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!)
10 Best Facial Sunscreens in Malaysia 2019
- Yadah Oh My Sunscreen
- Biore UV Perfect Milk
- The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco No Shine Hydrating Sun Cream SPF40 PA +++
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 100+
- L’Oreal Dermo Expertise Uv Perfect Aqua Essence City Face Mist
- Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen with Sunflower Extract SPF 50
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios Pocket SPF50+
- 3W Clinic Intensive UV Sunblock SPF50PA+++
- Sephora Collection Bright Future Skin Tint SPF 25
Made with all-natural ingredients such as chamomile extract and lavender, Yadah’s Oh My Sunscreen is the perfect sunblock for sensitive skin users! It’s gentle, soothing and moisturising to the skin without the greasy and sticky feeling. It’s also free from harmful ingredients like mineral oil, parabens, talc and tar colourant!
Promising review: "My holy grail sunscreen!! I have combination skin. No whitecast, (is) easily absorbed into the skin & (doesn't make it) oily." - Sahila
Zinc oxide as one of the safest beauty ingredient generally helps 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.
Especially for those who have oily skin, the Biore UV Perfect Milk is a mattifying sunscreen that contains zinc oxide, making a velvety soft finish possible without drying your skin up! It also doubles up as a makeup base to prep your oily skin and helps makeup last all day. Added this to your cart yet?
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
Best water-based sunscreen - suitable for combination/dry skin
Price from RM73.50
Looking for a sunscreen with a lightweight texture? This sunscreen from The Face Shop is your best bet. It’s infused with chia seed and cottonseed to hydrate while absorbing excess shine, perfect for combination skin! It has a matte finish and even doubles up as a primer that refines your pores. A perfect makeup day? Totally achievable!
Promising review: "It really works for my combination skin. I (did not) feel oily after using it. It (leaves a) matte (effect). I (am) satisfied with this sunscreen." - Jacelyn
Best sunscreen for acne-prone skin
Price from RM84.90
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!
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
Best drugstore spray sunscreen
Price from RM54.90
Applying sunscreen is too troublesome and takes a long time? It’s time to stop finding excuses to skip on sunscreen, and start using a spray-on sunscreen! 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, so you’re protected anywhere, anytime!
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
Best water-resistant sunscreen
Price from RM43.00
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.
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
Fragrance- and alcohol-free, this sunscreen that is formulated with Avène Thermal Spring Water might be what you need in your life. It has soothing and softening properties with a UV filter system that helps to protect your skin from the harsh effects of sun exposure. Perfect to keep your skin hydrated too!
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
Have sensitive skin? This sunscreen from La Roche-Posay is made to fit those who have such skin that can't tolerate the sun rays well. With a non-greasy yet nourishing formula, users can get a velvety-finish, high UVB and UVA protection, water-resistance and an SPF of 50+.
A bonus for sensitive users to consider this sunscreen is its dermatologically-tested formula that's enriched with thermal spring water which helps to soothe and soften the skin. It also helps with reducing sun-induced dark spots!
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
Looking for a really good amount of sun protection? This sunscreen from 3W Clinic is just what you need. It’s a physical sunscreen that will 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 cast!
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
Best tinted sunscreen
Price from RM68.00
Piling on layers of makeup seem fun and easy until you realize you’re running late! This tinted sunscreen from Sephora Collection is a facial sunscreen with a slight skin tint to even out your skin tone on a whim. It leaves a dewy and natural finish while protecting your skin from the UV rays. Now you get to have the best of both worlds!
Promising review: "For someone looking for a very thin version of a foundation, I highly recommend this product. It provides a healthy glow and brightens up the face overall." - Janice
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