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The beauty trend that's more dependable than your LBD.

Quick: name the #1 skincare thing you reach for everyday to look gorgeous.

What are the chances you named your sunscreen? Yeah, you're not alone.  Sunscreen is the calcium tablet in our morning routine, aka: something we all should be taking but always seem to forget for something more flashy and exciting (oh, why hello there new bronzer palette).

#1 reason I didn't bother for the longest time? In Singapore, sunscreen feels so heavy and sticky AND I have to reapply it every 3-5 hours? No thank you,  I'll just stick to cute hats. But this behavior changed a few years ago because:

  1. I really didn't look that cute in hats.
  2. As I aged, my cute-in-my-early 20s freckles across my cheeks had evolved into distinctive sunspots, ala my 93-year old grandma. No diss on my grandma but I am NOT going for the 93-year old chic look (yet).

Hence, my year long journey to find the holy grail of sunscreen:

  1. Light and not-itch-inducing on sensitive skin
  2. Works effectively
  3. Can be bought in Singapore easily

As for point #2, it's easier said than done. Reams of consumer reports have come out over the years that a lot of the sunscreens on the market actually aren't that effective for sun protection and a large amount of them contained worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone (which is a hormone disrupter, ew). Check out reports from actual authorities).

But never fear: I have done the trail-and-error research and I present to you my top two and honorary mention third option for best SPF facial creams:

 EltaMD Facial Sunscreen SPF 46; S$46

This is my gold-standard daily facial SPF and I'm not alone in that assessment:  It's got almost 3,000 positive reviews on Amazon.  Its consistency feels more like a facial moisturizer and formulated for those with skin sensitivities (like acne and rosacea).  It's also a great make-up primer.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios line of facial sunscreen; S$25-60 depending on size

This French drugstore staple consistently tops tons of lists as the best facial sunscreen out there.  I find the formula a little more 'sunscreen'-like but I reach for the water-proof version whenever I'm headed to the beach or need something to stand against some major sweating.

 Glossier Invisible Shield; S$58.40

Full disclosure:  I haven't used this yet but can't wait to try.  Since this dropped late this spring, those-in-the-know have been raving about how this sunscreen gel (Yes, gel!  Perfect for cooling our faces in steamy Singers) is a game changer.  Someone try this out and let me know what you think:

Have other brands you love that can survive our daily sweat-fest!  Share please!

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See what others have to say about Clearly Basics.

Based on 15 reviews
Skin Type: Combination

I am so happy that I stumbled upon clearly basics on instagram. I was skeptical at first but decided to give it a try and bought clear out clarifying lotion. It's been 2 months and my skin has improved a lot. I can see significant reduction in pores and acne.

Skin Type: Combination

After years of medication and products, I decided to try clearly basics. In just 6 weeks my skin has calmed and I am now able to treat scarring.

So glad to have found these products!

Finding products that helped to control my acne without irritating my sensitive skin has always been a huge challenge. The clearly basics products have been my saviour, I can't recommend them enough ☺️

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Excellent and actually works

I am so incredibly impressed with the TLC for pore minimising - it 💯 works and has transformed my skin.

I’m in my 50’s and always had hormonal flare ups with larger pores as I age - this is a game changer and have just reordered my 3rd bottle !


Lighten Up Redness Rescue Cream
Veronica Ilenya Ranieri
Skin Type: Sensitive / Dry

Has changed my skin from acne pro to almost perfect 😍😍

Skin Type: Combination
Obsessed !!

Obsessed with this cleanser!! It left me feeling fresh and prevented break outs. It is incredible . Loved this product so much

My skin feels so soft after using this moisturiser!

My skin feels so soft after using this moisturiser!

Skin Type: Combination
Fresh and clean!

My face is filled with energy and feels so fresh and clean!

Skin Type: Normal
excellent item!

have been using this for years! so good for my skin :)

So Fresh pH Balancing Cleanser
Carmelinda Di Manno
Skin Type: Combination
Fresh Feeling

My skin feels so clean and still hydrated when I use this cleanser. It’s balancing and refreshing. My skin has responded really well to it and at times my skin can be sensitive. I highly recommend this product to anyone with relatively oily t-zone area

Skin Type: Combination
Very happy!

Love the texture, the minty scent and the lather.
I wish the bottles were a bit bigger HOWEVER they are just small enough to fly with.

Skin Type: Normal
Comments: The only thing I now need to use to keep my skin clear.
The holy grail for clearing hormonal acne.

This is the only product that I have needed to keep my skin clear since discovering it about 2 years ago, after suddenly developing cystic hormonal acne at the age of 25. I now only need to use it every second night, so it's incredibly affordable. It has also never irritated my sensitive skin and it has faded previous acne marks to truly clear my skin. After years of trying expensive supplements/products/harsh prescription creams, Clear Out was the only thing that gave me long-lasting results.

Skin Type: Oily
Clearly Basics is the only product that has helped my Adult Acne

I have always struggled with dehydrated acne prone skin. Every month like clockwork I would get a new breakout on my chin or cheek area. These included large cystic acne that by the time they came to a head would take me months to clear. With new breakouts each month this created more & more spots before the first could heal leaving more hyper pigmentation spots that never have time to clear. Clearly basics changed all that for me. It gave my skin a chance to heal and reduced the number of breakouts each month. When I do get a new breakout it resolves itself quickly with less scarring and redness. Now that the acne is under control the products are helping to eliminate the remaining hyper pigmentation spots left from years of acne. I have not been using the product for long but I will continuing relying on this product and look forward to the day I can happily look in the mirror at a smooth clear & even complexion some day soon.

Skin Type: Combination
Comments: Product consistency in terms of smoothness/coarseness/stickiness/ is sometimes a miss, don't believe it affects the result provided.
Great Combo

Have seen great improvements by using these 2 items concurrently, hard to fault and wil continue purchasing.

Individual results may vary

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