Niod Survival, from £20-£25 (victoriahealth.com)
If you’re staycationing or just not on the Med, it’s hard to avoid that smug feeling. No suffocating heat, no hideous delays at the airport. But just because the sun here is gentle-to-soporific, it doesn’t mean your skin doesn’t need protection. While there’s plenty of ammo to suggest that loading your face with chemicals cancels out the benefits of an SPF (especially as SPF is such a misleading, obfuscated measurement and many brands have been shown to fall woefully short of their promise), that argument collapses when you find the right kind of sunscreen.
Survival is the latest wonder potion, from cuttingedge skincare line Niod. It offers a mineral barrier (meaning it won’t oxidise on contact with the skin) against not just UVA and UVB but against pollution and stress.
There are four options, Survival 30, 20, 10 and 0. The numbers indicate the SPF. 0 is for night. They’re meant for everyday, have a lovely light texture and can be worn with or without foundation. I think they could become another new virtuous habit.