19 Best Sunscreens Malaysia 2021: No White Cast & Matte (All Skin Types)

Don’t skip on the best sunscreen in Malaysia 2021! As they say, prevention is better than cure!

Many forget, but your skin is one of your vital organs! And the largest one on your body too! Even a drugstore sunscreen or sunblock can protect your health and appearance in future years!

Read more on how to choose a sunscreen. And see our suggestions for the best sunscreens in Malaysia!

Why You Need Sunscreen (Benefits)

Damage from the sun’s UV rays builds up in your skin your whole life.

And wearing sunscreen daily minimizes the damage significantly!

  • UV rays are a proven carcinogen!
  • The ozone layer is depleting; UV rays are even more dangerous
  • Reduces your chances of getting skin cancer
  • Protects your skin from premature aging (e.g. age spots, leathery skin, etc)

Be diligent in your sunscreen application!

You definitely need sunscreen to go with the best vitamin C serum in Malaysia! As vitamin C decreases the melanin in your skin.

And you won’t have to rely on whitening creams or eye creams to save your skin later on!

But What If You’re Always Indoors?

If you are near a window all the time, you need sunscreen too!

The only way you are completely safe from the sun’s UV rays is:

  • If you are in a windowless
  • Or have UV-blocking curtains!

And not to freak you out:

But some indoor lights may emit small amounts of UV rays too.

What If It Is A Cloudy Day?

Clouds do not provide adequate protection from UV rays! UV light just passes right through them!

How Does Sunscreen Work?

There are 2 types of sunscreens available in Malaysia.

Physical or chemical and each have a different way of protecting your skin from the sun!

What Is SPF?

SPF (Sun Protection Factor) only represents the protection against UVB rays:

SPF Level% Of Protection For UVB Rays
1593
3097
5098

So you see, higher doesn’t necessarily mean better or longer protection!

What is PA+++?

A Japanese measure of protection against UVA rays. More “+ means the product has better protection.

Other countries like UK, USA, Australia and Germany have adopted this system too.

But:

Since Japan was the first to have PA++++ ratings, not all countries have updated their system accordingly.

So a product with PA+++ may not actually be worse than one with PA++++.

What Is Broad Spectrum?

Always go for a sunscreen with “Broard Spectrum” on the label.

That means the sunscreen protects against both types of UV rays –UVA and UVB!

  • UVA rays – cause premature aging
  • UVB rays – burn your skin

Excessive exposure to either will cause skin cancer.

Types Of Sunscreen

1. Physical Sunscreen

Physical sunscreens (aka mineral sunscreens) commonly feature zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Or both!

They work by scattering and thus, preventing the UV rays from penetrating your skin at all!

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2. Chemical Sunscreen

Chemical sunscreens absorb into your skin so that they can in turn, absorb UV rays that enter your skin.

Common ingredients include oxybenzone or avobenzone.

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3. Combination

Many newer sunscreens in the market tend to combine both types of sunscreen!

That’s not necessarily more effective! And may cause irritation to your skin!

Physical Sunscreen Vs Chemical Sunscreen

An overview:
Category Physical Chemical
Common Active Ingredients Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide Ethylhexl Methoxycinnamate, Avobenzone, Oxybenzone
Function Physical barrier Absorbs UV rays (into skin) and then, break them down
Advantages Suitable for sensitive skin, Reef safe Lightweight and easy to apply, No white cast, Cheaper
Disadvantages Leaves a white cast, Harder to apply, Usually more costly Not reef safe, Irritates sensitive skin, May disrupt female hormones (in the long run)

How To Choose A Good Sunscreen

1. It Must Have Broad Spectrum Protection

We explained this already.

2. Physical Sunscreens Are Preferrable

They act as a physical barrier to block UV light from penetrating your skin!

3. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) Of 30 (Or Higher)

Any sunscreen with SPF below 15 is only enough to prevent a sunburn!

In general:

  • SPF 15 to 30 – indoors or short intervals outside
  • SPF 30 to 70 – outdoors or for water sports
  • SPF 70 or higher – does not work any better than SPF50

4. Waterproof – Do You Need This?

Look for a water-resistant sunscreen if you will know you will be sweating or swimming.

You can expect a waterproof sunscreen to last 40 to 80 minutes in the water.

5. Best For Your Skin Type

  • Dry skin – choose a cream
  • Sensitive skin – PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid)-free

For oily and acne-prone skin types, avoid sunscreens with comedogenic ingredients!

6. Ingredients To Avoid

Similar to choosing a toner or moisturizer: You should look for an alcohol free sunscreen! And one without oxybenzone. Which is known to disrupt female hormones!

7. Reef Safe

You might not live near the ocean, but water always finds its way there eventually!

And certain chemicals are incredibly dangerous to coral and marine life! Even causing infertility in fish!

Reef safe sunscreens in Malaysia do not have any of the following chemicals:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Octocrylene
  • PABA (Aminobenzoic Acid)
  • Enzacamene
  • Octisalate
  • Homosalate
  • Avobenzone

8. Expiry Date

An expired sunscreen will not do its job well.

9. Sunscreen Application

Be sun smart! Don’t purposefully go out to get a tan! And stay in the shade whenever possible.

Wearing long sleeves, a hat and sunglasses outside is always advisable too.

  • The sun’s rays are the strongest especially between 10am to 5pm.
  • Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours.
  • Be sure to wash off your screen completely with a good facial cleanser or cleansing oil before going to bed
  • Apply sunscreen liberally on all exposed limbs at least 15 minutes before heading out
  • Do not apply sunscreen on babies (<6 months). Cover them up (e.g. hat, mittens, socks, etc) and try to limit their sun exposure!

19 Best Sunscreens Malaysia 2020

Best Sunscreen For Oily Skin

1. Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 40

Lightly tinted, the Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 40 has calming ingredients (Chamomile and cucumber).

It makes a decent makeup base that counteracts redness!

Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 40
  • Type: Physical/ Chemical
  • Texture: Lotion
  • Rating: Broad Spectrum, SPF 40
  • Water Resistance: Not Water Resistant
  • Size: 40ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types Including Sensitive Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Cinoxate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Vitamin E, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
  • Price: RM127

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2. Innisfree Tone-up No Sebum Sunscreen SPF50 PA+++

Basically a primer and physical sunscreen rolled into one:

Innisfree Tone-up No Sebum Sunscreen SPF50 PA+++ will give you a matte base to apply make up on!

At the same time, it calms your skin with witch hazel leaf water and camellia extract. And treats blemishes with tea tree leaf extract!

Innisfree Tone-up No Sebum Sunscreen SPF50 PA+++
  • Type: Physical
  • Texture: Cream
  • Rating: SPF50 PA+++
  • Water Resistance: n/a
  • Size: 50ml
  • Suitable For: All skin types
  • Key Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (Nano) 11.5008%, Titanium Dioxide (Nano), Centella Asiatica Extract, Citric Acid, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Citrus Junos Peel Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sunflower Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, etc
  • Price: ~RM35

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3. Innisfree Intensive Triple Care Sunscreen SPF50+

You’ll notice a slight herbal smell from the Innisfree Intensive Triple Care Sunscreen SPF50+.

And it leaves a hint of white cast and sheen on your skin!

This product has niacinamide as well – a wonderful anti-aging ingredient found in some of the best face serums!

Innisfree Intensive Triple Care Sunscreen SPF50+
  • Type: Physical Sunscreen
  • Texture: Cream
  • Rating: Broad Spectrum, SPF 50+, PA++++
  • Water Resistance: Waterproof
  • Size: 50ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Niacinamide, Adenosine, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract
  • Price: RM37.5

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4. Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defense Sunscreen SPF 30

From Dermalogica comes the Invisible Physical Defense Sunscreen SPF 30 that defends your skin against UVA/UVB/blue light!

Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defense Sunscreen SPF 30
  • Type: Physical Sunscreen
  • Texture: Cream
  • Rating: Broad Spectrum, SPF 30
  • Water Resistance: n/a
  • Size: 50ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types Including Sensitive Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Alpha-Bisabolol, Vitamin E, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
  • Price: RM262

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If you have oily skin and you need more options, continue to the acne prone skin section!

Best Sunscreen For Acne Prone Skin

5. Neogen Day-Light Protection Sunscreen SPF 50

Neogen Day-Light Protection Sunscreen SPF 50 is best for dry or combination skin that’s prone to acne.

As it is highly moisturizing with tea tree oil and lavender oil to treat and sooth acne!

Neogen Day-Light Protection Sunscreen SPF 50
  • Type: Physical/ Chemical
  • Texture: Cream
  • Rating: Broad Spectrum, SPF 50, PA+++
  • Water Resistance: Not Water Resistant
  • Size: 50ml
  • Suitable For: Normal To Oily Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Rose And Raspberry Extracts, Vitamin E
  • Price: RM78

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6. Eucerin Sensitive Protect Sun Fluid Mattifying SPF 50+

While the Eucerin Sensitive Protect Sun Fluid Mattifying SPF 50+ does have skin-identical hydrating ingredients (glycine, sodium hyaluronate, glycerin), they’re not quite enough for very dry skin!

Eucerin Sensitive Protect Sun Fluid Mattifying SPF 50+
  • Type: Physical/ Chemical
  • Texture: Lotion
  • Rating: Broad Spectrum, SPF 50+
  • Water Resistance: n/a
  • Size: 50ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types (Oily & Sensitive Skin)
  • Key Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Triazone, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract
  • Price: RM90

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7. La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Facial Sunscreen SPF50+

Merging chemical UV filters with effective oil-absorbing ingredients like airlicium and silica:

The dry touch version of this sunscreen is a blessing for oily skin types! You get both sun protection and mattifying oil control!

La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Facial Sunscreen SPF50+
  • Type: Chemical
  • Texture: Gel / cream
  • Rating: SPF50+
  • Water Resistance: Yes
  • Size: 50ml
  • Suitable For: Combination, Oily, Acne-Prone Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Triazone, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Ethylhexyl, Salicylate, Homosalate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Titanium Dioxide, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Vitamin E, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, etc
  • Price: ~RM100

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8. Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream SPF 50+

Oily/ combination skin that is acne prone will find a good daily companion in the Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream SPF 50+!

Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream SPF 50+
  • Type: Physical Sunscreen
  • Texture: Cream
  • Rating: Broad Spectrum, SPF 50+, PA++++
  • Water Resistance: n/a
  • Size: 50ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types Including Sensitive Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Niacinamide, Adenosine, Madecassoside, Centella Asiatica Extract, Tea Tree Leaf Oil
  • Price: RM39

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Acne prone skin types can look at the recommendations for sensitive skin too!

Best Sunscreen For Combination Skin

9. Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Mild Milk SPF 50+

Anessa has a hypoallergenic formula that is safe for children in their Perfect UV Sunscreen Mild Milk SPF 50+!

It’s free from alcohol, preservatives (paraben), and mineral oils!

Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Mild Milk SPF 50+
  • Type: Physical/ Chemical
  • Texture: Lotion
  • Rating: Broad Spectrum, SPF 50+, PA++++
  • Water Resistance: 80 minutes
  • Size: 60ml
  • Suitable For: Sensitive Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitamin E
  • Price: RM106

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10. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunblock SPF 50+

An affordable favorite from Japan, the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunblock SPF 50+ is quite drying but doesn’t feel like a regular sunscreen (very lightweight)! Or leave an unsightly white cast!

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunblock SPF 50+
  • Type: Chemical Sunscreen
  • Texture: Gel-Cream
  • Rating: Broad Spectrum, SPF 50+, PA++++
  • Water Resistance: 80 minutes
  • Size: 50g
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, BHT, Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Price: RM25

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11. Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 50

The Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 50 has slight tint and a creamy texture that does not feel greasy!

Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 50
  • Type: Physical Sunscreen
  • Texture: Lotion
  • Rating: Broad Spectrum, SPF 50, PA++++
  • Water Resistance: Not Water Resistant
  • Size: 30ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types Including Sensitive Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide
  • Price: RM162

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12. NALC Perfect Waterproof UV Protector SPF 50+

NALC’s  Perfect Waterproof UV Protector SPF 50+ may apply on as pale yellow at first, but it dries transparent!

NALC Perfect Waterproof UV Protector SPF 50+
  • Type: Chemical Sunscreen
  • Texture: Emulsion
  • Rating: Broad Spectrum, SPF 50+, PA++++
  • Water Resistance: Waterproof
  • Size: 60g
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types (Suitable For Sensitive Skin)
  • Key Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid, BHT, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl
  • Price: RM98.9

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Combination skin with some acne? There’re some options that may be applicable to you in the acne prone section!

13. COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50+

Can’t stand heavy sunscreens?

The COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50+ feels like a lotion and is neither too oily or drying!

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50+
  • Type: Physical/ Chemical
  • Texture: Cream
  • Rating: Broad Spectrum, SPF 50+, PA++++
  • Water Resistance: n/a
  • Size: 50ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Aloe Arborescens Leaf Extract, Vitamin E
  • Price: RM43

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Best Sunscreen For Dry Skin

14. Some By Mi Yuja Niacin Mineral 100 Brightening Suncream SPF50+ PA++++

Some By Mi Yuja Niacin Mineral 100 Brightening Suncream SPF50+ PA++++ relies on both zinc oxide and titanium oxide to shield your skin from damaging UV rays!

The formula combines brightening agents (vitamin C, arbutin, and niacinamide), antioxidants, and hydrating ingredients. Like sunflower seed oil, glycerin, and an omega fatty acid (linoleic acid).

Some By Mi Yuja Niacin Mineral 100 Brightening Suncream SPF50+ PA++++
  • Type: Physical
  • Texture: Cream
  • Rating: SPF50+ PA++++
  • Water Resistance: n/a
  • Size: 50ml
  • Suitable For: All skin types
  • Key Ingredients: Niacinamide (2%), Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Beta-Carotene, Ceramide 2, Adenosine, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Arbutin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Alpha-Bisabolol, Panthenol, Alpha-Bisabolol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, etc
  • Price: ~RM35

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15. 3W Clinic Intensive UV Sunblock Cream SPF 50+

The hydrating formula of 3W Clinic Intensive UV Sunblock Cream SPF 50+ includes anti-inflammatory ingredients (Allantoin, aloe vera, red ginseng, etc) and brightening ingredients (Arbutin, white mulberry)!

3W Clinic Intensive UV Sunblock Cream SPF 50+
  • Type: Physical/ Chemical
  • Texture: Cream
  • Rating: Broad Spectrum, SPF 50+, PA+++
  • Water Resistance: n/a
  • Size: 70ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Arbutin, Vitamin E, Allantoin, Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract
  • Price: RM15

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16. Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing Watery Sun Cream SPF 45

Ironically, the Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing Watery Sun Cream SPF 45 contains orange peel oil.

For brightening but this is also a phototoxic ingredient (i.e. makes your skin more sensitive to the sun!)

Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing Watery Sun Cream SPF 45
  • Type: Physical Sunscreen
  • Texture: Cream
  • Rating: Broad Spectrum, SPF 45
  • Water Resistance: Not Water Resistant
  • Size: 40ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Orange Peel Oil, Lavender Oil, Blueberry Fruit Extract
  • Price: RM30

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Dry skin with occasional acne? You can check out the recommendations for acne prone skin too!

Best Sunscreen For Sensitive Skin

17. Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Air-Fit Suncream SPF 50+

Suitable for oily/ acne-prone/ sensitive skin types, the Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Air-Fit Suncream SPF50+ has anti-aging ingredients (centella asiatica extract, rosa demascena flower oil, vitamin E) too!

Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Air-Fit Suncream SPF 50+
  • Type: Physical Sunscreen
  • Texture: Cream
  • Rating: Broad Spectrum, SPF 50+, PA++++
  • Water Resistance: n/a
  • Size: 50ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types Including Sensitive Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Centella Asiatica Extract, Made White, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Vitamin E, Madecassoside, Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Price: RM65

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18. Sukin Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreen Untinted SPF 30

As with other Sukin products, the Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreen Untinted SPF 30 contains many natural ingredients.

Like rose hip oil and green tea! Which are antioxidants!

Sukin Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreen Untinted SPF 30
  • Type: Physical Sunscreen
  • Texture: Lotion
  • Rating: Broad Spectrum, SPF 30
  • Water Resistance: Not Water Resistant
  • Size: 60ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Rosehip Oil, Green Tea And Cucumber
  • Price: RM71.9

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19. Axis-Y Complete No Stress Physical Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++

Don’t let the intense ingredient list scare you:

The Axis-Y Complete No Stress Physical Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++ consists primarily of safe ingredients!

In fact, it has many skin-calming ingredients (e.g. mugwort, calendula, green tea, grape seed extract, allantoin, and chamomile)

Axis-Y Complete No Stress Physical Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++
  • Type: Physical
  • Texture: Lightweight cream
  • Rating: SPF50+ PA++++
  • Water Resistance: n/a
  • Size: 10ml / 50ml
  • Suitable For: All skin types
  • Key Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Niacinamide, Adenosine, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Allantoin, etc
  • Price: ~RM20 (10ml)

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Bonus: Daily Sunblock (20g) By Serasi

Zero waste as it is comes in a cute glass jar that you can return:

The main ingredients of the Daily Sunblock (20g) by Serasi (along with zinc oxide) naturally provide sun protection!

With such hydrating ingredients, you can skip putting on moisturizer after this sunscreen!

Serasi Daily Sunblock - 20g
  • Type: Physical
  • Texture: Cream
  • Rating: SPF 20-25
  • Water Resistance: Not Water Resistant
  • Size: 20g
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types Including Sensitive Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Coconut oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Beeswax, Unrefined Shea Butter, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin E, Carrot Seed Essential Oil, Lavender, Myrrh
  • Price: RM30

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Conclusion

It’s a tough choice to choose among so many sunscreens! But this list of the best sunscreens in Malaysia features sunscreens for dry, oily, combination, acne-prone and sensitive skin!

There are physical and chemical formulas (or both). The majority of these sunscreens does not feel sticky or leave a white cast! With broad-spectrum rating and SPF greater than 30!