You should already know by now that we can’t live without sunscreen if we want to avoid premature ageing and hyper-pigmentation. But while the heart is willing, many of us still avoid applying (and reapplying) sunscreen because of its uncomfortable texture. Some also complain that their sunscreens are responsible for clogging their pores or causing the appearance of acne.
There are many reasons why we have our pores clogged by sunscreen, leading to breakouts. It could be because some of us are sensitive to chemical UV-blockers, and in some cases, because sunscreen sits on top of our skin to provide protection, its comedogenic ingredients clog our pores.
DV Tip: If you’re seeing blemishes and clogged pores after using your sunscreen, remember to use a makeup remover to cleanse off sunscreen at the end of the day, even if you’re not wearing any makeup.
To help you further, we have picked out eight lightweight, super-hydrating sunscreens, which provide skincare benefits that you’ll love. They also contain non-comedogenic ingredients that will not clog your pores or cause breakout. Let’s see which ones make our list.
- 1. Nivea Protect & Moisture Sun Lotion SPF50 PA++
- 2. Sunplay Skin Aqua Sarafit UV Mist SPF50+ PA++++
- 3. ORBIS Sunscreen Cool Shower SPF50 PA++++
- 4. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF50+
- 5. Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++
- 6. Biore UV Perfect Spray SPF50+ PA+++
- 7. L'Oreal Paris UV Perfect Aqua Essence City Face Mist SPF50+ PA++++
- 8. Auolive Day Glower
1. Nivea Protect & Moisture Sun Lotion SPF50 PA++
This new and improved sunscreen from Nivea doesn’t just offer high level of sun protection, it also delivers 24-hour hydration to help mitigate moisture loss while you’re out in the sun. The water-resistant formula contains panthenol, a provitamin of Vitamin B5, which improves and increases the hydration properties of skin, while glycerin supplies skin with instant and long-lasting hydration. As if these aren’t enough, this sunscreen also contains Advanced Collagen Protect, a technology that protect skin on the collagen level.
The Nivea Protect & Moisture Sun Lotion retails at SGD22.60 for 125ml, and SGD8.90 for 50ml (travel-size). It is available at Guardian, Watsons, Cold Storage, NTUC Fairprice outlets and other major retail stores.
2. Sunplay Skin Aqua Sarafit UV Mist SPF50+ PA++++
If you absolutely dislike cream sunscreen, give mist sunscreen a shot. This latest sunscreen by Sunplay is fragrance-free, and feature a weightless sensation on the skin, without any annoying white residue. Most importantly, you can spray it over makeup to replenish your sun protection throughout the day, without ruining your makeup. The lightweight sunscreen has a surprisingly high sun protection factor (SPF50+, PA++++) and is water and sweat-proof.
The Sunplay Skin Aqua Sarafit UV Mist retails at SGD9.90 and is available at Guardian, NTUC Fairprice, Watsons, and ALT concept stores.
3. ORBIS Sunscreen Cool Shower SPF50 PA++++
Perfect for the hot and humid weather in Singapore, the ORBIS Sunscreen Cool Shower is a waterproof sunscreen that cools the skin such that it feels like it has cooled by 5°C. Hydrating fruit extracts, including lemon juice, lime juice, and kiwi extract, are used in the formula to provide hydration and a refreshing sensation to skin. The formula also includes the Fresh Keep Powder that absorbs sebum so that your skin feels comfortable and your makeup will stay intact for longer throughout the day.
The ORBIS Sunscreen Cool Shower retails at SGD26 and is available at all ORBIS boutiques.
4. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF50+
Besides being dermatologically tested and non-comedogenic, which means it’s safe even on acne-prone skin, this sunscreen is reinforced against UVA long rays to protect skin from ageing. Its formula contains the La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, which has a soothing and hydrating effect on skin. This new ultra-light version is even more fluid than its predecessors, is non-greasy, and has an invisible finish.
The La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid retails at SGD57.90 and you can buy it here.
5. Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++
Kiehl’s is well-known for its skin-loving products that has won it as huge and loyal following. The Ultra Light Daily UV Defense has an improved formula that gives better protection against long UVA rays that can penetrate deeply into skin, accelerating ageing. At the same time, it contains Rosa Gallica, an ingredient that soothe and calm skin, making it a good sunscreen for sensitive and acne-prone skin. The oil-free and non-comedogenic formula ensures it won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts.
The Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense retails at SGD52 for 30ml and SGD82 for 60ml.
6. Biore UV Perfect Spray SPF50+ PA+++
One of the pioneers in sunscreen sprays, the Biore UV spray is incredibly light even after multiple applications. Despite its high sun protection, it feels comfortable on skin, and is water- and sweat-proof. The non-sticky product contains sebum-absorbing powder for oil control, and is suitable to use even on the hair and scalp.
The Biore UV Perfect Spray retails at SGD9.90, and is available at all leading pharmacies, supermarkets and hypermarkets.
7. L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect Aqua Essence City Face Mist SPF50+ PA++++
This sunscreen mist is designed to spray on skin within three seconds, and can be applied over makeup. The non-greasy and non-sticky product contains vitamin E and Detoxyl to neturalise free radicals and other environmental aggressors integral to city life.
The L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect Aqua Essence City Face Mist retails at SGD22.90, and is available at Watsons, Guardian, SASA, major supermarkets and selected departmental stores.
8. Auolive Day Glower
The reason why this is a skin-loving sun protection lotion? It’s actually a multi-functional day moisturiser with SPF30 that can be used as the only step right after cleansing. Formulated in Switzerland and made in Singapore, this clinically tested product contains natural active ingredients like ginkgo biloba leaf extract and squalene, which helps hydrate and nourish skin, so it’ll look soft and healthy. You’ll also like its water-based, non-greasy texture.
Auolive Day Glower retails at SGD118 and is available at their online store.