Summer’s on its Way – Protect your Skin!

Summer’s on its Way – Protect your Skin!

If you’ve ever had an indepth discussion with me about skincare, you’ll have heard me bang on about two things – ditching the facewipes and using an SPF product every day – yes, that’s EVERY day, even in winter and even in England! 90% of skin aging is caused by free radicals and the sun, and even when it is cold, dull or you’re spending most of your day behind a computer desk (the blue light emitted from devices is also skin damaging), with only a break or two to get some fresh air outside, your skin should be protected. Of course some moisturisers have an SPF in them as standard, but if yours does not, it’s definitely worth investing in an extra layer of protection to pop on after your daily moisturiser. And don’t rely on the SPF included in your BB cream, tinted moisturiser or foundation – experts agree that you would have to wear a pretty heavy layer in order to get the sun protection you need.

The issue that often arises when choosing a sun protection product for your face is that you certainly don’t want to resemble an oil slick, nor do you want a product that will roll and pill as soon as you apply your makeup or one that leaves that a white cast. In my quest for the perfect facial sunscreen, I have tried and tested a myriad of different products and brands and here are my favourites so you don’t have to think twice. With each of these it is worth leaving them for at least 10 minutes to be absorbed by your skin before applying your makeup.


La Roche Posay Anthelios Invisible Face Mist SPF 50+, £14 for 75ml

If you don’t have time on some mornings to leave your sunscreen for 10 mins before applying makeup (I know when I have to be up at 4am for a wedding I certainly don’t!), this spray mist, which can be used over makeup, is a total skin saver. I wouldn’t use it every day, purely because it doesn’t last as long as a fluid product, but it’s perfect for early starts or when you forget to apply your SPF layer – and it’s also great for desperate parents with children who hate having suncream applied to their faces!
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La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+, £16.50 for 50ml

This super light weight fluid is perfect for those with normal-combination skin. It is non-greasy and doesn’t leave a white cast on the face. Absorbs in 10 mins to sit well under makeup.
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UltraSun Face Anti-Ageing Lotion SPF50+, £24 for 50ml

This is my go to SPF product at the moment because it offers anti-ageing properties as well as sun protection. You only need a large pea-sized amount to cover the entire face and it is totally invisible and sinks in within 5-10 minutes. Makeup applies beautifully over the top.
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Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution SPF50, £32.50 for 30ml

Great for those who work in the city, thanks to its anti-pollution properties, this lightweight lotion helps to maintain a youthful, radiant and even complexion. It is one of the more expensive options on the market but a little goes a long way with this product.

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Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF50, £60 for 50ml

This mineral sunscreen absorbs quickly with no residue. It is in a soft, peach tint, suitable for all skin tones which delivers a luminous, radiant finish. It also contains Vitamin C to brighten the skin and protects against infrared radiation, pollution and blue light from devices.
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