Summer Beauty on a Budget: Best sunscreens under P500

Sunscreen is essential but it gets a bad rap because many are sticky and often expensive. But that's not true! There are many cheap and ultra-lightweight options easily available in your favorite beauty stores. Here's five for you to check out this summer!

Yadah Oh My Sun Block SPF35 PA++ (P225 for 20ml, P425 for 50ml at Beauty Bar)

This is my first ever sunblock. I got the 20ml one which lasted me around two to three months when applied only to the face. That’s very sulit! The formula is light and has this very herby smell to it that reminds me of organic products. It also absorbs so completely, you'll forget you have sunscreen on.

Bioré Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50 PA++++ (P420 at Watsons and PCX)

I honestly hope you guys are not tired of seeing this featured in a post every week. It’s really that good! Unlike your usual thick and creamy sunscreens, this is a lightweight gel which dries matte. It doesn’t smell like sunblock, and wears so well under makeup that you can skip the primer. Biore has an entire line of sunscreens with different variants, which we really should try next...after we've moved on from how awesome this one is.

Belo Sunexpert Transparent Mist SPF 50 PA+++ (P449.75 at department stores and groceries)

Some people prefer spray sunblock especially for their body, and Belo has a lot of good ones! This mist version is a unique formula that feels more like a facial mist rather than sunscreen. You can definitely use it on your face and body. It has a bit of an oily finish but it adds a hydrating glow to the skin.


Nivea Protect & White SPF50 Cream (P504 in department stores and supermarkets)

This is four pesos over budget, yes, but it's a great sunscreen for the body. It's not streaky, has high protection, and helps to keep skin from tanning too much. Something to consider if you're particular about maintaining your color!

Celeteque Dermoscience Sun Care Face and Body Sun Defense Cream SPF50 (P449 at department stores)

I remember stealing this from my mom’s vanity way back when. It's a good sunscreen but it can be a little bit thick and heavy so I recommend saving it for the beach or pool. I've never gotten a sunburn despite spending most of the day playing in the water, but do make sure to reapply.

Etude House Sunprise Must Daily SPF 50+ PA+++ (P478 at Etude House)

I've tried a few sunscreens from Etude House and this is one of my faves. It has a lightweight gel texture, and I've noticed that it gets absorbed faster by bare skin compared to when it is applied over moisturized skin. That's because it was also designed to act as a moisturizer, so check this out if you want to skip a step in your morning routine.

Have you tried any of these budget-friendly sunscreens? Which one catches your eye?