Summer has officially kicked-off and you’ll probably be spending more time under the sun, walking, enjoy a picnic, going to the beach, etc. That means you’re more exposed to those nasty UVA and UVB rays that are harmful to your skin, even when you don’t notice it. That’s when sunscreen comes in! With so many in the market right now, it might be hard to choose one that satisfies your skin needs. That is why we’ve round up the best everyday Korean sunscreens for every skin type.
- Dry, Combination Skin
This ultra-hydrating Aloe Soothing Sun Cream from COSRX is perfect for anyone with dry or combination skin. It's moisturizing thanks to aloe vera in it, yet absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving any feeling of stickiness. If you have combo skin, you can wear it alone as a light moisturizer or layer it on top of your daily moisturizer for extra protection. This only retails for about $12–$16, which your wallet will be thankful for.
- Acne-Prone Skin
For anyone with acne-prone skin, a lightweight, non-greasy yet nourishing formula might work best. The Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk SPF 50 provides all of that while protecting you from the sun. On top of that, this product also contains anti-aging properties and it won’t leave that dreaded white cast sunscreens were infamous for. This product retails for about $18.
- Sensitive Skin
If you have sensitive skin the Neogen Day-Light Protection SPF 50 sunscreen is what you need. The formula is free of harsh ingredients such as parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. The best part of this sunscreen is that you don’t have to sacrifice one skin need for the other. If you have sensitive and dry skin, it'll leave your skin feeling nourished thanks to the rose and raspberry extracts in it. If you’re more on the oily side, you can use this as a light moisturizer. You can find this sunscreen at Sephora for $30.
- Oily Skin
Sunscreen used to be the worst nightmare for a person with oily skin but there’s no need to worry anymore, thanks to sunscreen like the Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream Sebum Care SPF 35. This is formulated with sunflower oil and Jeju green tea extract plus an oil-absorbing powder to provide moisture, protection, and a matte finish. This sunblock is also budget-friendly, retailing around $14.
- Bonus: Lips
Yes, lips need to be protected from the sun, too! Thankfully, nowadays you can find a lot lip balms with SPF and the Missha Essential Care Lip Treatment SPF 15 is one of our favorites. This has amazing ingredients like alpine rose, angelica, blue lotus, and Edelweiss extracts to help strengthen lips plus hyaluronic acid and ceramides for that baby-smooth feeling. This retails for about $10 but a little goes a long way.
If you’re wondering where in the skincare routine SPF comes in, most K-beauty experts agree it should be the last step after moisturizer and to put more on the cheeks, nose, and forehead area since those are the points in the face where the sun hits first.
Let us know in the comments below if you’ve tried any of these or if we missed out on your favorite Korean sunblock.
Written by Dianelys Fuentes