Ready for your beach escapade? Make sure your skin is ready too! Haven’t found the best sunscreen for the beach and swimming? Let me help you out.
What type of sunscreen is best for the beach?
While a sunscreen with SPF15 is good for everyday use, something that offers longer and more protection is definitely a must during the summer – especially if you’re heading to the beach.
Is SPF 50 good enough for the beach?
Yes, SPF50 is good enough! In fact, it’s even higher than what most doctors recommend, which is SPF30. But, of course, even if you wear a sunscreen with this high of an SPF, your protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays will be reliant on your reapplication as well as the sunscreen’s ability to stay on despite your many activities.
This is why you should look into getting a waterproof sunscreen for the beach. There are also sunscreens that use technologies that actually make water and your sweat help your sunscreen to stay on longer. Yup, those exist!
The best sunscreens for the beach and swimming that are available in the Philippines
If you’re curious to know which sunscreens are great for your beach trip and seascapades or just your average summer day under the sun, here are some to choose from.
Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk
This product from Japan’s no. 1 sunscreen brand boasts of an Aqua Booster Ex technology that increases sun protection upon contact with water. It’s also friction- and water-resistant, so you can go about your beach adventure with no worries.
The Sun Perfect UV Watery Essence Sunscreen
This Japanese waterproof sunscreen claims to not only protect your skin from the sun but also moisturize it with the help of a blend of seven herbal extracts: peach leaf, chamomile flower, luffa cylindrica, cabbage rose, aloe vera leaf, perilla leaf, and cucumber fruit.
Cetaphil Sun SPF50+ Gel
Got sensitive skin? You need to try this sunscreen from known gentle skincare brand Cetaphil. This water-resistant sunscreen is also paraben- and fragrance-free and is non-comedogenic (no pore-clogging here). It has skin-nourishing vitamin E too.
Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Protection Sunscreen Stick with Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
Looking for beach defense? Well, this one’s it. Have fun under the sun while being protected from harsh rays with the help of this sunscreen from Neutrogena that’s lightweight, fast-absorbing and water-resistant. Plus, it comes in a stick formula that’s super easy to apply.
EltaMD UV Shield Spectrum Sunscreen
This one’s for my oily-skinned friends! This vegan sunscreen is a cult-favorite thanks to its formula and wear. It’s also non-comedogenic, which makes it perfect for those with acne-prone skin.
Belo Sunexpert Whitening Sunscreen SPF 50 PA++
On top of protecting your skin against the sun, this sunscreen from local brand Belo also promises to nourish and even out your skin tone with the help of niacinamide and brightening essence in its formula.
Kopari Sun Shield Body Glow Broad Spectrum SPF
Protection and glow? Yup, this product from Kopari promises to provide both. This water-resistant body sunscreen is also transfer-proof and has superfood oils that nourish the skin.
Everyday Humans Oh My Bod! SPF50 Body Sunscreen
Sweat-resistant? Check. Water-resistant? Check. Fast-absorbing? Check. And it also has hyaluronic acid that hydrates the skin. The cherry on top? It smells like cucumber and apples.
Supergoop! Glowscreen Body Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF40 PA+++
This sunscreen’s texture is more like a lotion’s, so it’s perfect to use not just on the beach but also for everyday. It also has light-reflecting minerals that give your skin radiance. As far as performance goes, this one’s sweat- and water-resistant.
Looking for more sunscreen options? Check this guide to best ones.
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