Meet the innovative new sun potions you need to know about this summer, says Lisa Haynes.
SUNSCREEN shouldn’t be just for heatwaves and holidays — over summer especially, you need to boost your sun protection factor (SPF) armoury.
Luckily, the beauty world is making creams easier to apply (tick) and matching your skincare needs (double tick).
Yes, these sunscreens have broad-spectrum protection to guard the skin against UVA (ageing) and UBV (burning) rays, but the newest formulations are going that extra mile to make sun protection more bespoke.
FOR SKINCARE ADDICTS
TRY: Clinique Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream SPF30, €24, Brown Thomas
Trust skincare giant Clinique to come up with a sunscreen that simultaneously protects and de-ages.
Its new Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream SPF30 includes a blend of antioxidant and repair ingredients to help strengthen and rebuild your skin’s moisture barrier as you bask in the sun.
FOR TAN SEEKERS
TRY: Ultrasun Body Tan Activator SPF30, €33.95
www.lookfantastic.com free p&p
Boost your bronze with Ultrasun’s new Tan Activator range.
You still get a high SPF hit but the natural tan enhancer (BronzylTM) activates your production of melanin and accelerates the tanning process by about 40% in 10 days, so you can spend less time chasing a tan.
FOR SPEED DEMONS
TRY: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Invisible Fresh Mist SPF50, €16.80
www.feeluinique.com plus p&p
Go hands-free with La Roche-Posay’s new anti-shine wonder. The super-fine, invisible mist gives you an even protection that’s easily absorbed, so there’s no need to rub in.
Its patented molecule airlicium leaves oil-prone skin shine-free so you can spritz over or under make-up.
FOR SPORTY TYPES
TRY: Shiseido WetForce Sports BB Cream SPF50, €44.75, Debenhams
Outdoor workouts have never looked so chic, thanks to Shiseido’s sweat-proof tint.
Enhance your sporty look with the high-protection BB Cream that’s light, dewy and won’t rub off when you’re putting in a Wimbledon-worthy performance on the court.
FOR CITY SLICKERS
TRY: Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF50, €54.45
www.lookfantastic.com free p&p
You don’t have to be beach-bound to protect your face.
Whether it’s city break or daily grind, Murad’s high-tech mineral sunscreen ticks off protection against pollution, infrared radiation and blue light, as well as UVA and UVB rays.
FOR BEACH BABES
TRY: Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Sand SPF50, was €21.50 now reduced to €14.40
The lightweight formulation is easily absorbed with an ultra-dry finish that allows sand to be brushed off easily, so you can make sandcastles to your heart’s content.
FOR SKIN ZEN
TRY: Eau Thermale Avene Cleanance Solaire SPF50+, €24,24
www.carethy.ie p&p included
Looking for an all-in-one sunscreen and skincare combination? Check out Avene’s forward-thinking lotion that actively fights blemishes.
Cleanance Solaire contains an ingredient that inhibits the excess sebum common in acne-prone skin and protects blemishes from sun side effects.
TRY: Piz Buin Instant Glow Skin Illuminating Sun Lotion SPF30, €10, Boots
Sunscreen meets skin finishing with Piz Buin’s glowy new potion.
Infused with light-reflecting particles, the non-greasy lotion instantly peps up skin with an oh-so subtle shimmer, so your walk to the pool is worthy of a red-carpet saunter.
FOR SENSITIVE BITS
TRY: Tropic Skincare Sun Balm SPF50, €18.60
www.tropicskincare.com plus p&p
Avoid lobster-red zones in awkward spots with Tropic Skincare’s transportable Sun Balm.
The high-protection balm comes in solid form, so you can smooth over tricky areas like the nose, ears and feet to be that bit more thorough.
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