Ban the tan: The hottest multi-purpose sunscreens that double up as skincare
The all-in-one sunscreens that you need
The weather has been rather erratic these days – one minute it’s pouring; the next minute, the sun’s out and shining mercilessly down upon us. Regardless of the weather, protecting your skin from pollution and UV rays is something you should never neglect. There is a common misconception that we don’t need to slather on sunscreen if the sky is overcast, but this is a deadly mistake: UV rays are able to permeate clouds and even rain droplets to reach our vulnerable skin.
Long story short: If you’re not a fan of skin cancer and sunburn, you need to incorporate a sunscreen into your day routine. Even better, shield your skin with sunscreens that are multi-functional! We’ve put together a list of sunscreens that not only protects your skin from UV and pollution, but also hydrates and brightens at the same time. You’re welcome.
The luxury sunscreen everyone should own, Sisley’s Phyto-Blanc Brightening Daily Defense Fluid shields the skin from pollution and free radicals to prevent photo-ageing. Not only does it do a superb job at reducing dark spots, the silky formula also promises to help the skin to radiate from within, moisturising and smoothing it for a more even complexion. Apply it on as a base before makeup and you’re sorted for the day.
Recently launched in May, the Perfect UV Milk comes in a smooth and milky texture that blends really easily for an even base for your makeup. If you’re the sporty beach-going sort, you’ll be happy to know that this is water-resistant and protects the skin from UV rays with an SPF of 50+. Plus, it is ultra hydrating with so-called double hyaluronic acids and glycerin so you don’t dry out in the sun.
Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening UV Protector SPF 50/PA+++
The high SPF 50+ rating ensures that your skin is always protected, reducing the risk of developing dark spots and sunburn. Gentle and lightweight, this is suitable for everyday use; the formula is fortified with antioxidants and soothing anti-irritants to nourish and protect the face, leaving you with fairer and brighter skin.
Estee Lauder Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening UV Protector, $89 from Sephora
If you’re looking for a sunscreen that doubles up as a blemish concealer, the Ceramidin Day Tint from Dr Jart+ is just the thing for you. Deeply hydrating with SPF 15+ UV protection, it is suitable for all skin types. The multi-action tint provides a sheer coverage for a natural finish, so you can forego foundation or BB cream if you fancy.
We love Guerlain’s Blanc De Perle UV Shield for its exceptionally lightweight formula that promises high protection against UV rays. So-called Skin Shield Technology is said to strengthen the skin’s natural defences against external aggressors, leaving it brighter and more luminous. Heat-, humidity- and sweat-resistant, this one is perfect for our erratic weather.
Guerlain Blanc De Perle UV Shield, $94 from Sephora
Laneige’s Anti-Pollution Defensor is the first-ever ‘concept treatment’ serum that shields the skin from fine dust, treating it for a clearer and more supple complexion. With ingredients that promise to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier and slow the process of ageing, apply this before makeup for an even base.
To celebrate Za’s 20th anniversary, the beloved Japanese brand has released a limited-edition and incredibly adorable sakura packaging for its True White Day Protector. A lightweight emulsion that doubles up as a daytime moisturiser and sunscreen, it contains SPF 26++ and helps to prevent pigmentation and blemish marks round the clock. It blends really well into the skin, giving natural-looking coverage while brightening up the skin at the same time.
A cult Korean brand that has recently hit our shores, Su:m37 incorporates the fermentation process into its product range, which in turn promises to amp up the absorption of active ingredients. Its five-in-one brightening sunblock contains micro algae that’s formulated to block UV rays and other harmful external aggressors while simultaneously softening the appearance of age lines and dullness.
Su:m37 White Award Uptoning Shield Master Sun Block, $61 from Tangs
Using this light emulsion daily will protect your skin, prevent uneven skin tone and improve the translucency of the skin. Made with the extract of a pure white flower, Reine Des Pres, this also contains salicylic acid that aids in epidermal renewal and the boosting of luminosity. Moisturising with a subtle floral scent, we recommend this for anyone looking to give their skin an instant lift and glow.
Other than UV rays, we need to consider infrared rays, which may be another ‘hidden’ cause of premature skin ageing. Enter SK-II’s newest Atmosphere Airy Light Emulsion, which promises to protect your skin holistically from all UV and infrared rays. Formulated with opuntia cactus extract and niacinamide with a concentrated dose of the brand’s famed fermented Pitera extract, this emulsion is very blendable and lightweight. Just a pea-sized dollop from the pump will suffice to cover your entire face.
For the lazier ladies out there, this all-in-one hydrating shield contains antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, which lends it long-lasting and intensely hydrating properties. You can now skip the day moisturiser and just massage this non-greasy hydrating shield onto your face before heading out of your home.