Protection Against the Sun: Importance of Sunscreen

Protection Against the Sun: Importance of Sunscreen

Experiencing high levels of UV radiation of six to nine on the daily maximum UV Index year-round, it is shocking to realize that many citizens have not developed a “Sunscreen Culture” to protect themselves regularly.

UV rays come in two forms: UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are most commonly associated with skin aging that causes fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots that make skin look prematurely older. UVB rays are the ones most commonly associated with sunburns.

Between 2013 and 2018, Singapore saw a sharp rise of 60 percent in new skin cancer patients under the age of 50. Of the 92 newly diagnosed cases of skin cancer seen in 2018, about 17 percent were under 50.

With temperatures hitting as high as 34 degrees Celsius this month, slapping on some sunblock is unquestionable in protecting ourselves from such a possibility!

Sunscreen is an effective protective agent against damage from the sun’s powerful rays for all ages, genders, and skin types. Regular application lessens the chance of developing skin cancer in adulthood and rapid skin aging.

Here is the list of five sunscreen products that can do just that!


  1. LA ROCHE-POSAY Anthelios XL Smooth Lotion SPF 50+ 100mlImage Credit: La Roche-Posay

Water-resistant, paraben-free and tested under dermatological control, this cream lotion is perfect and safe for normal, combi and sensitive/sun-intolerant skin types. Containing 100 milliliters, the product provides very high protection for both face and body from the rays with an SPF of 50+. A new filter system comprised of a combination of Mexoryl® SX and XL alongside Senna Alata extracts naturally protects the Skin’s cells from damage.

This velvety formulation works to moisturize the skin and keep it feeling comfortable. With an easy glide formulation that ensures trouble-free application, the skin feels unburdened and luminous which is ideal for everyday wear.

Retailed in Guardian and Watsons outlets, the sunscreen product is priced at approximately SGD36.90.


  1. SHISEIDO Global Suncare Perfect UV Protector

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To all water-sports players, this is your perfect go-to sunscreen choice. Providing powerful protection for your skin, this innovative protective veil becomes more effective in the applied area when exposed to water for 15 minutes due to its WetForce technology.

This unique Japanese-brand product includes beneficial ingredients to help prevent skin dryness and oxidation. Ideal for water and non-water activities, it provides high sun protection, yet is comfortable and gentle on the skin.

Made available at all Sephora stores, the Shiseido product is retailed at SGD59.


  1. CETAPHIL UVA/UVB Defense 50ml

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Well-loved for its commodities for compromising skin types such as atopic eczema, acne, and sensitive skin, Cetaphil released another skin product for UV protection. Suitable for anyone with any skin-type including atopic eczema patients, the formula aims to protect users from both forms of UV to maximize protection.

Broad spectrum UVA & UVB filters at the highest scientific standards (UVA28) alongside Licochalcone A which is a powerful antioxidant to provide the 3rd dimension of protection at the cellular level, the water-resistant and hypoallergenic product is a must-have for everyone who wants the highest protection.

This product is sold at Watsons and Guardian stores at SGD35.90.


  1. BEVY C Perfect UV Sunscreen SPF50

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All-weather, refreshing and non-sticky, sweatproof and waterproof sunscreen, this can be used for everyday activities and outdoor sports when you’re out under the beating sun. Filtering out UVA/UVB rays with SPF50 and PA++++, this product is comprehensive and effective in protection.

This sunscreen has skincare benefits from premier herbal extracts which soothe and repairs sun-exposed skin, condition and regulates sebum secretion. Gentle and hypoallergenic, this is suitable for sensitive skin.

The Bevy C Perfect UV Sunscreen SPF50 is available at its beauty counters in Tangs, Isetan and Metro. It can also be purchased on Zalora. It retails for SGD61.


  1. MURAD City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF50

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Protect. Brighten. Correct. The slogan says it all. With 100% mineral broad spectrum PA++++ and SPF50 using Environmental Protection Technology, this sunscreen protects the skin from UVA/UVB rays, brightens skin and corrects discoloration caused by the sun or its environment.

The uniqueness of this product is that Murad doesn’t just protect skin from UVA/UVB rays, it even shields skin from 82% of infrared radiation, 96% of pollution, and 52% of blue light that is most often emitted from your devices.

The Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF50 is available at selected Sephora outlets such as Tampines 1, Great World City, and Bugis +. It is also available at all Robinsons beauty counters and retails for SGD112.


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