With summer holidays and beach escapes on the horizon, now’s the time to invest in a great sunscreen that means you can enjoy the rays without sacrificing the safety – and beauty – of your skin. Thankfully, the heavy, chalky, breakout-inducing sunscreens of the past are long gone; these days, there’s a range of lightweight, high-tech, multi-functional sun care products that work for you, whatever your travel style.
Words by Rachel Read
If your travel itinerary involves you being out in the sun all day every day, make sure you pick a sunscreen that’s just as active as you plan on being – so that means sweat-resistant, water-resistant, long-lasting and easily absorbent, with a super-high SPF thrown in. Also look out for the PA ranking – the more pluses, the more UVA rays protection the sunscreen offers. Belif’s UV Protector Leports Shaking Sunscreen SPF 50 ticks all our adventure-seeker boxes, with a light, non-sticky, non-oily formula suitable for both face and body that’s perfect for outdoor activities.
For those who prefer cosmopolitan stays to country living, look out for sun care with bonus anti-pollution shielding properties (in addition to your usual UVA and UVB protection, of course). Low-maintenance city slickers with full schedules on their hands can also cut down their beauty routines by opting for a sunscreen that incorporates a complexion-fixer too – just like Lancôme’s UV Expert BB Complete. This multi-tasking makeup hero protects, corrects and covers, offering steadfast carbonic pollution shielding for up to 12 hours in even the most extreme city conditions.
Avoid dark spots and blemishes by choosing a sunscreen that boasts extra brightening and radiance-boosting properties, resulting in a porcelain-perfect complexion that will have you looking lit from within. Select the highest SPF you can find (usually SPF 50 for facial sunscreens) and re-apply throughout the day to ensure that your skin remains flawlessly fair. Meanwhile, special brightening and whitening ingredients will lighten blemishes and deliver an all-round luminous glow. We recommend Natura Bissé's Diamond White Cream, which shelters you from both UVA and UVB rays and damaging free radicals, while simultaneously moisturising and illuminating your skin for a look that’s light, bright and beautiful.
If you want to be picture-perfect for holiday snaps at all times – no photo filters needed – look for sun care that conveniently combines a high SPF with light-to-medium complexion coverage; this new generation of tinted moisturisers, BB or CC creams and foundations have been formulated with strong sun protection already factored in, to give you smooth, flawless skin quicker than you can say ‘cheese’. We love Kate Somerville’s IllumiKate CC Cream, which not only boasts UVA/UVB SPF 50 protection and offers buildable coverage in a range of shades to brighten and conceal imperfections, it also promises to even out your skin tone with long-term use too. Get ready for your close-up, ladies…