Nothing ages and damages the skin more than sun exposure! For those of you who still haven’t made UV protection a daily habit, today’s Splurge vs. Save highlights the ride-or-die product you need to start using right now: sunscreen.
Real talk: you can slather on all the skincare money can buy, but sunscreen is and always will be your first line of defense. Without it, all efforts to keep your skin #ForeverYoung are basically null and void. And it does much more than simply shielding you from sunburn! Daily sun protection also prevents discoloration, wrinkles, sagging, and even skin cancer. So trust us when we say this is one product you can’t afford to skip. Keep scrolling to see our top three picks below!

SPLURGE: VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face Cover 45, P1,025
The Armada Face Cover 45 is a certified customer favorite and one of our most top-rated products on site. The best part? This gentle yet powerful facial sunscreen is suitable for all skin types! It shields against the full spectrum of harmful rays, fights photo-aging, and prevents melasma, the sun-induced skin cancer. Like all VMV products, it’s also allergen-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, non-drying, and pH-adjusted. Who knew you could fit so many benefits into one slim tube? Even with the hefty P1,025 price tag, you’ll always get your money’s worth.

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SAVE: Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++, P420
With an impressive rating of 4.4 on MakeupAlley.com, the UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++ is a cult-favorite among Asian beauty enthusiasts. We’d venture to say that it’s well on its way to becoming a worldwide phenomenon! Unlike traditional sun creams, the cooling water-based formula doesn’t leave a white cast when applied to the face. It contains super-ingredients like hyaluronic acid to lock in long-term moisture and citrus essence to keep the skin supple—all for only P420! Have mentioned that its PA++++ designation is currently the highest range of UVA protection measured in Japan? So. Worth. It.

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STEAL: Nivea Moisturizing Immediate Collagen Protect Face Cream SPF50, P370
For the budget-conscious beauty, the Moisturizing Immediate Collagen Protect Face Cream SPF50 is a reliable classic that won’t deplete your wallet. Its broad-spectrum protection, collagen content, and moisturizing properties prevent sun-induced damage while simultaneously hydrating and plumping your skin. FYI, plump the plumping part is a huge plus, because this is what gives your face the appearance of youth! You might as well keep a few extra tubes in stock—each one goes for only P370!

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So, what’s your shield of choice: VMV’s skin-loving formula, Bioré’s top-rated bestseller, or NIVEA’s tried-and-true tube?

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