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We know the importance of sunscreen, but it’s even more important to choose the right one that provides broad-spectrum protection. A broad-spectrum sunscreen can protect your skin against both UVA and UVB rays, both of which are harmful to the skin. Before we jump into the products, here are some sunscreen facts you should know.

What does broad-spectrum sunscreen mean?

SPF and broad-spectrum are not interchangeable terms. SPF refers to the Sun Protection Factor, which is the degree of UVB protection a product provides. Meanwhile, sunscreen that is labelled as broad-spectrum means the provided UVA protection is relative to the UVB protection. This means the higher the product’s SPF is, the higher the UVA protection (PA+) is.

What is the difference between UVA and UVB?

When compared to UVB rays, UVA rays penetrate your skin deeper and are present throughout the year, rain or shine. They’re also the leading cause of premature ageing, wrinkles, tanning and skin cancer. Meanwhile, UVB rays are more prevalent in sunny climates and are the culprit behind sunburns, skin discolouration and skin cancer. Therefore, it’s important to shield your skin from these two types of rays. Check out this list of sunscreens you can use to protect your skin from those rays.

1. Supergoop! 100% Mineral Matte Screen Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40

Best broad spectrum mineral sunscreen for face

Price from RM175.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM175.00

Does your sunscreen turn your makeup greasy before they break apart? Fret not! Supergoop!’s 100% Mineral Matte Matte Screen is designed to sit perfectly under your makeup with its pore blurring, matte finish. Formulated with argan oil, vitamin E and butterfly bush extract, it keeps your skin healthy, happy and protected against sun damage.

2. This Works In Transit Skin Defense SPF30

Best sunscreen lotion with SPF 30

Price from RM160.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM160.00

Does your sunscreen end up stinging and burning your already dry skin upon application? What you need is the In-Transit Skin Defense with SPF30. The antioxidant-packed sunscreen is formulated to prevent premature ageing, fight against free radicals and environmental stressors. Slap some on before you step out of your home, and reapply in the afternoon if the weather is especially hot.

3. Biore UV Perfect Milk

Best sunscreen with SPF 50 for oily skin

Price from RM22.37

shopping_cart Watsons Malaysia RM22.37

Just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean you should skip out on sunscreen. For a non-greasy and matte sunscreen, the Biore UV Perfect Milk is what you need to keep your skin fresh all day long. It’s also water- and sweat-resistant for maximum protection against harmful UV rays.

4. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tint Cream with SPF 30

Best broad spectrum tinted sunscreen for sensitive skin

Price from RM140.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM140.00

Redness? Sensitivity? Irritation? What you need is First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Tint Cream to soothe, hydrate and protect your skin. It's formulated with colloidal oatmeal, allantoin, hyaluronic acid and natural pigments. They all work as a nourishing cream to alleviate your skin concerns while providing you with natural coverage.

5. Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Moisturising Gel

Best sunscreen gel for dry skin

Price from RM27.09

shopping_cart Watsons Malaysia RM27.09

Spreading thick and goopy sun cream over dry skin can turn into a flakey nightmare. Luckily, the Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Moisturising Gel has a hydrating and smooth gel texture that will not bunch up on dry skin. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and arbutin, the broad-spectrum sunscreen keeps dry skin and sun damage at bay.

6. Sunplay Watery Cool Mist SPF75 PA+++

Best broad spectrum spray sunscreen for body

Price from RM28.95

shopping_cart Hermo Malaysia RM28.95

On a hot sunny day, keep your skin protected and fresh with Sunplay’s Watery Cool Mist. The cooling spray is formulated with a combination of UV filters, menthol, vitamin C and E to give your skin long-lasting protection against UVA and UVB rays.

7. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence

Best rated, overall broad spectrum sunscreen

Price from RM24.50

shopping_cart Watsons Malaysia RM24.50

Sunscreens are notorious for being dense, sticky and some can clog pores even. Luckily, Biore’s UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence with SPF 50 and PA+++ is formulated to be non-greasy, non-sticky and lightweight, and that’s suitable for all skin types. You can use it for both your face and body as well, so you don't have to buy two different ones.

8. Supergoop! 100% Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50

Best water resistant sunscreen with zinc oxide

Price from RM100.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM100.00

Glide your worries away with Supergoop!’s 100% Mineral Sunscreen Stick. Easy to use, quick and convenient, this handy stick provides effective and water-resistant sun protection thanks to the infusion of zinc oxide. It also contains avocado oil and chia seed oil to nourish dry skin and fight free radicals.

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