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Sunscreen Comparison & Recommendations 2024!

Shopping Guide / Updated date 14-02-2024


Sunscreen Comparison & Recommendations 2024!

Sunscreen is an indispensable skincare product for all seasons. It is even more effective at protecting the skin and preventing sunburns and tanning when engaging in outdoor activities. Sunscreen also protects the skin from UV damage, preventing issues li

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Physical Sunscreen vs. Chemical Sunscreen

In the market, sunscreen products are generally categorized into three types based on the active sunscreen ingredients: physical, chemical, and hybrid (physical + chemical).

What is Physical Sunscreen?

Physical sunscreens contain mineral ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These physical sunscreen particles form a protective barrier on the skin's surface, reflecting, scattering, and refracting UV rays to reduce the risk of sunburn.

Physical sunscreen ingredients are relatively gentle, as the skin does not absorb them, reducing the chances of skin irritation. However, physical sunscreens tend to have a thicker, more opaque texture, which may leave a white cast or unnatural appearance on the skin when applied.
 

What is Chemical Sunscreen?

Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing UV rays and converting them into heat energy, which is then released, reducing the damage to the skin.

The main chemical sunscreen ingredients are avobenzone, oxybenzone, and octocrylene. Although they have a lighter, more refreshing texture, some chemical sunscreens like oxybenzone can potentially penetrate the skin and affect the bloodstream or hormones. Octocrylene also has a high potential for skin irritation. Pregnant women and children should avoid using chemical sunscreens.
 

Sunscreen Shopping Tips:

I'm sure you all know that SPF and PA values are indicators when purchasing sunscreen products. Do you know what SPF and PA values represent?

1. Sun Protect Factor (SPF)

The SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is the international standard for measuring a sunscreen's efficacy in blocking UVB rays. The higher the SPF number, the longer the sunscreen can delay the skin from burning or reddening.

The Consumer Council suggests that SPF 50 sunscreens can already block 98% of UVB rays. Sunscreens with SPF above 50 may contain higher concentrations of sunscreen agents, which could potentially clog pores and increase the risk of skin sensitivity.


(Source: Consumer Council)

2. PA Value

Besides the SPF factor, the PA value is also a reference indicator. The PA sun protection system is more commonly used in Asian countries and regions as a UVA (ultraviolet A) protection indicator, mainly using "+" to represent the protection efficacy. The more "+" symbols, the longer the time it takes to tan.

  Delay Tanning Time
PA+ 2 to 4 times
PA++ 4 to 8 times
PA+++ 8 to 16 times
PA++++ More than 16 times
 

3. UVAPF

In Europe and the US, UVAPF (Ultraviolet A Protection Factor) is commonly used to indicate UVA protection efficacy. If a sunscreen product has "Broad Spectrum UVA Protection" or "UVA Protection" labeling, it means the UVAPF is at least one-third of the SPF value.

4. Additional Features

Many sunscreen products on the market boast additional features like face tinting and water resistance. You can choose products based on your skin condition or intended use - for water activities, opt for water-resistant sunscreens.

How Often Should You Reapply Sunscreen?

For prolonged outdoor activities, it's recommended to reapply sunscreen every 2-3 hours to prevent the loss of sunscreen molecules through sweat or skin oil, which can lead to sunburns and tanning.

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Consumer Council Sunscreen Report

In 2020, the Consumer Council tested 30 sunscreen lotions and creams, 14 of which claimed an SPF of 30-50, and 16 claimed an SPF of 50+. Over 80% of the samples did not meet the stated SPF value! If you want adequate sun protection, consider the 6 sunscreens that received the Consumer Council's top ratings:

Consumer Council Top-Rated Sunscreens:

  • Bioderma Photoderm MAX
  • Chanel UV Essential Protection Globale Complete Protection UV Pollution
  • Nivea Protect & Refresh Sun Lotion SPF50
  • Vichy Ideal Soleil Ultra-Refreshing Sunscreen Cream
  • Cancer Council AU- Sensitive Sunscreen
  • Seba Med Multi Protect Sun Lotion

Face/Body Sunscreen Recommendations 2024

1. Shiseido ANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF50+ PA++++

Shiseido資生堂的ANESSA 完美UV防曬乳液相信大家都不陌生,是不敗的防曬產品之一!ANESSA 完美UV防曬乳防曬系數達SPF50+及PA++++,更利用創新超防水科技,十分適合在戶外使用!
Everyone is familiar with Shiseido 's ANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk, it is one of the unbeatable sunscreen products! ANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Lotion has SPF50+ and PA++++ sun protection factors and uses innovative super waterproof technology, making it perfect for outdoor use!

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2. Shiseido Anessa Brightening UV Sunscreen Gel Tone Up SPF50+ PA++++

Shiseido Anessa Brightening UV Sunscreen Gel provides a variety of whitening and moisturizing ingredients, including green tea extract complex, yellow flower extract complex and licorice, etc., with sun protection factors of SPF50+ and PA++++. The product also has a polishing effect and can be used as a makeup primer, which is very convenient!


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3. KAO Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Spf 50+ PA++++

Biore's new version of UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence is also one of the popular sunscreen products. It has a light texture but is highly moisturizing and moisture-locking. The unique water-based gel technology can lock in the sunscreen ingredients. It can absorb and form a layer of water-retaining film to reduce moisture loss from the skin caused by sun exposure.


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4. Lancôme CLARIFIQUE REFINING ENZYMATIC DUAL ESSENCE

Lancôme CLARIFIQUE REFINING ENZYMATIC DUAL ESSENCE has a sun protection factor of SPF50+ and PA++++. It has a light and non-greasy texture and is suitable for combination and oily skin. It can effectively prevent skin hyperpigmentation and photoaging, bring skin radiance and reduce visible large pores. , making skin more even and smooth.


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5. Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Spot Control Base UV SPF35 PA+++

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Spot Control Base has a sun protection factor of SPF35 and PA+++. It is available in ivory white, tender green and pink. It is suitable for people with different skin conditions. It can be used to tone and correct blemishes in addition to sun protection.

In addition, the product also contains multi-effect repairing vitamin C, which is effective in antioxidant and whitening, and protects the skin from oxidative damage caused by air pollution and ultraviolet rays.







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