Sun protection is an essential skincare step we shouldn’t miss. After all, the ultraviolet rays from the sun are the biggest contributor to skin ageing, resulting in everything from wrinkles to pigmentation. But with Singapore’s heat and humidity, wearing sunscreen often feels suffocating thereby deterring many from adequate application.
Fortunately, the Japanese and Korean beauty industries have cracked the code on creating sunscreens that protects while being lightweight and breathable. Here are the ones we are loving right now.
Elevate your sun protection game with our SPF 50+ PA++++ moisturizing sunscreen. This vegan-friendly formula, enriched with purslane and ginger extracts, not only shields against UV rays but also soothes and hydrates. Its feather-light gel texture ensures swift absorption, leaving your skin with a natural matte finish. Crafted without essential oils, it’s ideal for sensitive skin. Embrace the sun-kissed lifestyle with this multitasking marvel, your trusted companion for radiant and effortless beauty.
Looking for a sunscreen that’s as refreshing as a cold glass of birch juice on a hot summer day? Look no further than ROUND LAB Birch Juice Moisturising Sunscreen! Currently super popular on TikTok and in South Korea, this magical sunscreen not only protects your skin from harmful UV rays, but also moisturises and hydrates with natural birch sap extract. Plus, its lightweight formula won’t leave you feeling greasy or weighed down. So go ahead, slather it on and soak up the sun (responsibly, of course). Your skin will thank you!
ROUND LAB Birch Juice Moisturising Sunscreen
$32 31% off
Lowest price in 30 days!
Dive into the world of sun protection with a splash of fruity-floral goodness.
This delightful blend of potent sun protection and a refreshing fruity-floral scent will have you feeling both protected and pampered all day long.
Its unique formula is water and sweat-resistant, making it perfect for beach days, pool parties, or just a regular day out in the sun. It’s lightweight, non-sticky, and blends seamlessly into your skin, leaving no white cast behind.
The sunscreen also doubles as a skincare treat, infused with nourishing ingredients to keep your skin soft, smooth, and hydrated.
Get ready to meet your skin’s new BFF: the COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream.
This fab sunscreen not only shields your skin from the sun’s rays with SPF 50, but it also pampers your skin with a hydrating and soothing aloe vera infusion. Goodbye, white cast and greasy feel—hello, smooth and glowing skin!
Ideal for all eco-conscious girlies, this formula is free from controversial ingredients like oxybenzone. So, whether you’re rocking a bare face or glamming it up with makeup, COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream has got you covered (literally). Get ready to slay those sunny days with healthy, protected skin!
With 42% off on Amazon right now, there’s no excuse not to get it.
Curél is a Japanese label that specialises in creating skincare suitable for sensitive skin types. As such, this physical sunscreen (which leaves a white cast) contains ceramides to hydrate, moisturise and protect while the Day Barrier Technology shields against environmental pollutants.
The latest addition to the famed Bioré Aqua Rich line of sunscreen has a water-based formula with a water-like texture. As such, it is lightweight and spreads easily, albeit a little too easy at times. It is a chemical sunscreen that doesn’t leave a white cast.
With a watery gel-like texture that spreads easily across the skin, the Canmake sunscreen also doubles as a makeup primer and doesn’t leave a white cast that could distort anything you apply over.
Skin1004’s chemical sunscreen combines hyaluronic acid and centella asiatica extract. The former hydrates the skin while the latter soothes and heals. It also does not leave a white cast.
This innovative sun protection solution is expertly designed to keep your skin safe from the sun’s harmful rays while nourishing it with botanical goodness.
The twist-up stick format ensures a mess-free and convenient application, perfect for on-the-go sun protection. Glide it effortlessly across your face and body for a seamless, non-sticky shield against UVA and UVB rays. With its water and sweat-resistant formula, you can enjoy your outdoor activities without worrying about your sun protection wearing off.
AHC Natural Perfection Double Shield Sun Stick
$8.63 – $9.59
$12.96 – $15.12 37% off
As the name implies, rice extract and grain probiotics complex are the key ingredients in this cult favourite chemical sunscreen. The lightweight cream formula also absorbs quickly without leaving a white cast.
Another well-loved chemical sunscreen that won’t leave a white cast, the Isntree formula is packed with eight different weights of hyaluronic acid to flood parched skin with hydration.
Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel
$30.24 50% off
Freeplus is another skincare label made for sensitive skin types. This sunscreen emulsion is suitable for the face and body and uses physical filters, which can leave a white cast. It is also free of potentially allergenic ingredients such as fragrances and colourants.
Freeplus Mild UV Body Milk
$38.40 20% off
Fermented Job’s tears, rose myrtle, angelica and melothria go into the Sekkisei gel sunscreen to combat dryness, roughness and dark spots. The chemical sunscreen also contains sebum-absorbing ingredients while not leaving a white cast.
Made with seven kinds of centella asiatica extracts to soothe irritated skin, this non-white cast chemical sunscreen also contains hyaluronic acid, inositol and niacinamide among its nourishing ingredients.
This article was originally published in Singapore Women’s Weekly.
All the items are independently selected by our editorial team. If you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. But we only recommend products we love. Promise.