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Top 10 Best Sunscreens in Malaysia 2022 (For All Skin Types)

Best Sunscreens Malaysia
"Everyone stands to benefit from using sunscreen!"

Are you familiar with the 3 basic steps in skincare? These are: cleanmoisturize and protect. Many never fail to skip the cleaning and moisturizing steps but usually ignore the importance of protecting our skin. A reliable and safe method to protect our skin is by applying the right sunscreen. So, here we will explore how to choose the right sunscreen and the top 10 Best Sunscreens in Malaysia that you can get off Watsons or Guardians stores on Shopee & Lazada.

How We Pick

  • Price: We mostly pick sunscreens between RM30 to RM50. Some higher than RM50.
  • Skin Concerns: We try to have a mix of sunscreens that are formulated for various skin concerns as additional value.
  • Texture Type: Gel, cream or lotion but we pick only those that feel light and leave no white cast.
  • SPF or PA Level: All SPF50 or PA+++ and above.

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Table of Contents

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Best Sunscreens in Malaysia

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L'Oreal Paris UV Defender Serum Protector Sunscreen SPF50+

Best Sunscreen for Uneven Skin
Overview:
Suitable for all skin types
Will not leave whitecast (no residue), non-shine and also non-sticky
Choose between Bright & Clear, Correct & Pro, Matte & Fresh & Moist & Fresh
One sunscreen product that is flying off the shelves right now is the L’Oréal Paris UV Defender. But the UV Defender is not actually one single product but comes in 4 variations you can choose depending on your skin situation and your focus: Bright & Clear with Niacinamide to brighten the skin, Correct & Protect with antioxidant Vitamin CG for uneven skin, Matte & Fresh with Airlicium to control oil, and Moist & Fresh with Hyaluronic Acid to moisturize the skin. Regardless of what you choose, all 4 versions are SPF 50+ with Broad Spectrum Protection, will not leave whitecast (no residue), is non-shine and non-sticky. Price-wise, it’s affordable, not too expensive and not too cheap.
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La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF50+ Sunscreen

Best Sunscreen for Face Overall
Overview:
Suitable for all skin types
Fluid-cream textured, leaves no white cast
No fragrance

If you don’t mind spending a little cash for the best skincare, this one may be for you. After all, there is nothing wring with spending a little on yourself, right? This Anthelios Invisible Fluid SPF50+ non-Perfumed sunscreen from La Roche-Posay may be slightly more expensive compared to others, but that doesn’t stop many from making this their choice, especially since it is suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin types due to the presence of Glycerin which is a hydrating ingredient. The texture of this is ultra-fluid, not sticky or oily and will leave your skin feeling smooth and light even after a long day of applying, like there’s nothing on your skin even! It’s also more resistant to water and sweat compared to other brands and doesn’t sting your eyes.

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Sunplay Skin Aqua Super Moisture Gel SPF50 Sunscreen

Best Sunscreen for Dry or Oily Skin
Overview:
Suitable for normal-oily or dry skin type
Lightweight watery texture, absorbs fast, and non-greasy
Contains Vitamin C, Cocoa Seed extract to protect skin from damaging blue light radiation

Sunplay is a household name when it comes to sunscreen products and is a leading brand in the market. One of their bestsellers is the Sunplay Skin Aqua Super Moisture Gel SPF50 which is formulated for those with normal to dry or oily skin due to its moisturizing ingredients such as the Nano Hyaluronic Acid that penetrates deep into your skin. The texture is light and feels weightless, you will barely notice the weight. Another plus point is that it also contains Vitamin C, Cocoa Seed extract and Anto-aging peptide Carnosine which may help protect your skin from blue light radiation and damages induced by infrared light. It’s great that it’s also affordable and accessible for most!

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Clinelle UV Defense SPF50 PA+++ Sunscreen

Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin
Overview:
Suitable for all skin types
Creamy-lotion textured
Non-greasy, wide spectrum sunscreen

The Clinelle UV Defense SPF50 PA +++ is free from 6 items which are; wanigan, artificial coloring, comedogenic substances, mineral oil, SD-alcohol and lanolin, making it the best sunscreen for people with sensitive skin. Apart from protecting the skin from UVA and UVB rays, this broad-spectrum sunscreen may also treat the skin with its Hydrolyzed Silk extract which is formulated to repair and restructure facial skin tissues by increasing the production of Hyaluronic Acid in our skin, thus boosting your skin moisture levels. Another ingredient, Licorice Extract may also help to whiten the skin while protecting it at the same time. Overall, this is a value-adding 2-in-1 product for protecting and treating at the same time.

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Wardah UV Shield SPF50 PA++++ Sunscreen

Best Sunscreen Choice at Watson
Overview:
Suitable for all skin types
Non-comedogenic
Lightweight, moisturizes skin and no alcohol

Wardah UV Shield Aqua Fresh Essence Sunscreen is among the most popular sunscreen choices at our local pharmacies. Unlike other brands, this sunscreen does not contain alcohol and is non-comedogenic and won’t clog your pores. Texture-wise, even though the cream feels more like a lotion on your hand, when applied on your face, you will be surprised at how light it is and the lack of white cast. Plus, it also will help moisturize which is always good to have in sunscreen. It is SPF50 PA++++ and very cost effective, making it a great choice for those who are shopping for their first sunscreen. As with any skincare, it’s about trying out little by little and see which one is for you!

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Missha Aqua Sun Gel SPF+ PA++++ Sunscreen

Best Sunscreen for Oily Skin
Overview:
Suitable for normal-oily skin type
Lightweight texture, absorbs fast, and matte finish
Based on organic ingredients

Missha Aqua Sun Gel SPF+PA ++++ is a gel-textured sunscreen formulated especially but not exclusively, for people with oily skin. What differentiates this sunscreen product from other sunscreens in the market is that it is made from organic materials like ice plant, glacial water, antozone-rose and thanaka extract to help ensure your skin feel fresh and hydrated. In addition, it’s also great that it is packaged in a small bottle that you can slot in your bag and carry anywhere, making it not just pocket-friendly, but travel-friendly! A great choice if you’re out travelling all the time or during holiday season.

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Grafen Daily Sun Essence SPF50+ PA++++ (50ml)
Shopee

Grafen Daily Sun Essence SPF50+ PA++++ (50ml)

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF50 (88ml)
Best Selling
Shopee

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF50 (88ml)

Somebymi Truecica Mineral Calming Tone Up Sunscreen (50ml)
Best Selling
Lazada

Somebymi Truecica Mineral Calming Tone Up Sunscreen (50ml)

Biotherm UV Supreme Ever-Bright Protective Silky Fluid SPF50+ PA+++ (50ml)
High Ratings
Lazada

Biotherm UV Supreme Ever-Bright SPF50+/PA+++ (50ml)

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Summary

Before getting a sunscreen, you may want to check whether the sunscreen suits your skin concerns. Most sunscreens will fit most types of skin but nowadays, brands are tailoring the ingredients and formulations to skin concerns to help add more value to their sunscreen products.

 

What is a Sunscreen?

Sunscreen is a photoprotective lotion, cream or gel that you apply to your skin to prevent harmful UVA and UVB rays from reaching your skin.

According to skincancer.org, regular usage of sunscreen not only reduces the risks of skin cancer and precancer, but also prevents premature skin aging including wrinkles, sagging and age spots.

 

Who Should Be Using Sunscreen?

Many people may be under the impression that sunscreen is only needed during vacation to tropical islands or when walking under the intense sun, but the truth is everyone (except infants under the age of 6 months) who is exposed to the sun regularly (most of us!) stand to benefit from regular usage of sunscreen.

Sunscreen vs Sunblock

Sunblock, which often is synonymous with sunscreen, acts as a protection layer for the skin by reflecting the harmful UVB (short wave ultraviolet B) rays, thus avoiding the rays from penetrating your skin. UVB is a radiation that can make your skin burnt and increase the risk of cancer.

Sunscreen, on the other hand, absorbs sun rays before they can get to the dermis layers of the skin, thereby protecting you from UVA (long wave ultraviolet A) that can make your skin wrinkle and age faster.

However, today’s sunscreen and sunblock products often do the same job of protecting against both UVA and UVB – protecting your skin from sunburn and wrinkling. The difference is in how it does it and whether the ingredients suit your skin concerns. Sunscreens can be great for people with normal-oily or not sensitive skin but it ultimately comes down to just trying out and seeing the result.

If you wish to get a sunblock, see here our recommendations for Best Sunblocks in Malaysia.

What is SPF?

SPF, which stands for Sun Protector Factor, is a measurement to indicate how long the cream can stay protective from UVA or UVB rays.

There is no ‘perfect’ SPF nor is it better if it’s higher. Choosing SPF ultimately depends on your skin and skin conditions but a rule of thumb is SPF15 or higher for indoors and SPF30 or higher for outdoors. It’s always a good idea to read a guide on SPF to understand how often you will have to apply a sunscreen.

  • SPF15 – Can last from 150 minutes to 300 minutes.
  • SPF30 – Can last from 300 minutes to 600 minutes.

What is PA+++?

You will often see the term SPF and PA+++ when shopping for sunscreen or sunblock. In short, PA+++ is a relative score used in certain countries to denote that the product provides the best protection against UVA rays, better than for example, PA+. Read more about PA+++ if you’re interested.

Sunscreen Buying Guide

Here are some things to keep in mind when buying a sunscreen for the first time:

  • Your skin concerns: Does the sunscreen offer additional benefits that may be suitable for your skin type? Here’s a guide on how to know your skin type.
  • SPF level: Think about your activities in the next few weeks. Are you going to be exposed to the sun frequently? Get SPF30 or higher if you’re going to be outdoor a lot. Read more above.
  • Texture type: Choose between gel, cream or lotion, depending on what you prefer and how much you’re willing to spend. Gel type may be good for people with oily skin.
  • Feel: You want the sunscreen to feel light on your face and leaves little or no white cast.
  • Price: You can find a good sunscreen product for between RM30 to RM50.

Video : How To Apply Sunscreen Properly

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F.A.Q

Sunblock acts as a protection layer for the skin by reflecting the harmful sun rays, thus avoiding the rays from penetrating your skin. Sunscreen, on the other hand, absorbs sun rays before they can get to the dermis layers of the skin. Practically, it may come down to which ingredients work better with your skin.
Depending on your daily routine and lifestyle, 30 minutes before you leave your home daily. Adjust to fit the product and your lifestyle.
The best Sunscreen brands in Malaysia as chosen by Shoptrack are Wardah, Sunplay, Missha, Clinelle and La Roche-Posay.
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Environmentalist who is in love with nature. Home gardening is more than a hobby. Also, yoga and weekend hiking.