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The Best Sunscreens for Face

The Best Sunscreens for Face

A Guide to Selecting the Best Sunscreen for your Face

One of the most important steps of your daily skincare routine should be to apply sun protection to your face. Irrespective of the weather, sunscreen is a crucial method of preventing sun damage, protecting against environmental aggressors and minimising the effects of using active skincare ingredients such as AHA. With an incredible selection of high-performance skincare hybrids available, it’s time to invest in protecting your skin and complete your summer skincare routine.

What types of Sunscreen are there?

The Three types of Sunscreen

  • Chemical sunscreens are a more traditional thin fluid formula. They absorb the rays, convert them to heat and dissipate this heat from the skin. These SPFs require twenty minutes before they come into effect, and often have a variety of skincare benefits such as anti-ageing and gentle exfoliation.
  • Physical mineral sunscreens tend to be a thicker consistency and physically block and reflect the suns rays using the ingredients titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. This type of sunscreen is more suitable for those with rosacea as well as sensitive and acne-prone skin types. However, mineral sunscreens often require more frequent reapplication.
  • The third type of sunscreen is a combination of chemical and physical filters, which aims to achieve the best of both worlds.

What are the biggest myths surrounding SPF?

  • “All SPFs provide full protection from the sun”. The most important words to look for are ‘broad-spectrum’ which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • “SPF is waterproof”. In reality, it can only be ‘water resistant’.
  • “SPF comes into effect as soon as you apply it”. When applying chemical sunscreen, you should leave around 15 to 20 minutes after application.
  • “Sunscreen lasts all day”. You should reapply after contact with water, and top up throughout the day (ideally every two hours).
  • “SPF isn’t that important after using active skincare ingredients”. Active ingredients such as AHA acid toner increases the skin’s sensitivity to the sun which means the skin’s natural barrier needs an extra layer of protection.

10 of the Best Sunscreens for Face

  1. Omorovicza Mineral UV Shield SPF30
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    Omorovicza Mineral UV Shield SPF30

    The Omorovicza Mineral UV Shield SPF30 is a broad spectrum mineral SPF that many consider as the best sunscreen for face because it is both effective and easy to apply. The mineral ingredients zinc and titanium oxide are proven to provide sun protection without causing irritation or blocking the pores. It layers well on top of your moisturiser and actively blocks the suns rays in a gentle but effective way.

    Learn more about mineral SPF in our dedicated guide. 

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  2. Lancaster Sun Beauty Comfort Touch Face Cream SPF50
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    Lancaster Sun Beauty Comfort Touch Face Cream SPF50

    Lancaster covers a wide selection of sunscreen for face and body. The Lancaster Sun Beauty Comfort Touch is a lightweight face cream with broad spectrum SPF, that uses a combination of chemical and physical filters. It protects against all four types of sun rays: UVA, UVB, Visible Light and Infrared. The lightweight texture means it sinks quickly into the skin and is easy to apply makeup on top.

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  3. Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar SPF25 Moisturiser
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    Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar SPF25 Moisturiser

    With an incredible selection of skincare, Philosophy is the brand that covers all bases. The Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar SPF25 Moisturiser is a broad spectrum daily moisturiser and sunscreen for face that sinks beautifully into the skin, provides a layer of protection against the sun’s harmful rays, and prevents the signs of visible ageing.

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  4. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Face Mist SPF50
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    La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Face Mist SPF50

    One of the newest beauty innovations this year is SPF face mists. These handbag-size products are easy to apply, travel-friendly and perfect for beach lovers and city dwellers alike. The La Roche-Posay Anthelious Invisible Face Mist is suitable for fair and sensitive skin, refreshing to spritz and provides sun protection at any point in the day, before or after makeup.

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  5. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Fluid SPF50
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    La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Fluid SPF50

    The La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Fluid broad spectrum SPF50 is one of the best sunscreens for face and a highly popular product in the beauty world because it is a mid price point, hypoallergenic, suitable for the most sensitive skin, and has a water resistant formula that uses chemical filters to block the sun’s rays. Caroline Hirons is a fan.

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  6. UltraSun Face Anti-Ageing Lotion SPF 50+
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    UltraSun Face Anti-Ageing Lotion SPF 50+

    UltraSun are one of the most trusted international sunscreen brands due to the high quality, easy application and hydrating properties of their formulas. The UltraSun Face Anti-Ageing Lotion SPF 50+ is a daily broad spectrum SPF that is also free of perfumes, mineral oil, silicones and preservatives, making it ideal for sensitive skin types.

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  7. Bioderma Photoderm Mineral SPF50+ Spray
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    Bioderma Photoderm Mineral SPF50+ Spray

    Bioderma Photoderm Mineral SPF50+ Spray is a non-comedogenic broad spectrum mineral sun protection spray that is suitable for both the face and the body, and a skincare solution for those with sensitive skin conditions. Ingredients include the antioxidant Vitamin E to add moisture to the skin and prevent the signs of premature ageing.

     

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  8. Zelens Daily Defence Sunscreen SPF30
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    Zelens Daily Defence Sunscreen SPF30

    The Zelens Daily Defence Sunscreen broad spectrum SPF30 is the perfect pick for those living in a city. The formula is so lightweight that it feels like a day moisturiser, making it easy to slot into your existing daily skincare routine. Enriched with powerful natural antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, this multi-tasking formula does it all. It protects against the sun, prevents the visible signs of ageing and even minimises the formation of free radicals. Apply as the last step of your morning skincare routine.

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  9. Sarah Chapman Skinesis Skin Insurance SPF30
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    Sarah Chapman Skinesis Skin Insurance SPF30

    As one of Meghan Markle’s alleged favourite skincare brands, all eyes are on Sarah Chapman. The Skinesis Skin Insurance broad spectrum SPF30 is an award-winning hydrating sunscreen for face that glides onto the skin, offering a veil of of sun protection and a blurring flawless finish. The formula acts against not only sun damage, but also thermal ageing and infrared ageing.

    To read more about Sarah Chapman, read our dedicated post 5 Products from the skincare brand Meghan Markle loves

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  10. Ecooking Sunscreen SPF30
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    Ecooking Sunscreen SPF30

    The Ecooking Sunscreen SPF30 is a lightweight sunscreen enriched with Cucumber Extract and Aloe Vera to protect and hydrate the complexion in one simple step. This waterproof, quick-absorbing formula uses chemical filters, however, it utilises organic, vegan ingredients and is free of parabens.

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