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My top 9 most Essential SPF-50 sunscreens for the best summer experience, (Korean, Mineral, Tinted, Drugstore & more)

Updated: Apr 13

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. This is a numerical rating system for sunscreens that determines how well they protect your skin against UVB rays, the primary cause of sunburn.

2 bottles of sunscreen on a rock surrounded by the sea side

Here's how SPF 50 works:

  • Sunburn happens when UVB rays penetrate your skin and damage cells.

  • SPF 50 sunscreen filters out about 98% of UVB rays.

  • The remaining 2% of UVB rays are Terrorizing your skin and can cause sunburn, so reapplication is "crucial".


Why SPF 50 is ideal for Malaysians (especially now!):


This current moment (April) falls right in the hotter months, with increased UV intensity.

What makes these "9" best SPF-50 sunscreens unbeatable?

1.High UV index:  

Malaysia's UV index can often reach dangerously high levels, especially during midday.

SPF 50 provides superior protection compared to lower SPF sunscreens.


2.Broad-spectrum protection:

Although SPF 50 focuses on UVB rays...

Many of the sunscreens I'm about to show you, will help you deflect deadly UVA rays that can penetrate deep into the skin which contribute to premature aging and skin cancer.


3.Suitable for various skin types:  

The sunscreens listed are suited for oily, sensitive, and even darker skin tones, making it easy to find an SPF 50 formula that works for you.



Top 9 Best SPF-50 Sunscreens in the market today


Korean Sunscreens:

1#Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder Pact SPF 50+ PA++++: 

(Perfect for oily or acne-prone skin.)  


Besides offering superior UVA protection, this beauty is secretly:

  1. A potent pore minimizer, that will shrink all your pores instantly!

  2. And your weapon against severe acne breakouts!

However, the most notable part of this product has to be its unbeatable shine control and unique mattifying effects that last for hours.

2#Laneige Watery Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++: 

(for normal, combination, or oily skin)


Ditch the heavy lotions! 

This lightweight, water-based sunscreen provides a burst of hydration, leaving your skin feeling refreshingly cool and weightless

Its fast absorption speeds make for extremely fast results.

Mineral Sunscreens:

1#EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46: 

(Perfect for skin prone to acne and rosacea.)


Are you tired of using sunscreen that worsens your acne and rosacea-prone skin?...

This (100% allergy-free) sunscreen helps calm and protect skin prone to discoloration and breakouts.


The secret?...

  • Contains Niacinamide, a potent ingredient that visibly improves skin tone and discoloration.

  • Specially formulated to keep acne-prone skin in check

  • Helps keep your skin smooth and even.

  • The non-comedogenic, lightweight formula will not clog pores and can be layered under makeup.

  • leaves no residue, so you can enjoy the sun without any greasy aftermath

2#Sun Bum Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50: 

(Perfect for all skin types)


Protect your skin and the planet!

This formula is:

  • Gentle on coral reefs 

  • Prevents sunburns

  • Decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun

Plus, It's water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, making it a must-have for your beach vacations with your loved ones.

Tinted Sunscreens:

1#Supergoop! PLAY Everyday lotion SPF 50 (Glowscreen): 

(Perfect for normal, combination, dry, or oily skin.)


PLAY Everyday Lotion was created to correct everything you ever disliked about sunscreen. 

It is the only sunscreen in this list that has a natural scent, plus...

it feels amazing and absorbs quickly!


2#Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad-Spectrum SPF 30: 

(Perfect for any skin type.)


With 20 different shades to choose from, this tinted moisturizer offers light to medium coverage and SPF 30 protection. 

It's a great option if you want a quick and simple way to protect your skin and even out your complexion.

Drugstore Sunscreen

1#La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60: 

(Perfect for Acne-prone skin Oily Combination and Normal)


Even in heat and humidity, this oil-free sunscreen provides unmatched protection while absorbing pore-clogging oil, and is Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation


  • Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes

  • Non-comedogenic formula won't clog pores or cause breakouts

  • Dermatologist tested

  • Suitable for sensitive skin

  • Paraben free

  • Fragrance-free

  • Oxybenzone free

Other Sunscreens:

1#Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 50+: 

(women with melanated skin tones.)


This mineral sunscreen is specifically designed for women with melanated skin tones.

No more ashy mess! 

Black Girl Sunscreens is specially designed to protect against sun damage while leaving any white residue behind. 

It offers a long-lasting dewy finish and also helps to moisturize, soothe, and heal your skin.

2#Coola Sun Spray SPF 50 Fragrance-Free: 

(Perfect for any skin type)


Reapplication made easy!

This spray sunscreen is easy to apply and reapply, making it a great option for on-the-go sun protection. 

It's also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Remember: Don't be fooled by a cloudy day – UV rays can still penetrate clouds. Make SPF 50 sunscreen a daily habit, reapplying every two hours, or more often if sweating or swimming. By doing so, you'll be shielding your skin and enjoying the Malaysian sunshine safely.


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