Ask any beauty editor, makeup artist or A-lister what skincare product they couldn’t live without and nine times out of 10 they will say sunscreen.
We’re not talking about the factor 15 you pick up in Departures on your way to the Balearics, sunscreen for your face is big business and if you’re not using it, you may as well be done with the bounty of lotions and potions in the bathroom. SPF is top of the list when it comes to protecting your skin and, to sound unashamedly superficial, keep you looking young.
We’ve handpicked the best on the market, no matter what your skin type or tone, and remember, anything lower than SPF50 on the face isn’t going to cut it. Read on for our favourites plus the seven golden rules to applying sun cream to your face…
- Wear SPF on your face every day, even in winter.
- Apply over your moisturiser and before your foundation.
- Always choose an SPF of 50 at least.
- Reapply throughout the day if you come in contact with water or are sweating.
- Always apply before you go out in the sun.
- Use approximately half a teaspoon of product for your face or more if the consistency doesn’t feel like it’s covering the entire face.
- Don’t forget your ears and neck.
The A-Listers’ Favourite
Sarah Chapman’s celebrity client lists reads like the invite list to the Oscar’s after party – Victoria Beckham, Gigi Hadid, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts and Meghan Markle to name just a few – so you can guarantee her products are worth their high-end price tag.
Think of her Skin Insurance SPF 50+ as an SPF with a little bit more, thanks to its optical blurring technology, adaptive tints and light-scattering particles. In short, it will give you glowy, slightly covered skin without the need for heavy foundation, and a safe broad-spectrum protection from strong sun, HEV and daily aggressors.
The Makeup Artist’s Choice
There isn’t a makeup artist worth their salt who doesn’t have this in their kit and while it might not look like the sexiest of products, it does the job.
Drying with a pure matte finish, it’s the perfect base for applying makeup on top of without that greasy feeling that makes your base slide out of place. Due to the no-oil formula it’s also great for acne-prone skin and any extra perspiration brought on my warm weather days. Heliocare also protects skin at its surface against damage caused by UVA, UVB, visible light and infrared-A, and defends against free radical and DNA damage.
The Skincare Junky’s Favourite
Expensive but hard working is a good description of Skinceuticals wonder product – the price tag comes in at a cool £45 for 40m – but totally worth it if a. you’re dedicated to your skincare regime and b. you’re looking for a product that does more than just protect from the sun. Thanks to its inclusion of 1% tranexamic acid and 2% niacinamide, it will help to even and balance the skin, combatting existing signs of ageing or sun damage, while UV filters help to prevent further damage on top. Clever stuff.
Its lightweight formula also means it won’t interfere with your skincare below or your makeup on top.
The Handbag Essential
Few sun creams come as handy or as hard working as this; Kate Sommerville’s shine-free, ultra-fine mist spray. If you’ve not heard the name, Kate is basically a skincare guru to the AAA List – think Eva Mendes, Kate Hudson, and Kirsten Dunst – and her unique SPF is without a doubt the easiest way to apply throughout the day.
The French Pharmacy Favourite
As affordable sun creams go, French pharmacy brand La Roche-Posay is brilliant. The lightweight fluid glides effortlessly across skin, absorbing fast to avoid that greasy look and feel. It has staying power too with a sand, sweat and water-resistant promise – perfect for popping your beach bag. UVA, UVB and infrared protection shields delicate and damage-prone skin and because it’s a simple, french pharmacy formula it’s not full of nasty toxins.
The Water Resistant One
Weird name, great product: Thank You Farmer hails from South Korea and every beauty junky knows that SoKo skincare is where it’s at. The sun cream’s featherweight formula and filters provide consistent, invisible protection from the damaging effects of UV rays. Plus, this one’s water-resistant too.