The main cause of premature aging is exposure to the sun. This fact was drilled into my head by a seasoned dermatologist who looks twenty years younger than his real age. He advocates proper skin care through consuming nutritious food, physical activity and high SPF sunblock.
There are many contradicting studies on necessity of high SPF sunblock as compare to lower ones. Since nothing in conclusive and taking advise from my dermatologist, I feel it’s a safer bet to buy higher SPF and reapply when need be. Here are some high SPF sunblock that are available at pharmacies, cosmetic counters and online.
1. SKII Whitening Source Derm – Definition UV Lotion (SPF50) PA++
Contains thio-amino acid, an anti-oxidant. The anti-oxidant-rich formula helps in protection against sebum oxidation, thus preventing damage to skin’s protective barrier. It also contains SK-II’s unique ingredient, PiteraTM, which enhances skin’s overall condition.
2. Banana Boat Ultra Protest FACES from Guardian
This sunblock protects your face from the sun’s UVA & UVB rays. It’s oil free, fragrance-free and water resistant. It is also formulated not to clog pores and contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E.
3. Sunsense Daily Face SPF 50 from Guardian
Broad spectrum protection and moisturising sunscreen for the face and neck. It has a sheer tint for an invisible matt finish. It has a very high UVA & UVB protection, ideal for combination & oily skin or acne prone skin, dermatologically tested, oil free base, free of PABA, lanolin and fragrance. RM 38.17
4. Neutragena Ultra Sheer SPF50 from Guardian
This lightweight sunblock has a light fresh scent and is gentle enough even for sensitive skin. Dry Touch Technology enable an ultra-light, non-shiny finish. It is waterproof, sweatproof, resists rub-off; won’t clog pores; oil free and PABA free. RM 33.92
A light, comfortable and unique indoor and outdoor screen, is anti-oxidant rich and protects your skin from damaging UVB and UVA rays, visible and infrared light from the sun, as well as indoor light. The cream is so opaque that even using it alone daily, both indoors and outdoors, can help to protect skin and lighten melasma, dark spots, and other hyperpigmentations.
6. Banana Boat Ultra mist from Guardian
This formula protects skin from sunburn and long-term skin damage by providing advanced UVA/UVB protection. It goes on easily and is proven to be long-lasting and very water/sweat resistant, with no greasy feel. Just spray and go! RM 46.67
7. Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector for Face with SPF 50 from Kiehl’s
Kiehl’s paired Avobenzone and Octocrylene at very specific levels to ensure optimal photostability of the formula. This photo stability helps the formula maintain its relative level of protection for a longer period of time, compared to a non-photostabilized sunscreen. RM 110.
8. Lancome Anti Age-Darkening Protection – SPF 50 PA+++
The formula is enriched with Vit Cg, known for its anti-oxidant efficacy, brightens up dark skin tone due to aging. Patented filters with UVA protection. Shields the skin against daily UVA exposure. It is enriched with the most powerful anti-aging molecule Pro-Xylane™ to reconstructs skin matrix.