While we all know that sunscreen is a skin-care must, rain or shine, indoors and outdoors, the truth is, most of us either don’t use any, or don’t use enough and I don’t think its an exaggeration to say that none of us reapply sunscreen every two-hours either (I mean seriously, who has the time right?)
Most sunscreens are just too heavy and greasy and leave us looking like we forgot to shower for a week. While we respect the fact that they offer amazing protection, the feeling of a thick layer of grease on your face is not a pleasant one, and an oil slick of a face does not help with makeup application.
This is why we scoured our tiny island to source five sunscreens that we felt, not just did a super job preventing photo-ageing and skin cancer, but also applied light and non greasy, making the whole morning routine so much more bearable.
These are sunscreens that we personally tried ourselves and strongly felt deserved to be featured in this story, so here goes:
EHA Sunshield 24Hr SPF 100 $98. This is our Editor’s personal ‘must-have‘ and has been proven to block both UV-A and UV-B rays by 99%, for a period of 24 hours, with just one application. The protecting ingredient also prevents spot generation, keeping the skin cool and resistant against sunburn. The main ingredient used in Sun Shield 24hr to block UV rays is called the “Y titanium particle”, a kind of Titanous Oxide coated with silicon. Its lightly tinted formula helps perfect an uneven skin tone and can be used in place of foundation, for a sheer coverage.
BELLEWAVE UV Extra DNA De-Tox UV Block (White, SPF 45/PA+++) $78. This lightweight formula forms an invisible yet powerful barrier on the skin, to shield it against broad-spectrum rays, pollution and free radicals. It protects skin from the appearance of dark spots and free radicals to preserve skin’s youthfulness and radiance and fights premature ageing by infusing the skin with moisture and nourishment.
SOTHYS Fluide Protecteur Zones Sensibles SPF 50 $115. This lightweight emulsion protects the skin against UVA, UVB and Infrared Radiation is fragrance free and perfect for those with sensitive skin.
NEOVA DNA Damage Control Active SPF43. NEOVA was among the first brands to understand the link between DNA damage and premature skin ageing. Its DNA repair technology works to reduce the visible signs of the ageing and the burning effects of UVA and UVB rays, while light-activated enzymes help minimize the tell-tale signs of photo damage. Transparent zinc provides broad-spectrum protection while lipsome-encapsulated DNA repair enzymes correct sun-inflicted damage in cells. Lastly, L-ergothioneine, a super antioxidant, blocks free radicals from reaching your skin. This paragon free waterproof formula is perfect for active lifestyles.
LIERAC SUNISSIME Protecting Energising Fluid SPF 50, $58. Provides anti-wrinkle, anti-slackening and anti-dark spot protection. With a full spectrum filtering system (UVA, UVB, Infrared and Visible light) and a combination of pro-taurine, hyaluronic acid and tan activating peptides, Sunssime forms a protective film on the skin leaving it feeling feeling smooth, plump and moisturised. Its extra-fine texture melts into the skin for an invisible and comfortably lightweight finish.
Now that we have tried more tubes of sunscreen than we thought ever possible, just to short-list our Top Five non greasy picks, we hope you will take the first step towards anti ageing by religiously applying sunscreen every day, rain or shine and reapplying it every two-hours to keep your skin and yourself protected.