A man’s grooming routine is incomplete without a tube (or bottle) of sunscreen. All the moisturiser in the world isn’t going to protect your chiselled face if you subject it to the intensity of our sun.

Newsflash: The sun is actually really harmful for our precious skin. The glowing ball of light up in the sky is responsible for a variety of skin cancers like basal cell carcinoma and melanoma. At the risk of sounding like a naggy parent, you shouldn’t be surprised at all, seeing as how often we are exposed to the Sun every day. Whether you’re in the car driving to work or reading a book on your balcony in the afternoon, your skin is routinely blasted by the harsh ultraviolet rays from space. The sun has no chill.

That’s where sunscreen comes into play. We’ve come a long way from when it was a sticky, oily substance applied only for a beach day. There are now varying levels of SPF that cater to how long you’ll need protection from the sun for. A higher number would mean fewer rays can penetrate through its barrier, but only marginally. Don’t believe anyone that tells you an SPF 100 sunscreen can last the entire day – it has to be consciously re-applied every two hours or so.

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Protecting your skin from the sun is as vital as brushing your teeth. You do it everyday. (Photo credit: Collins Lesulie/Unsplash)

For example, those with fairer skin spending around two to three hours outdoors should opt for a sunscreen with SPF 50, while those with darker skin can afford to use a standard SPF 30 sunscreen as a daily driver. Another factor to look out for when shopping for sunscreens is the term “broad spectrum.” This means the product will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays (most sunscreens only offer protection from UVB rays). There are also spray-on options for those seeking a bit more convenience.

To help you get started on your journey to even better skin, here are some of our sunscreen recommendations that you should start applying today.

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LAB Series Day Rescue Defense Lotion SPF35 PA

LAB Series’ Day Rescue Defense sunscreen combines a broad spectrum formula with their Hydra-Endure technology to ensure your skin stays hydrated even when exposed to the harshness of the sun. While it is designed for the face and neck, you can also apply it to the rest of your body too.

S$68. Available at LAB Series boutiques and labseries.beautystop.com.sg.

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Supergoop! PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50 with Sunflower Extract

Supergoop’s Everyday Lotion sunscreen does exactly what its name suggests. Daily applications of the product will ensure you are protected from UVA, UVB, and IRA rays. It is also water resistant and made from ingredients safe for coral reefs.

S$35 to $50. Available at Sephora and supergoop.com.

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Clinique For Men UV Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Your face is the most exposed part of your body, and it deserves some good protection. Clinique’s broad spectrum oil-free sunscreen with its moderate SPF level will act as a shield from both UVA and UVB rays.

 

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EltaMD UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50

EltaMD’s broad spectrum lotion ensures coverage for sportsmen of all activities using a transparent zinc oxide as the barrier between your skin and the sun. Its water-resistant nature will also let you sweat without stinging your eyes.

S$54. Available at feelbeautiful.com.sg and eltamd.com.

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Dermagold Sheer Sun Protector SPF30

Local skincare brand Dermagold has developed a lightweight lotion to ensure you’re not feeling a sticky film residue after an application. It is also water-resistant, making it suitable for swimming or a day by Tanjong Beach Club.

S$49. Available at Dermagold.

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Josiah Neo
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Josiah Neo is a tech writer who contributes occasionally to the fashion, travel, and culture beats. When he’s not busy keeping up with the keynotes, he’s probably stuffing his face with the best Melbournian donuts (at Shortstop, BTW) or watching his favourite esports team, the Los Angeles Valiant, pummel their opponents into oblivion.