Newsflash: suncreams are not just for summer holidays.
In fact, they’ve upped their game in order to become everyday heroes.
They’re rivalling serums in the skincare stakes and make-up powders with their around-the-clock protection.
Greasy formulas that are a chore to apply and nightmare to top-up are out the window and replaced with luxe formulas that plump skin and mattify make-up. Hallelujah!
So, if SPFs are often a nostalgic reminder of previous vacations, then it’s time to add one of these to your basket for daily coverage.
Meet the Block Busters
Evy Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50, £25 for 100ml, cultbeauty.co.uk.
In recent weeks, Google has seen searches for the Evy Mousse sunscreen rocket by 1,350%, thanks to stellar reviews.
Its airy light, non-greasy veil is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types and a go-to for those with eczema and skin allergies.
Fragrance-free too, its patented formula comes with Proderm technology, which forms a protective barrier that mimics the skin’s own natural defence.
Supergoop! (Re) Setting Powder SPF30, £28, cultbeauty.co.uk
On-the-go top-ups? Look no further. This Supergoop! powder brush is a game-changer.
While we likely have our morning SPF application nailed, we are often guilty (own up!) of forgetting to reapply throughout the day.
Rubbing in a dollop of cream over your pristine make-up. . . it’s not ideal. But did you know you should be reapplying every two hours?
This mineral block protects and mattifies all at the same time, while also protecting against UVB and UVA. Pure genius.
Hello Sunday The One That’s A Serum – Face Drops SPF 45, £10, boots.com
Bridging the gap between sun protection and skincare is cruelty-free, vegan brand Hello Sunday.
They already have a range of sun-protecting-moisturisers to ensure SPF is an essential step and now they’ve added a serum into the mix.
The multi-tasking bottle includes SPF 45 and shields against both UV rays as well as infrared – but it’s drop of hyaluronic acid and vitamin C takes it up a notch by hydrating and brightening the skin.
Heliocare 360 Gel Oil-Free SPF 50, £24.99, facethefuture.co.uk
On the oily side? This one’s for you.
Acne-prone skin is more often on the oily side of skin types and thick, creamy formulas can sometimes aggravate a breakout.
This broad-spectrum formula has anti-microbial and sebum-controlling technology to ensure it’s not adding to the oil levels.
It’s also enriched with Fernblock® FC, an antioxidant which defends your skin’s proteins, collagen and elastin.
Avène Very High Protection Spray SPF50+, £20 for 200ml, superdrug.com
It can be tricky to find hard-working protection that is still gentle enough for dry skin prone to flare-ups, but this mist includes soothing thermal spring water to hydrate without aggravation.
It still packs a punch too, with UVA and UVB protection along with antioxidants to protect against free radicals, and its still non-comedogenic making it suitable for acne.
Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating Sunscreen, £34, beautybay.com
This primer-meets-sun-protection acts as the perfect base for your make-up.
The nude-coloured formula offers supreme protection while boosting the skin with vitamin C thanks to the inclusion of Kakadu plum.
A hydrating formula ideal for drier skin types, it’s a complexion-loving formula that leaves a satiny finish to the skin.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid SPF50+ Sun Cream, £18 for 50ml, lookfantastic.com.
A sun protection stalwart. Its lightweight veil protects against both UVA, UVB and ultra-long UVA rays but its high protection doesn’t cost efficacy.
With skincare at the helm of its formula, it’s hypoallergenic and non-greasy, making it a great option for every skin type including sensitive skin.
Thank You Farmer Sun Project Water Sun Cream SPF50, £18, cultbeauty.co.uk
This moisturiser-meets-suncream is a cocktail of thirst-quenching humectants, thanks to its high measure of hyaluronic acid.
It’s lightweight texture makes it the perfect morning partner before you move on to your make-up routine.