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These Are The Sunscreens That Don't Just Protect Your Skin From UV Rays

With the advancements in technology and the rise in pollution, a sunscreen that only protects your skin from UV rays simply isn't enough. Here, the ones that do just that and more (read: protects against pollution, radiation and blue light).
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#1: Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel, $56
Besides its weightless, gel-based formula that works perfectly for those living in humid climates, this is made 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. #2: Guerlain Abeille Royale Skin Defense, $114
Said to protect skin against four light waves (UVA, UVB, blue light and infrared), this is formulated with the brand’s Abeille Royale Technology, which deploys a double biological and physical action, offering a protective shield and collagen booster. A combined action of antioxidants and a mineral filter pigment protects skin from oxidative damage induced by blue light and infrared rays. #3: Hera Sun Mate Protector SPF50+ PA+++, $50
Not your basic sunscreen, this uses a Control of UV Trap (CUT) System, which blocks and removes free radical damage caused by UV rays. It also contains water hyacinth extract to protect the skin against pollutants such as yellow dust and purifies skin. #4: Three Balancing UV PRotector R, $66
Patchouli oil (found in this product) is known to have anti-inflammatory and whitening properties to boost skin’s radiance. Additionally, this sunscreen helps to protect skin from blue light (light emitted from technological devices which can cause harmful effects) and even slows down the production of melanin. #5: Lancome UV Expert Tone Up Milk, $95
With a lightweight, non-sticky texture, this instantly brightens the complexion 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. #6: The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Super Perfect Sun, $17
This lightweight, hydrating sunscreen protects skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays and also features an anti-pollution function. #7: Shu Uemura Stage Performer Block:Booster, $65
This prevents the adhesion of pollution particles to complexions and even boosts skin’s moisture levels. It also helps to correct dull and uneven skin tones so you can easily skip using a primer. #8: Cle de Peau Beaute UV Protective Cream, $165
This is infused with a host of powerful ingredients like vitamin C and wild thyme extract to prevent oxidation and protect skin against the effects of constant sun exposure. Asian ginseng extract improves skin’s elasticity while hyaluronic acid plumps and hydrates. #9: Fancl Sunguard 50+ Protect UV Sunscreen, $50
This reformulated sunscreen now comes with increased protection against a wider spectrum of photoageing light rays like blue light and a new lightweight, skin-smoothing formula that even helps prep skin for makeup application.