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Sun Protection – sunscreen recommendations for men

Categories : Grooming

All too often do men neglect the all-important skincare routine – sunscreen. With the tropical sunny Malaysian weather, sun safety should be a foremost concern. Harmful UV rays cause many of the skin problems which could include premature ageing, hyperpigmentation and even skin cancer.

As the harmful effects can be cumulative, it is important to incorporating sun protection consistently. While UVB rays are responsible for tanning the skin, UVA rays which can penetrate through most clothing are mainly responsible for premature ageing and even skin cancer. Make sure you take steps to protect yourself, include the following:

  • Choose a sunscreen that provides a broad spectrum protection for both UVA and UVB rays
  • Get sun protective clothing
  • Wear hats / caps if possible under the sun
  • Reapply sunscreen to ensure effectiveness

Sunscreen protection for men should be an easier sell if Huge Jackman takes sun protection seriously. Where is comes to choosing a sunscreen, it is imperative that you choose one that you really like, to increase the chances that you will use it frequently and diligently. Factors such as convenient size, ease of application, texture and scents could influences your preferences.

Beauty Insider Malaysia has put together a few sunscreen choices to help you choose one suitable for you. The list includes sunscreens in different textures, types and delivery to suit your preferences and lifestyles.

Biotherm UV defense ultra light texture SPF 50/PA+++

uv defense city + ultra light texture
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This Biotherm sun protector comes in a handy packaging that fits easily in pockets. It is easy to bring it around for re-application. The texture is light with a subtle scent, non-greasy and designed not to leave a whitish-hue behind.

Clinique SPF 21 Moisturizer

broad spectrum spf 21 moisturizer
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A 2-in-1 moisturizer and sunscreen, two skincare essentials with one application. Lightweight, oil-free texture with a light scent for day use. It provides SPF 21 protection against the sun and moisturizes the skin at the same time.

Cetaphil Sun SPF50+ Light Gel

sun light gel spf 50
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Cetaphil Sun Light Gel offers high broad spectrum sun protection against UVA/UVB rays for both face and body. A lightweight sunscreen that is fragrance-free, suitable for sensitive skin and for everyday use.

Neutrogena®Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen

ultra sheer dry-touch sunscreen
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This SPF 50 sunscreen provides protection against UVA and UVB rays. Its oil-free light texture formula contains Helioplex™ Technology to protect you.

Sun Sense Sensitive Light

sensitivelight spf 50
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Suitable for sensitive skin and even for babies. This gentle lotion uses Zinc Oxide to provide SPF 50+ broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. It is made free of fragrance and has a lightweight feel for face and body.

L’Oreal UV perfect aqua essence

UV perfect aqua essence
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L’Oreal’s Ultra-light UV Mist for face is a convenient way to deliver sunscreen by spray.

HELIOCARE 360º Gel Oil-Free Dry Touch

oil free gel spf 50
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Heliocare gel oil-free SPF50 sunscreen has a matte finish. It helps to control sebum production and protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays. It contains antioxidants, ferulic and caffeic acids, green tea and vitamins C and E.

Banana Boat Ultra Protect Faces SPF50

ultra protect faces sunscreen lotion spf 50
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This oil-free sunscreen SPF 50 from Banana Boat is hypoallergenic and protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Meant for the face and everyday use.