This is something we have all probably heard a billion times by now, and some people might think it is just another beauty trend, but wearing SPF every day (at least on your face), it really is key for healthy, plump-looking skin.So first of all, What is SPF?
SPF is short for sun protection factor. As the FDA says, there is a popular misconception that SPF relates to time of solar exposure but it is not, as it is instead directly related not to time
but to amount
of solar exposure.
Let's put it this way: an hour in the sun at 7am doesn't have the same effect of an hour in the sun at 12pm. Can I still tan if I wear SPF?
Sunscreen will not stop you from tanning completely; It is specifically designed to let a small number of UV rays through, and that will allow your skin to tan - just probably slower and on a lower scale.
Don't forget that tanning it is actually a body response to sun rays that are not exactly friendly.
Not sure if your parents were shouting at you when you were a kid during the summer to just shut up and put SPF on your face because otherwise, you were gonna be wrinkly before hitting 35, but the risks of not wearing SPF go from increased chances of getting skin cancer to hyperpigmentation and decreasing level of collagen in your skin - directly related to elasticity loss.
When it comes down to what type of sunscreen is best, a lot has to do with your skin type, your tolerance to the formula’s thickness etc. but there are two universal qualities that your SPF should have: being broad-spectrum
and having a minimum of SPF30
Broad-spectrum means that your SPF will be protecting your skin from both UVA (responsible for sunburns and potential increased risk of cells mutation) and UVB (mainly responsible for photoaging and wrinkles).
Another big thing to take into consideration when you choose your sunscreen should be the environmental impact that these types of products have.
As much as we want to just enjoy our beach days, some of the chemicals that are in many sunscreens’ ingredients list are dangerous for marine life. So just keep an eye for mineral sunscreens or for brands that don’t use nanoparticles and chemicals like oxybenzone that even in low concentration appears to be causing coral bleaching. (Ex. - REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30)
Another small tip that could make a massive impact? Search for brands that use recyclable and eco-friendly packaging like Green People.
Now, one thing you should REALLY take into consideration when you choose an SPF is your skin type, making sure that the formula does agree with your needs. Bonus Tip:
don’t use body SPF on your face - unless if it specifically mentioned that it is ok to be used both ways - just buy a specific one as the formula, the richness and the actives can be quite different and often, especially in the past when putting SPF was not considered an integral part of our daily skincare routine, universal SPFs were thick, greasy, pore-clogging and break-outs inducing.
It is also very important to remember that SPF efficacy only lasts around 2 hours so if you are exposed to the sun for a long period of time, don’t forget to reapply it.
It is obviously difficult doing it for your face if you are wearing makeup and you are out and about - but when you can, remember this step because it is fundamental to ensure that the sunscreen is doing its job correctly.
In terms of creating a favourites list, I read a lot of forums, peers reviews, and I tried a lot of them myself as I am pretty sure I am genetically mixed with a shrimp and a ghost as my colour as soon as I step into the sun goes from Casper white to Shrimp cocktail orange.
So here are some of our favourite sunscreens: THE HOLY GRAIL
La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid SPF50+ Sun Cream 50ml - £13.50
You can find it HERE on the Lookfantastic's website
Pretty much every single person I know that uses SPF has. this one in their stash or they used it at some point.
The new formula is enhanced with exclusive filter MEXORYL400 and helps to protect skin against damage caused by UVA, UVB and ultra-long UVA rays.
Water, sweat and sand-resistant, the high-protection sun cream creates a lightweight veil on the skin with an invisible, non-greasy finish. Specifically designed for sensitive skin types, the minimalist, hypoallergenic formula is ideal for daily use, whether worn alone or under makeup.
VICHY Capital Soleil Solar Protective Water Hydrating SPF50 200ml - £19
You can find it HERE on the Boots' website
Ultra-protective, water-based sun care activated by broad-spectrum UV protection and natural ingredients. Delight in the skin-quenching protection of the Capital Soleil Solar Protective Water Hydrating SPF50, enriched with Vichy Volcanic Water and Hyaluronic Acid to protect and hydrate sensitive skin.
Perfect for the face and body, this lightweight, fast-absorbing formula provides broad-spectrum SPF50 in a 40% Vichy Volcanic Water formula for optimal hydration and high protection against UVA and UVB rays.
Ideal for those who love the sun and want to stay hydrated, the ultra-protective formula contains Hyaluronic Acid, a key dermatological ingredient known for its hydrating properties. Lightweight, stain-proof and a must-have in every sun care routine.KEY INGREDIENTS:
Hyaluronic Acid + Volcanic Mineralising Water
MADE IN THE UK
Sunfragma ZnO SPF50 Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen 50ml - £12.79
You can find it HERE on the Facetheory's website
Sunfragma ZnO is a creamy balm that goes on white and dries clear within a minute. Quickly absorbs into skin leaving a satiny sheen. It is formulated without alcohol, so it won't sting upon application and is less likely to dry out your skin. It is also free of parabens, silicones, PEGs, SLS, SLES, and mineral oils. Vegan and cruelty-free. Made in the UK.
DON'T FORGET YOUR SCALP
Calypso Scalp Protection SPF30 50ml - £5.99
You can find it HERE on the Calypsosun's website
Calypso Scalp Protection SPF30 is specially formulated to provide instant protection for the hair and scalp from harmful UVA and UVB rays. It can be sprayed directly through the hair onto the scalp. The water-resistant,
quick-drying and non-greasy solution provides effective protection for both the scalp and parting.
DARK SKIN APPROVED
Heliocare 360 Oil-Free Gel SPF50 - 50ml - £17.92
You can find it HERE on the Amazon's website
It helps preventing premature skin ageing with High-Level Protection (SPF50 and PA++++): Protects skin at its surface and from within against damage caused by UVA, UVB, visible light and infrared-A PLUS defends against free radical and DNA damage.
It also promotes skin health with a unique and powerful anti-oxidant - Fernblock FC - proven to protect skin from within against damage caused by the sun and daylight.
With a light, oil-free, quick-to-absorb gel formula, it is very good on dark skin as it leaves no cast or whitening.
Reduces shine and leaves skin dry to the touch. Perfect for all skin types especially combination, oily or spot prone skin. Use as last product before make-up.
THE ONE THAT SMELLS LIKE HOLIDAYS
Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Lotion SPF 30 180ml - £6.95
You can find it HERE on the Justmylook's website
Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF30 (180ml) is a water-resistant lotion containing island-inspired botanicals, Shea Butter and Mango Extract, to soften your skin and enhance its radiance while providing hig-level, broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.Ethically-sourced Mica minerals create a subtle shimmer. Fragranced with the iconic Hawaiian Tropic Coconut scent, it is non-greasy and oil-free, and provides 80 minutes of effective sunscreen whether you're swimming or sunbathing. Hawaiian Tropic sun care products reflect the island spirit and lifestyle, seeking to increase your own beauty and that of the world around you. Reef-friendly and cruelty-free.Key Benefits:
- Leaves skin protected, soft and radiant.
- With Mica Minerals for a subtle shimmer.
- Mango Extract and Shea Butter complex.
- Vitamins C & E.
- Oil-free and non-greasy.
- Signature Hawaiian Tropic™ scent.
- PETA certified.
THANK YOU FARMER! Project Water Suncream SPF50+ PA+++ - 50ml - £14.40
You can find it HERE on the Beauty Bay's website
Look after your skin with the Sun Project Water Sun Cream from Thank You Farmer. Get SPF50 protection and a smooth complexion with this lightweight moisturising sun cream that smoothes and provides moisture without the stickiness, leaving you with a dewy finish.
And just to conclude this little thread, the products you can read below are our team's ultimate favourites.
What about your favourite SPFs? What are your must-haves that you keep buying every year?
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