How to enjoy your place in the sun without feeling the burn
Lisa Haynes shows you how to protect your skin during summer by upping your SPF game with some key products for all tastes.
Sunscreen shouldn't be just for heatwaves and holidays - over summer especially, you need to boost your sun protection factor (SPF) armoury. Luckily, the beauty world is making creams easier to apply (tick) and way more niche for your individual skincare needs (double tick).
Yes, these sunscreens have broad-spectrum protection to guard the skin against UVA (ageing) and UBV (burning) rays, but the newest formulations are going that extra mile to make sun protection more bespoke.
Meet the innovative new sun potions you need to know about this summer.
For skincare addicts
● Try: Clinique Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream SPF30, £18 (clinique.co.uk)
Trust skincare giant Clinique to come up with a sunscreen that simultaneously protects and de-ages. Its new Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream SPF30 includes a blend of antioxidant and repair ingredients to help strengthen and rebuild your skin's moisture barrier as you bask in the sun.
For tan seekers
● Try: Ultrasun Body Tan Activator SPF30, £28 (marksandspencer.com)
Boost your bronze with Ultrasun's new Tan Activator range. You still get a high SPF hit, but the natural tan enhancer (BronzylTM) activates your production of melanin and accelerates the tanning process by about 40% in 10 days, so you can spend less time chasing a tan.
For speed demons
● Try: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Invisible Fresh Mist SPF50, £14 (Boots)
Go hands-free with La Roche-Posay's new anti-shine wonder. The super-fine, invisible mist gives you an even protection that's easily absorbed, so there's no need to rub in. Its patented molecule Airlicium leaves oil-prone skin shine-free so you can spritz over or under make-up.
For sporty types
● Try: Shiseido WetForce Sports BB Cream SPF50, £32 (escentual.com)
Outdoor workouts have never looked so chic, thanks to Shiseido's sweat-proof tint. Enhance your sporty look with the high-protection BB Cream that's light, dewy and won't rub off when you're putting in a Wimbledon-worthy performance on the court.
For sensitive bits
● Try: Tropic Skincare Sun Balm SPF50, £16 (tropicskincare.com)
Avoid lobster-red zones in awkward spots with Tropic Skincare's transportable Sun Balm. The high-protection balm comes in solid form, so you can smooth over tricky areas like the nose, ears and feet to be that bit more thorough.
For beach babes
● Try: Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Sand SPF50, £18 (vichy.co.uk)
No need to camp around the pool if you're sand-averse with Vichy's clever lotion. The lightweight formulation is easily absorbed with an ultra-dry finish that allows sand to be brushed off easily, so you can make sandcastles to your heart's content.
For skin zen
● Try: Eau Thermale Avene Cleanance Solaire SPF50+, £16 (Boots)
When sunscreen and skincare combine... step forward Avene's forward-thinking lotion that actively fights blemishes. Cleanance Solaire contains an ingredient that inhibits the excess sebum common in acne-prone skin and protects existing blemishes from sun side effects.
● Try: Piz Buin Instant Glow Skin Illuminating Sun Lotion SPF30, £8 (boots.com)
Sunscreen meets skin finishing with Piz Buin's glowy new potion. Infused with light-reflecting particles, the non-greasy lotion instantly peps up skin with an oh-so-subtle shimmer, so your walk to the pool is worthy of a red-carpet saunter.
For city slickers
● Try: Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF50, £45 (murad.co.uk)
You don't have to be beach-bound to protect your face. Whether it's city break or daily grind, Murad's high-tech mineral sunscreen ticks off protection against pollution, infrared radiation and blue light, as well as UVA and UVB rays.