Every skincare routine starts with the basics, and using one of the best sunscreens (or best sun creams) is a must all year round. But with summer fully underway, heatwaves are expected to come one after another, and stocking up on SPF products is that much more important. So whether you’re planning a beachside holiday in Mauritius or if you’re planning to stick around, shielding your skin from all kinds of harmful UV rays to minimise the chance of burning should be your priority. And yes, you most definitely need a separate sunscreen for your face and one for your body.
But as you would expect with most skincare products nowadays, there are several factors that you’ll need to take into account before settling on a particular SPF. This includes your skin type, your personal preference (whether you’re after a mineral sunscreen or a chemical one), your budget and how you see it fitting into your overall skincare routine.
Thankfully, gone are the days of old-school sticky and chalky sun creams that left behind a white cast, clogged our pores and caused our skin to feel greasy and heavy. In recent years, most of the newer sun creams have started to cater to all skin types, making wearing sun block on a daily basis much, much less of a hassle than it used to be.
Best sun creams at a glance – our top picks:
- Best sun cream overall: La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid SPF50+ Sun Cream, £19.90, LookFantastic
- Best sun cream for tanning: Garnier Ambre Solaire SPF 50+ Sensitive Advanced Dry Mist Sun Spray, £8, Boots
- Best sun cream for dry skin: Hello Sunday The One That’s A Serum SPF45, £22, Boots
- Best waterproof sun cream: Lancaster Sun Sport Cooling Invisible Body Mist SPF50, £32, Boots
We spoke to several dermatology experts to share their tips on how to select the perfect, non-greasy sun cream to fit your specific skin type so you can stay protected from sunburn this summer and beyond. So if you’re curious to read up on all things SPF-related, by all means, scroll all the way to the bottom of this page.
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