Rule number one of good skincare: SPF. Far from the most glamorous skincare step nonetheless one of the most vital steps. A step, we all by now acknowledge the importance of – come rain or shine, SPF all day, every day, for indoor days and outdoor days.
A good sunscreen will block the damaging effects of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays, which can cause an array of damage, including premature aging, a decrease in collagen and elasticity, pigmentation and higher probability of skin cancer.
The misconception that individuals with darker skin tones don’t need SPF because of the melanin in their skin has deterred a whole population away from sun protection. Yes, melanin does offer some sun protection but not enough to protect the skin against the harmful rays. SPF is a daily essential, no matter your skin tone.
The humble SPFs have come far from what they once were. No longer are we subjected to thick, white pastes, enter a new generation of slick clear SPFs that cater to your needs
1. Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen – £20
No grey cast, this seriously hydrating water-based SPF will literally soak into your skin. No dangers of white cast and the gel-like texture leaves you with the perfect base for makeup to follow.
The go-to French pharmacy brand knows how to make a sun cream that doesn’t feel chalky or heavy. This is one of those kill two birds with one stone kind of situations, this seriously hydrating formula not only works to protect your skin from harmful rays but the addition of Vitamin C & E gets to working on any pigmentation.
Sensitive skin and SPF are typically not a good mix, until this Avene offering. Designed with the most vulnerable skin in mind, this is a perfect number for the whole family. You won’t find fragrance, oxybenzone, octinoxate or titanium dioxide in this formula, good for your skin and kind to the environment. Feel good knowing that you’re doing your part for the environment.
4. Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Spf 30 – £32
This offering from Fenty doubles up as your daily moisturiser and sunscreen. Lightweight and tinted pink, absorbs instantly into skin and leaves no traces of white cast, let’s just say you’re winning!
5. Révive Soleil Superiéur Broad Spectrum SPF50 – £95
A potent combination of anti-ageing ingredients and UVA & UVB protection to offer broad-spectrum protection and while combating environmental aggressors. Efficiently formulated in a 100% transparent lightweight cream. Bring out the big guns.
The latest offering from trusted science-backed brand La Roche Posay, not only offers sun protection but the perfect heatwave hydration. The lightweight and cooling gel formula is a welcomed addition to your summer skincare routine. With added UVA and UVB and antioxidants to protect from all angles.
7. Ultra Violette Queen Screen Luminising Sun Serum SPF50+ -£36
This luxe SPF serum boosts the most beautiful and silky formula, if you’re after something that will pack the punch in the glow department alongside your sun protection look no further. Summer glow in a bottle.
Conventional SPF can be a pain to reapply, COOLA coming through with their SPF makeup setting spray. SPF you can wear over your makeup, yes please! SPF 30 to protect your face from harmful rays and the added hyaluronic acid leaves your skin plump and hydrated, while the cucumber and aloe vera extracts work to soothe and refresh the skin. Summertime winning.
9. Tropic Sun Day Facial UV Defence – £24
If you’re lucky enough to be near a large pool of water, the Tropic SPF is the one to go for. Not only is it water-resistant, but it also’s non-greasy, has a sheer finish and it’s certified reef-safe, all bases covered.
If you prefer a mineral SPF, say hello to the Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Sun Milk 100% mineral SPF. The lightweight formula uses naturally derived zinc oxide, which acts as a protective barrier over the skin. Hypersensitive skin look no further.
Reef-safe, biodegradable, easy to apply, clear finish, check and check. The combat packaging makes it a perfect throw in your bag, hopefully encouraging reapplication throughout the day.
Zeynab Mohamed is a freelance writer, exploring the prisms of culture, identity, beauty and religion as it to relates to marginalised voices.