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Are You Using The Best Sunscreen For Your Skin Type?

Instead of using just any sunblock, we put together a list of some of our favourite sunscreens to use depending on your skin type.

Everyone needs a good sunscreen and if you’re not one to apply some every day, then you should definitely start now. Without SPF protection, your skin is exposed to the harmful UV rays emitted from light. This causes premature ageing, dark spots, dryness and pigmentation. While the effects are not immediate, over time – and if you don’t use any form of sun protection – your skin condition will begin to worsen.

Apart from just applying sunscreen, it’s always important to choose one that best fits your skin type. If you have sensitive and acne-prone skin, chances are, it may be difficult to find one that won’t break out on you or further damage your complexion. For oilier skin types, using one that contains oil will just end up clogging your pores, leading to congestion and acne. So here, we put together a list of some of our favourite sunscreens to use depending on your skin type.

#1: Anessa Whitening UV Sunscreen Gel SPF 50+ PA++++, $32.90
Combination skin With a lightweight, gel texture, this is perfect for those with combination skin types as it does not leave your skin feeling greasy or oily but still hydrates at the same time. Bonus: it is reportedly water and sweat-proof. Made with 50 per cent skincare ingredients including the brand’s Super Hyaluronic Acid, glycerin and collagen, this effectively moisturises and protects skin against sun damage and ageing. It is even formulated with a unique brightening essence that helps to suppress melanin production to slow down and prevent the formation of dark spots. #2: Lancome UV Expert Tone Up Milk, $95
Combination skin With a lightweight, non-sticky texture that’s perfect for combination and oily complexions, this instantly brightens while minimising the appearance of blemishes. It is also made with powerful antioxidants including shea and moringa extract to fight against free radicals and pollutants, which may cause signs of ageing. #3: Shu Uemura BlancChroma Chroma4 UV Protector SPF50PA++++, $68
Oily skin This has a fresh, watery texture and offers a 4D brightening shield against deep-penetrating UV and helps to treat brown dark spots, yellow dullness, uneven redness and green pale tones. It is also water-resistant. #4: Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum SPF35PA+++, $19
Oily skin A matte oil control sunscreen that is formulated with sunflower oil and Jeju green tea extract to protect against harmful UV rays. #5: Laneige Light Sun Fluid SPF50+ PA+++, $36
Oily skin This is a great option for those who have oily to combination skin types as it has an ultra-light texture that does not leave a sticky feeling behind while still effectively hydrating skin. It also has a Water Screen technology that works as a shield to prevent moisture loss, so skin is kept hydrated and protected from harmful UV rays. Oil powder and mint water soothe skin and control sebum production. #6: Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF50 Hydrating Shield SPF50PA++++, $99
Dull, ageing skin Not only does this form an invisible barrier to prevent harmful toxins and pollution particles from penetrating into the skin, it is also saturated with amino acid and ferulic acid to neutralise free radical damage and enzymes from plankton and ocean bacteria extract to fight oxidative stress. #7: Three Balancing UV Protector R, $66
Dull skin Patchouli oil, which is infused in this sunblock, is known to have anti-inflammatory and whitening properties to boost skin’s radiance. It also protects your complexion from blue light (light emitted from technological devices which can cause harmful effects) and even slows down the production of melanin. #8: Sunplay Super Block Lotion SPF130PA++++, $17.20
Sensitive skin With a sheer and a barely-there texture, this contains water- and sweat-resistant properties, making it ideal for long hours of water and outdoor activities. Fragrance and colorant-free, it is also great for sensitive complexions. Main image: Showbit.com