According to skin experts, the main cause of visible skin changes such as wrinkles, are caused by the sun’s UV rays. It’s time for you to break old habits and start wearing sunscreen every day! White cast? Greasy feel? Sticky to the touch? You won’t find those problems in our list of top facial sunscreens!
Which is better, sunscreen or sunblock?
The main difference between sunscreen and sunblock is in their name itself. Sunscreen absorbs into the skin and forms a sort of chemical protection to absorb UV rays.
Meanwhile, sunblocks literally form a physical layer onto your skin and block UV rays from penetrating it. That's why sunblocks tend to be thicker in consistency and easily leaves a white cast on the skin.
Sunscreens also tend to break down and lose its effectiveness when exposed to UV rays after about an average of 2 to 3 hours. Sunblocks being the stronger of the two can stay out much longer in the sun in order to reflect UV rays from touching the skin.
Therefore, sunblocks are best for when you're doing outdoor activities or if you'll be out for long while sunscreens are best for daily use as it will be absorbed into the skin and not make you look like a pale ghost.
How long can I stay under the sun?
Aside from UVA and UVB features, you'll need to take in the account of the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) number. Basically, the higher the SPF, the longer it can stay effective in protecting you from the sun.
To calculate how long an SPF product will work, just take the SPF number and multiply with how long you can avoid sunburn.
So if you usually take 15 minutes to get a sunburn (without protection), then you'd get:
SPF 50 x 15 minutes = 750 minutes (12 hours of protection!)
11 Best Facial Sunscreens in Malaysia
Yadah Oh My Sunscreen
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50
Biore UV Perfect Milk
The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco No Shine Hydrating Sun Cream SPF40 PA +++
add_circleDoesn't turn white after wearing for awhile
This sunscreen is one of the best-rated products on Hermo, and we can understand why. From being made with natural ingredients to being comfortable to wear, the sunscreen is great for daily wear whether out in the sun or in the office.
Made with all-natural ingredients such as chamomile extract and lavender, Yadah’s Oh My Sunscreen is the perfect sunblock for sensitive skin users! Thanks to its floral properties, the sunscreen also works to moisturize the face without feeling oily. Moreover, it’s free from harmful ingredients like mineral oil, parabens, talc and tar colourant, which is more reason for sensitive-skin users to try it out.
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The creamy sunscreen is said to be gentle, soothing and moisturising to the skin without any greasy and sticky feeling, claimed by its users. Even though there's supposedly some physical brightening to the skin, it doesn't change in colour and thus, there's no need to worry about any white cast happening. A most notable comment is how lightweight the sunscreen feels.
However, this sunscreen is quite expensive. Still, it's become a favourite among many beauty lovers of all skin-types including oily-skin users. There's a minority of crowd who aren't comfortable with the "greasy" feel of the sunscreen. So if you prefer a light moisturiser, it's best to spread the sunscreen on thinly at first and gradually build up.
Promising review: "My holy grail sunscreen!! I have combination skin. No whitecast, (is) easily absorbed into the skin & (doesn't make it) oily." - Sahila
This well-loved sunscreen from Japan is not just friendly in price, but also friendly and rich in its ingredients. Plus, it's quite effective and comfortable to wear for the price you pay!
First of all, this sunscreen has a chemical SPF-based formula, and also contains alcohol, so sensitive skin users may want to take try this formula with a pinch first. But otherwise, the sunscreen contains Aqua Micro Capsules which acts as a strong UV absorbing agent, protecting you from both UVA and UVB.
It's also formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and Mix Citrus Essence, with the latter to naturally helps with moisturising the face while the former brightens the face, also naturally.
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The formula is highly loved for its lightweight and that it doesn't leave a greasy, oily feeling. Thanks to its Hyaluronic Acid ingredient which actually works to naturally attract moisture from the air, the sunscreen goes on like water and spreads easily. It's truly the perfect, non-allergy daily sunscreen!
Some users love the faint fragrant that it gives, and there are quite a number of reviewers that even claim there's no fragrance at all.
However, if you are prone to skin-irritation especially from chemical-based products, do avoid this sunscreen or at least refrain from buying until you're able to do a small test underneath your chin.
Promising review: "This is my favorite sunscreen! It leaves no white cast, a good value for what you get, AND it works as an amazing primer, mattifying your skin before you put on makeup. Since I have oily skin, it really does help with control that. It smells great and it leaves your skin so soft. PLUS it's PA ++++ which means more UVA and UVB protection." - Farah.s
For oily-skin users, it can be daunting to find a sunscreen that will stay on the skin, or feel just as comfortable. Fortunately, there's Biore's UV Perfect Milk Sunscreen which is formulated to go on and look matte.
As one already knows, this sunscreen contains zinc oxide. Despite the scientific, chemical-like name, it's one of the safest beauty ingredients that help with treating mild rashes or other skin irritation. When used in sun protection products, it protects skin cells from UV damage and helps slow down the ageing process as it prevents skin dryness from happening.
Aside from that, the sunscreen also contains Biore's Aqua Shield Smooth Veil, which is highly-resistant against sweat and water. Moreover, the formula is made to prevent formation of spots and such.
Even though we recommend this for oily skin, some sensitive skin users have also tried the product successfully.
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Especially for those who have oily skin, the Biore UV Perfect Milk goes on matte and gives a velvety soft finish possible without drying up the skin. The sunscreen can also double up as a makeup base to prep the skin and help your makeup last all day. It's evident that this works on many reviewers, noting that the formula is not sticky and that there's a light fragrant smell to it.
Promising review: "Definitely one of the best sun screens I have used. Not oily and sticky, (leaves) a velvety-feel after use. I believe this can be used as (a) makeup base." - Jacelyn See
remove_circleWear is subject to preference; some find it moisturising, some think it's 'greasy'
If you find it too thick to wear sunscreen on your oily face, it's best to switch to a water-based option for that lightweight feel. Klair's own sunscreen offers an airy-feel to its wearer, hence its name. Able to protect the wearer with its high SPF 50 and PA level formula, this sunscreen also offers UVA and UVB protection while nourishing the skin with its earthly ingredients.
As a Korean sunscreen, it contains Sea Buckthorn Oil (listed as Vitamin Tree Oil) to keep the skin moisturised and supple. But the star ingredient is its anti-oxidant and brightening properties thanks to Tocopherol and Niacinamide respectively.
Moreover, the sunscreen contains Panthenol, beta-glucan and allantoin, all of which helps to relieve skin irritations. This entire list of ingredients is what makes the sunscreen so well-received by sensitive skin users according to online reviews.
Texture and wear-test
The sunscreen is designed to go on smoothly like a moisturiser. As such, it has a gel-based formula that's lightweight and leaves a subtle glow as mentioned frequently by many reviewers. Another notable review is that there is no white cast once it dries down. Additionally, the sunscreen should sit well under makeup as tested by a reviewer.
There are however several users who think it's greasy and that it doesn't dry down well. We do believe that this is depending on what has been layered onto the skin before applying the sunscreen. Therefore, we suggest applying a thin layer first then gradually add on more layers after your moisturiser to comfortably wear it.
Promising review: A moisturizing yet not oily sunscreen. Sits well on my foundation too. The volume given with such a price makes it even worth buying." - Sook Ying
remove_circleGlow-finish may not be "radiant" for those who hate grease
Do you get acne or blackheads easily? This sunscreen from La Roche-Posay is made to fit those who have such skin. Well-loved by many despite the high price, its formula is a forgettable one that many found it refreshing (and surprising to use).
Being dermatologist-tested, the formula contains the brand's patented UV filter called XL-Protect, which works to protect the skin against UVA and UVB. The said formula is also filled with antioxidants to help fortify the skin and protect it against the likes of infrared and pollution which are skin aggressors. This means it also helps with reducing sun-induced dark spots!
Another ingredient to make the formula comfortable to wear is Glycerin, which hydrates and moisturises the skin upon application. Finally, a bonus for sensitive users to consider this sunscreen is that it's enriched with thermal spring water to soothe and soften the skin.
Texture & wear-test
At first glance, the formula seems to look thick, but this is where it surprises. The non-greasy formula goes on feeling light, leaving users with a velvety-finish. Besides the high UVB and UVA protection, the formula is also water-resistant. Another plus point is that the formula absorbs quickly thanks to the thin consistency and that it won't leave a white cast.
Even though the formula is lightweight, some users point out that it won't dry completely to a matte finish, so oily-users who hate the "greasy" look may want to opt for another product. Otherwise, the "greasiness" actually looks "radiant" to many users.
Promising review: "I bought this SPF before going on holidays and I really liked it. I usually get spots from other SPFs but this one didn’t cause any problems. I’m now using it on a daily basis before applying makeup and it makes my skin look nice and moisturised without looking greasy." - Gabriella
remove_circleEven though it has been tested by many sensitive-skin users, please test first before buying a whole tube
For those who fear not getting enough protection against the sun can opt for Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch sunscreen. With an SPF 100+ protection number, the sunscreen offers a lightweight formula that will absorb into the skin quickly to create a matte finish.
With that, it leaves no chance of grease build-up which is just uncomfortable especially for acne-prone skin. Moreover, the sunscreen is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes!
This sunscreen offers a chemical-based formula which uses Oxybenzone and Homosalate to absorb UV rays. To make the formula fool-proof, it also has Octocrylene to improve the efficacy of the formula and better protect the skin.
To avoid any flaring on the skin, silica is also mixed into the formula, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient. Moreover, beeswax is added in to allow for easy blending into the skin.
And with all of that, Neutrogena takes care to make their products safe for most skin types by having it clinically-tested and is labelled as non-comedogenic.
Texture & wear-test
It's common that many reviewers love its creamy texture which will blend in easily and dry down to a soft matte finish. This sweat-resistant formula ensures longevity and has been texted by many that it won't leave a ghastly white cast. Dermatologist even supports the formula, likewise for sensitive-skin users as well, that it does not cause any irritation. As such, the sunscreen has become a drugstore-classic favourite for many!
While there had been hardly any big flaws with the sunscreen, this is still a chemical-based sunscreen. As such, some people have reportedly suffered irritations from wearing the sunscreen, with one reviewer even saying that making contact with chlorine water hurts. Therefore, irritation-prone skin users should still test a small portion of the sunscreen before committing.
Promising review: "I really like this sunscreen. It doesn't feel heavy on the face and didn't cause me to breakout, I have acne-prone skin. It also did not cause irritation on my children's sensitive skin and didn't look ghostly on their skin or mine, we are of a tan - deeper complexion. I'd repurchase and recommend this." - CryH
Applying sunscreens can feel like a chore sometimes. Thankfully, we have sprays which makes it effortless to apply. In truth, sprays alone won't cut it as one needs to slather on a sufficient amount of sunscreen to protect themselves. But this spray makes a great addition if you already have other products with SPF on.
All you need is 3 seconds, and your skin is protected from the harmful sun. It’s convenient, fast and easy to use. You can even spray it on over makeup for additional wear time.
The best thing about this spray sunscreen is because it doesn't contain a lot of alcohol. And if you're concern, it's a very small amount, that you'd be forgiven if you didn't detect a hint of it.
From its ingredient list, we can see that the largest amount of the sunscreen is water. In terms of UV filter, Homosalate is used. There's also Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate) which acts to reflect UV rays. With these two main ingredients, you're pretty much all set to re-apply and go out in the sun.
Texture & wear-test
L'oreal has advised that this sunscreen should be applied on with the eyes closed. In general, reviewers commented that the spray shouldn't feel heavy. At first, it will spray on, looking oily. Moreover, the spray is said to smell similar to a hairspray. But the skin goes back to looking like nothing's on it once dried down. Therefore, it's suitable to spray onto a face full of makeup.
As a spray, reviewers generally don't fancy the hairspray-like smell. Another thing is that the spray may ruin one's makeup. However, a reviewer who has their eyeshadows smeared a little, mentioned that their eyeshadow is easily smeared. So having a setting spray on first is recommended if you intend to use this product for on-the-go purposes.
Promising review: "The flash dry watery texture leaves your face refreshed without any greasy or sticky feeling. It can be easily sprayed on make-up. I also tend to spray it on my forearms at times." - Saahil
add_circleWater and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes
remove_circleSome people do not fancy the dewy finish
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Supergoop's Everyday Sunscreen is probably the sunscreen you never knew you needed. Apart from being oil-free, it is also sweat- and water-resistant, packed with antioxidants and doesn't leave a white cast. This formula is so fast absorbing that it has a matte effect, keeping midday shine at bay too.
Supergoop products pride in being free of sulfate, oil, gluten and fragrances. They are also made with vegan ingredients and are cruelty-free. Therefore, you can definitely use this sunscreen with ease of heart.
This sunscreen's major ingredient is sunflower extract, which contains a type of antioxidant called beta carotene. As such, it helps to protect the skin from free radicals which can cause premature aging. Supergoop's Everyday Lotion is also formulated with rosemary leave extract which also acts as an antioxidant and calms the skin to soothe any potential irritation.
Lastly, the other major ingredient is Dimethicone, which helps with moisturising the skin.
Texture and wear-test
Aside from being ultra-moisturising, the sunscreen blends in fast. Application-wise, many have shared that it goes on with a dewy-finish, and that powder had to be applied to mattify the face. To combat this, some have taken to putting the sunscreen on without any moisturiser as the sunscreen is enough.
One major flaw about the sunscreen is that the smell is on the unpleasant side. Despite being "fragrance-free", several reviewers do not fancy the smell.
Promising review: "(This sunscreen) really does feel lightweight and non-greasy, and it doesn't leave a white cast on the face at all. I also like that it has some ingredients that are beneficial to the skin." - Jerlene
remove_circleCream is dense, so best to layer thinly
It's troublesome and scary to look for a beauty product that suits your skin. Luckily, we have Avène, whose brand focus is to provide sensitive-skin girls with simple and safe products to enjoy. This particular sunscreen promises to be both protective and soothing at the same time by fighting off UV rays while hydrating the skin.
Fragrance- and alcohol-free, this sunscreen is formulated with Avène's notable ingredient which is Thermal Spring Water. The said product has soothing and softening properties. Paired with a UV filter system which contains Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, it helps to protect the skin from the harsh effects of UV rays by reflecting or scattering them. This prevents the skin from being directly damaged by the sun.
Another of its key ingredient is an anti-oxidant called Pre-tocopheryl, which aids in reinforcing the skin barrier, fortifying it better against harsh environment settings such as air conditioning and pollution.
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As it is a cream formula, the sunscreen will feel dense but not leave the skin feeling oily. Instead, reviewers describe that it resembles and acts like a moisturiser. Despite not being labelled as lightweight, the formula is also said to absorb well into the skin. Another bonus is that it has a pleasant smell, as well as not irritating sensitive skin as tested by many users.
Due to the texture of the sunscreen, one may not be comfortable that the formula is not totally lightweight. As mentioned before, you should try the sunscreen on without packing on moisturiser in the first few times.
Promising review: "I love how (this sunscreen) helps to soothe my skin. The Avène Thermal Spring Water always comes to the rescue of my sunburns and tired skin. This is a good skincare range to try for those with eczema or sensitive skin." - Janice
remove_circleWill feel sticky if in contact with sweat
Looking for a really good amount of sun protection? This sunscreen from 3W Clinic is just what you need. This physical sunscreen works to form a protective barrier around your skin to shield it from harmful UV rays. It has a soft and creamy consistency for easy application with zero white casts!
And the best thing is that it's very affordable!
Titanium oxide is another ingredient that protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays and has been scientifically acknowledged that it will not irritate sensitive skin. As such, the sunscreen is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin, as well as anyone who is prone to redness.
Its other interesting ingredients include Morus Alba Bark, Aloe Vera and Red Ginseng extract, all of which have abilities to soothe inflamed skin. There's also Dimethicone, which helps to soothe and moisturise the skin, preventing it from flaking and itching.
Texture & wear-test
Thanks to its Dimethicone inclusion, the moisturising cream formula is easy to spread and blend into the skin. The cream is also successfully used as a makeup base without leaving a white cast. Its formula is praised for being non-sticky and comfortable to wear. Some reviewers even said that the sunscreen leaves a brightening effect overall.
A small flaw to the product is that it won't be as comfortable to use when you wear it in high-humidity areas or when you're going to be active outdoors. It can feel sticky when in contact with sweat.
Promising review: "This is my HG sunscreen! I really love it! No whitecast and it can be spread easily on my face. I love the soft texture and the smell is very nice." - Ika
remove_circleSome oily-skin users said that it will turn greasy at the end of the day
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Piling on layers of makeup seem fun and easy until you realize you’re running late! This tinted sunscreen from First Aid Beauty is a facial sunscreen, moisturiser, and a skin tint to even out your skin tone on a whim. As such, it'll even our your skin tone with a natural finish while protecting your skin from the harsh sun rays with just a layer of beauty product!
The Ultra Repair Tint Cream is formulated with many nourishing ingredients to ensure a product that's safe for most skin types. With the inclusion of Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid, you'll get quite a moisturising sunscreen to soothe most skin types from dry to combination.
Its other ingredients including First Aid Beauty's signature Colloidal Oatmeal as well as Allantoin, both which work together to reduce signs of redness and sensitive skin. Meanwhile, for the tint part, the sunscreen is infused with natural mineral pigments and micro-pearls, whereby the former allows for a buildable coverage while the latter helps to naturally enhance the skin's radiance.
Texture & wear-test
This sunscreen is one of those moisturiser-replacements as it will nourish the skin for up to 12 hours. Its formulation is of mousse, which helps with offering buildable coverage. As such, reviewers are able to achieve a natural glow that doesn't look as if it's done by makeup. Not forgetting, the mousse texture actually help with not clogging the pores, which is a bonus to large pores.
Even though it has lots of good notes, not everyone will be able to enjoy its benefits if not layered correctly. Some users, particularly oily-skin users, have found it to turn oily in the latter part of the day. Therefore, , one would need to know how to layer the product thinly, or a finishing spray is needed to achieve a velvet or matte finish.
Promising review: "This is the best tinted moisturiser I have found. I receive compliments all the time for my “glowing skin”. I work up to 14hr shifts and don’t need to reapply. I highly recommend this product." - Eliza B.
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