8 beauty director-approved SPFs for all-over protection

Best sunscreen: 8 beauty director-approved SPF lotions for head to toe protection

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Forget the gloopy, greasy sunscreens of yesteryear; it has never been easier to find a hard-working formula that you won’t bemoan applying. Just take it from Stylist’s beauty director…

The sun is finally starting to come out — hurrah! But at the risk of being a buzzkill, I’m here to remind you that, as always, sun cream is a total non-negotiable.

Whether you’re out and about for some outdoor socialising or you’ve moved your home office into your garden or onto your balcony,  it’s important to protect your body (as well as your face) from the sun’s harmful rays. Well, that, and avoiding the sun when it’s at its strongest, and seeking shade as much of possible, of course.

But I get it: all sun cream feels gloopy, sticky, greasy and gross, right? Wrong. Over the years, I’ve made it my mission to hunt out non-greasy, non-sticky, hydrating formulas that protect the skin but are also — believe it or not — a joy to apply. Plus, not one of them will leave your limbs looking ashy, even if you have dark skin. So, I’m sorry, but there goes all your excuses.

These are the eight best sunscreen formulas I pack for everything from holidays to trips to my tiny inner-London balcony. 

  • Best sunscreen for workouts

    Lancaster Sun Sport Cooling Invisible Mist SPF 30
    Lancaster Sun Sport Cooling Invisible Mist SPF 30

    If you plan on exercising in the summer sun, then you’ll need a sunscreen that is sturdy enough to stay put, even when faced with extra sweat and rubbing up against your clothes. For that, I love Lancaster’s cooling mist. The sweat- and waterproof mist is completely clear so you can spritz on and pretty much head out the door, save for a little gentle patting and buffing.

    Shop Lancaster Sun Sport Cooling Invisible Mist SPF 30 at Space NK, £28

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