Top 12 Best Sunscreens for your Skin in 2020

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You can’t go on a summer vacation without packing your sunscreen. While many of us only come to think about sunscreen during the hot summer months by the beach, sunscreens should be applied every single day.

Simply put, if there is a skincare product that is regularly stressed by dermatologists to be applied daily, it’s sunscreen. Of course, getting some summer tan during the holidays is something most of us long for.

However, baking in the sun without protection is extremely damaging for the skin.  In its most crucial role, sunscreens contain SPF that helps to protect our skin from harmful UV rays, therefore, minimizing the risks of skin damage and skin cancer. More than that, sunscreen is your best friend when it comes to protecting your skin against aging, dark spots, and wrinkles. 

If you see the letters SPF on your sunscreen, it stands for “Sun Protection Factor” and is a measure of how well the sunscreen protects against UVB rays. Experts recommend using a sunscreen of an SPF of at least 30.

When it comes to applying, it is recommended to do it 20-30 minutes before going outside, then reapply at least every two hours. 

Sensitive skin means something different to everyone. From creams to gels, lotions, sticks, and spray, finding the right sunscreen for your skin type can be tricky, especially if you are prone to breakouts and sensitive skin.

Sunscreens also come with different active ingredients and there are clear differences between the types of sunscreens. 

Now that you’ve got some of the basics down, it’s time to find a sunscreen for your face that will leave your skin looking youthful and healthy.

From our reviews, we have selected the 12 best sunscreens to help you get started!

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ANESSA Sunscreen

Perfect UV Sunscreen SPF 50

฿1249 ฿1350
Claiming the place at the top of our list is ANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare. Love skincare products?

Then, you are looking at the right place. You can’t talk about sunscreens without mentioning Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen that is not only popular in Thailand but is also ranked number 1 in Japan!

The sunscreen comes with Triple Defense Technologies. First, it’s advanced with “Thermo Booster Technology” that makes UV protection veils stronger with heat. Second, it has “Aqua Booster technology” that spreads UV protection veils evenly and makes it stronger. 


This beloved sunscreen is also Super Water Proof and has been proven by an 80-minute bathing test. The milky and airy touch rubs in the skin beautifully. Plus, the fragrance is divine as it provides a refreshing fragrance of citrus soap.

Type of SunscreenWater ResistantSPF/ PA LevelPacking QuantityPhysical or ChemicalSuitable ForPrice
Lotion Yes SPF 50+/ PA++++ 20/60 ml Mixed Normal Skin 229/ 729THB
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Mizumi Sunscreen

UV Water Serum

฿ 470.00 ฿ 890.00
Prices may vary
For sensitive skin, you can’t really go wrong with Mizumi UV Water Serum. Yes, physical sunscreens like Mizumi UV Water Serum are known to be great for sensitive skin types.

This water serum sunscreen is formulated with natural minerals ZT Shield and Yuki-CE extra production for aging.

A favorite for urban warriors as it provides maximum protection from UVA1/ UVA2/ UVA B. It gets better, the texture of the sunscreen lotion has been developed to transform into liquid and blends into the skin easily once applied.

Type of SunscreenWater ResistantSPF/ PA LevelPacking QuantityPhysical or ChemicalSuitable ForPrice
Lotion No SPF 50+/ PA++++ 40 g Physical Sensitive Skin 890 THB
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BSC  Sunscreen

Crystal Aura Sunscreen

฿ 130.00 ฿ 450.00
Here’s an innovative sunscreen that is budget-friendly and has been specifically developed to be ultra-light, non-sticky, and comfortable to wear every day.

This sunscreen also happens to contain vitamin C, E and B3 that helps in achieving naturally radiant skin. The sunscreen also features the latest technology, “Triple Action Technology” that protects the skin from sunlight and pollutants that cause dryness and roughness to the skin as well as premature aging.

With Sodium Hyaluronate and Ronacare Ectoin, the sunscreen helps to soften and moisturize the skin. You can say that it’s a sunscreen with a powerful combo of ingredients that help boost nourishment to the skin.

That being said, users notice that BSC Crystal Aura Sunscreen is not as water-resistant as it should be therefore it needs to be reapplied regularly. Allergic-prone skin users should also watch out because although it’s paraben-free, it is not fragrant free. 

Type of SunscreenWater ResistantSPF/ PA LevelPacking QuantityPhysical or ChemicalSuitable ForPrice
Cream No SPF 50+/ PA+++ 25 g Chemical Normal Skin 153 THB
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L’OREAL Sunscreen

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PARIS UV PERFECT MATT & FRESH LONG UVA SPF 50+ PA ++++

฿ 345 ฿ 345
A skincare lover’s dream and the answer to people with oily skin! This sunscreen comes with an oil-free formula.

Enriched with ingredients that help to reduce sebum production and absorbs excess oil. Users love the sunscreen for its fast absorption and light texture that makes it easy to apply even with makeup.

The breakthrough formula remains matte even up to 45 degrees c. It’s also enriched with detoxyl which helps to protect skin from pollution microparticles.

Although the sunscreen is paraben-free, it has alcohol and fragrant components and therefore may not be most suited for people with allergy-prone skin. 

Type of SunscreenWater ResistantSPF/ PA LevelPacking QuantityPhysical or ChemicalSuitable ForPrice
Cream No SPF 50+/ PA+++ 30 ml Mixed Oily Skin 339 THB
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Biore Sunscreen

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UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++

฿ 375.00 ฿ 650.00
Prices may vary
All the way from Japan, this sunscreen essence has been rated as the top product for many consecutive years!

It is hard to beat for its light and water-like fresh feeling. Suitable for both face and body application, the essence contains Aqua Micro Capsules which has UV absorbing ingredients that provide a strong and long-lasting sunscreen.

It comes with Biore’s latest innovation that is UV Aqua Jelly Capsule that protects the skin from UV rays and is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and Mix Citrus Essence that keeps them hydrated. No thick texture here, this essence sinks into the skin easily and does not cause clogged pores.

That’s right, you are looking at a sunscreen that you can comfortably wear every day and apply on top of makeup without having to worry about oiliness. 

Type of SunscreenWater ResistantSPF/ PA LevelPacking QuantityPhysical or ChemicalSuitable ForPrice
Essence Yes SPF 50+/ PA++++ 15/50/85 g Chemical Normal Skin 125/ 420/ 650 THB
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Anessa Sunscreen

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Perfect UV Spray Sunscreen Aqua Booster 

฿465.00 ฿650.00
Prices may vary
Travelers and minimalists, the spray version of Anessa has finally arrived in Thailand and is easier to use than ever!

Thanks to the UV Stamina Technology, this sunscreen protects against UV rays even after repeated prolonged exposure.

It has rightfully earned its place on our must-have sunscreens especially with the 360 Degree Protection Technology that provides barrier protection against UV rays from all angles.

The easy to apply spray claims to be non-sticky and super lightweight, leaving no trace on any skin tone. That being said, spray sunscreens generally don’t offer as much protection and therefore have to be reapplied consistently. 

Type of SunscreenWater ResistantSPF/ PA LevelPacking QuantityPhysical or ChemicalSuitable ForPrice
Spray Yes SPF 50+/ PA++++ 60 g Chemical Normal Skin 650 THB
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LA ROCHE POSAY

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Anthelios Invisible Face Mist SPF 50+

฿1,200.00 ฿2,366.67
Prices may vary
La Roche Posay has always been a trusted brand for sensitive and allergy-prone skin. You’ve guessed it – it’s fragrant and paraben-free.

Anthelios’ first very high UVA and UVB protection sunscreen also protects against harmful substances such as pollen and dust. Users raved about how light-weight it felt just like a fresh texture of thermal spring water!

Beloved by those who don’t want to spend too much time applying sunscreen as the spray dries fast and delivers a double anti-shine action with an ultra-dry finish. The lightness of the spray makes it easy to rinse off at the end of the day too.

Remember to make sure that you are at least 15 cm away from the spray and avoid spraying on the same area for more than 3 seconds. 

Type of SunscreenWater ResistantSPF/ PA LevelPacking QuantityPhysical or ChemicalSuitable ForPrice
Spray No SPF 50+ 75 g Mixed Sensitive Skin 990 THB
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ZA Sunscreen

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True White Power Block UV SPF 40+ PA+++

฿380.00 ฿380.00
Prices may vary
Developed from Taiwan, ZA True White Power is perfect for anyone who loves an all in one deal.

The sunscreen is great for both face and body, protecting you from head to toe. It’s a powerful sunscreen cream that protects from UV rays SPF40 PA+++.
There’s a good reason why this sunscreen is on our list and that’s because it’s not only powerful but ideal for even those with oily skin. As an added benefit, this sunscreen is water and sweat resistant and is designed for long activity days and a must-have for those who frequently engage in outdoor activities.

So sweat all you want when you are wearing this sunscreen! It’s worth noting as well that some users find this sunscreen difficult to apply due to its thick texture.

Those with sensitive skin should think twice before going straight for this sunscreen as it is a fragranced formula and made with paraben therefore can cause irritation to the skin. 

Type of SunscreenWater ResistantSPF/ PA LevelPacking QuantityPhysical or ChemicalSuitable ForPrice
Cream Yes SPF 50+ PA+++ 50 g Physical Normal Skin 380 THB
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LANCOME Sunscreen

UV Expert Youth Shield Tone Up Milk SPF 50+ PA++++

฿2,100.00
Prices may vary
Yes, this is higher in price compared to many other products but there is a reason why it’s on our list.

First, it’s a UV Expert that helps to brighten and revive the skin complexion. This sunscreen is also ideal for those who like to apply makeup as it acts as a makeup base.
There’s also 9% of emollient agents and coconut milk from French Polynesia that helps with moisturizing your skin, leaving it noticeably smoother.

In addition to being ultra-light, this sunscreen is a multi-protection against UVB, Long UVA, and Urban Pollution.

To top it up, the UV expert is enhanced with Fairy Powder, mother of pearl that is composed of titanium and reflects light for a brightening effect enhancing the skin with radiance at the same time too. 

Type of SunscreenWater ResistantSPF/ PA LevelPacking QuantityPhysical or ChemicalSuitable ForPrice
Lotion - SPF 50+/ PA++++ 30/ 60 ml Physical Normal Skin 2,200/ 2,900 THB
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Garnier Sunscreen

Skin Natural Light Complete Super UV SPF 50+/ PA++++

฿ 409.00 ฿ 759.00
Prices may vary
This lightweight sunscreen provides the ultimate protection against the highest UVA, UVB, UVA1, and pollution.

Thanks to the Mexoryl Ultraviolet Rays Shield System, the skin is protected for up to 12 hours! Packed with nourishing ingredients such as Vitamin E, Hydra-Active Agent, and Antioxidant that hydrates the skin and will protect against wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots.

A favorite amongst many for effectively reversing the sun effects. As for the cream, you can choose between natural colored cream or a beige colored cream.

The natural colored cream is great for brightening your skin whilst the beige colored cream provides added skin tone correction and can be used as a makeup base. It absorbs easily into the skin, even for oily skin it doesn’t have a pasty finish.

A great choice for people with sensitive skin as it is fragrant and paraben-free. Looking for a budget-friendly option that is reliable and reassuring? Then, this is the sunscreen for you. 

Type of SunscreenWater ResistantSPF/ PA LevelPacking QuantityPhysical or ChemicalSuitable ForPrice
Cream No SPF 50+/ PA++++ 30ml Chemical Normal Skin, Sensitive Skin 259 THB
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SpectraBan Sunscreen

Anti uva-uvb with SPF 30+ PA+++

฿ 215.00 ฿ 315.00
Prices may vary
If you are looking for a sunscreen that is commonly used by skin specialists, then the SpectraBan Anti-UVA-UVB is for you.

It is a favorite among dermatologists and has been rated as the number 1 recommended sunscreen in hospitals. The SPF 30+ sunscreen is fortified with Microfine Zinc Oxide 9.8% that protects the skin against UVA and UVB rays. 

Protection aside, we particularly love this sunscreen for its ultra-light texture that does not cause clogged pores and leaves the skin feeling beautifully smooth. No annoying white cast left behind when you rub it in.

This is another sunscreen that is a top choice for people with sensitive skin even for kids. The sunscreen is free of chemicals, parabens, and fragrance, hence, does not cause any stinging or irritation.

Plus, users appreciate its effectiveness of slowing down wrinkles, dark spots, and freckles.

Type of SunscreenWater ResistantSPF/ PA LevelPacking QuantityPhysical or ChemicalSuitable ForPrice
Cream Yes SPF 50+ PA+++ 20 g Physical Acne-prone & Sensitive Skin 315 THB
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VASELINE Sunscreen 

HEALTHY WHITE SUN + POLLUTION PROTECTION SERUM SPF50+ PA++++

฿367.60 ฿735.20
Prices may vary
Sunlight is definitely harmful but don’t forget that our skin can also be damaged from exposure to harmful pollutants too.

As the name suggests, this sunscreen shields you from both UV rays and pollution. Indeed, it comes with a  Pollution Protection Formula that protects pollutant substances from damaging the skin’s inner cell.

You will want to have this sunscreen within your arm’s reach as it also includes Vaseline Jelly that helps clear the skin.

However, might not be the best option if you are in a hurry as the thick texture of the sunscreen means you may have to rub it a few times before it enters the skin.

Type of SunscreenWater ResistantSPF/ PA LevelPacking QuantityPhysical or ChemicalSuitable ForPrice
Serum No 50+ PA++++ 180/ 320 ml Chemical Normal Skin 159/ 249 THB

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