Since we seem to be having the most beautiful summer I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about my favourite SPF products. I can’t believe the younger (late teens) me would lay in the sun with barely above a factor 8 to protect my skin. The thought makes me shudder now, it wasn’t until I got into my 20’s that I realised just how important it is to take care of your skin with a suitable sun care product.
My main issue with sun care products is finding one that doesn’t resemble a thick oily lotion that just sits on top of my skin. Your usual suntan lotions which you pick up in the local supermarket often leave my skin feeling oily and spotty and clogging up my pores.
I love finding products which don’t make my skin resemble a greasy mess, a product that is nice and light and will let my make up sit well when applied on top. Here’s my top 5 favourites I’ve found myself reaching for recently.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Sun Cream Fluid SPF 50
I love this stuff! It’s always been a firm favourite in my bathroom cabinet, of all the different face products I try I always revert back to this one. Probably best for normal/oily skin types, it’s super light and is pretty invisible after application. The high SPF 50 is great for protecting your face against sun damage, I don’t personally drop below SPF 50 if I need something for a particularly sunny day. My skin is also quite prone to spots and can be a little intolerant of the sun so this has been perfect.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Sun Defense for Face SPF 50
I’ve always been a fan of the Eight Hour Range from Elizabeth Arden so when I spied the sun care in the airport one holiday I couldn’t wait to try it. Its slightly thicker than others I’ve tried but is still described as a lightweight formula, however I don’t find I have any issues with clogging or greasiness when using. It also helps shield your skin from UVA/UVB rays that can cause skin cell damage and signs of ageing.
Avene Hydrance Optimale UV Light SPF 20
This has been my choice of everyday face sun care throughout the colder months or rainy days (yes I really do wear an SPF all year round!) SPF 20 wouldn’t be enough for me if wearing during a particularly sunny or hot day, but this a perfect choice for an everyday SPF. I tend to lean towards French skincare brands for a lot of my products so I think this echoes in my choices of sun care also. The Hydrance Optimale is a lovely light formula, quite magnifying and perfect for most skin types. It sits really well under make up and absorbs easily.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sun Cream SPF 30
This is a perfect high SPF sun cream for the body, and great for the whole family. We tend to use the SPF 30 when we’re in England and switch the the SPF 50 version if travelling abroad. For a family that’s all pretty sun-intolerant this is a great product to protect a sensitive skin. Its hypo-allergenic, no parabans, no colourants or lanolin and contains SPF/UVA/UVB protection, pretty much everything you could need in a sun care product. The consistency is very light and sinks in easily to the skin, we all know theres nothing worse than dressing a child with thick oily sun tan lotion all over them.
Vichy Ideal Soleil Hydrating Sun Protection Water SPF 30
This is a new addition to the collection for me. I’ve used Vichy Sun care products before but it was the addition of hyaluronic acid that got me excited about this one. It starts off as a clear oil/water which you then have to shake to turn into a milky colour before applying. When I first used this it felt a little oily so I thought it might not suit my skin, but it soon sinks in and even make up sits pretty well on top of it. It’s suitable for sensitive skin types and keeps the skin hydrated (due to the hyaluronic acid) at the same time as protecting it. What I like about it is that it’s so easy to apply and comes out in a fine mist (I’m a bit of a sucker for a mist), perfect for topping up your sun care during the day.
So that’s a little round up of my favourites for this year, let me know if there’s any others I could try, especially if this sunny weather is here to stay!