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When people ask, if they were to invest in one product, what should they get, the Daily Vanity team will usually advise: sunscreen. (But you really need more product than one to care for your skin adequately, #justsaying!)

The reason is simple, UV rays are the number one reason why people suffer from problems like uneven skin tone, pigmentation, dull complexion, and also fine lines, sagginess, wrinkles – all appearing prematurely even before your chronological age catch up with you!

sunscreen application mistakes

If you think you’re safe because you’re already a user of sunscreen, here are a few things we’d like to remind you of:

  1. Are you applying enough sunscreen? For your entire face and neck, you’d need approximately half a teaspoon of sunscreen. Obviously, most of us are not going to use a teaspoon to measure, so use your thumb. The rule of thumb (no pun intended) is to have the sunscreen fill up the size of your thumb. 
  2. How much SPF do you need? A good guideline to follow is about SPF30 if you’re indoors, and SPF50+ when you’re outdoors. We did a video on what SPF is all about – go watch it!
  3. You have to apply sunscreen even if it’s raining. UV rays consists of UVA and UVB. The former is what causes ageing and other skin problems, while the latter is responsible for causing burns. While it’s impossible to get burned when it’s raining, you can still receive the skin damage from UVA rays. This is because UVA rays are able to penetrate through the clouds (and your windows).
  4. Reapply your sunscreen. Just to be sure, make it a habit to reapply sunscreen in the middle of the day. Use a facial mist to spray over face, tissue off, and then apply your sunscreen. It can be in the form of foundation with SPF or BB cream or sunscreen.
  5. When do you apply sunscreen? You have to apply it 20 to 30 minutes before you head out to the sun, and onto dry skin. Because most sunscreens are water-resistent, it is not going to stay on your skin after you get out of the pool or start perspiring, for instance.
  6. Moisturiser first, or sunscreen first? We’ve been asked this question before, and the answer is moisturiser first, then sunscreen. Think of your moisturiser as a blanket to seal all the products (essence, serum, lotion) you’ve applied before it, and sunscreen is like a roof to shield everything under it.
  7. Apply sunscreen on your body too. Your body skin is also susceptible to age spots caused by UV damage. So, don’t neglect it!
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  1. Sunscreens we love

Sunscreens we love

It’s important to pick a sunscreen whose texture you really love (better yet, if it comes with a lovely scent). This will encourage us to slather on this important product faithfully and even be happy enough to reapply. Here are three high performer Daily Vanity recommends:


La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF50+: One thing we hate about sunscreen is how greasy they tend to feel on the skin. And those of us with oily or combination skin are definitely going to feel uncomfortable putting on what feels “oily” to us on our skin. The new La Roche Posay Dry Touch sunscreen comes in a gel-cream formula so it’s super lightweight and also absorbs quickly. On top of that, the La Roche Posay thermal Spring Water is also added in the formula to further soothe and calm the skin. This doesn’t have any scent but it wins our vote for having a easy-to-use, non-oily formula.


Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50+: Another great sunscreen that has a creamy but lightweight texture is this one from Kiehl’s. Also armed with a high sun protection factor of 50+, it doesn’t leave any white residue that sunscreens with high SPF sometimes leave. It also boasts of the ability to protect against 90% of skin ageing.


Lancome UV Expert XL-Shield CCCover SPF50, PA+++: If you’re looking for one that applies like moisturiser and smells like one too, this one from Lancome is perfect. We love that it also leaves a cooling and hydrating sensation on the skin – you’d forget you’re actually putting on sunscreen. It also shields skin from blue light, usually emitted by your mobile devices and computer screens, which can also harm your skin.