It’s summertime! Time for picnics in the park and days spent by the sea catching those gorgeous UK rays. Most of us are after that beautiful sunkissed look, so we’re here to make sure you’re doing it safely and effectively.
The smell of summer is provided by the numerous tanning solutions and their assorted tropical fragrances, but what you should be smelling is some sunscreen with a good SPF. Many of us might avoid sunscreen as we believe that wearing it will inhibit any chances of getting a tan. But that is far from reality. Sunscreen not only protects your skin from harmful rays but can also provide you with an even glow.
Sunscreen should be in everyone’s makeup bag, handbag, beach bag and travel bag. The prime time to look after your skin is when you are young and having fun in the sun; so having it on hand at all times is a must. It not only protects your skin from harmful UV rays, but the key ingredients zinc and titanium help scatter the rays onto your skin’s surface, preventing any patchiness if you do catch a little colour.
Sunscreen shields you, and prevents severe sunburn from occurring, and can put a stop to any sun damage that could eventually lead to cancer. When choosing your sunscreen, you have so many options. Let’s look at the facts.
The higher the SPF, the higher the protection percentage. The number you see on the bottle, usually a 15, 30 or 50 represents how many minutes the protection will last. So the higher the number, the better the protection against harmful UVB radiation. SPF 50 blocks roughly 98% of UVB radiation and is the best choice for those who find themselves in the sun for prolonged periods.
When it comes to your skin type and choosing the perfect sunscreen, you have quite a variety. We tested the sunscreens, and here are the best options from high-end to affordable.
Garnier Ambre Solaire Ultra- 24hr hydrating sun-protection lotion SPF50 (£4.99)
A good all-rounder product. It contains sustainably sourced Shea Butter that will moisturise you and stop the drying effects of the sun for up to 24hrs.
In our tests, we found the protection doesn’t last 24 hours; it’s the moisturising effect that does, but it will provide you with almost an hour of sun-time. This product is grease-proof and water-proof, fitting in with any lifestyle. A safe and effective choice!
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Touch SPF50 Face cream for sensitive skin (£15.76)
If you suffer from oily, acne-prone skin and you want some sun protection, then this is the one for you. This unscented cream-gel is perfect for sensitive skin and will provide you with a zero-shine look and won’t feel greasy like most other sunscreens.
It leaves your skin matt and dry to the touch, which is a bonus. La Roche-Posay is a distinctive French drug store brand; everything they make is well researched and not tested on animals.
Neutrogena Age Shield Face lotion sunscreen SPF110 (£15.54)
Age Shield face lotion not only protects you from the sun but also prevents signs of ageing. Neutrogena is also the No# 1 Dermatologist Recommended sun care brand.
So you are guaranteed excellent quality at a reasonable price. It provides UVA/UVB protection and is water-resistant for up to 70 minutes. The unique formula shields your skin up to 6-layers deep from UVA rays. Good quality, good skin, reasonable price!
NEW LAYER sunscreen SPF30 pro vitamin D (£26.00)
A sunscreen with high credentials, this not only protects your skin but also protects the reefs of our oceans. It comes in a fully recyclable bottle and contains no microplastics, liquid plastics, silicone, parabens or allergens.
It’s 100% vegan and dermatologically tested without the use of animals. It is fast-absorbing, water-resistant and starts providing protection as soon as it touches your skin.
It’s New Layers mission to save the environment and your skin at the same time. What’s not to love?
Hawaiian Tropic SPF25 Shimmer Effect Sun Lotion (£15.99)
Having a fun day out with the girls or planning your next beach vacation? Make sure you pack this fun glittery product. It’s water-resistant, provides you with both UVA and UVB protection, and it smells great!
The subtle shimmer comes from the tiny reflective particles that will highlight your skin tone, making you look like a sunkissed goddess as you lie by the pool.
So don’t be afraid of SPF. Your soft, smooth and sunkissed skin will thank you in the future!