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WHETHER you’re jet­ting off to the trop­ics or stay­ca­tion­ing at home, sun pro­tec­tion is es­sen­tial dur­ing sum­mer. The good news is that these days unc­tu­ous lo­tions aren’t your only op­tion when it comes to sun­screen. In­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies mean that you can now get all the SPF you need com­bined with skin­care, make-up or even self-tan, if that’s what you’re af­ter, and for­mu­las are more long-last­ing and user-friendly than ever. Use these suncare short­cuts and quick tricks to take the stress out of SPF...

1. All-day for­mu­las

Sun creams that prom­ise all-day pro­tec­tion can be very ef­fec­tive — but only if you ap­ply them cor­rectly. “Do it first thing, do it in­doors and ap­ply plenty,” says Abi Cleeve, MD of Ul­tra­sun, who points out that ap­ply­ing sun­screen when you’re al­ready in the sun in­creases evap­o­ra­tion, thereby re­duc­ing pro­tec­tion. “Put it on at least 15 min­utes be­fore you go out and look for easy-to-miss bits around shoul­der straps and your cloth­ing. Get a good cov­er­age and let it sink in.”

Ul­tra­sun Sports Trans­par­ent Sun Pro­tec­tion Spray SPF 30, €31.20, Boots

2. SPF sprays

Say good­bye to chalky creams with see-through sprays that make ap­pli­ca­tion a dod­dle. Just give the bot­tle a very thor­ough shake be­fore you spritz, to en­sure the SPF in­gre­di­ents are dis­persed through­out the liq­uid.

Garnier Am­bre So­laire UV Wa­ter Clear Sun Cream Spray SPF 30, €10.50, Boots

Dior Bronze Beau­ti­fy­ing Protective Milky Mist Sub­lime Glow SPF 30, €39, Brown Thomas

3. Wa­ter­proof won­ders

Wa­ter-re­sis­tant sun­screen isn’t only needed by the pool or sea­side, sun­bathers — sweat can ham­per the ef­fi­cacy of your SPF. So if, for ex­am­ple, you’re a reg­u­lar run­ner, you need to be pro­tected. Shi­seido has just re­vamped its suncare col­lec­tion, so that all prod­ucts use its clever WetForce Tech­nol­ogy to form a wa­ter-re­pel­lent bar­rier when your skin comes into con­tact with mois­ture.

Shi­seido WetForce Ex­pert Sun Ag­ing Pro­tec­tion Lo­tion Plus SPF 50+, €37.45, look­fan­tas­tic

4. Skin­care solutions

If you’re a beauty buff who wants ul­tra-ef­fec­tive skin­care along­side SPF, the lat­est face-only sun­screens will cer­tainly float your boat. With anti-age­ing, acne and pol­lu­tion-fight­ing for­mu­las, these day creams re­ally mean busi­ness.

Eucerin Sun Oil Con­trol Face Pro­tec­tion SPF 50, €15.75, Boots

Filorga UV Bronze Face An­ti­Age­ing Sun Fluid SPF 50, €34.80, FeelU­nique

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