If you told a beauty writer that you don't put on sunscreen everyday, she'd probably scream in horror. Why? Because protecting your skin with a good sunscreen before you step out of the house is a must, together with the two other important steps in your skincare routine – cleansing and moisturising.
Exposure to UV rays not only increases the risk of skin cancer, it causes premature ageing and hyperpigmentation, among other undesirable skin issues in the long run. That's why it's important to shield yourself from these damaging UV rays with a good sunscreen even if you can't see or feel the adverse effects of the sun rays on a day-to-day basis. Plus, you only need one good sunscreen that you should reapply every two to three hours (if you're wearing makeup, try these sunscreen mists that you can use to top up your sun protection). Here are our winning picks for the best sunscreens for this year's Her World Beauty Awards.
Best sunscreen (Department/Speciality Store)
Editor's and Readers' Choice: Shiseido Global Suncare Perfect UV Protector SPF50+/PA++++, $59
This long-lasting sunscreen’s level of protection increases with exposure to water, making it perfect for the beach and outdoor sports.
Best sunscreen (Drugstore)
Editor's and Readers' Choice: Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF50+/PA++++, $39.90
Despite being resistant to water, sweat and sand, and having a high SPF, this milky formula feels very light, non-greasy and comfortable.