The best sunscreens to snap up for summer
Get the rub on this year's suncare essentials. Katie Wright reports
We all know, whether we're jetting off somewhere scorching or staying local, sun protection is vital.
But with so many new SPF-laden creams and concoctions arriving on the market every year, it can be hard to keep up.
From make-up with benefits, to protective mists, these are the sunscreens to stock up on now ...
Rather than layering a high-factor sunscreen under your make-up, a tinted cream will provide the complexion-boosting coverage and SPF in one.
Try Ultrasun Tinted Face SPF50, £28, Marks and Spencer, Eucerin Sun Face CC Cream SPF50, £18 (FeelUnique.com) or SkinCeuticals Mineral Matte UV Defense SPF30, currently reduced to £30.95 from £40 (FacetheFuture.co.uk)
It's not just sunscreen formulas that are getting better - how you apply them is evolving, too.
Great for kids is Nivea Sun Protect & Moisturise Roll On SPF50, £4.99 (www.superdrug.com) and Riemann P20 Once a Day Sun Protection Continuous Spray SPF30 currently reduced to £19.99 from £24.99 (www.boots.com)
Infrared was the big story in suncare last summer, and now pharmacy brands are making protection from IR-A rays (which target that all-important collagen) more affordable.
These include Solero SPF15 Moisturising Sun Spray, £7 (www.lloydspharmacy.com) and Superdrug's Solait Enhanced Sun Lotion SPF30, priced at £8.99.
If you have sensitive skin that often reacts to fragrances or preservatives, or if you'd rather use natural products that are kinder to the environment, there are plenty of sunblock options available.
Sun worshippers will love Green People Sun Lotion SPF15 with Natural Tan Accelerator, £20 (www.greenpeople.co.uk), while Lavera Organic Sun Spray SPF20, £13.94 (Pravera.co.uk) and Organii Sun Milk SPF20, £17.90 (SoOrganic.com) offer an alternative.