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Here comes the sun… and you better get ready for it.

It’s emblazoned in our minds that sunscreen is an absolute must. It’s the ultimate anti-aging prevention, and if you’re not using it yet, you should get on it now. Topping off all your skincare with a sheer layer of sunscreen shouldn’t be that hard, given the benefits of this small extra step… Ah, if only life were that simple.

Choosing the right sunscreen can be rather time consuming, but once you’ve found the right bottle, that speaks to your needs, you’re set for a long time to come. So, how does one go about the search? Well, for starters, understand physical sunscreen.

Physical sunscreen formulas act as a barrier on the skin and filters out UV rays (they’re also known as sunblocks), unlike chemical sunscreens which absorb and scatter the rays. The main difference is that physical sunscreens stay on top of the skin and deflect the rays so they bounce off the skin.

In the game of UV protection, physical sunscreen wins it all. It fights against both UVA and UVB rays, and the effects are immediate. It’s even suitable for the most sensitive skin (yep, even for fellow rosacea sufferers like myself), it lasts longe, and is made without hormone-disrupting chemicals (on the skin and on the shelf)… Shall I go on?

Consider your research done. As an avid physical sunscreen advocate, here are my top choices for the face and body.

1
Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Daily Defense SPF 30

This tinted formula gives just the right amount of sheer coverage, hides dark spots and will even out skin tone while protecting your skin against powerful broad spectrum UVA/UVB.

Price
HK$300
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2
Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF50 PA+++

Ever so lightly tinted, this mild sunscreen is great for oily or acne-prone skin. The gentle formula is fast-absorbing and leaves a beautifully matte finish.

Price
HK$380
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3
Omorovicza Mineral UV Shield SPF30

Omorovicza is a dream to wear. So lightweight that pores aren’t blocked and the skin feels refreshed. Working two-fold, this sunscreen fights against future damage by reflecting UVA/UVB, as well as reversing the sun damage caused previously with Vitamin C.

Price
HK$845
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4
Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

For the ultra-sensitive, this broad spectrum UVA/UVB protector is ideal for post-procedures, sensitive and very dry skin. Its nourishing ingredients not only shield against harmful rays, but also hydrate the skin.

Price
HK$390
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5
Woke Up Like This Sunfluffies

Cute Hong Kong indie brand WULT has created not one, but six physical sunscreens. Each lightly tinted and targeted to specific skin concerns – colour correcting, brightening, and calming.

Price
HK$368
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