Battle of the Sunscreens

The YesStyle Beauty Lab

Not that sunscreen isn’t necessary during cooler seasons (every beauty junkie will remind us to wear sunscreen daily), but it’s especially important to wear sunscreen during summer, when we tend to bare more skin.

We’ve discussed how to pick the right sunscreen for your skin type in a previous article. I have dry and sensitive skin, which is why I tried out three hypoallergenic sunscreens. Read on to find out the strengths and weaknesses of each!


Waterproof ability (from left to right): AROMATICA, SOME BY MI and Dear, Klairs


Original moisture level: 25%, oil level: 39%

AROMATICA – Aloe Mineral Sunscreen

SPF: 50 PA++++
Waterproof: Yes
Consistency: Runny
White-cast: None
Vegan-friendly: Yes
Spreadability: * * *
Compatibility with makeup: * * * *
Moisturizing power: Moisture level of skin increased from 25% to 45%
Price at YesStyle: US$ 14.9/ 50ml

Made with zinc oxide, this mineral sunscreen guards skin from UVA and UVB rays with SPF 50 PA++++. It’s infused with organic aloe vera and bifida ferment that make it hydrating and refreshing. The vegan-friendly formula is free from silicone, alcohols, sulfates, parabens and fragrances.

I thought I’d love this one the most due to its vegan formula, but it turns out I didn’t because it’s quite runny as a sunscreen. It literally drips if you hold it upright, and it doesn’t even matter if I shake it or not. I like that’s it’s non-irritating and non-drying, but the watery texture does put me off. It can be a go-to if you have sensitive skin and are in need of a waterproof sunscreen.

SOME BY MI – Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream

SPF: 50+ PA++++
Waterproof: No
Consistency: Creamy
White-cast: None
Vegan-friendly: No
Spreadability: * * * * *
Compatibility with makeup: * * * *
Moisturizing power: Moisture level of skin increased from 25% to 51%
Price at YesStyle: US$ 13.9/ 50ml

If you love SOME BY MI’s 30 Days Miracle series, I’m sure you’ll love this one too. Featuring the same tea tree oil and cica formula, SOME BY MI’s Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream claims to soothe, protect and reinforce the skin barrier. It also contains 85% moisture essence and is free from nano-particles, silicone, alcohols, sulfates, parabens, artificial fragrances and colorants. Like AROMATICA’s sunscreen, this suncream only uses minerals (zine oxide and titanium dioxide) to block UV rays.

I’m fine with the tea tree scent, and I like that it’s non-sticky and easily to spread. But I found the formula a little drying for my dehydrated skin. It might work for those with oily, acne-prone skin.

Dear, Klairs – Soft Airy UV Essence

SPF: 50+ PA++++
Waterproof: No
Consistency: Creamy
White-cast: None
Vegan-friendly: Yes
Spreadability: * * * * *
Compatibility with makeup: * * * * *
Moisturizing power: Moisture level of skin increased from 25% to 58%
Price at YesStyle: US$ 23/ 80ml

I saved the best for last. I have to admit that I’m a little biased towards Dear, Klairs, and this sunscreen hooked me with its hyaluronic acid-infused moisturizing formula. It’s the most moisturizing sunscreen among the three. It also adheres seamlessly on skin and goes well with makeup, making it a wonderful makeup base. Though it looks slightly yellowish, it quickly fades into a colorless finish after application.

The vegan formula doesn’t include silicone, alcohols, sulfates and parabens. Note that it’s a chemical sunscreen that uses organic, carbon-based compounds to absorb UV rays.

The Verdict

It goes without saying that Dear, Klairs’s Soft Airy UV Essence is my favorite, but I wouldn’t say no to AROMATICA’s Aloe Mineral Sunscreen if I need a waterproof one, and SOME BY MI’s Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream seems ideal for someone with oily skin. It’s also noteworthy that they all don’t irritate the eyes and go perfectly fine with my makeup!