With how big the skincare industry is these days, it’s no surprise that there’s such a diverse product market for various skin concerns. But imagine having so many options for a single product category! In this case, sunscreen. Let’s have a look, shall we?
1. Liquid Sunscreens
What’s the first impression you get when you think of sun protection? Surely, it’s tubes or bottles of products. As such, liquid sunscreens would be what you’d class as the “traditional sunscreens”, and the type most recommended to adequately shield against damaging UV rays. But did you know that even within this category, there are different textures to suit different skin types? Let’s have a quick rundown:
|Gel/Essence||Light to medium consistency. Often easy to spread and absorbs easily into the skin for a water-light and invisible finish.||Oily or combination skin types. Usually favoured by those living in humid climates.|
|Fluid/Milk||Light to medium consistency. Often spreads easily onto skin and usually formulated to be long-wearing and/or water-resistant.||Combination or normal skin types. Usually great for most climates.|
|Lotion/Cream||Medium to heavy consistency. Often provides extra moisturising benefits.||Dry, dehydrated or mature skin types. Usually favoured by those living in cold or dry climates.|
2. Sunscreen Cushions
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve surely heard of BB cushions, right? Popularised by the K-Beauty industry in recent years, these lightweight counterparts to full-coverage foundations kicked up a storm by being both travel-friendly and providing 2-in-1 coverage and skincare benefits to consumers. Leveraging on this trend, is it really surprising that we now have compact sun cushions to benefit from too? With the benefit of having its own sponge/puff, these sun protection agents make application a breeze – especially for daytime reapplications!
Product suggestion: LANEIGE Marshmallow Sun Cushion SPF50+/PA+++
3. Sunscreen Sticks
Out of all the options, sun sticks are arguably the most recent sun protection trend. Claiming to be great for people on-the-go with its mess-free application, these pocket-sized sunscreens just require you to twist up the solid formula to swipe on and you’re good to go! They’re also infinitely easier to bring around for travel as they won’t leak in your bag. However, as great as it is that these sun sticks go on with no white cast, that may also be a downside as you won’t truly know if you’ve fully covered your skin with enough SPF. So, maybe just for touch-ups, or for quick trips out the door for house chores!
Product suggestion: MAMONDE Everyday Sun Stick SPF50+/PA++++
4. Sunscreen Powders/Pacts
If sticks are the current “in-thing”, then powders are probably the oldest sun protection alternative that have stood the test of time. Often housed in loose powder or compact powder forms, these sunscreens are usually recommended for those with sensitive and/or acne-prone skin as the larger solid particles are said to be less likely to clog pores. However, you’ll most likely not apply enough powder to achieve the SPF rating on the product label, so similar to sun sticks, maybe just save these for touch-ups during the day!
Product suggestion: MILLE Super Whitening Gold Rose Pact SPF48/PA++
5. Sunscreen Sprays
Last but not least, we have the easiest-to-apply sunscreen option! While I’ve personally always shrugged off sunscreen sprays in the past, I now see how useful they could be – especially if you prefer to just spray and go mid-exercise. These sunscreens are great for reapplication (not so much as standalone sun protection agents as it’s difficult to judge if you’ve applied enough to ensure proper UV coverage) as they’re often lightweight, dry quickly and a great choice to avoid potential greasiness or white-cast issues. Just be careful of direct sprays to the face; after all, no one wants an eye/mouth-full of airborne chemicals!
Product suggestion: JM SOLUTION Glow Luminous Sun Spray SPF50+/PA+++