DrGL Sun Protection Mist
This sunscreen mist is always in my bag. As mentioned in my earlier post, don’t expect your sunscreen to last throughout the day. For eg, your SPF 50 is probably only going to give you 2 hours of protection against the sun.
So keep a mist on you, spray it on before you go out for lunch, and don’t forget your hair! Sun can cause your hair colour to fade, and can also cause dryness in your scalp and hair.
I love this DRGL sunscreen mist because it’s extremely lightweight, feels like nothing on the skin, and even gives a slight dewy glow to my skin.
Trust me. I’ve tried many brands out there, and many of them have left weird mineral dots on my face (SuperGoop!), broken me out (La Roche Porsay, I expected more), and some of them plain don’t work (sunscreen water, come on).
Suitable for: Everyone! Everyone, please get a sunscreen mist. And please use a mist on top of a base of sunscreen to ‘top up’ your sunscreen during the day.
Don’t use if: You want your skin to shrivel up in the sun. Haha, no I’m not kidding though.
Protection levels: SPF 29; PA++. Use 30 mins before sun exposure
4: Sunscreen that doubles up as a makeup primer – Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Day Screen in Pink “Healthy Glow”
This is one of the non Asian beauty sunscreens that I love. I used this sunscreen for a full year of my life, and in that year I never needed any makeup primers. That’s because the Clarins super long name sunscreen acts as a brightening makeup primer under your makeup.
Perfect for those of you who can’t stand layering on too much skincare/makeup. It absorbs well into the skin, but leaves a slightly velvety finish on top of my skin (probably due to the high level of silicones in this formula).
Suitable for: Fair skin. I say this because it leaves a slight white cast if not blended properly, and especially around dry areas of your face. But that’s not a problem for me because I have fair skin.
Don’t use if: You are sensitive to silicones, because this formula has quite a lot of it.
Protection levels: SPF 50; PA++++
Scent: Slightly floral, mild
Where to buy: Clarins counters, Clarins online
5. Sunscreen that is actually makeup – Avene Very High Protection Tinted Cream
As an avid fan of Laura Mercier’s famous tinted moisturiser, and of tinted moisturisers in general, I have gone through 5-6 tubes of this. It’s perfect for actual no-makeup makeup days, or days when you’re in a huge rush and have to choose between makeup and sunscreen (by the way, if you don’t have tinted sunscreen, always choose sunscreen over makeup).
So if you’re a fan of shortcut morning routines, then do check this one out. French drugstore brand Avene is generally always a great choice for sensitive skin, and this product is no exception.
Suitable for: Sensitive, dry/ combination skin. If you’re worried about the tint matching your skin, don’t be too fussed — the cream is quite sheer in its finish. It looks dark coming out of the tube, but I’m really fair and it blends in nicely with my skin.
Don’t use if: You want to use your own BB cushion or foundation. While the finish of this is sheer, I think any more foundational layer of makeup over this will be too much. At most, a light dusting of mineral powder is sufficient.
Protection levels: SPF 50; broad protection for UVA and UVB
Scent: Typical sunscreen smell + a little bit of floral
Where to buy: Watsons, Guardian
That’s it for now! Also, if you need to go outside, pls wear sunglasses to protect your eye area — the thinnest and most delicate areas of your face, and if you can stand it, bring out a UV umbrella.
If you have any other questions at all about sunscreen, holler.
Keep glowing, and stay protected! And stay protected to keep glowing! Love,