I really owe you an apology with this one. It’s been a while since I left off on Part III of our Ultimate Sunscreen Guide (Also read Part I and II if you haven’t already!); but rest assured we didn’t prematurely kill off this series! So in this fourth and final episode, let’s take a look at some winning SPF options to kickstart your new kickass sunscreen regime; from the most well-rounded protection, to makeup-enhancing formulas and on-the-go protection. Here are some of the best sunscreens to invest in right now.
The Sunscreen Hit List
What we love: A fuss-free everyday sunscreen lotion for broad spectrum protection against UVA/UVB rays and photo-ageing.
For everyone who likes their SPF down-to-earth but still high-performing. This sun-shielding lotion is superbly lightweight and fast-absorbing. Boosted with Neutrogena’s second generation Helioplex XP™ Technology, it boasts multi-protection against UVA/UVB and premature skin-ageing (think early onset of wrinkles, pigmentation and sagging, yikes). A solid, straightforward sunscreen that will slide seamlessly into your daily routine!
What we love: Prep, protect and illuminate! A hydrating, dewy makeup-gripping primer combined with Supergoop!’s classic clean, broad spectrum formula.
Glowscreen is the dewy sibling to Supergoop’s Mattescreen (my personal HG sunscreen), with the same terrific skin-priming properties and supercharged SPF. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5 for a moisture boost, this sheer sunscreen delivers just the right amount of pearlescent brilliance (without visible glitter particles). If you like to alternate between matte and dewy, this will be a winning addition to your regime.
What we love: A multi-functioning essential that guards against UVA/UVB rays and environmental stress, while offering natural coverage.
I recently discovered the wonders of tinted sunscreens and this one’s a keeper. Aside from guarding against broad spectrum UV rays and micro-particles (dirt, dust, pollen etc.), Sun Shelter sets itself apart with unique complexion-enhancing properties. With its CC function, the delicate emulsion-based sunscreen works fantastic as a standalone base. If you’re looking to condense your morning prep/prime and SPF routine into a single step without cutting corners, this is it.
What we love: Probably one of the most all-inclusive sunscreens offering cutting-edge protection.
Beyond Sun Protection takes skin-shielding to a whole new frontier (as its name suggests). This ultra lightweight, hydrating formula is comfortable to wear and quite unparalleled in all-round protection. Apart from UVA/UVB rays, expect enhanced protection (more than 50%) from Blue Light, PPD 17+ (Persistent Pigment Darkening), pollution and infrared light. A great choice of SPF for bustling urbanites constantly exposed to modern environmental aggressors!
What we love: A non-sticky, non-greasy solid sunscreen, excellent for refreshing your SPF and your skin on-the-go.
Calling all sunscreen stick enthusiasts, you’ll want to roll with this one. The AHC Fresh Sun Stick features an airy and refreshing formula that applies weightlessly and helps to control sebum. It’s also exceedingly water and sweat-resistant. Coupled with how convenient it is to pop this in your bag, I reckon it a star player for active lifestyles.
But First, Sunscreen.
And we’ve come to the end of our four-part Ultimate Sunscreen Guide! I hope this series has been helpful in introducing the basics of, latest trends in and the unquestionable importance of SPF. If there’s one thing to takeaway, it’s that sunscreen is a non-negotiable everyday essential.
Whether our picks above are right on your street or not, it is paramount to avoid skimping on sunscreen. You know we love our SPF. So shout us about anything under the sun (heh), we’d love to hear about it. Till then, remember to layer up on these mighty essentials — your skin will thank you for it for many years to come!