The beauty trend that’s more dependable than your LBD.
Quick: name the #1 skincare thing you reach for everyday to look gorgeous.
What are the chances you named your sunscreen? ……….Yeah, you’re not alone. Sunscreen is the calcium tablet in our morning routine, aka: something we all should be taking but always seem to forget for something more flashy and exciting (oh, why hello there new bronzer palette).
#1 reason I didn’t bother for the longest time? In Singapore, sunscreen feels so heavy and sticky AND I have to reapply it every 3-5 hours? No thank you, I’ll just stick to cute hats. But this behavior changed a few years ago because:
- I really didn’t look that cute in hats.
- As I aged, my cute-in-my-early 20s freckles across my cheeks had evolved into distinctive sunspots, ala my 93-year old grandma. No diss on my grandma but I am NOT going for the 93-year old chic look (yet).
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Hence, my year long journey to find the holy grail of sunscreen:
- Light and not-itch-inducing on sensitive skin
- Works effectively
- Can be bought in Singapore easily
As for point #2, it’s easier said than done. Reams of consumer reports have come out over the years that a lot of the sunscreens on the market actually aren’t that effective for sun protection and a large amount of them contained worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone (which is a hormone disrupter, ew). Check out reports from actual authorities).
But never fear: I have done the trail-and-error research and I present to you my top two and honorary mention third option for best SPF facial creams:
EltaMD Facial Sunscreen SPF 46; S$46
This is my gold-standard daily facial SPF and I’m not alone in that assessment: It’s got almost 3,000 positive reviews on Amazon. Its consistency feels more like a facial moisturizer and formulated for those with skin sensitivities (like acne and rosacea). It’s also a great make-up primer.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios line of facial sunscreen; S$25-60 depending on size
This French drugstore staple consistently tops tons of lists as the best facial sunscreen out there. I find the formula a little more ‘sunscreen’-like but I reach for the water-proof version whenever I’m headed to the beach or need something to stand against some major sweating.
Glossier Invisible Shield; S$58.40
Full disclosure: I haven’t used this yet but can’t wait to try. Since this dropped late this spring, those–in–the–know have been raving about how this sunscreen gel (Yes, gel! Perfect for cooling our faces in steamy Singers) is a game changer. Someone try this out and let me know what you think: [email protected]
Have other brands you love that can survive our daily sweat-fest! Share please!
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See what others have to say about Clearly Basics.
@amysacnehealing Yes I know the lighting is different but look at the difference in the texture 😍. Yes I still have acne, that hasn’t gone away however…the fact that my texture has improved has increased my confidence so much. I really do believe this is all down to @clearlybasics I’ve been using their power duo for about 3 weeks and I’ve noticed such a difference in the size of my acne spots…my face doesn’t hurt as much nor is as itchy as it was.
I would definitely recommend giving them a whirl it’s the only products that I can honestly say has made any difference to my skin. The difference it has made in 3 weeks is fab!
@xx.tonilumsden This is me 5 weeks into my skincare journey with @clearlybasics.
5 weeks ago, 5 months ago, and even 5 years ago, I had lost all hope for my skin and appearance. Now I have regained that hope and positivity because I know that I am using amazing skincare products by @clearlybasics that actually do work without being harsh on my skin.
Just because you feel like nothing is working doesn’t mean you should give up on hope.
@megandownes Amazing!! Never have I found a brand that is so gentle on my skin but works wonders. The lighten up is the best thing for redness, the difference in just one day on my pictures below. Can’t recommend enough, especially for hormonal acne. Thank you Clearly!
@pimpledgirl The 1st week was amazed! Fascinating skin texture, there were no stinging. The 2nd week were pretty same. The 3rd week – purging starred – bumpy skin, redness. The 4th week – same but I added #ProtectiveMoisturiser either from @clearlybasics and in three days redness was reduced. The 5-6th weeks – skin smoother, less red, breaking out badly. The 7-8th week – is it my skin? not red (even after washing as it used to be).
I’d say the amount of pustules has been reduced in 85%. I still have some tiny-tiny pimples and will keep going with mu treatment. • Honestly I’m very grateful to Clearly Basics • I’ll keep you updated.
@amynuramira I have been struggling with acne for 10 years. This is by far the best product. I started out with brown pigmentation (acne marks) and a lot of tiny bumps of acne on my forehead, cheek and nose (kind of like sand paper). As soon as I started the Clear Out and Lighten Up, my acne bumps got smaller and smaller. My brown pigmentation began turning lighter (reddish pinkish).
Initially, when I started using it, I didn’t really get a ‘purge’ it was just a small amount of break outs which went away in a few weeks. Now my hormonal break outs are not as terrible as before, they still appear but barely noticeable. My skin is acne-free, pigmentation are still there but they’ve improved tremendously!
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