Whether you need a new beach SPF go to, or want some light SPF protection for the winter, it’s worth getting your head round the best SPFs on the market.
Long gone are the days when the only time you saw a sunscreen bottle was among the contents of your beach bag.
Holes in the ozone layer and our increasingly scorching summers are most definitely pointing to global warming (#notfakenews), which means wearing SPF each and every day really is an absolute no-brainer.
But with increased awareness comes increased market saturation – i.e., pretty much every skincare product seems to have some sort of sun repelling ingredient thrown into the mix, which means it can be hard to nail exactly what SPF works best for you.
Not sure what SPF to use on the beach, on your face or on the daily? Keep scrolling for the best SPFs that’ll work for holidays, rainy days or for those times when you’re just feeling too lazy to blend your make-up.
Best Daily SPF
Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Day Screen SPF 50
Nothing makes you skip SPF faster than a sudden outbreak of grey skies and torrential rains.
But regardless of the somewhat fluctuating weather us Brits have to deal with (the Beast from the East in March and a summer heatwave kicking off in April – REALLY?) daily SPF should be the top of your skincare arsenal.
Smooth on this absorbent, oil-free liquid for a thin layer of daily SPF protection. It easily sits underneath your makeup or works just as well as a finishing touch to your skincare routine. Light enough to get away with even when the clocks go back.
Best Beach SPF
Avène Eau Thermale Very High Protection Spray SPF 50
Nothing kills your sunny beach Instagram post like a sheen of white sitting on top of the bronzed tan that you’re desperately trying to show off.
Avene’s thermal water-based SPF are designed to be sprayed all over your body, leaving a lightweight but powerful mist of SPF 50 to protect you from the sun without the ghostly finish.
Because chalky streaks on your hot dogs or legs shot? Not a good look.
Best Waterproof SPF
Shiseido WetForce Expert Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+
The clue’s in the name with this one.
Especially helpful for when you’re so hot you can feel the sweat dripping down your back. Shiseido’s clever WetForce technology means the lotion’s UV protection is actually enhanced when it comes into contact with water and perspiration.
Its unique formula makes it ideal for wet and sweaty Triathlon days, or if you’re not about that keep fit life, sweaty sunbathing before acold dip in the pool.
Best Body SPF
Institut Esthederm Adaptasun Protective Silky Body Mist
This mist is designed specifically to be used on days with moderate sun or for people whose skin tans easily and rarely burns.
It uses patented technology to protect against UVB, UVA, visible light, infrared rays and pollution through stimulating skin cells to strengthen themselves, while encouraging melanin distribution for a faster tan.
Protection and a better tan? That’s a winner in our eyes.
Best Face SPF
Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF 50 Hydrating Shield
Not long ago, the thought of applying SPF on your face probably conjured up images of chalky-faced cricketers or children that looked like they’d made a mess out of their Mr Whippy ice creams.
But it’s 2018 and sun protection technology has advanced, meaning almost every major skincare line has a face SPF that will leave you looking less Maleficent and more Sleeping Beauty.
This lightweight formula uses SPF 50 to protect against UV rays and, with its patent antioxidant blend, prevents pollution from aggravating the skin. Plus, it’s infused with a hint of shimmer to leave your face with a subtle glow. No chalky white lines in sight.
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination Cream SPF 50+
If you’re suffering from product overload and want to strip things back a bit, this best-selling all-in-one product can do the trick.
Not only does this foundation include a high level of SPF, it’s also infused with an anti-ageing hydrating serum to look after your skin at the same time.
But the best part? It’ll leave you with a hint of glow thanks to the light-reflecting pigments in there. A foundation, SPF, serum and highlighter in one? It’s got our vote.
Best SPF Tinted Moisturiser
Estee Lauder DayWear Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Sheer Tint Release Moisturiser SPF 15
Some days whipping out a stippling brush and beauty blender is just way too much effort.
A full makeup routine when you’re rushing to that morning meeting after one too many chardonnays the night before? Not going to happen.
This moisturiser combines an almost-invisible layer of SPF with a hit of hydration and light coverage.
And unlike most other tinted moisturisers, there’s no need to faff around with colour matching, as its one shade subtley blends into your skin tone when applied.
Best SPF Lip Balm
Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15
No longer will you have to wipe away the dregs of melted SPF chapstick from your make-up bag, because the always reliable Bobbi Brown has changed the game with this lip balm.
As well as SPF 15, it uses five naturally derived ingredients that promise to care for your lips while keeping them looking and feeling plump and moisturised.
Beeswax hydrates while aloe vera soothes and avocado, olive and wheat germs oils boost protection. We’re big fans of the tin, too.