Sunscreen isn’t just for beach holidays. Harmful UVA and UVB rays — which cause hyperpigmentation, premature ageing and skin cancer — are everywhere. Here are your daily sun protection options.
1 — The Good Alchemist’s Skin Invisible Defense SPF75 (Php1,500) is a plant-based, probiotic-infused, broad spectrum sunscreen that feels featherlight and disappears into your skin. It’s made for sensitive skin and is reef-friendly, too. goodalchemist.com
2 — A’pieu’s Pure Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF50 PA+++ (Php495) is a current fave on K-beauty best lists for its excellent UV protection, moisturizing qualities, zero white cast and affordable price. Available A’pieu boutiques at SM Megamall and Landmark Trinoma, or at IG: @apieuph
3 — Belo’s Sun Expert Ultra Gentle Sheer Spray SPF50 PA+++ (Php539.75) is non-sticky, quick-drying and formulated to be safe even for children’s delicate skin. This hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested sunscreen provides UVA/UVB protection, strengthens the skin’s defense system, and protects against premature skin ageing. Available at supermarkets, department stores, and health and beauty stores nationwide; IG: @belosunexpert
4 — Stoa’s Face Oil #3, with sampaguita, gumamela and ylang ylang (Php480) is an aromatic, all-natural makeup primer infused with jasmine oil for its healing properties, and hibiscus oil for protection from UV rays and pollutants. Pat gently onto skin, before applying sunscreen, to quicken absorption. stoa-studios.com
5 — Happy Skin’s Ready to Glow Anti E-Aging Powder Foundation (Php1,299), made with Japanese blue-light shield technology, protects the skin from blue light and radiation from electronic devices, and acts as a sun-to-screen filter with its broad-spectrum SPF25 PA++ component. Its paraben-free formula also keeps you shine-free for up to 12 hours. Available at boutiques at major malls nationwide, or at happyskincosmetics.com
6 — Happy Skin’s Lip Mallow (Php549) is an intensely pigmented matte lip mousse that combines anti-inflammatory marshmallow extract, softening cranberry seed oil, and SPF15 to protect the skin from sun damage and lip darkening. Available in eight shades (seen here: Naked). Available at boutiques at major malls nationwide, or at happyskincosmetics.com
7 — A’pieu’s Madecassoside Sun Cream SPF39 PA++ (Php595) is a hypoallergenic, mild and lightweight sunscreen perfect for acne-prone and sensitive skin. Madecassoside, centella asiatica leaf water and other natural minerals provide a physical barrier, while also soothing skin irritated by environmental stressors. Available at boutiques at SM Megamall and Landmark Trinoma; IG: @apieuph
Q: What’s the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens?
Chemical sunscreens work like a sponge, absorbing the sun’s rays. They contain one or more of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. These formulations tend to be easier to rub into the skin, without leaving white residue.
Physical sunscreens, which are more suitable for sensitive skin, work like a shield — they sit on the skin’s surface and deflect UV rays. These products would contain the active ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.