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These 15 Best Affordable Sunscreens Deserve A Spot In Your Skincare Routine

Your skin will age slower, too!

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MCO has taken a slightly different route and people are going back to work. After a month and a half of comfortable clothing, no makeup, protection from the pollution, and the stinging sun ray, your skin must've healed itself.

Now that you must go back to work, sun exposure will try to beat that good skin that you have been trying so hard to preserve. Living in a hot tropical country has forced us to wear sunblock every day and that can be pretty expensive. Thankfully, there are plenty of good sunscreens in the market that are affordable.

Is generic sunscreen as good as a name brand?

Two factors that are important when looking for sunscreen is its SPF and UVA level or rating. 

SPF or sun protection factor is the level of protection the sunscreen gives against the UVB radiation, which causes sunburns. It is usually stated on the front of the product and it's recommended to choose a sunscreen with SPF 30 and higher.

The second factor you need to pay attention is to the UVA rating, which is displayed or written on the back of the product. Usually, in a circle with UVA letters inside it, or a star rating that indicates the level of UVA protection from 0 to 5. Highly suggest that you choose 4 to 5 stars level.

These are the factor needed to take consideration when choosing a good sunscreen and not the price. Nevertheless, we have listed some affordable sunscreens for you to give a shot without worrying about breaking the bank.

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50

RM 24.5
1. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50
Best rated drugstore sunscreen

Biore is one of the best sunscreen brands in the market due to its light and essence like formula. It is non-sticky and non-greasy, therefore perfect for our hot humid weather. You’ll see the infusion of Hyaluronic Acid and Citrus Essence in the ingredients as well, working as hydrating agents.

Therefore, you can easily spread on your skin and it’s quick-absorbing - perfect to be used under makeup. This product is one of the best-rated drugstore sunscreens out there.

Biore UV Perfect Protect Milk Non-Sticky Sunblock SPF50+

RM 14.4

This one from Biore contains Rice Germ Extracts that helps softens the skin, and Vitamin E to protect and repair. It’s non-sticky, watery in consistency and comes in a convenient size; so, it’s perfect to be used for your travels. UVA and UVB will still reflect even under an umbrella, fully dressed or indoors, therefore wearing a good sunscreen such as this one can protect you from the harmful rays.

Yadah Oh My Sun Screen SPF35 PA++

RM 28
Best travel size water-based sunblock
3. Yadah Oh My Sun Screen SPF35 PA++
Best drugstore sunscreen for combination

Too oily or too dry on certain parts of your face? No worries, this sunscreen will help combat that problem while protecting your skin from the evil UV rays. Botanically based on Opuntia humifusa Extract, this sunblock will hydrate your skin and leaves a soft velvet matte finish. 

Great to be used daily, as it is airy on the skin and does not clog pores. Affordable, cute packaging and highly loved by people, this sunscreen is a must-try for combination skin type.

Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Moisturising Gel

RM 27.39
4. Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Moisturising Gel
Best drugstore sunscreen without white cast

One thing that is annoying when wearing sunscreen is the white ghostly cast that it leaves. We don't want to go outside looking like Caspar. Sunplay makes great sunscreens and the Skin Aqua line is by far their most famous.

This gel sunscreen does not leave a white cast and with ingredients such as Carrot Extract and Hyaluronic Acid, it balances out your skin’s moisture. 

Great for people with dehydrated skin or oily skin; it can also be used before makeup application as it can be easily spread and absorbed by the skin.

3W Clinic Intensive UV Sunblock SPF50PA+++

RM 15.95
Physical sunscreen with titanium oxide
3W Clinic
5. 3W Clinic Intensive UV Sunblock SPF50PA+++
Best drugstore sunscreen for acne skin

Acne-prone skin needs sunscreen that does not trigger new acne and does not clog pores. This intensive UV Sun Block Cream prevents both problems from occurring. Contains Aloe Vera to soothe painful blemishes and relieves irritations, this product will protect your skin from troubles and promotes healthier-clearer skin. It is a soft cream in texture and absorbs quickly, the perfect formula curated for acne-prone skin. 

Some By Mi Yuja Niacin Mineral 100 Brightening Suncream

RM 23.19
Some By Mi
6. Some By Mi Yuja Niacin Mineral 100 Brightening Suncream
Best drugstore sunscreen with skincare benefits

Most sunscreen nowadays includes skin-benefiting ingredients. However, what makes this sun cream special is that it's an all in one for moisturizing, whitening and sun protection. It contains Goheung Yuja Extract to rejuvenate your skin and provide nutrients, while Glutathione and Arbutin can promote clear and flawless skin. This sunscreen also gives you an immediate brightening effect upon application - a great one-step product before wearing makeup.

Innisfree Daily Mild Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++

RM 29
7. Innisfree Daily Mild Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++
Best drugstore sunscreen for dark skin

Having melanin does give darker skin tones some sun protection, but it is not enough to prevent skin from cancer. The problem with sunscreen for so many dark-skinned beauties is that most of it leaves a white cast. This Innisfree Daily Mild Sunscreen will not turn your skin ashy or leaves white cast at all.

Infused with natural botanical extracts such as Aloe Barbadense Leaf, it works to refresh tired skin. Also, this water-based sun protection cream is non-sticky but still provides a layer of moisture to protect your skin from harmful rays and pollution.

Wardah Sun Care Sunscreen Gel SPF30

RM 13
8. Wardah Sun Care Sunscreen Gel SPF30
Best Affordable Drugstore sunscreen

This sunscreen gel contains PA +++ which protects your skin from UV exposure. PA stands for Protection Grade of UVA and it is an ingredient commonly used in sunscreen in Asian countries. It can be said PA +++ is an ingredient that can ward off UVA rays to prevent the onset of premature aging of your skin. 

Furthermore, this sunscreen also contains Aloe Vera extract which hydrates and soothes the skin. There are also emollient contents such as dimethicone, butylene glycol, and propylene glycol that deeply hydrate and maintain the water level in your skin.

L'oreal Paris UV Perfect Matte & Fresh 15ml

RM 19.12
L'oreal Paris
9. L'oreal Paris UV Perfect Matte & Fresh 15ml
Best drugstore sunscreen for oily skin

Hate how most sunscreen makes your face look oiler? This Loreal UV Perfect Matte & Fresh is perfect for oily skin. It will ensure your skin stays matte and protected from the harmful rays throughout the day. 

The product is oil-free, paraben-free, and sulfate-free and contains silicone, so it can double as a primer to smoothen out pores. It’s also enriched with mattifying Pure Clay as an anti-shine, helping your skin stays velvety smooth and bright.

Pure Beauty Illuminating Urban Shield Sun Protector SPF50 50ml

RM 34.23
Pure Beauty
10. Pure Beauty Illuminating Urban Shield Sun Protector SPF50 50ml
Best drugstore sunscreen for sensitive skin

Originated from Korea, this gentle sunscreen is suitable for sensitive skin. Free of Linolin, Paraben, and Alcohol, it protects the skin from UVA and UVB with SPF 50. It’s also infused Willow Bark extract to hydrates and smoothens out bumpy, reaction prone skin. This product will also give you a dewy finish and can strengthen your skin’s barrier with Ceramide. The consistency is slick and easy to spread on the skin - great to be used as a base for makeup.

Nivea Sun Protect & Light Moisture SPF50 70ml

RM 29.67
11. Nivea Sun Protect & Light Moisture SPF50 70ml
Best drugstore sunscreen for dry skin

Having dry skin makes protecting it from the stinging sun rays more important. Dry skin that is exposed to harmful rays creates dullness, melasma, dark spots, and premature wrinkles. A much-needed sunscreen such as Nivea Sun Protect & Light Moisture will hydrate and bring back the brightness on your skin.

The texture is light and smooth, comfortable, and not sticky on the skin. It has Vitamin C to repair and lighten up dark spots caused by UVA and UVB rays. Reapply frequently if you sweat easily.

APIEU Pure Block Sun Cream

RM 21.9
12. APIEU Pure Block Sun Cream
Best drugstore sunscreen for light skin

Fair skin is a lot more prone to burning due to the lack of Melanin, which helps block out damaging UV rays and protect you from burns. That is why people with lighter skin get sunburns easily. Therefore, wearing sunscreen is a must for all skin types to prevent skin cancer.

This gentle sun cream is a great choice for light skin due to the high SPF level of 45. It contains Aloe Vera Extracts for moisturization and soothing effect. The light creamy texture enables it to penetrate deep into the skin and repairs it from within. There is no sticky feeling after application and won't grease up your face throughout the day.

Nivea Sun Protect Light Brightening SPF50

RM 29.67
13. Nivea Sun Protect Light Brightening SPF50
Best drugstore sunscreen with vitamins

If you are on the look for a sunscreen with vitamin C, NIVEA Sun Protect Light Brightening is for you. Contains concentrated Vitamin C which helps fight off the formation of uneven skin tone and dark spots.

Great for mature skin as well as Vitamin C can help boost collagen and skin elasticity. It can be used for face and body, so you don't have to buy two separate products. Affordable and comes in a generous size, so this product can last you a while.

Mentholatum Sunplay Sport SPF 120 PA++++

RM 16.9
14. Mentholatum Sunplay Sport SPF 120 PA++++
Best drugstore sunscreen with high SPF

If you are an active or sporty person this sunscreen is perfect for you. Designed to resist water for up to 4 hours, this product can stay on your skin even when you are sweating or swimming. 

It’s incredibly high in SPF and contains basic ingredients for a sunscreen with no added fragrance. Great for all skin types and great for people who work outdoors.

Nivea Sun Protect and Moisture with SPF 30

RM 25
15. Nivea Sun Protect and Moisture with SPF 30
Best drugstore sunscreen without oxybenzone

Oxybenzone is a common chemical sunscreen that has been linked to an increase of coral bleaching or death and yes, it is not the best ingredients for the skin. Famous destinations such as Hawaii have taken measures by banning all sunscreen with oxybenzone.

We Malaysians should take the same approach, to preserve our beautiful ocean and skin as well. Thankfully, Nivea Sun and Protect Moisture does not contain oxybenzone and is coral reef-safe.

There’s SPF 30, PA ++ and Advanced Collagen Protect to keep your skin hydrated and to prevent premature wrinkles. It’s easy to absorb and non-sticky, so you don't have to wait 20 minutes to jump into the ocean!

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