If there’s a common step that most people tend to disregard from their skincare routine, it is, undoubtedly, sunscreen.
This isn’t particularly ideal, especially considering Singapore’s climate. Sure, we know some sunscreens have a bad rep for being too greasy or sticky on your skin, but trust us when we say that your skin will thank you for it in the long run.
The type of sunscreen you would want to apply on your face is the kind that doesn’t just give great coverage, but also feels lightweight and doesn’t make your skin feel greasy. So with that in mind, here’s a handy list of the best sunscreens you actually want to use on your face. Slather up!
(Get more sunscreen recommendations by checking out the winners for the Best Sunscreen category at the Daily Vanity Beauty Awards 2020.)
Fresh Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF30
In its convenient, travel-friendly packaging, this sunscreen from Fresh is sure to be a new addition to your makeup bag. Not only is it water-resistant, it is also moisturizing, which is another plus in our books.
The Fresh Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF30 is available at Fresh boutiques at Ion and Raffles City. It is also available at all Sephora outlets, and retails for SGD38.
E.l.f Beauty Shield SPF50 Skin Shielding Moisturiser
This one is not just affordable, it also contains a slight tint that helps blur away imperfections and redness! Plus, its also a moisturiser, so you can sure that it’ll keep your skin hydrated as well.
The E.l.f Beauty Shield SPF50 Skin Shielding Moisturiser can be purchased on its site and retails for SGD16.34.
Biore UV Mild Milk SPF50
This one is formulated for kids, who have more sensitive skin than adults, thus making it ideal for those with sensitive skin types. Its light, milky texture is easily absorbed and is also full of moisturizing ingredients.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF50+
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid has been recently put to the test in informal experiments and has proven effective against sun burns. In clinical tests, it is also found to offer the highest UVA protection compared to the top 5 sunscreen brands worldwide. No wonder it has been recommended by 60,000 dermatologists worldwide!
Here’s the good news: the new edition of this holy grail sunscreen has been enhanced with an even better texture and higher UV protection. You can now enjoy all your fun outdoor activities without worrying that your sunscreen will come off when it comes in contact with sweat, water, or sand, and it does not sting the eyes.
This effective sunscreen doesn’t leave a sticky residue or ugly white streaks on your skin either, so go forth and apply it under your makeup – it also won’t clog your pores at all!
The La Roche-Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF50+ is available at major Watsons and Guardian stores. It retails at SGD46.90.
Skin Inc Hydrating Shield + SPF30
Get this: The Skin Inc Hydrating Shield + SPF30 is not just a sunscreen— it is, in fact, a sunscreen, moisturiser, and a anti-ageing lotion designed to protect your skin from sun exposure and pollution. Sounds like a true triple threat to us!
The Skin Inc Hydrating Shield + SPF30 is available at all Skin Inc boutiques. It retails for SGD72.
Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk
This sunscreen from Anessa has achieved cult-like status, with users raving about its great texture and hydrating properties. It even dries into a semi-matte texture that makes makeup application a breeze after.
The Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk is available at all Watsons outlets. It retails for SGD39.90.
Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF50
Boasting 100% mineral broad spectrum PA++++ and SPF50, this sunscreen from Murad doesn’t just protect skin from UVA/UVB rays, it even shields skin from infrared radiation, pollution, and blue light that is most often emitted from your devices.
The Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF50 is available at selected Sephora outlets such as Tampines 1, Great World City, and Bugis +. It is also available at all Robinsons beauty counters and retails for SGD112.
Aprilskin Magic Snow Sun Stick SPF50+
That’s right, it’s sunscreen in the classic stick form. This one by Aprilskin delivers powerful sun protection, and also contains Aloe Vera and Green Tea extract to help soothe and energize skin.
Skinceuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF30
Great for all skin types, this sunscreen by Skinceuticals is also ideal for daily use as well as for high altitude climates. Pop it in your travel bag the next time you decide to go jet-setting!
The Skinceuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF30 IS available at several aesthetic clinics such as Parklane Medical Aesthetics and Frances Beauty Aesthetic clinic. It can also be purchased online on its site. It retails for SGD42.
Eau Thermale Avene SPF50+ Tinted Cream
If you’re prone to burning up in the sun easily, then this sunscreen from Eau Thermale Avene is the right pick for you. Formulated for skin that is hypersensitive to the sun, it is also fragrance free, lightweight, and long lasting.
Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense SPF50+
A patented formula with a system of seven UV filters, this sunscreen by Cetaphil is designed to provide optimum sun protection. Not just that, it also serves to soothe and moisturise skin.
Aveeno Sensitive Skin Sunscreen
Containing 100% naturally sourced ingredients, this sunscreen from Aveeno is an extra gentle formula that promises to give you sun protection without irritating your skin.
Origins Dr Weil For Origins Mega Defense Advanced Daily UV Defender SPF45
It’s 100% non-chemical formula and powerful three-tier daily protection against the skin damaging effects of pollution, dehydration and environmental stress makes it a big hit among fans.
The Origins Dr Weil For Origins Mega Defense Advanced Daily UV Defender SPF45 is available at all Sephora outlets and retails for SGD72.
Orbis Sunscreen On Face Light
Ultra lightweight with a natural tint, this affordable sunscreen is a must-add to your skincare routine.
The Orbis Sunscreen On Face Light is available at Orbis boutiques as well as at its beauty counters at Takashimaya, Metro, and Robinsons. It retails for SGD18.
La Mer SPF50 UV Protecting Fluid
Comfortable, hydrated, and soothed— that is what the La Mer SPF50 UV Protecting Fluid promises to deliver on with its infusion of its signature nutrient rich Miracle Broth, all whilst keeping your skin protected.
The La Mer SPF50 UV Protecting Fluid is available at beauty counters in Tangs, Metro as well as at The Shilla Duty Free at Changi Airport. It retails for SGD180.
Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50
Cited to be a non-chalky, non-greasy formula, this sunscreen by Dermalogica also helps improve skin smoothness and softness. Sounds like a win-win to us!
The Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster is available at all AsterSpring outlets, as well as several other authorized retailers such as Beauty Esthetic, A&Y Beauty Paradise, and Beauty Star. It retails for SGD120.
Philosophy Ultra Miracle Worker Multi-Rejuvenating Emulsion Broad Spectrum SPF25
Firm, dense and radiant skin is what you’ll get with this sunscreen from Philosophy. It even helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, to boot!
The Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Multi-Rejuvenating Emulsion Broad Spectrum SPF25 is available at all Sephora outlets and retails for SGD100.
Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk SPF50+
With the lightweight consistency of a serum, this sunscreen from Missha is definitely ideal for layering over a face full of skincare and makeup.
The Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk SPF50+ is available at all OG beauty counters, as well as at all Missha outlets. It retails for SGD35.90.
The DrGL Sun Protection Anti-Aging
Going above and beyond basic sun protection is the DrGL Sun Protection Anti-Aging. It basically ensures that skin is hydrated, repaired, and reinforced against the assault of the sun, thus giving you a youthful and radiant complexion.
Lancome UV Expert Youth-Shield Aqua Gel SPF50
Keep your skin looking more youthful with this sunscreen by Lancome. Enriched with a powerful filtering system, it effectively protects your skin from sources of hyper-pigmentation and photo-aging. And not just that, it even mattifies your skin and reduces pore visibility at the same time. Score!
The Lancome UV Expert Youth Shield Aqua Gel SPF50 is available at its beauty counters in Isetan, Tangs, Metro, Robinsons, Takashimaya, BHG, and OG. It can also be purchased on Sephora. It retails for SGD75 for 30ml.
Cute Press All Day Bright Tone Up Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA++
Formulated for Singapore’s hot and humid climate, Cute Press’ All Day Bright Tone Up Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA++ shields your skin from harmful UV rays with its high SPF protection.
Besides that, it also brightens up your complexion instantly in just one step to create the perfect canvas for makeup. The sweat-proof and water-resistant formula also controls sebum production, and has a non-sticky texture that absorbs fast and settles to a natural finish. The sunscreen is ideal for all skin types and skin tones, so you can wear it all on its own without having to worry about a white cast.
On top of its complexion-perfecting abilities, it’s also infused with deep sea minerals to hydrate and protect your skin, while chamomile bowers extract soothes irritation and calms redness.
Don’t forget to apply it on your face and neck daily before you head out.
Bevy C Perfect UV Sunscreen SPF50
Get this: The Bevy C Perfect UV Sunscreen SPF50 is sweat-proof, water-proof, and is even slated to help soothe and repair sun-burned skin.
The Bevy C Perfect UV Sunscreen SPF50 is available at its beauty counters in Tangs, Isetan and Metro. It can also be purchased on Zalora. It retails for SGD61.
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF40
Weightless, colourless, and oil-free, this sunscreen from Supergoop! is a dream for Singapore’s climate. According to reviews, it works best for oily and sensitive skin.
The Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 is available at all Sephora outlets. It retails for SGD50.
Aesop Protective Facial Lotion SPF25
Not only does it shield you from the sun, but this broad-spectrum sunscreen from Aesop also provides you with antioxidant benefits with the addition of green tea in its formula. The sunscreen also smells pleasantly of rosemary, with it sinking quickly into the skin without leaving any white residue.
The Aesop Protective Facial Lotion SPF25 is available at its boutiques in Ion, Ngee Ann City, Raffles City, Suntec City, Vivocity, and Westgate. It can also be purchased from its beauty counters in Tangs. It retails for SGD77.
Sante Labo Ultraviolet Radiation Forecast UV Cream
A gentle but powerful sunscreen, this one by Sante Labo is made of a titanium-zinc blend that disappears into skin in seconds. Trust us when we say that the lightweight formula will make it feel like you’re not wearing any sunscreen at all!
The Sante Labo Ultraviolet Radiation Forecast UV Cream is available on Rakuten, and it retails for SGD24.20.
Tony Moly My Sunny Perfecting Sun Block SPF50+
Keep your skin hydrated and protected from the sun with this sunscreen by Tony Moly. Made up of 60% moisture base, this is one product that is sure not to leave your skin parched.
The Tony Moly My Sunny Perfecting Sun Block SPF50+ is available at all Tony Moly boutiques located in Bugis Junction and Vivocity. It retails for SGD31.90.
Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50
Suitable for all skin types, the Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA++++ sunscreen doesn’t just help defend against UV rays, but pollution and free radicals as well. Its matte, powdery finish also means no forehead glare!
The Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 is available at all Kiehl’s outlets. It retails for SGD56 for 30ml, and SGD89 for 60ml.
L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect Matte & Fresh Sunscreen
This L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect Matte & Fresh sunscreen is designed specifically for those with combination and oily skin – hurray! This sunscreen for oily skin contains Mattifying Kaolin Clay to effectively absorb excess oil on your face for a fresh, shine-free look all day long without having to blot off the oil or worrying about makeup caking up.
The 100% oil-free formula feels lightweight and doesn’t leave a greasy residue on your skin, perfect for layering under makeup or wearing on its own. It’s also less likely to clog your pores and cause acne!
The L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect Matte & Fresh offers SPF50 PA++++, with patented MexorylTM broad filters, to provide broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB. Tested to block out 98% UV rays, this hard-working sunscreen will protect your skin from sun damages such as cancer, sunburn, as well as premature signs of ageing such as dark spots and pigmentation.
Another major brownie point for this lightweight sunscreen is that it can maintain its efficacy in harsh conditions of up to 45°C and 80% humidity, all while protecting the skin from dust and pollution particles. If that doesn’t sound like an ideal daily sunscreen to use in Singapore, we don’t know what does!
L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect Matte & Fresh is exclusively available at Watsons. It retails at SGD20.90.
Laneige Marshmallow Sun Cushion SPF50+
That’s right, it’s sunscreen in cushion form! If you’re a fan of the cushion compact, invest in this one from Laneige, which helps protect and preserve your skin’s moisture barrier from the harsh rays of the sun.
The Laneige Marshmallow Sun Cushion SPF50+ is available at all beauty counters in BHG, Isetan, Tangs, Robinsons, and Metro. It is also available in its standalone boutiques and at Sephora. It retails for SGD36.
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF50+
Aptly named Your Skin But Better, this CC Cream by It Cosmetics is highly pigmented, multi-tasking, and not just keeps your face protected from the intense rays of the sun but also contains anti-aging properties. What can’t it do?
The It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF50+ is available at all Sephora outlets. It retails for SGD62.
First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Triple Protection Skin Tint With Goji
This gem from First Aid Beauty protects your skin against the harmful effects of the sun and urban pollution, along with assisting in evening out your skin tone. Plus, it even conceals imperfections, blends easily, and creates a smooth canvas for makeup application after!
The First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Triple Protection Skin Tint With Goji is available at all Sephora outlets and retails for SGD53.
Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum SPF40
Users have raved about its sheer, weightless formula and how this sunscreen is suitable for those with even the most sensitive of skin. The creamy formula is also extremely easy to blend, which a bonus!
The Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum SPF40 is available at beauty counters in Isetan, Robinsons, Metro, BHG, Tangs, Takashimaya, as well as at all Sephora outlets. It retails for SGD50.
Senka Perfect UV Milk
This sunscreen by Senka has a light, watery texture that is easily blended, leaving no white cast and settling seamlessly into skin. And as if that isn’t appealing enough, it’s also water- and smear-resistant.
The Senka Perfect UV Milk is available at all Shiseido beauty counters at Isetan, BHG, Robinsons, and Metro. It is also available at all Watsons outlets. It retails for SGD16.90.
Chanel UV Essentiel Gel-Creme SPF50
Doubling as a sunscreen and a makeup primer, the Chanel UV Essentiel Gel-Crème SPF50 promises to keep skin radiant, plump, and moisturised. Be sure to reapply throughout the day, especially when under prolonged sun exposure though.
The Chanel UV Essentiel Gel-Crème is available at all beauty counters in Metro, Isetan, Takashimaya, Tangs, BHG, and Robinsons. It can also be purchased at its boutiques such as in Ion Orchard and Vivo City. It retails for SGD87.
(Get more sunscreen recommendations by checking out the winners for the Best Sunscreen category at the Daily Vanity Beauty Awards 2020.)
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