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Everything You Need to Know About SPF Sticks

These sticks are easy to use, mess-free, and are travel-friendly—we totally get why they’re stealing the spotlight these days!

Raise your hand if you remember the good old days when your mom would insist on spraying loads and loads of sunscreen on your entire face and body during beach trips! The ones we used as kids would even leave icky white casts on our skin that we would make fun of.


Now that we can take care of ourselves, skincare is something we definitely should be prioritizing. It’s become a staple not only in our summer trips but most importantly, in our daily routine. If you’re on the skincare algorithm on social media or you might just be a skincare junkie, you might’ve seen or heard about the older generation regretting not wearing sunscreen everyday. The thing is, they didn’t notice the gradual effects on their skin until many years later. Some applied sunscreen on their faces but left out their necks which led to the latter having visible wrinkles and dark spots. However, it’s important to point out that wearing sunscreen isn’t only for maintaining a youthful appearance, but more significantly, to protect the skin from harmful UV rays that have long-term damage.


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Thankfully, skincare technology has progressed too. Sunscreens, in particular, are now available in the worldwide market as creams, liquids, gels, sprays, powders, sticks, etc., all with various and distinct formulas that come in different price points. We bid farewell to sticky lotions that leave a white cast on our skin and welcome new, improved and upgraded formulas and packaging. 


Something that’s been circling on the radar, although not entirely new, is the popularization of sun sticks. They have become a more favored option among consumers these days. These sticks are easy to use, mess-free, and are travel-friendly—we totally get why they’re stealing the spotlight and we’re all for it!

It’s good for those who wear sunscreen everyday, but something that most miss that’s just as important, is reapplication. It’s a general rule that sunscreen is to be reapplied every two hours. For makeup users, SPF mineral powders, sprays and sun sticks are your best friends for touch ups. Although, compared to liquid formulas where you can more or less estimate how much you need to apply to your skin with a few pumps, sun sticks will require you to do multiple swipes across your face to get the fullest coverage needed. However convenient and mess-free that may sound, they can become a potential source of bacteria. Frequent use without proper cleaning can cause bacteria build up which is the last thing we want in skincare. As easy as it is to use, it’s also equally easy to clean by wiping the top layer with an antibacterial wipe every two or three uses. It’s also important to note that it is not recommended to share your sun sticks with others.


Sun sticks are a good option for those who are on-the-go and need SPF that’s easy to throw in a purse. Just like our other daily essentials, it’s important to be aware of the proper way of cleaning our sun sticks. With all the sticks available in the market, we’ve gathered some of our favorites for different skin types in various price ranges. Now off you go to find the perfect sun stick that suits your skin and your lifestyle!



Article by Micah Mendiola


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