The biggest skin-care trick and anti-ageing saviour up our sleeves? Sunscreen, of course. We don’t just write about wearing it, we actually wear it — every single day, without fail! (Yes, this includes rainy days.) The reason being: Every dermatologist is in agreement about the importance of wearing SPF daily (even when you’re indoors) to protect your skin from harmful, damage-causing UV rays that result in long-lasting sun damage like sun spots, skin sagging, wrinkles, and so on.
We know that finding the right sunscreen for you and your skin type can be tricky….so we’re sharing our favourites with you. They glide on like a dream, never disrupt makeup, and most importantly: ensure we protect our skin from harmful UV rays.
Now for some frequently asked questions…..
Chemical or physical protection?
Chemical SPF absorbs harmful UV rays to prevent them from damaging your skin, while physical or mineral sun protection creates a veil to deflect them. A lot of skin experts advocate a physical formula, containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, because they tend to be less irritating than chemical ones. However, some physical sun creams can leave a chalky, ashy finish. For the most part, it’s a matter of preference and unless you have sensitive skin, you can use either.
Is factor 50 worth it?
It’s often assumed that the higher the factor the better the SPF. In reality, factor 50 only gives you one-to-two percent more protection than 30. While SPF 50 blocks around 98 percent of harmful rays, SPF 30 shields 97 percent. What is more important is looking for the term ‘broad spectrum’ as this will ensure both UVA (these cause premature ageing) and UVB (these cause your skin to burn) rays are blocked.
How often should you apply SPF?
The biggest issue with SPF is how we apply it. You could have the highest, strongest factor on, but if it’s not used correctly it won’t give you enough protection. Most of us don’t apply enough and don’t re-apply as much as we should throughout the day. It should be applied 15 minutes before you head out into the sun and it should have fully absorbed before you get dressed. If you’re on the beach or outside, you need to reapply every two hours, or after swimming. Be aware that sweating and lying on the sand or a towel can also wipe off your SPF.
Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Fluid For Face SPF 50 – Sensitive Skin Formula
A sunscreen that doesn’t irritate sensitive skin or clog pores? That’s a winner in our books. Add a light tint, and it’s the only thing you need on rushed mornings.
Dr Dennis Gross Instant Radiance Sun Defense Sunscreen SPF 40
You don’t often see a proper sunscreen that can also replace two other integral steps in your skin-care routine. But improbably, this SPF from rock-star derm Dr. Dennis Gross — a true guru of all things acne — does just that.
EltaMD UV Elements Moisturizing Physical Tinted Facial Sunscreen SPF 44
A favourite of derms for patients post-laser treatments, this tinted mineral SPF keeps your complexion safe without irritating or aggravating delicate skin.
La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid (Normal/ Combination Skin)
This sunscreen has a cult following for a very good reason. It’s fast-absorbing, finishes like a matte dream, and feels essentially non-existent as soon as it sinks in.
Skin Medica Total Defense + Repair SPF 34 – Tinted
Sure, this tinted cream won’t replace your full-coverage foundation, but it will help even out your skin tone while providing sun protection.
Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Day Screen Multi-Protection SPF 50 – Translucent
This is the sunscreen you actually look forward to using. The liquid formula glides on like silk and instantly absorbs, leaving no residue. Yet, it makes skin feel soft and hydrated.
Shiseido Expert Sun Ageing Protection Lotion Plus WetForce For Face & Body SPF 50+
This does not budge in water, offers full protection and does not cause break outs, goes on completely clear, feels silky on the skin and looks good on everyone!