Melissa C. Koh

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SUNSCREENS TO PROTECT YOUR SKIN

Beauty, Skin

Today, let’s talk sunscreens. I’ve been preaching about the importance of SPF for years now and even if you decide to skip any step in your morning routine, you must not forgo your sunscreen. I hope you guys already incorporate sunscreens into your skincare routine as the first line of defence against the sun’s harm UV rays. Sunscreens should be applied on the face every day without fail, no matter rain or shine to prevent premature aging (wrinkles, bye!) and more importantly, reduce the risk of skin cancer.

There are so many sunscreen brands out there in the market and no doubt, we are all looking for the BEST sunscreen for our faces given the very important “task” it has which is to protect our skin. I have tried countless sunscreen brands throughout the years (so that you don’t have to) and I have narrowed down to these 5 holy grails that I’m currently digging. These products are my top vanity table favourites and I’d definitely bring at least one of them wherever I go, even more so when I travel overseas (for a beach getaway)!

Supergoop Zinc Screen is a new 100% mineral SPF in the beauty market. It contains a SPF of 40 and it is a lightweight, non-nano zinc oxide lotion that provides ample daily protection from UV rays. I particularly love this product because not all sunscreens are created equal – it is best suited for sensitive, oily and acne-prone skin. My T zone tends to get oily throughout the day, so I really appreciate sunscreens that help regulate oil production and keep my face looking matte! The downside to this is that it leaves some residue on your fingers and it may get a little messy there!

This sunscreen has enough sun protection to last you throughout the summer season. With a consistent wide jet angle, it allows even application over a larger surface area protection. Not only that, it contains SPF 50 +++ which is strong against the sun. This product is waterproof, soothing, cooling and is formulated with a broad spectrum of strong UV filters, this is an anti-ageing facial spray with long-lasting UV protection to help prevent against skin damage. It also provides the most convenience! A spray takes lesser time for application compared to a liquid base sunscreen and it is just as useful as lotion. I find this especially useful when I don’t want my dirty hands to get in contact with my face. 

A sun stick is great because it is portable and small! Perfect to bring it along for your travels or in your essential daily makeup bag when you are on the go. The AHC Natural Perfection Fresh Sun Stick contains SPF 50 ++, is a gentle, waterproof facial sun stick that is specially designed to moisturise your skin while expertly brightening and hydrating for a more youthful complexion. When applied, it does not drag and has a smooth glide! Another product with super easy application!

Apparently, If you’ve been using a moisturiser with a sunscreen and primer, you’ve been doing it all wrong.. and that’s what I just recently learnt with the owner of Sigi Skin, Xenia! Sigi Skin is a local brand and it stands by that you should either use a moisturiser and primer or a sunscreen and moisturiser, but not all at the same time. The Morning Glow Physical Sunscreen is a hydrating vegan product with ingredients that contains superfoods to bring added health benefits to the skin such as avocado and acai extracts, which are both rich in vitamin E and fatty acids. These helps counteract the effects of the sun’s infrared rays while keeping the skin youthful and supple. All Sigi Skin products are cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, dye, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), DMDM Hydantoin, phthalates and polyunsaturated oils (PUFA). Let’s go natural with this one!

Vichy Invisible Mist is designed to protect your skin against UV rays and skin cancer. One highlight about this product is that you can use it at any time of the day protects from UV rays all days all year. It hydrates for 24 hours & prevents the appearance of dark spots. The ingredients of the product contains Baicalin extract & antioxiodant vitamin E that skin needs for defending itself and many double it up as a makeup setting spray too! I love a few refreshing spritz on my face and neck throughout the day but am cautious about putting on too much as it makes my skin a little shiny!

Anessa is a subsidiary brand of Shiseido! This Annessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster boasts SPF50+ PA++++ UVA/UVB protection. With Aqua Booster Technology, it makes the UV protection much stronger when it comes in contact with water or sweat. The mild formula of the product is suitable for sensitive skin and is perfect for both babies and children too! I use this sunblock all over my body and it is my go-to whenever I feel like I need quick and effective protection!

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