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10 Sunscreens That Are Perfect For Singapore’s Hot And Humid Weather

These foil-proof and long lasting sunscreens are perfect for the sweltering equatorial heat.

Who doesn’t love the convenience of a durable beauty product that will protect your skin against the damaging effects of UV exposure, all the while balancing skin’s moisture and sebum levels so your skin is always in tip-top condition as you alternate between the scorching heat and chilly air-conditioning? Now with these long-lasting sunscreens that offer strong protection, the pipe dream is now a reality. Perfect for everyday wear, these are powerful, resilient and lightweight lotions that boast durability and do a great job at staying on the skin for a good while – offering protection against the sun, pollutant particles and dehydration.

Shiseido Global Suncare Perfect UV Protector SPF 50+ PA++++, $59
This innovative sunscreen is the skin’s best defence against harmful ultraviolet rays and free radicals. With its patented WetForce technology, it  reacts to surrounding moisture to reinforce sunscreen properties. This means that even through perspiration or water sports, your skin remains adequately shielded against the sun’s harmful rays. This revolutionary formula also contains SuperVeil-UV 360, which ensures an even veil on skin’s surface for ample coverage so you can rest assure that your skin is thoroughly protected. Suitable for the face and body, all you have to do is apply once in the morning and forget you even have it on. Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen, $65
Specially formulated without potentially harmful chemicals like parabens, sulfates and phthalates, this mineral sunscreen not only fends of harmful UV rays but also shields skin against infrared radiation, pollutant particles and blue light emitted from electronic devices. In addition, it improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of fine lines and pigmentation, thanks to a blend of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory ingredients and humectants. It also has a soft peach tint which leaves skin with a natural radiance instantly. Orbis UV Cut Sunscreen On Face Light SPF 34 PA+++, $18
Despite its feather-light texture, this tinted sunscreen provides all-round protection against UVA and UVB rays, infrared radiation and even minute air pollutant particles that are invisible to the human eye. On top of its water- and sweat-resistant properties, it contains Hybrid Airy Powder which blurs the appearance of skin imperfections for a soft-focus finish. The subtly tinted formula is also enriched with Beauty Serum to lock in moisture and complement Asian skin tones for a healthy glow. Medicube Red Sunblock, $40
Made with 100% physical sunscreen filters, this certified hypoallergenic formula is suitable for all skin types—even the super sensitive ones. Conforming to the highest certification standards in Korea, this ultra-mild sunscreen is also formulated with Centella Asiatica extract (known for accelerating cellular repair) and Madecassoside, and boasts a powerful SPF 50+ PA++++ protection. Plus, factor in a non-sticky formula and a comfortable matte finish and you’ve got an indispensible product on hand. Bioderma Photoderm Max Aquafluide SPF 50+, $39.90
By activating the skin’s natural defences through its Cellular Bioprotection technology, this sunscreen protects forms a sheer protective cocoon over the most fragile and sun-intolerant skin. Made without fragrances and parabens, it is also non-comedogenic, leave a dry-touch finish and keeps excess shine at bay for a smooth and matte complexion. CNP Laboratory Tone Up Protection Sun SPF 42 PA+++, $47.20
Containing physical UV filters like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, this deflects hazardous ultraviolet rays without feeling thick or sticky. Moreover, it also contains pearl powder which brightens the complexion and regulates sebum production while deep sea water infuses skin with minerals and amino acids to lock in moisture so smoother, plumper skin throughout the day.| Avène Very High Protection Emulsion SPF 50+, $49.90
Thanks to the brand’s expertise in suncare, this formula contains a synergistic blend of photo-protective complexes and actives, enabling the chemical filters used in it to be kept to a minimum. What does this all mean? Simply put, the formula is 100% photostable and doesn’t break down under UV exposure to irritate the skin. Meanwhile, a host of soothing ingredients like vitamin E and Avène’s Thermal Spring Water reduces irritation for healthy skin. The product also comes in an airless pump tube to dispense just the right amount of product, minimising wastage and preventing contamination. Its silky texture leaves a satiny, matte finish, hence making it ideal for those with shine-prone skin as well. Eucerin Sun Lotion Extra Light SPF 50+, $32
Perfect for use on the body, this water-resistant formula ensures that you are amply protected from head to toe throughout the day. Furthermore, it is infused with Licochalcone A, a powerful antioxidant which offers UV protection at a cellular level to prevent DNA damage. While it packs powerful UV protection, it remains mild enough to be suitable for even those with compromised skin barrer, like those with atopic eczema. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 50+, $49.90
Battling a shiny T-zone is a daily challenge for most of us, even for those with dry skin. Which explains why this quick-dry, mattifying sunscreen is a hit, even amongst the most demanding of beauty editors. This sunscreen does a valiant job of fighting the signs of hyperpigmentation and offers optimal UVA and UVB rays protection, even in extreme sunshine intensity. Tested under dermatological control, it is formulated sans fragrances and parabens, and is non-comedogenic, making it the go-to choice for all skin types, especially those with extremely sensitive skin or oily skin. Heliocare Silk Gel SPF 30, $27.28
For those with acne-prone skin, finding a sunscreen that combines powerful UV protection, sebum-regulating properties and keeps skin moisturised is an uphill task. Enter Heliocare Silk Gel SPF 30, an innovative sunscreen that boasts a cooling gel texture that absorbs rapidly without any stickiness or greasiness. It also gets bonus points for containing anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory ingredients to keep blemishes at bay while ensuring that skin is amply protected, down to the cellular level.