Every day, we get questions from our customers about all things beauty. It can be about anything, from which products we personally swear by to exactly how to use them for best results. So this week, the BeautyMNL Editors are answering a few inquiries that came in through the mail. By that, of course, we mean our email: sos@beautymnl.com. There’s no Q too big or too small, too strange or too simplistic, so keep ‘em coming, beautiful!


WHAT IS THE BEST SUNSCREEN FOR MY SKIN TYPE?


Anthea: “I’m a woman of a certain age and have only gotten into the habit of applying SPF. Only problem is I don’t like the sunscreen I’m using and it feels greasy even on my dry skin. What do you recommend for my skin type?”

ANSWER: It’s never too late to start wearing sunscreen. In fact, finding your perfect sunblock is probably the best thing you can do for your skin! It’s the only way to protect against skin damage caused by UV rays. This type of damage includes dark acne scars, premature wrinkles, and an increased risk of skin cancer.

That said, not all formulas are created equal. When choosing a sunscreen, you have to consider a ton of stuff: consistency, ingredients, finish, and how it addresses your unique needs.

To simplify the math, we’re recommending 4 no-fail sunscreens for each skin type. FYI, each one has SPF50!

DRY SKIN

TRY: COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream, now on sale at P666 (limited time only). Shop it here!

If you’re constantly battling dry patches, you want a sunblock that’s extra moisturizing. Unfortunately, most rich formulas grease up in Philippine heat. But that’s where the COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream comes in! This top-rated tube boasts of an Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water base that’s nourishing but non-sticky. With a creamy, moisturizer consistency, it deeply hydrates the face and even keeps it cool under the sun.

OILY/COMBINATION SKIN

TRY: Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel, P485. Shop it here!

Traditional sunblocks only spell disaster for sebum-prone skin. These formulas can clog pores, trigger pimples, or simply melt off at the slightest spike in temperature. So, what’s a girl to do? Opt for a lightweight gel, like Bioré’s UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel. Made with Aqua Micro Capsules, this weightless sunscreen sinks into the skin instantly. It’ll feel like you applied nothing at all! Also, its invisible finish makes for the perfect pre-makeup primer. And did we mention you can use it on your body, too? Sulit.

SENSITIVE SKIN

TRY: Esfolio Blue Flower Sun Cream, now on sale at P275 (limited time only). Shop it here!

Skin easily triggered? All the more reason to keep it protected. The trick is to choose a calming, hydrating sunblock that fights irritation. Try Esfolio’s Blue Flower Sun Cream, a godsend for sensitive faces. It’s infused with a bunch of natural ingredients, like chamomile, lavender, and other soothing plant extracts. Not only does this cream ward off UV damage, it also pacifies irritation caused by outside aggressors. Your delicate face has nothing to worry about.

MATURE SKIN

TRY: Farmstay Jeju Mayu UV Sun Cream, now on sale at P380 (limited time only). Shop it here!

Sun protection is especially crucial for mature skin types. Why? Because UV rays speed up the aging process of your skin. These rays form wrinkles, break down collagen, and darken existing sun spots, just to name a few. For the necessary damage control, we suggest you invest in Farmstay’s Jeju Mayu UV Sun Cream. More than just a sun shield, this formula contains anti-aging properties that reverse UV damage. Using antioxidants and rich oleic acids, it restores elasticity and boosts skin vitality. Sing it with us: foreeever young!

Now, who’s ready to soak up some Vitamin D?

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