What’s the right sunscreen for my skin type?

We’re glad you asked.

As we bid spring goodbye and welcome summer, it’s time to be die hard diligent about your UV defence efforts. But… how do you know if you are choosing the right sunscreen for your skin?

Choosing the right sunscreen

Sunscreen for different skin concerns guide

Well, we are here to help! This guide lists down different skin concerns and the suitable sunscreens so that you are fully empowered to pick one that works best for your skin.

Skin concern: Dryness and sensitivity

Sunscreen for dry and sensitive skin

Hydration is the number one priority for dry and sensitive skin. That is why we’d recommend going for a sunscreen with hydrating and moisturising benefits. A good moisturising sunscreen should leave your skin looking plumped and nourished without being oily. If your skin is sensitive, avoid textures that are too drying. A sunscreen that sits comfortably will save you a lot of irritation.

Skin concern: Oiliness

Sunscreen for oily skin

Those with oily or combination skin should avoid sunscreens that feel too heavy on the skin. Light, matte and fresh are the keywords for a non-greasy and non-sticky experience.

Skin concern: Pores and acne

Sunscreen for pores and acne

There’s a common misconception that applying sunscreen will end up clogging pores and aggravating acne. The truth cannot be further!

Tip: To avoid clogging pores, look out for comedogenic (tendency to clog pores) ingredients such as cocoa butter, lanolin and petrolatum etc when selecting products.

While many people believe that the sun can help to dry out acne, it doesn’t actually solve the root of the problem. UV rays weaken the skin barrier and dry up the skin, which in turn causes oily skin to produce even more sebum leading to more breakouts. You’ll still need the UV protection, so opt for light textures and formulations that are less prone to clog pores.

Those with pore issues can also opt for tinted sunscreens as opposed to foundation. Wearing foundation and makeup for long hours can result in clogged pores. Tinted sunscreens could be more helpful in providing some coverage without being too heavy on the skin.

Skin concern: Aging and pigmentation


If dark spots and wrinkles are your nemesis, sun protection becomes doubly, if not triply important! UV rays increase the rate of melanin production, which form what we call ‘sun spots’ or dark spots. Sun exposure also darkens acne scars, making them harder to fade even after acne has cleared.

Ensure that you apply sunscreen of SPF 25 and above at least 15 minutes before going outdoors. Always apply and reapply every few hours. You can also opt for sunscreens with antioxidant ingredients to provide added protection against free radical damage from the sun. Certain sunscreens are also formulated to improve the skin tone on top of sun protection. These could be useful especially for dull skin.

How to choose DR’s Secret sunscreen?

DR’s Secret Sunscreen 5

Choose DR’s Secret Sunscreen 5 if…

Your concerns are: Dryness, Sensitivity, Dullness, Pigmentation
Looking for: Moisturising benefits. Natural glowing effect without the grease.

DR’s Secret Sunscreen Matte 5M

Choose DR’s Secret Sunscreen Matte 5M if…

Your concerns are: Oiliness, acne, pores
Looking for: Breathable skin, matte fresh finish without tackiness.