BEAUTY SUN CREAMS: 11 Tried & Tested sun­screens

A lit­tle bit of sun is great for you! But we also need to pro­tect our­selves from it. With so many sun­screens out there, it can be tricky to de­cide which is right for you. So the team tried a few…

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‘These days there are sun­screens on the mar­ket that do more than just pro­tect your skin from UVB (what the SPF rat­ing refers to),’ says Dr Cara Du­miny of Cape Aes­thet­ics. ‘There are sun­screens that can pro­tect you against UVA, UVB, in­frared and vis­i­ble light, as well as re­pair DNA that has been dam­aged by prior sun ex­po­sure.

‘Look for an SPF of at least 50. The pack­ag­ing should also state that the prod­uct is broad spec­trum, oth­er­wise they’re cov­ered only for UVB and not nec­es­sar­ily for UVA at all.’

KIEHL’S UL­TRA LIGHT DAILY UV DE­FENSE SPF 50, R730

This paraben- and oil-free sun­screen is best for those with very oily skin, which I don’t have, but I liked that it didn’t make my skin dry. Un­like thick-tex­tured prod­ucts that take time to ab­sorb and leave brown skin look­ing shiny, this prod­uct has a light, liq­uid con­sis­tency that sunk in quickly. Plus, it’s non-come­do­genic so it doesn’t clog your pores. – Sinel­izwi

NUXE SUN SPF 50, R415

This sun­screen is per­fect for sen­si­tive skin. It wasn’t too greasy – the tex­ture is more like a cream rather than thick and heavy – and ab­sorbed eas­ily. The prod­uct had a matte fin­ish, yet it didn’t leave any white residue on my skin. Its sum­mery scent of sweet or­ange, gar­de­nia and co­conut smelt lovely on my skin. A must-have! – Washiefa

EAU THER­MALE AVÈNE VERY HIGH PRO­TEC­TION SO­LAIRE ANTI-AGE SPF 50 (WA­TER RE­SIS­TANT), R240

I ap­plied the cream over my mois­turiser and un­der some light makeup (blusher only). It ab­sorbed well and didn’t leave a white residue like most sun­screens do.

My face felt mois­turised and smooth. The big­gest plus: no al­ler­gic re­ac­tion from my ul­tra-sen­si­tive skin! I ap­plied it ev­ery two hours as directed, which made my skin feel a bit greasy, but over­all I re­ally liked this prod­uct and will be us­ing it this sum­mer. – Crys­tal

DR. DER­MAL UV GUARD 50, R250

This anti-age­ing sun­screen (it’s en­riched with hy­drol­ysed col­la­gen) is suit­able for sen­si­tive skin and is wa­ter-re­sis­tant, which I like as I’m in the wa­ter a fair amount. I put it on af­ter my serums and mois­turiser. The tex­ture is quite thick but silky to the touch. It didn’t leave a residue, but it did

leave my skin feel­ing rather dry, though that might also be what makes it wa­ter-re­sis­tant.

I used the prod­uct when I went hik­ing, and even though I was out in the sun for sev­eral hours, I didn’t burn at all – nor did I have that thick, greasy film on my skin. – Caryn

HE­LIO­CARE GELCREAM IN LIGHT SPF 50, R350

I don’t wear foun­da­tion so I wasn’t mad about the idea of this tinted sun cream (it comes in Light and Dark), but the tint added a lovely glow to my skin. I later dis­cov­ered that peo­ple use it in­stead of foun­da­tion in sum­mer as it means one less prod­uct on your face. Cov­er­age was great, and the cream felt light and mois­tur­is­ing at the same time, which I also liked. It pro­tects against both UVA and UVB rays – a must in my book be­cause the sun some­times causes me to come out in a rash. – Suzy

DERM-EDEN DD CREAM DAILY DE­FENSE SPF 50, R450

First there was BB, then CC, now there’s a DD cream – ‘the first day cream to find the balance be­tween UV pro­tec­tion and the ben­e­fits of vi­ta­min D’. It has a ‘moussey’ tex­ture and comes out of the tube white, but as soon as I started to rub it in, it changed colour (be­cause of the ‘en­cap­su­lated pig­ments’), giv­ing me a slightly more tanned hue. It gave my skin a nice sheen and worked well un­der makeup.

De­spite the de­scrip­tion, which says that it’s ‘ideal for city use’, I’ll be pack­ing it in my beach bag – it adds a lovely hint of colour when you’re go­ing to the beach sans makeup. – Liesl

PAYOT SUN SENSI PRO­TEC­TIVE ANTI-AG­ING FACE CREAM FOR IN­TOL­ER­ANT SKINS SPF 50, R365

Even though I have fair skin and have to avoid the sun, I’m not a fan of sun­screen. It stems from when I was a child: be­fore be­ing al­lowed in the pool, my mom would slather on the thick­est, high­est-fac­tor wa­ter-re­sis­tant sun­screen (which I’m now thank­ful for).

I was re­ally im­pressed with this prod­uct: it smells amaz­ing, is creamy in tex­ture, ab­sorbs well and dou­bles up as a mois­turiser. There’s no greasy feel­ing, just a healthy glow. It worked well un­der my makeup too as it cre­ated a nice base for my foun­da­tion with­out dry­ing or feel­ing tight. Thumbs up! – Ja­nine

SOTHYS FLUIDE PROTECTEUR SEN­SI­TIVE ZONES HIGH PRO­TEC­TION SPF 50, R595

I have a slightly translu­cent skin but it’s not es­pe­cially sen­si­tive, though it can get slightly dry at times. The tex­ture of this prod­uct falls some­where be­tween a milk and a cream, so it went on smoothly and ab­sorbed very well.

It still lived up to the ‘screen’ part of its func­tion. Hap­pily, it didn’t leave any white marks or residue, but there was a slightly pale glis­ten to my face which I wasn’t par­tic­u­larly un­happy about. My skin looked dewy.

It’s quite a smooth ap­pli­ca­tion, al­most greasy but not quite, and has no tint so it didn’t com­pete with my foun­da­tion. – Sameena

CETAPHIL SUN VERY HIGH PRO­TEC­TION GEL SPF 50, R318

In cold weather, my skin gets dry, and in the heat, I get red blotches on my cheeks. So dry­ness and ir­ri­ta­tion are a strug­gle.

This light cream soothed and hy­drated, and sunk in with ease, leav­ing no white residue. It’s pleas­ant to wear and rea­son­ably priced, so there’s no need to use it spar­ingly! – Tas­neem

DIEGO DALLA PALMA SUN SHINE DNA SMART PRO­TEC­TION MILK SPRAY SPF 50, R595

As some­one who spends a lot of time in the sun, I have to say: this sun­screen is the best I’ve ever tried. This milk-tex­tured prod­uct ab­sorbed eas­ily and left my skin with a lovely healthy sheen that didn’t melt off my face when I started sweat­ing dur­ing my run.

I also wore it un­der my Mac Pro Longwear Foun­da­tion and it worked per­fectly. – Liza

NIVEA SUN UV FACE SHINE CON­TROL 0% STICKY FEEL­ING SPF 50, R125

I have dry, flaky skin, but my T-zone also gets oily, es­pe­cially when I wear makeup. As I had an event to at­tend, I tried this sun­screen un­der a full face of makeup.

The light­weight for­mula soaked in ef­fort­lessly and didn’t leave a white residue. It helped keep my oily T-zone in check and my makeup went on smoother. I tried three for­mu­la­tions from this range and this was the best. – Raquel

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