Applying SPF every day is up there with doing your online shopping returns on the list of tedious (but totally necessary) adulting tasks. We all know risks of UV rays when it comes to skin cancers and sun damage, but our sophisticated skincare routines have made it even more important to protect our skin.
While potent ingredients, like retinols and AHAs, can do incredible things for our complexions, they also leave skin more sensitive to the sun. But when the wrong sunscreen formula can trigger a breakout, feel impossibly greasy, or leave an unflattering white cast, it’s no wonder so many of us are lax when it comes to actually applying it.
Although it’s tempting to rely on the SPF in our tinted moisturisers and foundations, most sun protection requires at least half a teaspoon to provide the coverage it advertises – a lot more than most of us apply.
To give your complexion the protection it deserves, invest in a dedicated sunscreen or SPF moisturiser for your skin type. And, for extra brownie points, make sure you’re applying it on neglected areas like eyelids, the tops of your ears and your hairline.
Scroll down to find the SPF most suited to your skin type.
Put off by thick, heavy sunscreen formulas? Mario Badescu’s Oil Free Moisturiser SPF30‘s water-based and non-comedogenic lotion absorbs so fast you’ll feel like you’re wearing nothing at all – meaning you’ll be less inclined to skimp (or skip) on SPF. Offering solid SPF30 protection against UVA and UVB, this moisturiser also comforts sensitive oily skin types with soothing aloe vera and St. John’s Wort.
Meet Alpha-H’s Essential Skin Perfecting Moisturiser SPF30 – a do-it-all moisturiser is ideal for city dwellers, combining UVA and UVB filters to shield skin from harmful rays with protection against blue light and pollution. Enriched with shea butter, it nourishes dry complexions and flaky patches without feeling suffocating to wear. Caffeine and niacinamide complete the skin-friendly line up, to help to revive tired skin and keep it looking clear and calm.
Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser SPF15 is a peachy scented gel-cream is ideal for protecting tricky combination skin. Hitting that sweet spot between lasting hydration and an ultra lightweight feel, it won’t overload oily areas or throw your complexion out of balance. A trio of moisture-attracting ingredients, hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3 and Dragon’s Blood, banish any feelings of tightness and keep skin looking plumped up and firm all day. With moderate SPF15 protection, this is an ideal base for layering under other sunscreen products.
When it comes to acne-prone skin, layering on yet another product can feel like asking for trouble. Keep things light with a multi-tasking base like Rodial’s Skin Tint SPF20, which acts as sun protection, moisturiser and foundation in one. In six adaptable shades the medium coverage tint blurs active breakouts, while protecting against sun damage and acne scarring.
If you’re giving SPF the swerve because it leaves your skin feeling itchy or irritated, try switching to a mineral sunscreen like The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF15. Less irritating than their chemical counterparts, physical blocks (like zinc oxide or titanium oxide) are the UV filters of choice in baby sunscreens for good reason. This gentle gel-cream formula absorbs easily for thorough protection that won’t upset delicate skin.