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Best SPFs for Your Face, Hair and Body

Best SPFs for Your Face, Hair and Body
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Whenever we speak to dermatologists and skincare experts, they all consistently remind us that SPF should be an essential element of our beauty routine. A step that can often be skipped or forgotten, sunscreen should be used all year round to protect against sun damage and premature ageing. To make the selection process easier, we've created an edit of the must-have SPFs to keep your face, hair and body protected from damaging UV rays.

Best SPFs for Face

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA ++++

Rich in minerals and Vitamin C to brighten the skin, this broad spectrum City Skin Age Defense SPF 50 by Murad protects not only against UV rays, but also shields the skin from infrared radiation, pollution and blue light from devices. By guarding against these harmful aggressors, the SPF helps prevent premature ageing of the skin to maintain a more youthful complexion. The lightweight formula not only protects the complexion but also enhances it with a subtle hint of soft peach to add a healthy pinch of colour

Dr Russo Once a Day SPF50 Sun Protective Face Gel

With an innovative click-brush applicator, the Dr Russo Once a Day SPF50 Sun Protective Face Gel is a game-changing product. The lightweight product applies effortlessly, and you can enjoy sun protection that feels super hydrating on the skin. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, this is a must-have product all year round.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid SPF50+ Sun Cream 50ml

Ideal for sensitive skin, the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid SPF50 provides multiple benefits to the skin. Gliding smoothly onto the complexion to protect and hydrate, you’ll love how light this feels. It absorbs quickly into the skin, never feeling sticky or heavy, and works perfectly under makeup.

Shiseido Clear Stick UV Protector 15g

The Shiseido Clear Stick UV Protector is an on-the-go summer essential, designed for convenient SPF top-ups throughout the day. A non-comedogenic formula that is suitable for all skin types, the formula is transparent and can be applied under or over makeup. We love the soft silky feel and the quick time to absorb into the skin.

REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF30 Mattifying Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen

In recent years, we’ve seen an incredible growth in mineral SPFs, with REN’s Clean Screen Mineral SPF30 leading the way as a mineral, vegan and cruelty-free formula. It’s even made using recycled plastic. There are so many things to love about this product, from the ingredients to the matte finish. As a daily SPF30 for the face, enjoy UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection, as well as defence against blue light. The gentle effective ingredients make it ideal for all skin types.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Protectant Stick

As well as protecting your face, your lips are also at risk of sun damage. The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Protectant Stick coats the lips in a nourishing balm that repairs, nourishes and protects from the sun. The ingredients are chosen for their healing and hydrating properties, including Vitamin E, which make sure that your lips stay smooth and protected all year round.

Best SPFs For Body

Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Milk SPF30

Designed to protect against the four types of sunlight - UVA, UVB, visible light and infared - the Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Milk SPF30 is enriched with a host of effective, hydrating and tan-boosting ingredients. Upon application, it instantly softens and leaves the skin feeling nourished, as well as protected.

Vichy Idéal Soleil Protective Solar Water

Quick to use, multipurpose and instantly hydrating, the Vichy Idéal Soleil Protective Solar Water is a fantastic product for the warmer months. Combining SPF50 properties, Hyaluronic Acid, and Vichy Mineralising Water in a convenient spray bottle, this is a sunscreen product that you'll enjoy applying. Skin will be noticeably softer and prepped for the sun.

UltraSun SPF50+ Extreme Sun Lotion

Moisture-rich, water-resistant, non-sticky, there are so many benefits to the UltraSun SPF50+ Extreme Sun Lotion. Formulated with extreme sun and sensitive skin in mind, this product sinks in quickly to provide a broad spectrum non-greasy veil of defence against the sun's rays. The large bottle is ideal for long trips away, or keeping at home for daily use.

Best SPFs for Hair

When you're planning to be in direct sunlight, the experts advise to wear a hat, but it's also important to think about using an SPF to protect your hair. Exposure to the sun's rays often leads to heat damage and premature colour fading.

Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil

The Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil provides lightweight sun protection for up to sixteen hours, and acts as an invisible layer to defend against harmful UVA/UVB filters. The hydrating ingredients also work to condition, soften and detangle the hair.

Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat / UV Protective Primer

One of Bumble & Bumble's bestselling products, the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer is the first step in your styling routine to protect against heat damage from appliances. It can also be used to defend against sun damage, as the formula is infused with oils that protect each strand from UV rays and frizz. It's quick and easy to apply, and also has an incredible scent.

Wella Professionals INVIGO Sun UV Hair Color Protection Spray

As part of a full sun care hair routine, the Wella Professionals INVIGO Sun UV Hair Color Protection Spray is designed to minimise the effects of sun exposure on the hair, by coating each strand in this damage defence formula. Enriched with pro-vitamin B5, these ingredients work to maintain hair vibrancy, hydration and overall health. For best results, apply a few minutes before sun exposure, and reapply as needed.

Discover the full range of sun care essentials to ensure you stay protected against the sun all year round.

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