Make it a non-negotiable in your routine!
Being holed up at home 24/7 for another chapter of every alteration of quarantine possible doesn’t give us an excuse to skip sunscreen. Sun protection on the daily is as essential as it is to wear masks—although with it, the dreaded, inevitable maskne. Wearing SPF religiously helps protect the skin from intense UV rays, delays skin aging and even decreases the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
Sunscreen is easily the most essential step to your skincare routine. There’s really no point in following a daily regimen if you skip the step. A broad-spectrum sunscreen stops the sun’s UV rays from damaging your skin, which can further penetrate deeper into skin and wreak long-lasting havoc. Need more convincing? Applying product on the daily helps brighten dull skin (see: pesky hyperpigmentation) and evens out one’s skin tone.
So if there’s one popular beauty trend that we hope stays, it’s the continuous emphasis on the importance of sunscreen and sun protection. From the two-finger method to constant hacks on reapplying over makeup, many tips and tricks continue to flood our TikTok For You Pages. The added plus to all of these? An abundance of peer-reviewed products and holy grails tested by brave souls. After all, experimenting with skincare products isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But thanks to those who do and share their candid reviews on the internet for us to see, we know which ones to cop.
Need some product recommendations you can easily add to cart? Plus a solid direction on where to get these TikTok-approved products? Read ahead!
Fairy Skin Premium Brightening Sunscreen SPF50+/PA+++ (P190/50g)
Local influencers and beauty gurus often rave about the Fairy Skin Premium Brightening Sunscreen, most especially as it doubles as a makeup primer. It’s lightweight and doesn’t leave any white cast. Aside from effective UV filters, the sunscreen also contains centella asiatica, an ingredient that lessens inflammation and improves hydration. With a price of P190, it looks too good to be true. But science says otherwise, as the DAISO Ultraviolet Transmittance Analyzer SPF Report discovered that the product actually offers SPF 70.
Get your own bottle of Fairy Skin Premium Brightening Sunscreen on Shopee.
Canmake Tokyo Mermaid Skin Gel UV, SPF50+/PA++++ (P710)
This J-beauty brand got its popularity for its whimsical packaging, reliability and somewhat affordable price points. Safe to say that this brand’s foray into skincare, specifically sun protection products, lives up to the hype. The Canmake Tokyo Mermaid Skin Gel UV, with SPF 50, is alcohol and fragrance-free, making it a pleasant product to put on your face. While the sunscreen appears white when it lands on your fingertips, it doesn’t leave any white cast once it dries and seeps deeper into the skin. This makes one product best for all skin types!
Belo SunExpert Face Cover SPF 40+/PA++++ (P375)
Another local brand making waves in the realm of sun protection products is Belo with its SunExpert series. One of the most popular products out of the bunch is their Face Cover sunscreen. A physical sunscreen packed with UV-filters, this product offers broad-spectrum protection and almost leaves little to no white cast. A word of caution before copping: as this sunscreen boasts to be waterproof, apply it onto dry skin lest you want the product to sit over your skin instead of seeping inward.
AHC Natural Perfection Fresh Sun Stick SPF50+ PA++++, (P514/22g)
For the lazy sunscreen buffs always on-the-go, another go-to sun protection product is the AHC Natural Perfection Fresh Sun Stick. Alcohol-free and made with natural ingredients, such as green tea extract and centella asiatica, this also aims to sooth the skin. The product easily glides on for a creamy finish. Many people recommend using this when re-applying SPF throughout the day as it’s handy to have on you. The only downside to this is the fact that it’s clear, which requires a little more extra care to achieve an even application.
P.S. This sun stick is BTS-approved too.
Shop the AHC Natural Perfection Fresh Sun Stick on Lazada.
Oxecure Acne Sunscreen SPF50+/PA++++ (P109/packet)
Whether you’re indoors having another hour-long Zoom meeting for work or outdoors for a safe, socially distant trip for essentials, you’ll never miss to wear sunscreen with Oxecure’s new Acne Sunscreen created in a convenient packet. It’s a physical sunscreen formulated with powerhouse UV filters, Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, which doesn’t leave a white cast, making it friendly for all skin tones. Best of all, it's lightweight, oil-free and fragrance-free!
SNAILWHITE CC Sunscreen SPF50+/PA+++ (P109/6ml, P995/50ml)
Protect your skin all-day long with SNAILWHITE’s sun-shielding glow duo! For the face, SNAILWHITE CC Sunscreen (available in packet size, too) features both chemical and physical UV filters to effectively protect skin from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Formulated with Snail Mucin and Alpine Edelweiss Flower extract, it targets premature fine lines and winkles, nourishes skin and prevents dark spots.
SNAILWHITE Body Booster SPF30/PA+++ (P139/50ml, P449/350ml)
For a moisturizing body lotion-sunscreen duo, the SNAILWHITE Body Booster SPF30/PA+++ is a must-have. Its broad spectrum protection filters blue light and 97% of UVA and UVB rays to defend against long-term skin damage. It’s crafted with the signature SNAILWHITE Potion blended with actives such as Niacinamide, Ceramide, Astaxanthin and Centella Asiatica Extract to fade dark spots, strengthen moisture barrier and soothe irritated skin.
Manyo Factory Our Vegan Sun Cream Cica (P744)
Press reset on your sensitive skin with the Manyo Factory Our Vegan Sun Cream Cica, a gentle yet effective mineral-based, vegan sunscreen formulated with centella asiatica that comforts and soothes stressed skin. It’s fast-absorbing and moist, relieving skin of dehydration. Best of all, it provides a matte finish, great for the warm weather.
Shop the Manyo Factory Our Vegan Sun Cream Cica on Shopee.
AXIS-Y Physical Sunscreen SPF50+ (P849)
Hate the feeling of greasy sunscreen and the look of white cast? The nourishing AXIS-Y Physical Sunscreen, available on Seek Space, is lightweight, non-sticky and doesn’t look like anything on skin. It’s non-comedogenic, fragrance-free and works well under makeup, too! Formulated with Mugwort, it calms acne with its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Shop the AXIS-Y Physical Sunscreen SPF50+ on Shopee.
Have any product recommendations for summer? Leave them in the comments below!
Art Matthew Ian Fetalver