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This New Batch Of Sunscreens Don't Just Protect Your Skin, And There's Something For Every Need

Some are equipped with additional skin-loving benefits, while others double up as great makeup bases. Here, the ones that have our vote.
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November 2019
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For brightening benefits: Lancome UV Expert Tone Up White, $75
Besides protecting your skin against daily aggressors such as UVA and UVB rays as well as urban pollution thanks to its key ingredient edelweiss, this also helps to boost skin’s radiance, even out skin tone and brighten complexions. Plus, it has a non-sticky, non-greasy and fast-absorbing texture. For brightening benefits: Dior Prestige Light-in-White Mineral UV Protector Blemish Balm SPF50+ PA+++, $165
This 100 per cent mineral UV protector is even suitable for those with sensitised complexions and protects skin against UVA and UVB rays, pollution, fine particles and artificial lighting throughout the day. Plus, it helps to even out skin tone and lighten the appearance of dark spots, making it a go-to for days when you don’t feel like applying much base makeup. For added skincare benefits: Chanel UV Essentiel Gel Creme, $89
Life Plant extract acts as a stress protector and prevents DNA damage, which may lead to premature skin ageing. Desert Yeast extract then deactivates stress receptors that are overstimulated by exterior pollutants in order to regulate the damaging effects of pollution on the skin. Thus, lightening the appearance of dark spots and targets early signs of ageing. It also stimulates the skin’s natural defenses to reinforce its barrier function and provides continuous hydration for a plump complexion. For intense hydration: Supergoop! Superscreen Daily Moisturiser SPF 40, $55, Sephora
Supergoop! has always cemented itself as one of the leading beauty brands that focuses on sun care products. Its latest innovation? A moisturiser that is equipped with SPF, so you can always skip using another sunscreen especially when you are strapped for time. It protects skin from blue light and contains a naturally-occurring combination of antioxidants and skin repair actives to shield skin from harmful environmental aggressors. It also has a lightweight, whipped formula that goes on smoothly on the skin and absorbs quickly. The best part? It is oil-free so you don’t have to worry about it clogging up your pores and is even suitable for those with combination and oilier skin types. For an all-in-one approach: Sunplay Skin Aqua Tone Up UV Essence SPF 50 PA++++ , $27.90
While some sunscreens provide added skincare benefits or brighten one’s overall complexion, this does just that and more. It not only deflects harmful UV rays (thanks to fine strobe pearl particles), but also colour corrects, brightens and preps skin for makeup application. Besides that, it even contains sodium hyaluronate, which is a vitamin C derivative and a Pure Nuance Complex containing various fruit extracts such as hydrolysed prune extract to suppress skin darkening and inhibit melanin production. Passionflower fruit extract then soothes, calms and reduces puffiness while rosa roxburghii fruit extract slows down skin ageing and treats redness caused by UV damage. For an even (non-patchy) finish: Biore UV Watery Essence, $18.90
The improved version now comes equipped with a micro defense UV formula, which contains micro UV protection capsules — 1/500th smaller than its previous iteration. It then creates an even film that covers tiny gaps on the skin that may get protected, leaving no room for UV rays to cut through the skin. For those living in an urban jungle: Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel, $56
Many of us living in hotter climates tend to shy away from applying SPF as it might leave our skin feeling sticky or greasy. If that is one of your main concerns, then you need to try this gel-type sunscreen. Besides its weightless, gel-based formula, it is equipped with a Pollution-Protecting Technology that forms a protective barrier on the skin to prevent oxidative stress (which may lead to inflammation, unwanted breakouts and accelerated skin ageing) caused by environmental factors, prominent in any urban jungle. Vitamin E is also infused to neutralise skin-damaging free radicals, offer antioxidant protection and hydrate. For intense anti-ageing care: Soleil Toujours Extreme UV Mineral Sunscreen SPF 45, $100, Sephora
This anti-ageing mineral sunscreen provides superior high-level SPF coverage for intense sun exposure suitable for matured skin. It also has a thicker consistency and is made with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to provide natural protection from UVA and UVB rays that cause long-term cell damage and burning.