The Best Sunscreens To Keep Your Skin Protected This Summer 2021
It's no secret that to keep your skin protected during summer, sunscreen is a must. But even when the sunlight is not glaring, sunscreen is still a staple in our beauty routine as it helps block harmful UV rays, whatever the weather. It also plays a vital role in maintaining healthy skin, giving you a youthful glow, and offering protection from wrinkles and dark spots.
Summer in Hong Kong means plenty of days at the beach, so given all the time we spend outside, it's a must to ensure you're well-protected. Lucky for us, a wide range of sunscreens are available, from non-sticky solutions to those made for oily and sensitive skin, and even those that act as a great premier for under your make-up.
To make the most out of your day out in the sun without worrying about the effects on your skin, we're breaking down the best sunscreens to try this summer––whether you're looking for a particular type or a great all-rounder.
1/10 Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting SPF35 Sunscreen
This sunscreen from Tatcha is a weightless, anti-ageing product that has broad-spectrum SPF35 which blends effortlessly and invisibly for matte, poreless-looking skin. It provides protection from UVA and UVB rays thanks to its pure, skin-loving ingredients which include silk extra leaves that leave skin feeling smooth, Japanese wild rose that helps tighten the look of pores and smoothes skin texture and loquat leaf extra is a rich source of antioxidants that protects your skin.
Best for: all skin types, pore protection, anti-ageing
2/10 Sulwhasoo UV Wise Brightening Multi Protector No. 1 Creamy Glow
Korean beauty brands are well-loved for their effective skincare protection and this product from Sulwhasoo, endorsed by Korean actress Song Hye-kyo, does the job of protecting your skin during summer. It's an anti-hazardous environment protective shield against UV rays and ultra-fine dust. Made up of mulberry roots and fruits, white ginseng among many others, this sunscreen also protects the skin from external heat irritation in order to keep it healthy and soft. On top of that, it also reduces melanin to make your skin look clearer and brighter.
Best for: Dry and sensitive skin, anti-pollution protection
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3/10 Laneige Watery Sun Cream SPF50+
Laneige's watery sun cream effectively blocks UV rays thanks to its watery texture that also refreshingly charges skin with moisture. It's made up of nourishment-rich birch sap that keeps skin moisturised all day long even under the sunlight. If you're enjoying a day out on the beach, this one is the perfect choice as it's also waterproof, resistant to both sweat and water.
Best for: those who need to keep skin moisturised
4/10 Hourglass Equilibrium Day Fluid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF30
Suitable for all skin types, Hourglass's sunscreen boasts a blend of youth lipids that rebalances, restores and renews the skin barrier. It's also a hundred per cent vegan and cruelty-free product that's perfect for both morning use and throughout the day. Overall, it helps improve your skin's natural barrier, texture and tone. You can even use it before putting on make-up to hydrate and prime skin. Hourglass products are available exclusively on Lane Crawford.
Best for: all skin types, restoring and renewing skin's natural barriers
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5/10 Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SP40
This innovative, anti-oxidant-rich SPF primer preps your skin for make-up while providing broad-spectrum SPF40 and protection from blue light, the light emitted from mobile phones and computer screens. Supergoop's sunscreen boasts a unique oil-free formula that glides onto the skin, providing maximum shine control and leaving a velvety, make-up gripping finish.
Best for: those who need to apply sunscreen over make-up and those who need an extra shine
6/10 Dr. Dennis Gross Dark Spot Sun Defense SPF50
This sunscreen is packed with breakthrough technology including three forms of vitamin C, one form of Vitamin E and potent antioxidants that fight free radical damage and protect the skin from oxidative stress. As an all physical facial sunscreen, it also helps prevent damage caused by UVA and UVB rays and protects against photo-ageing without the use of chemical filters. To top it all off, it also reduces the appearance of dark spots, uneven skin tone and ageing around the face and eye area as well as decrease the risk of skin cancer.
Best for: anti-ageing, reduction of dark spots and uneven skin tone
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7/10 Shiseido Clear Suncare Stick SPF50+
Don't want to get sticky hands? Try Shiseido's Suncare stick. It has a Synchro Shield formula which acts as a protective veil for your skin that becomes even stronger when it detects heat, water or perspiration. This multi-protective stick also provides seamless defence against UVA and UVB rays as well as dryness. It leaves no white marks and stickiness after applying to your skin. Handy at best, it can also be applied under and over make-up.
Best for: dry skin, all skin tones, those avoiding stickiness, water sport lovers
8/10 Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF30
Cult-favourite Drunk Elephant is well-loved for its wide range of skincare products. This sheer sunscreen protection is no exception. Promising to deliver broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, it also aids in the prevention of free radical and oxidative damage. To achieve maximum protection, the sunscreen is loaded with potent antioxidants like grape juice and sunflower shoot extracts that also help minimise the appearance of photo-ageing for a more youthful-looking complexion. As if that's not enough, it's also infused with raspberry seed and marula oils that helps minimise the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Best for: anti-ageing, daily use, sensitive skin
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9/10 Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50
Featuring an ultra-lightweight formula that employs a unique blend of sunscreen filters, Kiehl's sunscreen fights the effects of sun and pollution together. It also has pollution-deflecting technology that extends protection beyond UVA and UVB rays, ultimately providing skin with an effective defence against environmental pollutants. Loaded with the best ingredients that include Vitamin E, this gentle, paraben-free, sunscreen also helps protect against the appearance of premature skin ageing.
Best for: anti-ageing, defence against environmental pollutants
10/10 Everyday Humans Resting Beach Face SPF30 Sunscreen Serum
Everyday Humans' range of sun protection products made for every skin tone and type has made it a fan favourite. In addition to its witty name, Resting Beach Face sunscreen is also among the best-seller, no doubt because it provides SPF30 protection against UV rays, pollution and other environmental aggressors. You can use it as a two-in-one sunscreen and moisturiser as the final step of your skincare routine. Due to its fast-absorbing, lightweight texture, it leaves skin fresh with no greasy residue and zero white or purple cast.
Best for: all skin tone and types, those who need a multi-purpose sunscreen