No matter how simple or complex your skincare routine is, one thing that you should never scrimp on is sunscreen. Slapping on some SPF will not only protect your complexion from the sun's harsh UV rays, but it will also prevent the appearance of dark spots and lessen the chances of premature aging.
If your reasons for not loading up on SPF are due to its greasy feeling and white cast, we're glad to tell you that those days are over. Thanks to today's technology, sunscreens now have lightweight formulas that dry down to a comfortable, non-greasy, and matte finish. Ahead, we list down its benefits, plus the best ones to try:
What are the benefits of wearing face sunscreen?
It protects you from the sun's harmful UV rays.
Of course, sunscreen's main objective is to keep you protected from the damaging rays of the sun. Make sure to use one that has an SPF of 30 and higher for ~maximum~ protection. Apply a five-peso-sized amount all over your face and neck and touch up every two hours.Continue reading below ↓
It stops acne marks and dark spots from getting worse.
When it comes to dealing with breakouts, getting rid of pimples is only half the battle—you also have to come to terms with the dark spots that they leave behind. As you use products with skin-brightening ingredients like Vitamin C, make sure to load up on your sunscreen. Overexposure to the sun without proper protection can actually turn your spots *darker*.Continue reading below ↓Recommended Videos
It prevents premature signs of aging.
One of the major causes of premature aging is exposure to the sun without proper protection. By applying the right amount of SPF on your skin, you are slowing down the development of sunspots, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Do I *really* need to wear sunscreen, even if I'm just at home?
The short answer? Yes, you still *need* to apply sunscreen. According to licensed dermatologist Joyce Park, "Standard glass windows block UVB but not UVA rays, which can penetrate deeper into the skin than UVB [rays], and are the main contributing factor to photo-aging." These show up as hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and textured skin.
What are the best non-sticky face sunscreens I can try?
Best Non-Sticky Face Sunscreen: Luxe Organix Aqua Daily Sunscreen
A recent favorite of YouTubers like Toni Sia and Anne Clutz, this sunscreen has broad-spectrum protection, so it will shield your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. It's also infused with aloe vera, Centella Asiatica, and calendula extracts to soothe your complexion and keep the redness at bay.
Luxe Organix Aqua Daily Sunscreen, P349, WatsonsContinue reading below ↓
Best Non-Sticky Face Sunscreen: Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel
Most sunscreens have a tendency to feel like it's sitting on top of your skin with how heavy it is, but not with this one from Kiehl's! It has a gel formula that's been tested in *humid* conditions to ensure comfort while keeping your complexion protected from the sun's rays, pollutants, and free radicals.
Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel, P2,100, LazadaContinue reading below ↓
Best Non-Sticky Face Sunscreen: Sunglow by Fresh Creme Tinted Sunscreen
If you want to even out your skin tone, sunscreens with a hint of pigment are your best bet. A good local option would be Sunglow by Fresh's Creme Tinted Sunscreen. It has an SPF of 50 PA+++ that will ensure protection against UVA and UVB rays. Although it doesn't dry down to a completely matte finish, it will give you that ~glowy~ look sans the shine!
Sunglow by Fresh Creme Tinted Sunscreen, P429, WatsonsContinue reading below ↓
Best Non-Sticky Face Sunscreen: Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence
When it comes to sunscreens, Japanese ones are *undefeated*. This cult-fave from Bioré is enriched with hyaluronic acid that will keep your skin plump and hold in all the moisture from your previous skin care products. It also has a gel formula which makes it a better option for those with oily skin types.
Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence, P488, BeautyMNL
Best Non-Sticky Face Sunscreen: Face Republic Sun Gel SPF 50+
A certified favorite of Rei Germar, this sunscreen has a lightweight gel formula that allows for quicker absorption and is perfect for our country's humid weather. It also has a ~*cooling*~ effect because it's enriched with eucalyptus leaf extract.
Face Republic Sun Gel SPF 50+, P499, BeautyMNLContinue reading below ↓
Best Non-Sticky Face Sunscreen: SNAILWHITE Sunscreen CC Cream SPF50+/PA+++
Aside from protecting your complexion against the sun's rays, this tinted sunscreen from SNAILWHITE also functions as a CC cream that will cover up any redness and discoloration. It boosts your skin's radiance to give you that healthy, "fresh lang" glow!
SNAILWHITE Sunscreen CC Cream SPF50+/PA+++, P995, WatsonsContinue reading below ↓
Best Non-Sticky Face Sunscreen: MizuMi UV Water Sunscreen Serum
If you're looking for a *physical* sunscreen (meaning, it will sit on top of your skin and deflect the sun's rays), MizuMi's serum-like SPF is a good fit. It doesn't leave a white cast on your face; instead, it just grants you a healthy glow!
MizuMi UV Water Sunscreen Serum, P1,099, BeautyMNL
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