As the scorching sun gets ever more merciless, it’s extremely important to keep our skin safe and protected from harsh UV rays and other environmental stressors like air pollution. Here are 10 of the best lightweight sunscreens that we love for hot and sunny Malaysia!
1. Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF50 Sunscreen Face Cream
This oil-free formulation is gentle enough for sensitive and acne-prone skin, and contains Clinique’s innovative SolarSmart™ complex and antioxidants to prevent signs of premature aging, all while protecting the skin from UVA and UVB rays.
2. Bioderma Photoderm Max SPF50+
This fluid sunscreen has a white milky texture but doesn’t leave a white cast on the face. It’s also very easy to blend and dries matte – a great option for sensitive and oilier skin types.
3. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF40
Air pollution breaks down the skin’s natural defense barrier and ability to regenerate, which leads to skin conditions like rosacea and eczema. We highly recommend this highly moisturising sunscreen for extremely dry and irritated skin, as it contains colloidal oatmeal and all-natural butters and oils to soothe skin inflammations. At the same time, it has a lightweight texture that is absorbed easily into the skin.
4. Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense SPF50+
A 100% mineral-based sunscreen that’s free of artificial fragrances, parabens and chemicals. It also contains a universal sheer tint to brighten the complexion of any skin tone.
5. Shiseido WetForce Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF50+
We absolutely love this sunscreen for its long-wear formulation. It’s incredibly sweat-proof and is great for sensitive skin types. However, if your skin is on the drier side, try the original Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion as it has a more emollient texture.
6. Clarins White Plus Pure Translucency Brightening Emulsion SPF20/PA+++
If you’re going to be indoors for most of the day, we still advise you to apply sunscreen, as you can still be exposed to UV rays from fluorescent light bulbs and windows. We recommend this one from Clarins as it contains acerola fruit extract to brighten pigmentation spots. It also leaves the skin feeling silky smooth, and is a great layering base for your moisturiser and sunscreen.
7. Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield SPF50
Yet another lightweight and fluid textured sunscreen, this one feels like second skin and gives the skin a radiant dewy glow.
8. Dermalogica Pure Light SPF50
A true multi-tasker, this sunscreen contains a potent blend red and brown algae to prevent signs of photo-aging, and hyaluronic acid to fortify the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
9. Chanel UV Gel-Crème Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily Defender SPF50
This new sunscreen by Chanel feels extremely light on the skin, and has a mild floral scent to it. It also has a slightly pink base to counteract any sallowness in the skin.
10. Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen SPF50
A large bottle of everyday sunscreen is hard to come by. That’s why we’re crazy about this one from Supergoop! It’s oil-free, water-resistant, fast-absorbing, doesn’t leave a white residue, and doesn’t have your typical sunscreen smell about it. Natural extracts of citrus, basil and bois de rose give it a subtle yet refreshing scent.
What’s your favourite sunscreen for hot and humid climates? Comment down below!