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SPF: Protect Your Skin This Summer

Here’s a list of the top-rated facial sunscreens with an array of prices to suit all our bank accounts.

collage of SPF products

Summer is well and truly on its way and after a long year of rain, copious lockdowns and unfortunate events, a little sun is all we’ve been looking forward to. Nonetheless, before we start rushing out to soak up some Vitamin D, we need to remember the nagging voice of our mothers and grandmothers reminding us to wear sunscreen. Understandably many of, myself included, have been slacking off over the winter season, but SPF is for all year round and it’s time to make a change. 

chanel uv essentials sunscreen

This daily facial sunscreen defends against harmful UVA and UVB rays, pollution, oxidative stress and dehydration. Its formula combines the lightness of gel with the comfort of cream, creating the most invigorating texture. It leaves your skin refreshed, hydrated, radiant and primed for makeup application. 

 

la mer sunscreen

La Mer’s lightweight and highly protective fluid sunscreen guarantees to keep skin hydrated, soothed and comfortable all day. This chemical sunscreen with a non-sticky texture, SPF 50 and unscented, is perfect for daily use, especially because it does not leave a white cast. Perfect for summer selfies! 

 

la prairie sunscreen

Excellent for everyday wear, La Prairie’s lightweight formula sunscreen works perfect over your usual skincare or as a moisturizer itself thanks to its silky textureIts broad-spectrum sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays and has a protection of SPF 50. This product is lightly fragranced.   

dr barbara strum sunscreen

This sunscreen serum will rock your world. Using the sun drops in your moisturizer or your foundation make it easy to ensure that you are receiving that SPF 50 to protect you against UVA and UVB rays. It also features an active complex with cassia extract, vitamin E and beta-glucan to prevent sun damage, including brown spots and skin discoloration. Its fragrance-free formula is perfect for those with sensitive skin. 

pai sunscreen

PAI has produced and incredible, non-greasy, non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen that protects against UVA + UVB and sits comfortably under makeup. This reef friendly formula boasts blue-light & infra-red protection too. Ideal for sensitive skin, they have now introduced a larger size bottle as well. 

drunk elephant sunscreen

This mineral sunscreen its extremely hydrating and gives the skin a natural-looking glow. It contains zinc oxide as an active ingredient, sunflower sprout and algae extracts which work to protect skin from free radicals (<- these are damaging molecules produced by tobacco smoke, sun exposure, toxins and many more). 

alpha h sunscreen

This ultra-lightweight, non-chalky broad spectrum daily sunscreen not only protects your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays, but also creates and environmental shield to protect your skin from free radicals and other environmental aggressors. With a rapid absorption and non-greasy formula, this sunscreen provides intensive nourishing qualities and leaves your skin feeling soothed, hydrated and conditioned, with a semi-matte finish that makes a perfect base for makeup.  

 

elta md sunscreen

Recommended by several dermatologists and having won multiple awards, this fragrance and paraben free sunscreen feels lightweight on the skin and won’t clog pores, making it a top choice for anyone with acne-prone skin. Although directions only mention using it on the face and neck, you can use it all over, making it perfect for those with body acne too! This sunscreen is made with 10transparent zinc oxide and 5.5titanium dioxide for a physical, chemical-free sunscreen that’s safe for all skin types and ages. It’s also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and holds up well during workouts. 

 

la roche posay sunscreen

We all know that La Roche Possay is one of the best skincare brands out there and so is their sunscreen. With it’s fantastic broad-spectrum protecting you from UVA and UVB rays as well as free radicalsits formula sits comfortably on the skin without making you look pale or shiny. 

neutrogena sunscreen

Rated one of the best facial sunscreens in 2020 and 2021, this non-greasy, fast-absorbing sunscreen will get the job done during those long beach days. Free of chemicals, oils, and fragrances, the gentle formula absorbs quickly into the skin, and doesn’t leave behind that sticky residue. 

piz buin sunscreen

As many of us know Piz Buin is one of the few sunscreens which cater to everyone. This non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog up your pores) sunscreen has been designed alongside dermatologists with sensitive skin in mind. It offers sun protection along with the brand’s unique anti-irritant shield, helping our skin to become more resistant to the sun in the long term as well. Additionally, all of Piz Buin’s ranges are sweat and water resistant. 

ordinary sunscreen

The Ordinary sunscreen, although thicker in texture, still blends beautifully and does not feel heavy on the skin. Its key ingredients in this rich lotion include Micronized Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, which help shield skin from environmental aggressors, a Bio-Sugar Complex that offers long-term hydration, as well as antioxidantsThe sunscreen has a mild mattifying effect which works perfectly under makeup. 

soltan sunscreen

Boots own brand sunscreen will blow your mind! This lightweight sunscreen with a broad-spectrum protecting you from UVA and UVB rays will not only make you fall in love but it will also become one of your favorites. As one of the cheapest sunscreens you will find it makes for a perfect buy and it also fantastic under makeup, it leaves your skin intensely hydrated and dewy with no white cast. 

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