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We are all too familiar with the rule of thumb when it comes to sunscreen – wear it all day, every day. Slathering on sunscreen can potentially shield you from skin damage brought on the sun’s harmful UV rays. But with our weather, the last thing we want is to apply something that feels sticky and greasy, hence we tend to rely on the SPF in our foundation and skip out on wearing sunscreen despite all the benefits.

Luckily, beauty brands have been fine-tuning their sunscreen options to make them more lightweight, comfortable, translucent and non-greasy. Here are five of our favourite sunscreens to wear underneath your foundation.


Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream ($19.71)

If you have skin that is sensitive to chemicals and tends to get ruddy and irritated, this sun cream infused with SPF 50 will help to calm your complexion with its aloe leaf extract and plant-based ingredients that will help to hydrate your skin while protecting it against UV rays. A little goes a long way with this creamy lightweight sunscreen that blends easily into the skin without any white overcoat.


Shiseido Global Suncare Perfect UV Protector ($59)

This is definitely one to have in your beauty stash especially for those oppressively hot and sticky days. It is a water-resistant sunblock that will protect your skin regardless of sweat and humidity. This mineral-based sunscreen also helps soothe burning skin with a dose of aloe.


Skinceuticals Physical Fusion Defense SPF 50 ($69)

This tinted sunscreen not only provides your skin with broad-spectrum UV protection, it also helps to camouflage pesky blemishes. If your skin is acne-prone, this sunscreen is great because it has a non-comedogenic formula that wouldn’t clog your pores. The silky velvety finish makes this a good sunscreen to wear on its own or under your makeup.


Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology ($28)

There is so much to love about this sunscreen – it is oil free, non-comedogenic, and rich in antioxidants that heal and hydrate your skin.  To top it all off, this sunscreen contains SPF 50 for major UVA/UVB protection. It practically melts into your skin upon blending and wouldn’t get in the way of your makeup. Perfect for sensitive skin types, this sunscreen is formulated without parabens, oxybenzone or fragrances.


Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Watery Gel ($13.23)

Another drugstore hero, this super-light watery sunscreen combines the best of broad spectrum protection with antioxidant protection (with portulacca extract) to prevent the skin from UV damage as well as repair free radical damage from past sun damage.  Apart from preventing the formation of dark spots, it also does the double duty by reducing the appearance of dark spots with its Vitamin C infused formula. And at less than $14 a tube, it’s a steal.