Sun cream is a year-round essential, but it's especially important during the summer months when the sun's rays are at their strongest.
Slathering your skin in any old sun cream just won't make the cut unfortunately, which is why we have selected our edit of the best sun creams for your skin type and needs.
No matter whether you're a water baby and need water-resistant protection, or have super sensitive skin and need a hypoallergenic formula, we have the best sun cream for you to keep your skin protected and healthy.
10 of the best sun creams
- Shiseido Expert Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50
- Vichy Ideal Soleil Hydrating Mist SPF 50
- Lancaster Sun Beauty Satin Sheen Oil Fast Tan Optimiser Body SPF 30
- Bondi Sands Sunscreen SPF 30 Oil
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+
- Bioderma Photoderm Max Mist SPF 50+
- Korres Yoghurt Sunscreen Face and Body Emulsion SPF 50
- Aesop Protective Body Lotion SPF 50
- Vichy Capital Soleil Beach Protect Anti Dehydration Spray SPF 50
- Ultrasun Glimmer Lotion SPF 30
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1.Shiseido Expert Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50The Shiseido Expert Sun Protection Lotion with SPF 50 has been specially formulated for the family, with babies and children over 6 months old able to use it. Free from common chemical nasties such as parabens, fragrance and alcohol, the sun cream is also hypoallergenic and suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types. Broad-spectrum, it works o shield against both UVA and UVB rays to offer complete protection against sun damage. It's also brilliant for people who love to swim or play sports on holiday as it uses unique WetForce technology, which ensures that skin exposed to perspiration or water stays protected against the sun. Have super sensitive skin? Discover our edit of the best sunscreens for sensitive skin here.
2.Vichy Ideal Soleil Hydrating Mist SPF 50If you don't like the feeling of a traditional sun cream on the skin, you will love Vichy's Ideal Soleil Hydrating Mist with SPF 50. Super lightweight upon application, the invisible sunscreen melts into the skin and leaves a non-sticky and non-greasy film to shield against both UVA and UVB rays. Perfect if you love to wear bright colours, the mist doesn't leave any white marks behind when applied. It also contains a blend of Vichy Thermal Water, glycerine and nourishing emollients that keep the skin beautifully hydrated throughout the day, making this a great choice for anyone with dehydrated or dry skin.
3.Lancaster Sun Beauty Satin Sheen Oil Fast Tan Optimiser Body SPF 30The Lancaster Sun Beauty Satin Sheen Oil with SPF 30 is infused with a Tan Activator Complex that combines a blend of brightening botanicals to help encourage a deeper and longer-lasting tan whilst simultaneously shielding the skin against sun damage. Protecting against 4 different types of sunlight, including UVA and UVB rays, infrared and visible light rays, the sunscreen is the perfect all-rounder for anyone wanting to keep their delicate skin healthy without compromising on their tan.
4.Bondi Sands Sunscreen SPF 30 OilNewly launched from Bondi Sands this year is their range of sunscreens and SPF's, we can't resist their SPF 30 Oil. Infused with an exotic and tropical fragrance, it leaves the skin beautifully scented. Shielding against both UVA and UVB rays, the oil is also water-resistant for up to 2 hours, so great if you love to get in and out of the pool or sea whilst on holiday. Although it's an oil-based formula, it absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy residue behind. Shop the full range of Bondi Sands sun creams here.
5.La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+One of the bestselling sun creams of all time, the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50 is perfect for all skin types thanks to its hypoallergenic formula. Shielding against both UVA and UVB rays, the sun cream also contains a unique compound known as Mexoryl XL, which helps to further protect delicate skin cells to prevent accelerated skin ageing. Non-greasy (it literally melts into the skin upon application), the cream is brilliant for those with fair skin as it has an SPF of 50+ to protect against burning. Want to know more about the best products for fair skin? Discover the best makeup for paler complexions here.
6.Bioderma Photoderm Max Mist SPF 50+Great for fair skin types that burn easily, the Bioderma Photoderm Max Mist has an SPF of 50+, which delivers amazing broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. It also contains the brand's signature Cellular Biodprotection™ that helps to prevent acclerated ageing and keep the skin glowing and youthful. Thanks to its minimal-ingredient formulation, the sun cream is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types and won't cause irritation.
7.Korres Yoghurt Sunscreen Face and Body Emulsion SPF 50Not only does the Yoghurt Sunscreen from Korres sound beautifully appealing, it works to shield against both UVA and UVB rays for complete skin protection. Made from a blend of proteins, vitamins, minerals and lactose, the sun cream melts into the skin upon application, leaving it silky-soft to the touch. Working to increase hydration levels without the top layers of the skin, it's great for anyone with particularly dehydrated or parched skin in need of some moisture. Silicone and paraben-free, the sun cream is also infused with aloe vera to calm and soothe irritated or reddened skin.
8.Aesop Protective Body Lotion SPF 50Perfect for oily skin types, the Aesop Protective Body Lotion with SPF 50 is infused with silica to absorb excess oil and minimise perspiration on the skin's surface. Additionally, if you're not a fan of the traditional sun cream scent, you will love this. Made from a refreshing botanical blend of lavender, spearmint and lemon, it's immediately uplifting and will leave you feeling energised and ready to take on the day. Shielding against both UVA and UVB rays, the lightweight lotion contains Vitamin E to nourish the skin and keep it beautifully soft. Love Aesop? Discover our 10 favourite Aesop products here.
9.Vichy Capital Soleil Beach Protect Anti Dehydration Spray SPF 50If you're a beach bunny on holiday, treat your skin to Vichy's Capital Soleil Beach Protect Anti-Dehdyration Spray. Formulated with SPF 50 protection, the lightweight sprays delivers amazing broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Perfect for those are constantly in the water, the sun cream helps to resist salt and chlorine to keep the skin protected. Plus, it's enriched with hyaluronic acid and Vichy Thermal Water to keep the skin beautifully hydrated.
10.Ultrasun Glimmer Lotion SPF 30If you're concerned with skin dullness, the Ultrasun Glimmer Lotion is the best sun cream you can buy. Designed to add a beautifully light yet radiant shimmer, the cream also provides SPF 30 protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Water-resistant, it's also great for anyone dipping in and out of the water. It melts into the skin upon application and won't leave any greasy residue or oily film behind. Imparting a sun-kissed glow, it works wonders on paler skin types that don't tan easily...
Now you’ve got your sun cream for your body sorted, discover the best sunscreens for face to help protect your complexion.
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