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…
Calypso Sun Lotion Press and Protect, £4.99, has a Which? Best buy to its name, and now a Woman’s Own nod. The bottle has a chart on the back to tell you how many pumps are needed for each area of the body.
Buy it now at Amazon
Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF30, £55, is an invisible gel that blurs imperfections, treats signs of ageing and keeps skin hydrated around the clock. Its our favourite new multitasking hero!
Buy it now at John Lewis
One of the major side effects of city-dwelling is dull skin. Not only does this ace base have a built-in SPF 30 and pollution defence but it uses illuminating pigments to instantly light up the skin.
Buy it now at Boots
Make Guinot Age Sun Yeux Sun Protection for Eye SPF30, £62.25, your payday treat. It’s packed full of 56 skin loving ingredients to fight off dark circles for good! Its well worth the investment that will leave you looking bright eyed and protect sensitive skin.
Buy it now at feelunique.com
For those women savvy enough to value the importance of a daily SPF, you will love the unbelievably light, non-greasy formula of Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution, £32, with a reassuringly high SPF 50.
Buy it now at Clarins
Say goodbye to dry chapped lips thanks to Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colours, £18. All 16 summer shades moisturise, contain SPF12 and a give gorgeous rich finish with a lightweight feel. Our pick is Bright Poppy.
Buy it now at Bobbi Brown
It’s hard to find a lightweight serum that keeps skin protected and hides imperfections. But look no further! Daniel Sandler Face Primer SPF20, £20.50, helps give a flawless, fresh faced look and prevents shine. Apply all over to smooth wrinkles and pores.
Buy it now at Daniel Sandler
Soltan Moisturising Suncare Lotion with Insect Repellent SPF15 £6.00, is perfect for those with insect allergies! It lhelps reduce dryness and prevent peeling too.
Buy it now at Boots