Over the past few weeks we have been lucky with our servings of weather; a main dish of glistening sun and only a few sides of rain. We can finally slacken the grips on our umbrella and rest assured that summer is here to stay – for at least a couple more days anyway!
However, with the arrival of the sunshine comes a flurry of sun care questions. The past year has seen a growth in the ever-expanding catalogue of sun protection options, and with more innovations and ingredients, it’s harder now than it ever has been to pick your protection. There’s still one simple burning question that remains unanswered for many: “what sun care is right for me?”
When it comes to sun protection guesswork just won’t cut it. We have the recommendations that will work in sync with your skin and not against it, and get you suncare savvy in no time. When you’ve picked the right one for you, remember to use the code SUN25 at the checkout for an extra 25% off RRP until July 13th!
If you have dry skin then it is important for your sunscreen to target the ageing effects of UV rays as your skin already has a depleted lipid count, which leads to fine lines. The Vichy Ideal Soleil Velvety Cream SPF50+ has a nourishing formula (a must for dry skin types!) that will also prevent the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots.
The cream will protect against both UVA and UVB rays, and is infused with hyaluronic acid and light silicones that will instantly plump the skin.
It’s no secret that sun exposure can accelerate the appearance of skin ageing, so if you’re at a stage where wrinkles and fine lines are becoming an issue, you’ll want to ensure your skin is completely protected.
The Darphin Vital Protection Age-Defying Protective Lotion SPF40 will provide skin with environmental and sun protection. The perfect base for makeup, this lotion will be a quick and easy step in ensuring your skin is shielded from the external aggressors known to cause premature ageing.
As someone with oily skin I know that the greasy feel of many formulas with SPF in them can be off-putting. Luckily for those of us prone to a touch of oiliness, there’s a wide range of ultra-lightweight and mattifying sun protection products that are adapted to our needs!
The Bioderma Photoderm AKN Mat Matifying Fluid SPF30 offers fabulous protection without the greasy after-feel. The formula will protect the skin from the sun as well as regulate sebum production, helping to keep the complexion clear and mattified.
Allergy, acne and rosacea prone skin
Those with allergy, acne and rosacea prone skin need to be aware of the ingredients they are putting on their skin to prevent aggravation and irritation – ingredients such as alcohol, preservatives and fragrances should be avoided if possible. Go one step further by using a mineral (also known as physical or inorganic) sun screen, which are milder and less likely to cause reactions for reactive and problematic skin.
The Avene Sun Care Very High Protection Mineral Cream SPF50+ is specifically formulated for those with sensitive skin, or those that are intolerant to chemical screens or fragrance. A shield from UVA and UVB rays, the nourishing formula will protect and calm the skin with added Avene thermal spa water.
Chemical sunscreens can be known to irritate the skin and thus mineral screens are usually used on children and babies. Half the battle when it comes to sun protection for children is in the application, so this sprays is the perfect way to ensure that wriggling little bodies are well protected!
The Mustela Very High Protection Sun Spray SPF50+ is suitable on skin from birth and is so gentle on young skin. The spray ensures optimum efficacy and tolerance for fragile skin with Avocado Perseose®, a patented natural ingredient that protects cells from damage. The easy-to-use spray will make the application process more fun for them (and less stressful for you!) allowing everyone to enjoy the sun with peace of mind.