Any Singaporean beauty junkie roughly goes through a tube of sunscreen every month. Get more out of it by trying these six new multi-tasking products that promise to brighten the skin and prevent ageing:

Protects your skin from pollution
There’s been lots of talk about the effects of pollution on the skin in the recent years. But for those not in the know here’s a quick summary – it increases free radical production in the skin, causes premature ageing, weakens your skin barrier and can even lead to acne. (On top of dry skin – the worst kind of acne to tackle, by the way.)

The best way to combat pollution in the skin? Antioxidants, which neutralise excess free radical production caused by UV rays and pollution.

#1 Clarins UV Plus Anti-pollution Day Screen Multi-protection SPF50/PA++++, $74

In Clarins’ latest UV Plus Anti-pollution Day Screen Multi-protection SPF50/PA++++, a new antioxidant plant extract has been added.

This plant extract is said to increase the production of a protein found naturally on the skin’s surface, which traps free radicals before they can penetrate the skin. The sunscreen is available in three shades: Neutral, pink and blue. Pink and blue tinted skincare items can help to brighten the skin surface, and neutralise the look of dark spots, making the skin look fairer.

#2 YSL Forever Light Creator UV Protection SPF50/PA++++, $72

YSL’s Forever Light Creator UV Protection SPF50/PA++++ is great for haze days. It has an anti-pollution complex which helps to prevent polluting particles in the air from sticking to your skin.

#3 Dior One Essential City Defense, $95, available from May 1


Now if you’re the sort who gets really sensitive to pollution – I mean dry, itchy skin with the slightest increase in PSI levels – this one’s for you.

Dior’s new One Essential City Defense targets pollution in 3 ways. First, it is said to form a shield over the skin’s surface, preventing particles from adhering to the skin. (Think of it like water bouncing off a glass surface.) At the same time, it strengthens the skin barrier to minimise penetration of pollutants. And finally, should any pollutants enter the skin, they are neutralised by antioxidants contained within the formula.

Brightens your complexion and acts as a makeup base
The more sunscreen you apply, the better, at least that’s what we’ve been told. The problem with that though, is the oily residue that some sunscreens tend to leave behind, making makeup application difficult.

#4 Lancome UV Expert XL-Shield Healthy Rose Beauty Base, $80

Lancome’s new UV Expert XL-Shield Healthy Rose Beauty Base works beautifully under makeup, especially if you love a radiant-matte finish. The skin absorbs this pink-tinted “milk” textured sunscreen almost immediately, leaving behind a smooth and silky base that’s perfect for makeup application. Pores are less visible, too. So apply as much as you want – it won’t feel heavy on the skin.

#5 Kenzoki White Blossom Delicate UV Shield SPF50/PA+++, $65

If you love that dewy K-Beauty look, or if you’ve got dry skin, try Kenzoki’s White Blossom Delicate UV Shield SPF50/PA+++. This one has a texture that leans closer to a lightweight cream, and feels more moisturising on the skin. The formula includes a plum blossom essence which helps to inhibit melanin production – the pigment responsible for dark spots – and prevent sallowness in the skin.

Lightens dark spots and evens out skin tone
Daily application of sunscreen helps to prevent skin discolouration, but if you’ve already got pesky dark spots that you’re trying to get rid of, try this.

#6 Lancaster Sun Control Sensitive Skin Oil-Free Soothing Face Emulsion SPF50/PA+++, $55

This lotion is enriched with an antioxidant complex that helps to control melanin distribution in the skin layers for an overall evenness in skin tone. It’s safe for sensitive skin, too.

Photography: Vernon Wong; Art direction: Michelle Tham; Styling: Hong Xinying; Hair and makeup: Dollei Seah, Lydia Thong and Vicky Lee of Makeup Entourage (9111 1919), using Shu Uemura; Model: Lee Soon Young/Nu Models