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Top 12 Best Sunscreens in Malaysia 2024 (For All Skin Types)

Best Sunscreens Malaysia For Face And Body
"Everyone stands to benefit from using sunscreen!"

Are you familiar with the 3 basic steps in skincare? These are: clean, moisturize and protect. Many never fail to skip the cleaning and moisturizing steps but usually ignore the importance of protecting our skin. One reliable way to shield our skin is by utilizing an appropriate sunscreen. In this article, we will delve into the process of selecting the right sunscreen and highlight the top 12 Best Sunscreens in Malaysia, which you can purchase from Watsons or Guardians stores on Shopee & Lazada.

How We Pick The Best Sunscreen

  • 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 to give you added 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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Best Sunscreens in Malaysia 2024

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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 your choice, all four versions provide SPF 50+ with Broad Spectrum Protection, will not leave whitecast (no residue), are non-shine and non-sticky. Price-wise, it’s affordable, striking a reasonable balance between price and quality.
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Skintific All Day Light Sunscreen Mist SPF50 PA++++

Most Popular Sunscreen
Overview:
Suitable for all skin types.
Spray form, doesn't leave a white cast.
Affordable, has a slight fragrance, and doesn't feel greasy.
The Skintific All Day Light Sunscreen Mist has gained immense popularity in the market due to its affordability without compromising quality. Unlike other sunscreens on our list, this product comes in a convenient spray-on form, making application a breeze, depending on personal preference. With its Microcapsule Technology, the texture feels light and non-greasy. Additionally, it caters to both dry and oily skin types, making it suitable for a wide range of individuals. A notable feature is that it is alcohol-free, while still having a subtle fragrance.
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Beauty Of Joseon Relief Sun: Rice + Probiotics SPF50+ PA++++

Overview:
Suitable for all skin types.
Creamy lotion texture like a lightweight moisturizer.
Quickly absorbs into the skin and doesn't feel greasy.
For those interested in Korean brands, this sunscreen is currently gaining a lot of hype. The Beauty of Joseon brand offers several sunscreen products, but Relief Sun is one of the most affordable options. Firstly, this sunscreen feels incredibly light, and upon application, it quickly absorbs into the skin. It doesn’t leave a white cast and doesn’t feel greasy, despite its creamy lotion texture. One of the hero ingredients in this product is Rice Extract, which contains vitamins B, C, and E. This sunscreen is suitable for all skin types, but it’s best to try it out and see how it works for you. Fortunately, it’s not too expensive either.
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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. What sets this product apart is its lightweight texture that feels practically weightless upon application. You’ll barely notice its presence. 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 Anti-aging peptide Carnosine which may help protect your skin from blue light radiation and damages induced by infrared light. Notably, this remarkable sunscreen is not only effective but also affordable!
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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 potential irritants 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. The presence of Licorice Extract further contributes to skin whitening and protection. Overall, the Clinelle UV Defense offers a valuable 2-in-1 solution, protecting and treating the skin simultaneously.
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Wardah UV Shield SPF50 PA++++ Sunscreen

Best Sunscreen Available 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 options at our local pharmacies. Unlike other brands, this sunscreen does not contain alcohol and is non-comedogenic and won’t clog your pores. Despite its creamy texture, once applied to your face, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its lightweight feel and absence of a white cast. Plus, it also will help moisturize which is always good to have in sunscreen. With its SPF50 PA++++ protection, it offers excellent sun defense, all at a highly cost-effective price point. This makes it an ideal option for those seeking their first sunscreen. As with any skincare product, it’s a matter of trial and error to discover which one suits you best.
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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, autozone-rose and thanaka extract to help ensure your skin feels fresh and hydrated. Additionally, its small and portable packaging makes it pocket-friendly and ideal for travel purposes, you can slot it in your bag and carry it anywhere. A great choice if you’re out traveling all the time or during holiday seasons.
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La Roche Posay Anthelios UV Mune 400 Oil Control Gel Cream

Best Sunscreen For Face Overall
Overview:
Suitable for all skin types.
Fluid-cream textured, leaves no white cast.
No fragrance & doesn’t feel oily.
Do you have a bit of extra budget for skincare? What’s wrong with treating yourself a little, right? Self-love is important! This Anthelios SPF50+ sunscreen from the brand La Roche-Posay, although more expensive compared to others, is a popular choice among sunscreens available in the market because it is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and oily skin. One of the ingredients in this sunscreen is Glycerin, which moisturizes the face. 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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Anjo Professional 365 Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++ (70g)

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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.

Here are our picks for the best sunscreens in Malaysia:

If you’ve got uneven skin tone, give L’Oreal Paris UV Defender a shot, but make sure to pick the version for uneven skin.

For those with dry or oily skin, try Sunplay Skin Aqua Sunscreen or Missha Aqua Sun Gel. If you have sensitive skin, go for Clinelle UV Defense.

If you’re on the hunt for a brand that covers both body and face sunscreen, you can try Beauty Of Joseon Relief Sun SPF50 Sunscreen and Somebymi Truecica Mineral Calming Tone Up Sunscreen.

If you’re specifically looking for the best sunscreen for your face, give Wardah UV Shield and ANJO Professional 365 Sun Cream SPF50+ a shot. They’re affordable, or you could go for La Roche-Posay Anthelios Oil Control Gel Cream, which is excellent but a bit pricier.

However, if you prefer spray-type sunscreens, consider trying Skintific Outdoor Sun Spray Sunscreen Mist SPF100 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Mist Spf50+. They’re convenient and effective choices.

What is 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 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 outdoors 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 may be better for people with oily skin, for example.
  • Feel: You want the sunscreen to feel light on your face and leave 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

Shoptrack’s picks for the best Sunscreen brands in Malaysia are Wardah UV Shield, Sunplay Skin Aqua, Missha Aqua Sun Gel, Clinelle UV Defense, Skintific Sunscreen Mist, Beauty Of Joseon Relief Sun and La Roche-Posay Anthelios.
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.
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