GREAT COVER UP
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