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7 daily sunscreens that won’t leave a white cast on your face

It’s not just the hot sun that we have to worry about, but UVA UVB rays and pollutants too that constantly float in the air even though you can’t see them. That’s why applying sunscreen daily is a must when it comes to skin protection. As long as you are stepping out from your home, sunscreen must be applied no matter your age, gender and colour.

Regular  sunscreens in the market now are more than just skin protectors. Many of them include moisturising properties while more advanced sunscreens have anti-ageing properties as well. The choices are indeed endless (there’s practically one for everyone out there) and finding a sunscreen that doesn’t leave a white cast on your face seems to be quite a challenge.

Physical sunscreens are the ones behind the white finish (it’s not the same effect that brightening skincare products give). Ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are great against UVA and UVB rays and they are not absorbed by the skin — hence the white layer on the skin. However, even though physical sunscreens are clinically proven to be safer, both types of sunscreens should be applied correctly to be safe.

From gels to milk-like sunscreens, these (below) daily use sunscreens definitely are sure to l not leave a white cast on your skin after application. Don’t worry about looking ‘white’ in your photos anymore.

Why do sunscreens leave a white cast?

Physical sunscreens tend to have certain active ingredients, which are physical blockers that create a barrier between the skin and the harmful sun rays. These ingredients are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide and they are white in colour. When these ingredients stay on the skin’s surface to deflect all the sunrays, their residue can lead to a dreaded white cast.

Here are few sunscreens that won’t give you a white cast

Your daily sunscreen should not only have UV protection but also moisturising benefits like this one. This daily sunscreen works great on its own or underneath makeup as it contains quick-absorbing ingredients that penetrate deep into the skin.

This lightweight sunscreen powerfully blocks UV rays with its maximum SPF50+/PA+++ protection. Its gel-like texture can be used in any weather condition, even hot and humid ones as the texture has a non-sticky finish as if nothing is applied. It also contains anti-dust shield ingredients to prevent dust from adhering on to the skin.

With this waterproof sunscreen, you can play under the sun exposure or soak in the pool with ease knowing that it’s still intact and protecting your skin. Thanks to the WetForce technology, the water resistant sunscreen becomes more effective once it comes in contact with water, and also prevents skin dryness and oxidation.

Along with protecting your skin, this milky sunscreen also revives and brightens your skin tone while reducing coloured and textural blemishes and dark spots. It also adds subtle touches of light — all in a coloured pigment-free formula that offers sun protection.

Shield your skin from harmful sun rays with this sun mist, which goes on evenly with a non-greasy finish. The lightweight formula consists of calming chamomile, soothing aloe leaf and anti-ageing bamboo extracts — all of which help to reduce irritation while improving elasticity and reducing the appearance of fine lines.

Kiehl’s best-selling sunscreen is back as an improved version. This rendition protects your skin beyond UVA and UVB rays — also defending your skin against environmental pollutants. Baicalin is also present in its formula to protect against the appearance of premature skin ageing.

Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++, RM165 (Launching in April)

This sunscreen protects and soothes the skin from damage caused by the sun. The formula consists of 94% naturally derived ingredients, which goes on the skin comfortably without any greasiness. This organic invisible sunscreen can be used between makeup and skincare as the texture clings to the skin firmly without disrupting your makeup and still getting maximum protection.

THREE Balancing UV Protector, price unavailable

Innisfree’s triple-shield sunscreen doesn’t just work as a defence mechanism against UV rays but also helps in reducing signs of premature ageing. Infused with niacinamide, this formula protects your skin from external toxins including blue light from electronic devices and soothes skin from irritation and damage. The best part is that it’s waterproof and can endure underwater friction, making it an essential part of your everyday skincare routine.

Say hello to this lightweight, oil-free sunscreen lotion from Sunday Riley. Enriched with turmeric extract and hybrid actives (zinc oxide, octocrylene and octisalate), this formula soothes your skin and defends it against harsh sun rays.

These face sunscreens also slow down the process of ageing while blocking blue light from affecting your skin along with offering numerous other skincare benefits. The product is cruelty-free and doesn’t use any toxic chemicals, ensuring it is suitable for all skin types.

Use CeraVe’s hydrating SPF 50 sunscreen lotion to avoid suntans and premature ageing. Concocted with additives like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the mineral sunscreen formula adds a protective layer over your skin to combat ultraviolet rays. Ceramides and niacinamide too provide intense hydration to keep your skin nourished and healthy. Such is the reputation of the product that it has been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance.

As the name suggests, this SPF 30 Skin Defence sunscreen lotion actually works like magic to heal sun damaged skin and even skin tones. Formulated with 0.1% hyaluronic acid, the solution is super hydrating and doesn’t leave a white cast over your skin. The broad-spectrum SPF is compatible with sensitive skin and defends it against pollution and environmental stresses.

Try out gentle and soothing 2-in-1 sunscreen and moisturiser to get an even tone and glowing skin. The texture of this antioxidant rich sunscreen is light and breathable, which doesn’t leave a cakey residue on your face after use.

Packed with antioxidant-rich kalahari melon, baobab, niacinamide and aloe vera, this lotion is a boon for dull, dehydrated and tanned skin. This lightweight solution easily penetrates your skin to deeply nourish it and protect it from the sun.

Here’s a perfect solution for sun damaged skin. Check out the melt-in milk sunscreen crafted by La Roche-Posay. It has a non-oily, water-based formula that gets quickly absorbed into the skin, leaving a velvety smooth and matte finish with a youthful radiance.

The product is also certified by The Skin Cancer Foundation. It is formulated with the antioxidant technology, Cell-Ox Shield to deliver broad spectrum defence against UV rays.

Brighten your skin and give it a dewy finish with this SPF 40 broad spectrum lotion from Supergoop! Powered by the hydrating properties of meadowfoam seed and the calming essence of frankincense, this solution does wonders to dehydrated skin. You can also apply this as a primer under foundation to flaunt a natural look.

Prolonged exposure to the sun can adversely affect the texture of your skin. You can prevent this by applying the soothing sun cream from Corsx. The solution is infused with extracts from aloe vera which is known for its soothing essence. Don’t deprive your skin from the broad spectrum SPF 50 protection provided by this gentle, water-based lotion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does SPF 50 leave a white cast?

Not all SPF 50 sunscreens leave a chalky white cast. This effect mainly depends on the ingredients that go into the making of the cream or lotion.

Does zinc oxide sunscreen leave a white cast?

As zinc oxide in mineral SPF sunscreens reflect light and remain on the surface of your skin, it can leave a white residue after use.

Does white cast from sunscreen go away?

If you notice a white residue left behind by your sunscreen, just try rubbing it in. It usually goes away. You can also try mixing a skin-loving essential oil with your sunscreen. This will not only prevent the white residue from forming but also give your skin a natural shine.

How do I keep my sunscreen from getting a white cast?

You can either mix your sunscreen with a few drops of essential oil to prevent the white residue. You can also try applying a little foundation or face powder over your sunscreen to tone down the white cast. Moreover, try using a tinted sunscreen.

Is white cast left by sunscreen harmful for my skin?

The white cast from chemical sunscreens is ideally not harmful, except that it might affect your desired beauty look.

Do mineral sunscreens leave white cast?

Most mineral sunscreens contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide which can leave a white cast, especially on dusky skin.

Jolin Lee
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.
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