While 365 days of summer may be a little too tropical for most, we’ve certainly learned to enjoy it here in Singapore. Here’s how: sunscreen. Lots of it. But wait, we know what you’re thinking. Nobody likes that awful stickiness that often happens when you apply sunscreen. Worse yet, some even make your face shine like the sun. Fret not, that’s what we’re here for. Here are my top five picks on the best sunscreen available for everyday use – tried and tested.
Biotherm Blanc Therapy C.C. Cream Glow SPF 50+ PA++ (30ml, $62)
Biotherm’s new Blanc Therapy range of C.C. creams are created to transform colour correction into colour care. Available in five shades, each shade corrects a specific skin colour tone issue. What I really like about the White D.Tox C.C. cream is its double correcting abilities – colour consistency through texture, providing an instant “colour-fit” effect that brightens my complexion through its Lumina Marina Complex. The coral C.C. Glow works best for me, boosting my skin with instant radiance and rosy glow.
Available at TANGS Orchard, 310 Orchard Road.
Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++ (30ml, $52)
As with most of Kiehl’s products, the Ultra Light Daily UV Defense truly works. Its ‘Sun Filter System’ offers triple UV defense that protects against UVA, UVB, and even enhances coverage in the long UVA range – the primary cause of dark and dull skin. Kiehl’s Daily Defense moisturises and absorbs quickly, leaving a water-based feel on the skin that is light to the touch. Over frequent and long-term use, blemishes also become less visible!
Available at Kiehl’s, ION Orchard, B3-54, 2 Orchard Turn.
La Mer Reparative SkinTint SPF 30 PA+++ (40ml, $160)
Killing two birds with one stone, La Mer’s Reparative SkinTint is just what you need. Move over B.B./C.C. Cream, the new Reparative SkinTint (available in four shades) does far more than either, delivering a naturally healthy glow with translucent pigments that instantly perfects uneven complexion while repairing the skin with La Mer’s Deconstructed Waters™ delivery system – allowing for better delivery of water molecules deeper into the skin’s surface. It also makes the skin feel taut and firm, leaving a soft, subtle shimmer – no foundation required.
Available at Metro Paragon, 290 Orchard Road.z
Lancaster Velvet Touch Cream Radiant Tan SPF 30 (50ml, $48)
The ideal companion for sportswomen, Lancaster’s Velvet Touch Cream Radiant Tan offers protection against infrared-induced free radicals with its infrared reflectors and antioxidants that significantly weakens the degree of such harmful rays. The highlight of this velvety smooth sunscreen (that doesn’t clog) is the gentle tanning benefits that aids in a progressive and uniform tan – perfect for ladies who prefer a naturally bronzed and luminous glow. There’s just no denying over 40 years of sun prevention.
Available at Sephora, L1-05/06 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50+ PPD 42 (50ml, $46.90)
Probably one of the ‘barest’ sunscreens around, La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid is non-greasy and airily light – so light that it feels like bare skin, making it perfect as a makeup base. I found that my makeup glides on smoothly (thanks to a new dose of sensory oils) without any white marks, but what really stands out is its Mexoplex® system that not only offers high UVA-UVB protection, but also protects sun-allergic skin – Persistent Pigment Darkening (PPD) has increased from four points to 42. Good riddance, sunspots!
Available at Guardian, B1-20/24 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road.
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