Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - BEAUTY -

The ab­so­lute best thing you can do for your skin is to wear SPF ev­ery sin­gle day. With tem­per­a­tures on the in­crease and UV lev­els at an all-time high, safe­guard­ing your skin all year round is of the ut­most im­por­tance.

Sun­blocks have changed dra­mat­i­cally over the years, and I used to find high-pro­tec­tion sun­screens quite chal­leng­ing for my skin type — com­bi­na­tion/oily — as they would of­ten clog my pores and ex­ac­er­bate se­bum pro­duc­tion. Not any more, thanks to Sk­inCeu­ti­cals. I adore their Min­eral Matte UV De­fense Sun­screen SPF 30, above left, €41. It acts as a pro­tec­tive base, with 100pc min­eral fil­ters, which pro­vide weight­less, broad-spec­trum pro­tec­tion from UVA/UVB ef­fects, as well as com­bin­ing sheer cov­er­age that mat­ti­fies with­out clog­ging pores. It’s a bit spendy, but you don’t need much to spread it all over your face and neck!

Top tip: Treat your neck the same as you treat your face. So cleanse thor­oughly and mois­turise from ‘brow to bust’ and ap­ply SPF there as well.

Don’t be a stinge-bag about us­ing creams on your neck and decol­letage. You may pay a lit­tle more now, but it’ll cer­tainly be much cheaper than a face-lift in the long run!

I pop this sun­screen on be­fore my make-up, then I carry some­thing like the Max Fac­tor Facefin­ity Com­pact, be­low, €15, with me for touch-ups on the go, as it has SPF 15.

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