No matter where in the world you decide to go on a vacation, the one thing that should always be your travel companion is your sunscreen. Whether you’re exploring a new city, chilling on a beach somewhere or hiking to the top of a mountain, you need to make sure you’ve got adequate sun protection. We’ve rounded up a few different sunscreens to carry with you depending on where you’re travelling.
The City Sojourn
Whether you’re exploring the ruins in Rome or shopping in Bangkok, the Anessa Mild range has you protected from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays while also shielding your skin from pollution—sans any white cast or streaks.
Available in two versions, the Aneesa Perfect UV Sunscreen Mild Milk is more suited to those with normal or oily skin types, while Anessa Essence UV Sunscreen Mild Milk, ($39.90 each) is better for those with dry skin. Both are ideal for sensitive skin. Also, they are sweat- and water-proof, free of alcohol, mineral oil, parabens and other conventional sunscreen ingredients and don’t cause damage to the oceans should you be heading to the beach after your city stop.
The Active Escape
You love to stay active and your vacation will include some yoga on the beach, a hike in the hills, and maybe even a jog in the morning. You need a sunscreen that will keep up with your athletic holiday and keep your protected from UVA and UVB rays no matter what you choose to do.
Opt for a sunscreen like the Bioré UV Athlizm Skin Protect Essence, $24.90. The water-based sunscreen is formulated with a new technology to ensure that the sunscreen is friction-resistant and stays on even in a hot and humid climate, forming a comfortable outer layer to protect you from the sun. It also has hyaluronic acid and royal jelly extract to keep skin hydrated and doesn’t feel sticky or heavy on the skin. There is also an oil-based, equally lightweight version, Biore UV Athlizm Skin Protect Milk, $24.90 in the same range, which people with dry skin can opt for.
The Winter Vacation
Everyone needs a break from Singapore’s heat and if you’ve chosen to vacation in cool weather, you still need to protect your skin from the sun because the sun’s rays can cause damage even on cloudy and dull days.
The Sigi Skin Morning Glow Sunscreen, $58 is a lightweight, easily absorbed 100 per cent physical sunscreen that works even on sensitive skin types. Apart from protecting your skin from the sun, it also nourishes it with vitamin E and fatty acids, minimises free radical damage thanks to antioxidant-rich Acai extracts, and moisturises, strengthens and brightens skin with the infusion of Niacinamide. Layered over your moisturiser, it provides an extra layer of hydration and protection against the environment.
The Beach Break
If you’re surfing in Bali or planning a trip to the coral reefs in Cairns, the Soliel Toujours Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist SPF 50, $55 is what you need to pack with you. The lightweight, non greasy, fast-drying mist is easy to apply and allows you to reach the hard to get places. But the real reason we like it is that it offers broad spectrum protection (against UVA and UVB rays) without harming the corals and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. After which, you really need to reapply. It also has skin nourishing ingredients that help reduce the impact of sun damage on the skin.
The Hot Holiday
If you’re planning to go somewhere sunny for your vacation, the first item on your packing list should definitely be sunscreen. Pick one like the AHC Natural Perfection Moist Sun Cream, $34.50 that not only keeps your skin protected from the sun with broad spectrum UV filters, but also hydrates it with Hyaluronic Acid and the patented Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide. It’s also lightweight, comfortable to wear and doesn’t leave a white cast.
You can also pick up the AHC Natural Perfection Aqua Sun Spray, $34.50 to reapply every two hours when you’re spending the entire day outdoors.
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