Chuck Your Old Sunscreens, It’s Time For A New One!

Hello spring, it’s good to see you! I’m glad that the winter hasn’t been too cold and now that we’ve transitioned to spring, I’m keeping my fingers tightly crossed that hay fever doesn’t kick me in the behind like it always does.

One thing about spring is that it’s a good reminder for me to chuck my old sunscreens and move on to a new one. The thing about sunscreens is that they’re not meant to last for years. No sirree. Just like any other beauty product, they too have a shelf life.

Chuck Your Old Sunscreens. It's Time For A New One!

We often forget to throw away old beauty products. Heck, my dresser and beauty cabinet is proof of a lot of old beauty products that I still keep and haven’t chucked. The start of spring is a good indication for you to also spring clean your beauty products, starting with sunscreen.

Chuck Your Old Sunscreens. It's Time For A New One!

Sunscreen loses its efficacy after about a year even though some of them has 24 months of shelf life printed on the packaging. To ensure optimum results and full anti-ageing goodness, it’s best to just use a new one. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than 3 years, but its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures. So if you go to the beach often and leave your sunscreen lying around on the hot sand, please replace it every 12 months.

Chuck Your Old Sunscreens. It's Time For A New One!

My favourite sunscreens are from Biore (Asian version) and Sunplay’s Skin Aqua. They’re oil-free, non-sticky and works very well on my skin. Unfortunately, these aren’t easily available in Australia (rven when they are, they’re sold at cut-throat prices) so whenever I’m back in Malaysia to visit my family and friends, I make sure I stock up. These sunscreens are also available at if you’re interested in checking them out.

Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF30+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen

I recently purchased a couple of Australian sunscreens to try out and they work very well too. If you’re interested in a sunscreen that doesn’t have that strong chemical typical sunscreen scent, do check out Mecca Cosmetica’s To Save Face SPF30+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen. It smells very good and while it’s quite thick, I didn’t find it too rich on my skin and I didn’t experience any breakouts. The other one is Dr Lewinns’ Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF30+. Its texture is lighter than Mecca Cosmetica’s and works swell on oily to combination skin.

Dr Lewinns Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF30+

If you’re worried about never finishing your sunscreens yet needing to replace it annually, go ahead and use your face sunscreen on your body as well (not the other way round). But if you use the recommended amount of sunscreen on your face and body daily, you’ll actually be needing more than one sunscreen per year. I go through mine like water! 😛

Time to raid your beauty stash, chuck your old sunscreens and get new ones!

What’s your favourite sunscreen? I’m always on the lookout for more sunscreens to try. 🙂

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6 comments… add one
  1. Victoria

    My favourite sunscreen is Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ PA++++ 🙂

    1. Tine

      I’ve heard so many good things about this. Even Paris B recommends it! Gotta try it out too 😀

  2. Jyoan

    I go through mine like water too! It is impossible to not finish sunscreen because I use the recommended amount every single day. The smaller Sunplay ones can only go 1.5 months. While some larger tubes can run to almost three months.

    Such a bummer that all these stuff in Australia are so expensive. But thank goodness there are still Australian brands!

    Sunscreen are considered costly in Singapore, regardless of brand. I like to stock up on local brands when I go to Thailand, because they have burning climate, and they also have local brands! I will definitely get a few Australian ones if I ever go to Australia, because I do realise that those “local” brands easily have SPF 50 at the same price as you would get a SPF 30 in Singapore.
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    1. Tine

      I use mine up so quickly because I tend to use face sunscreen on my body. I don’t like the thick ones meant for body so I just use the ones meant for the face. Definitely more expensive but my justification is that cheap out on sunscreen, regret later. 😛

      An aunt of mine commented that sunscreens are costly in Singapore too. Maybe it’s because I already pay high Australian prices that what she quoted to me on a particular Biore sunscreen wasn’t at all expensive. Yeah, I reckon it’s that because I did see the same product in Malaysia sold for less.

      When you do come to Australia (hello, notice I said WHEN and not IF ;)), highly recommend you get sunscreens here. Australia is well-known for being very strict with their SPF guidelines so you’re sure to get quality sunscreens here.

  3. Dana

    Best sunscreen hands down, up until now, ever since I tried it for the first time and not going back or even looking at any other sunscreen is the Simplicite Great Outdoors Sunscreen SPF15. Seal the deal for me, now and forever. Hahahaha… xx

    1. Tine

      Ooh it’s that good? The SPF is quite low though. I like mine to be a hefty 30 😛 But I’ll check it out at MYER when I’m there next just to test out the texture.

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