See-ya, sunburn. Meet the innovative new SPF formulations to stay safe in the rays. Sun chasers, take note: high protection SPFs have come a long way since the gloopy white creams that took forever to rub in. These are the best sun protection for your skin that’s worth that suitcase space.
Today’s suncare is majorly high-tech and pleasingly faff-free to apply. And nope, they definitely won’t stop you getting that golden glow (we promise). These are the SPFs we’ll be packing in our suitcase this summer…
THE HYDRATING ONE
Vichy Idéal Soleil Hydrating Solar Protective Water SPF30, £19, 200ml
That parched skin feeling you get after a day in the sun? No more with this clever water-format SPF, pepped up with hyaluronic acid. It plumps and hydrates your skin as you tan. Win. Plus, it absorbs quickly and won’t stain clothes making it ideal to apply pre-sightseeing.
THE MINERAL ONE
Avène Tinted Mineral Fluid SPF50+, £17.50, 40ml
SPF meets tinted moisturiser… With a matte finish and suits-all natural tint, this is your go-to vacay base. The 100% mineral-based filters make it suitable for even super-sensitive skins. Holiday heat rash? This contains Avène’s thermal spring water to help calm skin down.
THE POCKET ONE
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Pocket SPF50+, £10, 30ml
If you’re not already obsessed with La Roche-Posay SPF, this pocket-size is probably the best intro. The compact applicator means it’s dinky enough to fit into a camera bag for on-the-go protection. Non-greasy, fast-absorbing, velvety finish, and water-resistant… You’ll be hooked.
THE PHOTOGENIC ONE
Bali Body Moisturising Sunscreen SPF15, £21.95, 100ml
Meet Insta’s hottest tanning brand… Oz’s Bali Body is on repeat in every travel blogger’s suitcase haul, and now it’s finally landed in the UK. Besides the sexy bottles, it’s vegan-friendly, sweat-proof, and enhanced with vitamin E and rose hip oil to help hydrate your skin.
THE MATTIFYING ONE
Eucerin Sun Gel-Cream Oil Control Dry Touch SPF50+, £16, 50ml
Holiday glow, yes. Sweaty mess, no thank you. This face SPF is ideal for oily and blemish-prone skin to keep shine majorly in check. Expect an instant dry-touch finish and anti-shine effect that lasts up to eight hours. Ultra-light and non-sticky, it’s ideal as a pre make-up mattifier.
THE SPEEDY ONE
Clinique SPF30 Virtu-Oil Body Mist, £25m 144ml
Solo sunbathers, take note: this nifty 360-degree mist can be applied at any angle – upside down included. Lightweight and oil-free, it has the same luxe feel of a dry body oil but with a cooling sensation (humidity, come at us!). Water-resistant for up to 40 minutes, just spritz, massage in, and sun.
THE HANDBAG ONE
Sunforgettable Brush-on Sunscreen SPF50, £46.50, 6g
Looks like make-up, acts like (serious) sunscreen. Brush on this broad-spectrum, high SPF finishing powder that can either be worn solo, or over make-up. Available in four shades – fair, medium, tan or deep – one brush applicator should give you about 90 days of effortless sun protection.