Why sunscreens are crucial in a skincare grooming routine
henever the sun's out, it's time to shield up with sunscreen and sunblock. Or is it? You would think you're safe from the sun's UV rays by staying indoors but risks still exist all this while at home during the circuit breaker period.
UVA rays are still able to penetrate through glass filters, which only blocks out UVB rays. Also, don't assume danger disappears on cloudy days—up to 80 percent of the sun's UV rays can pass through clouds, according to American Skin Cancer Foundation.
How about clothing? Although it seems you're physically protected, UV rays can penetrate through fabrics too if light is still visible through it unless it's an SPF-treated material.
Thus, defend skin from harmful UV rays by applying the following protective sunscreens.
AHC Natural Perfection Fresh Sun Stick
Small enough to include in your bag and use on the go, Korean beauty brand AHC developed an anti-ageing facial sun stick using natural ingredients such as Water Lily Extract to help calm skin.
Its lightweight waterproof formula also contains Hyaluronic Acid for its excellent moisture-retaining abilities. You'll feel instantly refreshed too. Because Glacier and its other cooling ingredients soothe skin upon application.
Aesop Protective Body Lotion SPF50
This specific body lotion from Aesop doubles up as a sunscreen and we're sold on it. The high SPF50 ensures stronger sun protection of up to 80 minutes while its Vitamin E-formulation containing Panthenol and Tocopherol gives skin a healthy boost. Definitely perfect for everyday use.
As with other Aesop products, a calming scent follows when used. In this case, it's the refreshing Spearmint Leaf.
Clarins Sun Care Water Mist SPF50+
Water is indeed beneficial for your body, both inside and out. Clarins has a high-performance water-based sunscreen which protects with just a refreshing spritz.
Concocted using a SunPlantComplex plant-based formula that includes aloe vera extract, plane tree extract, olive tree extract, these natural elements preserves skin youthfulness and overall skin health. The quick-absorbing mist also cools and hydrates the skin while SunFilterComplex, an optimal combination of UVA/UVB sun filter, provides the essential armour against harmful effects from the sun.
Clarin's eco-friendly pledge of using reef-safe ingredients and committed partner to Plastic Odyssey makes this a Blue Beauty product too.
Drunk Elephant Umbra™ Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30
This cream-based sunscreen is ideal for those with sensitive skin, thanks to zinc oxide. Drunk Elephant's featherlight mineral SPF is packed with antioxidant algae and sunflower sprout extracts that defends skin from free radical and oxidative damage. In addition, the infused raspberry seed and marula oils hydrate and minimises both wrinkles and fine lines.
You'll also do some good to marine life by applying this Oxybenzone-free non-sticky cream which doesn't leave a white cast or a residue due to its sheer formula.
HERA Sun Mate Protector SPF50+ PA+++
Being a leader in skincare has its perks. As a triple-function product, HERA Sun Mate Protector is effective in blocking UV rays, whitening the skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
This popular Korean brand developed a unique C.U.T. System (Control of UV Trap) that protects the skin against UV rays and environmental irritants in the city while fending stressors to keep it healthy and young. Its ingredients include anti-oxidant Anti-R Complex and water hyacinth extract that purifies and giving a healthy glow.
Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50 PA++++
Not a fan of cream-based texture? Kiehl's UV Defense Aqua Gel is water-light and absorbs by skin well even under Singapore's humid climate. Unscented and non-comedogenic, this reformulated popular sunscreen have invisible filters that protect damage caused by UVB rays and short UVA rays, as well as penetrative long UVA rays that cause significant oxidative stress, leading to inflammation and cellular deterioration.
Those with oily skin will be relieved as it doesn't leave a shiny finish and diminishes enlarged pores. Also, its rosa gallica extract calms irritated skin.
Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 30
A dry skin saviour, this ultra-light, anti-ageing hydrator buffers sun's damage too. Being both oil-free and fragrance-free is a plus too.
Formulated with ceramides, soothing aloe vera, and broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection, thirsty skin will definitely be quenched. The moisturizing cream also has added benefits of Vitamins C and E as well as Pro-Vitamin B5.