Skin experts agree: people should be wearing sunscreen every day. This is not a vanity issue, it’s a health one: UV rays from the sun fall on our skin all year round and over time cause serious damage that can lead to skin cancers. Thankfully SPF sunscreens offer the best UV protection, and there’s plenty of new and lush ways they can be used.
Which is the best SPF Sunscreen to use?
SPF stands for ‘sun protection factor' and the number simply means how much the sunscreen will protect you. But which is the best SPF sunscreen to use? First, look for broad-spectrum sunscreens because they protect against both UVA and UVB. Second, experts recommend around 30 SPF. If you’re outside for a long time, use 50. If lower than 30, apply more often. Third, use mineral sunscreen if you have sensitive skin. Use chemical if you want more transparent coverage. Mineral formulations sit on top of the skin and deflect rays, chemical ones sink into the skin and absorb rays. Mineral formulations also feel more “natural” and are also reef- and ocean-safe. Finally, aim for water-resistant sunscreen as these last longer.
Nowadays there are plenty of sunscreen brands and different types of SPFs for all situations. We rounded up the best sunscreen brands for special use (like lip balms) right through to after-sun care.
If you’re after a bit of colour with your protection, then LANO’s Lanolips Tinted Balm SPF is perfect. Rich in their own ‘Ultra-Medical Grade’ lanolin out of Australia and New Zealand, combined with a chemical-mineral SPF blend, this balm will not only lock your lips with moisture but will boost your natural lip colour with its sheer tint available in four different shades.Shop now
Tint-free and designed for on-the-go, all-year-round protection, AESOP’s lip balm is enriched with botanical oils that protect and nourish. Packed with minerals to block UVA and UVB, this selection is an ideal, straightforward go-to backed by the elevated standards expected from this established skincare brand.Shop now
Including vitamin C and E, and melatonin, this protects from the sun and also helps minimize and prevent the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. On a day-to-day basis, this formula will combat direct damage from UV rays and toxins, while its combination of antioxidants fights the cumulative damage caused by free radicals. Apply as the final step in your morning skincare routine.Shop now
A serum that can be added to your moisturiser or applied individually. A chemical SPF with cassine extract, Vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and beta-glucan that protects and regenerates skin, this smooth and lightweight solution works wonderfully on sensitive skin. For days with prolonged sun exposure, be sure to reapply regularly.Shop now
A more lightweight option, this lotion uses green tea, panthenol and tocopherol to offer fast-absorbing protection. Leaves skin feeling moisturised and protected, while that typical (often unpleasant) smell of SPF is replaced by an alluring herby scent. Suited to most skin types, and for those after a slightly lower level of SPF coverage.Shop now
A good one for those who prefer all-natural ingredients, a lightweight vegan formulation with natural Zinc Oxide minerals to block broad-spectrum UVs completely. Its soothing rosehip oil will eliminate imperfections for soft and supple skin, while a mixture of Hyaluronan molecules provides deep hydration beneath the skin surface.Shop now
Another all-natural, vegan option from Ren Clean Skincare that offers broad-spectrum UVA/B ray protection, blue light protection, and is silicone-free. The brand put six years of research into finding the most effective and environmentally-friendly SPF, and it certainly shows. This no-shine, mattifying formula is sure to make both you and the planet very happy.Shop now
A water-resistant, light yet powerful broad-spectrum protection SPF that’s full of antioxidants and which also protects against free radicals. Suitable for every skin type (even for children) this herbal blend will save your skin from damage while promoting its natural regenerative and reparative qualities to ensure long-lasting radiance.Shop now
The wonderfully named Darling soothes and softens the skin with their after-sun lotion, with active ingredients of chamomile, mallow, lemon balm, menthol, equisetum, and vitamin E. Its marvelous fragrance is a trademark of the brand, produced by an ancient local tradition in Polynesia (where the lotion is produced) of blending coconut oil with Tiaré flowers. A perfect product for those sultry summer days.Shop now
Just as important as protecting during sun exposure is caring for yourself after. Equipped with the soothing properties of aloe vera (the classic after-sun ingredient), this cooling and moisturising gel provides optimal hydration, protects the skin further, and promotes rejuvenation. And for an added benefit, it also works to extend the tanning effect.Shop now
One final thing about applying and using SPF sunscreen: make sure to let it sink in, and then apply a second drop. A small dime-sized/2 Euro-cent amount for arms, legs, or face is perfect. Finally, even if you’re not going outside much these days, UVs can still penetrate through windows, and some evidence suggests blue light from computer and smartphone screens can also cause damage. Wherever it comes from, just apply your favourite SPF sunscreen for instant protection and hydration.