There's no debating the importance of sun protection in this day and age. So if you must pick one skincare product that's an absolute non-negotiable, it's sunscreen.
We know the endless array of sunscreen options on the market can be daunting. Which one is best for my sensitive skin? Will it stay put under my makeup? To answer these burning questions, we tested dozens of face and body sunscreens and shortlisted our top choices – ranging from tinted to water and sweat-resistant sunscreens for every occasion possible.
Read on for our favourite sunscreens that you can get in Singapore in 2023!
Best Everyday Sunscreen: Bioré UV Aqua Rich Aqua Protect Lotion SPF50+ PA++++
Don't like the feeling of a heavy cream on your face? Neither do we. That's why we picked this wonderfully light sunscreen lotion by Bioré as the ideal everyday sunscreen. Its watery texture spreads easily and absorbes into the skin quickly – leaving no dreaded white cast – in a matter of seconds. Of course, the SPF50+ is the icing on the cake.
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Best Tinted Sunscreen: IDS New Tinted Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++
GirlStyle Beauty Awards judge Ying Cui loved this sunscreen's slight tone-up effect. More importantly, it has a very light texture and will give your a fresh and satin finish throughout the day.
Best Sunscreen Under Makeup: ALLIE Chrono Beauty Color Tuning UV 02 (Sunny Apricot)
For those who want the 'no-makeup' makeup look, this ALLIE sunscreen is a great option. Thanks to its apricot-pink pigments, it colour corrects to make dark circles and pores less visible. It is non-greasy and friction-resistant too – perfect for wearing under masks or all-day under the sun.
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Best Sunscreen For Sensitive Skin: ETUDE SOON JUNG x Director's Moisture Sun Cream
What makes this hypoallergenic sunscreen gentle on sensitive skin is the exclusion of 9 skin irritants such as mineral oil, parabens, and talc. An added bonus: Centella Asiatica Extract to reduce inflammation. GirlStyle Beauty Awards judge Airin Lee also loved its essence-like texture, which glides nicely onto the skin without any residue.
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Best Sunscreen For Sensitive Skin: ANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Mild Milk SPF50+ PA++++
This lightweight sunscreen applies onto the skin beautifully and leaves a silky smooth, non sticky texture. We appreciate how it offers strong UV protection (and doesn't budge even with perspiration or water) but remains gentle enough for babies, kids and even adults with sensitive skin.
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Best Spray-On Sunscreen: ISDIN Fotoprotector Wet Skin Transparent Spray SPF50
Bring ISDIN's sunscreen spray along the next time you're heading to the beach or hiking the many trails around Singapore. With a couple of spritzes, it dries quickly and leaves a cool, matte finish. Its innovative Wet Skin Technology means you can easily reapply it over wet skin without a decrease in sun protection or leaving white residue.
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Best Water & Sweat-Resistant Sunscreen: SEKKISEI CLEAR WELLNESS UV Defense Milk SPF50+/PA++++
Our tester loves spending weekends at the beach. Her water- and sweat-resistant sunscreen of choice is this one by SEKKISEI. Despite taking multiple dips in the sea and sweating profusely throughout the day, our tester found that the CLEAR WELLNESS UV Defense Milk did not wash away easily. She also loved how gentle and moisturising it felt on her sensitive skin.
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