In­vis­i­ble Sun­screen

Heavy creams and city heat aren’t a great mix. Meet the hid­den he­roes that will help pro­tect you from the sun


1 Cover FX Clear Cover In­vis­i­ble Sun­screen SPF 30

Look’s Gabrielle: This does-it-all pro­tec­tor is a primer, mois­turiser and sun­screen all in one. Un­like most other sun creams this ac­tu­ally helped keep my foun­da­tion in place for longer. Ex­pect zero slip. Joanna: This is a to­tal sun­care game-changer. The light­weight, vel­vety for­mula was the per­fect make-up base – it felt just like a primer and left my skin softer and smoothed. My new go-to.

2 Der­ma­log­ica So­lar De­fense Booster SPF 50

Look’s Gabrielle: This hard­work­ing sun­block left a lit­tle shine on my skin when I used it on its own, but once I mixed it into my foun­da­tion it kept me pro­tected all day with­out a trace. Joanna: One ap­pli­ca­tion in the morn­ing kept my skin safe all day long – no reap­ply­ing nec­es­sary. I added some into my mois­turiser and it kept my face from turn­ing pink in the heat. It is a lit­tle bit ex­pen­sive, though.

3 Ben­e­fit Dream Screen SPF45

Look’s Gabrielle: af­ter a bit of rub­bing in, this oil-free for­mula mag­i­cally dis­ap­peared into my skin. I ap­plied my make-up as nor­mal and there wasn’t a greasy-look­ing area in sight. Joanna: de­spite shak­ing it up be­fore­hand, I found this a bit dif­fi­cult to ap­ply be­cause it was very runny. but af­ter a lot of smooth­ing in it van­ished, with zero residue. It felt like there was noth­ing on my face at all.

4 Peter Thomas Roth In­stant Min­eral SPF 45

Look’s Gabrielle: This talc-free pow­der pro­tec­tor is a dream come true for oily skin. I swept it all over af­ter my mois­turiser and it left an even, shine-free fin­ish. Keep one in your bag for top-ups on the go. Joanna: I liked that this was a pow­der, as it made it re­ally easy to ap­ply through­out the day and helped mop up any oily ar­eas. My one com­plaint is that the pow­der isn’t en­tirely translu­cent, so it might be a bit dark for pale skin.

5 Frezy­derm Sun­screen Sec­ond Skin Vel­vet face Cream SPF 50+

Look’s Gabrielle: you get a lot for your money with this sci-fi sun­screen. The vel­vet, gel-like tex­ture is in­stantly mat­ti­fy­ing and helps to keep oil and sweat at bay all day. Joanna: I loved this for­mula – it kept my usu­ally oily T-zone smooth and shine-free – but I found my foun­da­tion went slightly patchy when I ap­plied it on top. I had to reap­ply it a few times through­out the day, too.

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