12th May 2020

How To Fit SPF In Your Daily Routine

Model image of Avene Sun Care Very High Protection B-Protect SPF50+ swatch on the skin
Every dermatologist under the sun will tell you that wearing SPF every day is the answer to youthful and healthy skin. But have you found a comfortable way to use it? Like me, you might find that you want the protection and anti-ageing benefits of a high-level SPF, but without the layers or the extra steps.

Pilling makeup, a white cast finish and shiny face are common reasons why some prefer not to use SPF. But, I’ve found the best four fuss-free formulas that will change your mind.

I’ve chosen four products that will change the way you use SPF forever! Not to mention, to help you downsize and save time with your daily routine. With different formats (sprays, tinted SPFs and best-selling skincare SPFs), mineral and chemical and different levels of SPF protection in the line-up, you’re guaranteed to find something to suit your preference. Scroll to find innovative products, while learning a bit of beauty know-how! Let’s get down to it…

 

#1 If You Like To Wear SPF Under Makeup

Hand image of Avene Sun Care Very High Protection B-Protect SPF50+
 Model image of Avene Sun Care Very High Protection B-Protect SPF50+ swatch on the skin
• Chemical filters
• Broad Spectrum UVA, UVB
• Reef-safe
• Anti-UV protection, anti-pollution and antioxidant

The Essentials:
• No white cast
• No pilling

Time Saved:
• 2 minutes as you can skip foundation as it has coverage

For me, it’s the ultimate makeup short-cut. B-Protect is the first SPF I reach for when I haven’t got time to do a full-face, but still want my skin to look good. Not only does it have a BB cream vibe, but it also is great for wearing under makeup. And, I bet you can guess my secret to wearing SPF under makeup without any pilling… A few drops of B-protect applied before or mixed into your foundation if you’re strapped for time always does the trick. The finish? Naturally glowy with no pilling, and the best thing? My skin is protected, and my sensitive skin isn’t aggravated either.

What Makes It Out?
B-protect is an SPF that ticks all my boxes. It’s the perfect option for someone concerned about our oceans but wants all the benefits of high protection regular SPF. SPF 50, anti-UV protection and anti-pollution, it does all that and more. How does it fare cosmetically? Well, it’s a dream! The clever micro-encapsulated pigments activate as soon as you start to rub into the skin giving my complexion a neutral tinted glow – so it’s like my skin but better.

 

#2 If You Like SPF To Be Your Final Step

Hand image of La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Invisible Fresh Mist Spray SPF50+
 Model image of La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Invisible Fresh Mist Spray SPF50+ sprayed on face
• Chemical filters
• Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB & Infrared protection
• Water-resistant
• Anti-shine

The Essentials:
• No white cast
• No pilling

Time Saved:
• 2 minutes as you can skip foundation as it has coverage

The Anthelios SPF50 the most versatile SPF I own. Under or over makeup, it’s essential for achieving a smooth and long-lasting base. I also love that it fights signs of premature ageing. I tend to spray this over my finished look as a setting mist to mattify and safe-guard my makeup against the heat. Or if I’m not wearing any makeup, a few sprays over my bare skin gives a fresh face feel without any grease or shine you get with most SPFs. If you avoid SPFs with a heavy or thick texture, this non-comedogenic spray feels weightless; it won’t break you out or clog your pores.

What Makes It Stand Out?
The Anti-Shine Invisible Mist is the perfect on-the-go companion; its no-fuss aerosol spray means you can quickly apply without interfering with your makeup, and you don’t need to worry about rubbing it in either. It doesn’t pull any punches, with a very high SPF 50, and infused with La Roche-Posay iconic soothing thermal water it’s perfect for cooling down your complexion on a hot day. And did you know it’s made with NASA technology, absorbent Airlicium which can hold three times its weight in oil? This gives the spray an almost powdery effect on your skin, leaving a matte finish that’s perfect for most skin types – especially oily complexions looking for extra shine-control!

 

#3 If You Like To Wear SPF Instead Of Makeup

Hand image of Clarins Mineral Sun Care Compact for Face SPF30
Model image of Clarins Mineral Sun Care Compact for Face SPF30 swatch on the skin
• Mineral filters
• Broad Spectrum UVA, UVB
• Zinc and Titanium Dioxide
• Vegan
• Water and sweat-resistant
• Oil-free

The Essentials:
• No white cast
• No pilling

Time Saved:
• 2 minutes as you can skip foundation as it has coverage

When I used this tinted compact, it felt like such a natural transition into using SPF. In the summer months or on holidays, I switched out my everyday compact and used this instead. The handy mirror compact is ideal for carrying in my bag, and the hygienic silicone sponge makes re-applying my SPF as easy as powdering my t-tone. No dreaded white cast, the watery formula adds a dewy holiday glow that makes me feel confident, even on no makeup days!

What Makes It Stand Out?
There’s been a lot of buzz around Clarins Mineral Compact, and for good reason! With 100% plant-based technology, there are lots to shout about. The organic filters protect your skin from UVA and UVB light rays, and the six natural extracts get to work on maintaining healthy skin while offering the high protection it needs. If natural ingredients and mineral SPFs are top of your list, this is definitely for you!

 

Want to learn more about this mineral sunscreen and others? Read Chelsey’s edit, here.

 

#4 If You Like To Use SPF In Skincare

Hand image of Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream SPF30
Model image of Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream SPF30 swatch on the skin
• Chemical filters
• Broad Spectrum UVA, UVB
• Ultra-hydrating

The Essentials:
• No white cast
• No pilling

Time Saved:
• 2 minutes as you can skip foundation as it has coverage

One moisturiser that has made me sit up and pay attention is the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream SPF30. Kiehl’s reinvents its best-seller worldwide Ultra-Facial Cream with a dose of 30 SPF; so you can get all the hydrating benefits of your favourite day cream, as well as a high level of sun protection to prevent premature ageing – it’s a win, win! Why is Ultra-Facial so popular? Well, made the glacial glycoprotein and squalene the coveted UltraFacial formula keeps skin hydrated for 24 hours, which is even more crucial for days when you’re out in the sun.

What Makes It Stand Out?
I like SPF that doesn’t feel like I’m using it, and this is just that! I love how I don’t have to add any extra steps to my skincare routine to make it work. Not to mention, I find sticking to SPF routine very hard, so this light gel-cream under makeup is the perfect compromise. You use it as you would your everyday moisturiser and the results? Well, I can safely say I’ve finally found an SPF routine that I can stick to, and my skin is bouncy and hydrated to boot.

 

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