Reduce the signs of ageing and beat the heat with these clever SPF suncare buys that go the extra mile…

Ladies, get this straight – the number one culprit for lines, wrinkles, sagging and age spots is the sun. But before you swear off next year’s summer holiday, just upgrade to one of these high-tech SPFs.

As important as it is to choose your SPF carefully, it’s just as important to make sure you’re applying it in the right way. Apply your sun cream indoors, about half an hour before heading out into the sun, and reapply every couple of hours. You might feel protected but the big question is, are you applying enough?

Face – 1 teaspoon’s worth of cream will cover the face, neck and ears, or a blob the size of a £2 coin.

Body – Larger areas like the legs, arms, front torso and back each require about 6ml of sunscreen, more like the size of a plum.

It’s also worth noting that even if your foundation contains a high SPF, you’d need to be using a heck of a lot of it to get the level of protection on the bottle. So always apply a decent facial SPF before your make-up. We say, the more protection the better.

From anti-ageing heroes to make-up multitaskers, stepping out in the heat has never been easier thanks to a wave of new beauty buys that go the extra mile. Here’s how to protect yourself like a pro…