Whether at home or abroad, SPF for both face and body is a skincare non-negotiable.
In the past, SPF textures have been chalky, cloying, and uncomfortable for sensitive skin types, but with a coterie of wearable creams, sprays, and gels, there’s simply no excuse to skip this all-important step.
Here’s the CF edit of the best SPFs for face and body to wear now…
The perfect SPF for active types, this hardworking SPF is sweat and water-resistant for 80 minutes. The texture is ultra-unctuous – like a reasurringly expensive face cream – but sinks in seamlessly with no white cast. Providing broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection it is also reef-safe, so the ideal choice if you plan to be frolicking in the sea.
For glossy, glowing limbs with a heady white floral scent, Dior offers the luxe approach to tanning. High SPF 50 protection is dispensed in a silky ultra-fine mist, which makes covering those hard to reach spots effortless.
Those with sensitive skin types know the minefield SPF can be, but La Roche Posay is the go-to brand to reduce redness, itchiness, and break-outs. This SPF is dispensed in a light mist, but don’t be fooled, it delivers super-high protection with a fresh powdery scent. Enriched with the French pharmacy brand's soothing, antioxidant-rich Thermal Spring Water it's like a tall glass of water to quench and cool skin simultaneously.
This efficacious SPF hydrates as it protects for limbs you can't help but stroke. The non-greasy, velvety texture means you can spritz and go, and with UVA and UVB protection it treats existing skin damage whilst acting as a barrier to future external aggressors.
This ultimate sensorial SPF has the delicious zingy scent of freshly squeezed orange juice to perk you up. The antioxidant-rich oil contains a potent dose of vitamin D to fight ageing whilst vitamin F – derived from grape seed and carrot oils enrobes skin in a veil of hydration. Expect wonderously supple limbs after use.
Lightweight, good for sensitive skin, and reef-safe, this milky textured sunscreen ticks a lot of boxes. It also contains sweet orange blossom extract to boosts the skin’s natural melanin production to help develop an luminous, even and long-lasting tan, gradually. Very clever indeed.
This gel-like turbo-charged SPF is a hot-weather superhero. Containing Shiseido Protection Technology SynchroShield (think of it as a supreme UV protective shield) this SPF becomes more efficacious when skin gets both hotter and wetter, whether from exposure to water or sweat, ensuring long-lasting protection. Working wonders on both your face and limbs, the pleasingly fruity fragrance makes application a pure joy.
With tranexamic acid and niacinamide, this is a supercharged SPF that’s as good at protecting skin from the sun as it is preventing and reducing discolouration. It simply melts into skin too, which gets major marks.
Dermatologist Lisa Franklin knows how city life can ravage complexions, so she developed this skincare-make-up hybrid to leave skin plump and super glowy. As good on the beach as in front of the computer, this SPF offers UVA and UVB protection from the sun, pollution, and blue light.
Formulated to work with, not against, the other products in your skincare regime, this silky serum leaves no white cast and is the perfect base for your foundation. Not only does it offer SPF 50 protection, but with Vitamin C-rich kakadu plum and dragosine it protects against free radicals and blue light. Skin is left radiant and dewy, so you may well forgo foundation all together.
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