Protect your face from the damaging effects of the sun with this new breed of ultra-clever SPFs, which not only protect but also nourish.

Gone are the days of pore-clogging, white-casting facial SPFs that pilled under make-up and caused outbreaks. A new generation of sun-care has emerged that not only contains the newest sun protection technology, protecting against UVA rays (the ageing ones) and UVB (the burning and cancer causing ones), but which are also infused with skincare benefits to not only protect skin but hydrate, treat pigmentation and fight fine lines, too. From budget buys, to luxury brands, we’ve rounded up the tried-and-tested full gamut of sun-care for the summer ahead, plus check out our tips for how to apply it for maximum protection.

9 Of Our Favourite Facial SPFs With Skincare Benefits

La Roche Posay

Anthelios Age Correct SPF50, £18.75

Infused with dermatological actives to reduce wrinkles, dark spots and improve skin elasticity, Anthelios Age Correct provides the all-important broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, too. Buy it.

The Ordinary

Mineral UV Filter SPF30 with antioxidants, £8.90

An ultra-refined, lightweight mineral formula with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to block damaging rays, it also contains bio-active antioxidants, hydrating complex and Tasmanian pepper berry to soothe sun-stressed skin. Buy it.

Super Goop

Unseen Sunscreen, £15

This velvety textured ‘invisible’ sunscreen is perfect under make-up. With shine-minimising particles, it actually prolongs the wear of your foundation. Buy it.

Charlotte Tilbury

Invisible UV Flawless Poreless Primer, £40

This blurring skin primer has pore-refining properties that reduce the appearance of fine lines whilst providing a smooth, radiant base for make-up. The broad spectrum SPF50 shields from UVA and UVA rays, as well as pollution and other environmental aggressors, too. Buy it.

Ultra Violette

Supreme Screen Hydrating Facial Skinscreen SPF50+, £34

A silky, lightweight formula that doesn’t pill under make-up, but leaves a satin-like finish that hydrates, primes and protects with Australian antioxidants and SPF50+ protection. Buy it.


Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel, £30

A skin-quenching, gel texture, this Kiehl’s gel is perfect for those who find creams too cloying. The high SPF 50+ protection is suspended in a water-weight formula, making it great for oily complexions. It leaves skin smooth, shine-free and protected. Buy it.

Dr Sam’s

Flawless Daily Sunscreen SPF50, £29

A great option for blemish-prone skin, this milk texture lotion calms as it protects, with shea butter to moisturise, lactic acid to clear pores and niacinamide to brighten. Buy it.

Garnier Ambre Solaire

Ultra Light Sensitive Sun Protection Facial Fluid with Hyaluronic Acid, £8

A great high-street buy, Garnier’s Ambre Solaire is packed with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and Vitamin E to replenish skin. The ultra-high protection will help prevent the development of dark spots and the lightweight texture absorbs quickly to leave an invisible shield. Buy it.

No. 7 Protect & Perfect

Intense Advanced Facial Suncare SPF50, £14.95

This enriched sunscreen formula features five-star UVA protection, an antioxidant complex, and Protect & Perfect’s Intense serum too, the latter treating existing deep lines and wrinkles. There are ingredients to tackle dark spots, hyper-pigmentation and encourage skin renewal, too. A great hybrid skincare/suncare formula at a high-street price. Buy it.

7 Tips For Applying Facial SPF Effectively

Minimum SPF

As a minimum, ensure you are using an SPF30 on your face. Whereas our bodies are usually protected from direct sunlight by our clothes, our face is exposed all the time and therefore needs a higher level of protection.

Use 365 Days A Year

There is a misconception that you only need to protect your skin from the sun’s rays on bright days. In fact, even in the greyest weather those UVA and UVB rays will break through the cloud and cause damage. By making it part of your morning skin routine it will become a daily habit, come rain or shine.

Don’t Forget Your Ears, Lips, Neck And Décolleté

When applying sunscreen, it’s common to forget the peripheries – until they burn. Ensure you are covering your hairline, tops of your ears, back of your neck and right down your décolleté. Use a specific SPF balm for lips and if you have any excess sunscreen left over after applying, use it on the backs of your hands, which will benefit from the added TLC.

Skincare Step

Apply directly to cleansed and moisturised skin before any make-up and leave at least 30 mins before any sun exposure to ensure full protection.

Reapply Every Two-To-Three Hours

Applying in the morning as part of your morning skincare routine is not enough; you must re-apply every two-to-three hours (or more frequently if you are swimming) to ensure you are keeping the maximum level of protection up.

Extra Protection

Keep out of the sun between noon and 3pm when it’s at its strongest and do use wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses to protect your face from the sun at other times.

Evening Routine

Ensure you cleanse thoroughly at night to remove all traces of SPF to prevent breakouts and clogged pores.

By Lydia Mansi
April 2022

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