Best sunscreens for every budget from drugstore buys to luxury offerings: Anessa, Supergoop, Jurlique, etc

Best sunscreens for every budget from drugstore buys to luxury offerings: Anessa, Supergoop, Jurlique, etc

Slip, slop, slap

Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @supergoop
Image: Instagram | @maxskeletor

It's been a long time coming, but we have finally arrived in an age where healthy skin takes precedence over the illusion of smooth, filtered-looking skin. Heavy coverage foundations and thick powders take a back seat, with the beauty industry turning their focus to the actual attainment of a better complexion with food-for-your-skin ingredients and formulations. In the market as of late; gentle cleansers (e.g. milk and butter variations), even gentler exfoliators (e.g. liquid) and a wider variety of a skincare essential often overlooked: sunscreen.

From hypoallergenic formulas to stick, spray, and gel types, there is a perfect sun-shield out there for everyone. To help you along, our list of best sunscreens at every budget, from drugstore buys or luxurious offerings. Start slathering up, hun.

$15 - $35: Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen SPF50

With an oil-free, water-resistant formula, this everyday sunscreen works for both face and body, with its lightweight texture sinking into skin almost instantaneously. Another plus point: the inclusion of unique beta-glucan — a moisture-replenishing ingredient — that keeps skin hydrated and glowing throughout the day. Available in 71ml, 222ml, and a massive 532ml should you want to bathe in it too. Just kidding.


$30 - $50: Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Milk SPF50

Earning the honour of Japan's favourite sunscreen for the last 17 years is no easy feat, but it is one Anessa manages with this sweat-proof, water-proof, and friction-resistant formula. Attributed to their one-of-a-kind Aqua Booster EX Technology, it apparently clings more stubbornly onto skin after coming in contact with liquid. Translation: all the staying power of rubber cement, but with none of the stickiness and tackiness involved. Uh, score.


$45 - $65: Shiseido Global Suncare Perfect UV Protector Sensitive

Free of chemical sunscreen agents, fragrance, parabens, and all the nasties typically responsible for allergic reactions, Shiseido's sunscreen makes an ideal fit for sensitive and highly reactive skin types. It also contains Shiseido's exclusive WetForce technology, which makes it highly water-resistant.


$65 - $85: Jurlique UV Defence Lotion SPF50

Harmful UVA and UVB rays aren't the only baddies Jurlique's latest offering will shield you from. This bad boy also comes enriched with concentrated botanicals to help skin build a resistance to pollution, allergens, and other environmental toxins, skyrocketing it to the top of the list for us city slickers. Soothing notes of lavender — no zinc, chemical-like aroma for us, thank you — is the cherry on top.


$85 and beyond: Clé de Peau Beauté UV Protective Cream

A sunscreen that doubles up as anti-ageing skincare, this cream from Clé de Peau Beauté comes packed with nourishing ingredients such as mangosteen extract and hyaluronic acid to keep skin soft, supple, and radiant. Opt for the tinted version should you be looking for an option that serves as a makeup base too.

$85 and beyond: Ést.Lab SunShield

PSA: UV rays aren't the only thing our visage requires shielding from. With the many skin-harming effects of blue light coming to, well, light (aha), it seems we'll be requiring a sunscreen that pulls double duty. And Ést.Lab's     reformulated SunShield does just that with the inclusion of FloraGlo Lutein Topical, an ingredient derived from calendula. Protective qualities aside, it also serves as a makeup base that changes colour upon application to complement all skin tones.