SPOT.ph Picks: The Best Sunscreens for Face and Body

Never, ever skip the sunscreen!

(SPOT.ph) The blistering summer heat is a slap-in-the-face reminder that you should never, ever, ever skip the sunscreen…unless you want to subject yourself to skin-aging and a higher risk of skin cancer—and nobody wants that, right? While it’s good practice to apply sunscreen every day before doing your makeup, you should also remember that you have to reapply every two hours, no matter how high your sunscreen's SPF. And since the skin is the largest organ of the human body, you must treat the rest of it with the same care you give your face.

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There are three kinds of ultraviolet rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC. The UVA rays are responsible for skin-aging and they can penetrate through windows, which is why it’s important to apply sunscreen even when you’re staying indoors. UVB rays, on the other hand, are the rays that cause your skin to burn but cannot penetrate glass. So when you get sunburnt at the beach, the UVB rays are to blame (and maybe your lack of SPF application). Finally, the UVC rays—which don’t get much attention—are actually the deadliest and most damaging type of radiation…and this is why we should pay more attention to our ozone layer (which is sadly getting depleted) because it’s the only thing that’s preventing UVC rays from reaching the earth’s surface. 

Now that you know all about the dangers of not putting on sunscreen, here are some terms you should look for when buying sunscreen: SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and it shields skin from UVB rays, meaning it protects the skin from burning. PA+ indicates the protection grade against the UVA rays, which means the more + signs you see, the higher protection you get from skin-aging. Finally, sunscreens with Broad Spectrum protect skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

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If you’ve committed the number-one skin sin multiple times and are now shaken to the core about the negative effects the ultraviolet rays have on your skin, then our job here is almost done.

Below, we list the best sunscreens for your face and for your body:

UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel (P532) from Biore

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A cult-favorite among skincare junkies, Biore's UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel boasts a rich yet lightweight formula that feels just like water on the skin. It has SPF 50 and PA++++, which means it provides maximum protection from both UVA and UVB rays. The best part is that they've reformulated the sunscreen so it doesn't leave an annoying white cast. It can be used for both the face and body, but we recommend using this variant for the body because of its thicker consistency. For the face, we suggest using Biore's Aqua Rich Watery Essence with SPF 50 and PA++++, which is lighter than the Watery Gel variant.

Available at Watsons, BeautyMNL, and Lazada.

Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel (P2,100/30ml; P3,100/60ml) from Kiehl’s

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Perfect for everyday use, Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel is specially formulated for humid conditions so that it doesn't clog pores or make your skin feel greasy. It contains SPF 50 with PA++++ plus it's also anti-pollution, which is great for those who are always out in the city. The best part is it promises to protect you for up to eight hours so you won't have to keep reapplying every two hours. Though if you're a lot like us, we'd be reapplying all throughout the day just for good measure.

See a list of Kiehl’s stores.

Invisible Shield SPF 35 (P1,900) from Glossier

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Glossier's Invisible Shield is a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has a clear watery gel formula easily absorbed by the skin. If you hate anything that's sticky or leaves residue on the surface of your skin, this might just be the perfect sunscreen for you. In fact, it claims to be the "sunscreen for people who hate wearing sunscreen." An added bonus is that it neutralizes harmful radicals, preventing skin from pollutants that can cause acne and more skin problems.

Available at Today’s Skin.

Sun Protect & Moisture Face Cream SPF 50 (P359) from Nivea

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This sunscreen from Nivea has SPF 50 with PA++ and has a moisturizing formula perfect for those with dry skin. It has a non-sticky formula that's also water-resistant, so you won't have to worry about your sunscreen sliding around when you jump into the pool or the ocean. 

Available at leading drugstores and department stores nationwide.

Reef-Safe Sunscreen SPF 50 (P599) from Magwai

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If you're planning to swim with the whale sharks or go snorkeling, make sure you use a sunscreen that's ocean-friendly and effective. This one from Magwai is a reef-friendly, all-natural sunscreen that's water- and sweat-resistant, so you're protected even when you explore the ocean. The best part is, it's locally produced and eco-friendly because they also recycle empty sunscreen bottles.

Available online.

Sun SPF 30 Face and Body Lotion (P1,750) from Nuxe

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Nuxe's sunscreen is popular for its silky-smooth finish, non-greasy texture, and addicting scents of sweet orange, tahitian gardenia, and vanilla. Apart from protecting skin against the sun's harmful rays, it also helps minimize the appearance of dark spots. Plus, it's water-resistant so it won't wash away once you step into the ocean.

Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source, BeautyMNL, and Zalora.

Shorties Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 (P1,125) from Sun Bum

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This broad-spectrum sunscreen from Sun Bum is enriched with vitamin E which nourishes the skin and neutralizes free radicals, protecting skin from pollutants. Its lightweight formula leaves zero shine plus it's formulated to be water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Available at Beauty Bar and BeautyMNL.

Armada Sport 70 (P2,700) from VMV Hypoallergenics

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If you spend a lot of time outdoors and live an active lifestyle, VMV Hypoallergenics' Armada Sport 70 is the perfect sunscreen for you. The broad-spectrum sunscreen is packed with SPF 70, protecting your skin from skin-aging and burning. The sunscreen creates a "barrier film" which feels like second skin, making sure you're protected in- and out- of water while under the blistering heat.

See a list of VMV Hypoallergenics stores.

Transparent Mist SPF 50 PA+++ 100mL (P459.75) from Belo SunExpert

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Belo SunExpert's Transparent Mist provides broad-spectrum protection that's formulated to be non-sticky, quick-absorbant, and water-resistant. We love how it has a nice cooling effect and that it comes in a spray bottle so it's easy to apply to hard-to-reach areas. It also has Belo's Cell Protect® Technology, which claims to strengthen the skin's defense system and prevent premature skin-aging.

Available at Watsons, SM Department Stores, and Belo clinics.

Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50 (P1,079) Supergoop!

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This fast-absorbing sunscreen from Supergoop! is a well-loved product thanks to its lightweight and moisturizing formula, not to mention its broad-spectrum protection. Plus, it leaves a lovely scent of citrus, basil, and bois de rose so you'll want to keep reapplying this all day!

Available at Sephora.ph.

Anthelios Melt-In Sunscreen Milk SPF 60 (P3,700) from La Roche-Posay

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La Roche-Posay's Anthelios Melt-In Sunscreen Milk really melts into your skin, thanks to its non-greasy and fast-absorbing texture. This broad-spectrum sunscreen can be used all over your face and body, perfect for days on the beach or by the pool—it's water-resistant for up to 80 minutes!

Available at Lazada.

Max 75++ Clear Spray Sunblock Extreme with UVA and UVB Protection (P329.40) from Beach Hut

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This spray-type sunscreen from Beach Hut makes it easy to apply all over the body. Its clear formula leaves skin with a gorgeous glow that's not annoyingly greasy. It's also sweat-proof and waterproof, so your skin stays protected even when you're in the water.

Available at Watsons, SM Department Stores, and Robinsons Department Stores.

Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50 (P568) from Neutrogena

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Formulated with aloe vera, this sunscreen from Neutrogena soothes and refreshes skin, making sure it gets the moisture it needs all while protecting you from the harmful UV rays. You'll love how it absorbs quickly and feels like nothing on the skin.

Available at Watsons, SM Department Stores, and Robinsons Department Stores.

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