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10 best SPF sunscreens for face 2021

10 best SPF sunscreens for face 2021
Team LF
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When it comes to protecting your skin against UV damage, you need the best sunscreens for face possible.

As one of the leading causes of skin ageing and skin cancer, sun damage is something we all need to be aware of. Using high-quality and high SPF sunscreens will help shield your delicate skin against both UVA and UVB rays, ensuring you give your complexion the best possible protection you can.

Whether you prefer a lightweight lotion, cream or spray, we have selected our edit of the best sunscreens for face on the market, to help you choose what to include in your skincare routine for long-term skin health.

10 of the best sunscreens for face 2021

  1. Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30
  2. Elizabeth Prevage City Smart Hydrating Shield
  3. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Face Mist
  4. DECLÉOR Face Sun Fluid SPF 30
  5. REN Clean Screen Mineral Sunscreen
  6. Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50
  7. NUXE Sun High Protection Fondant Face Cream with SPF 50
  8. SkinCeuticals Oil Shield UV Defense Sun Cream SPF 50
  9. VICHY Idéal Soleil Dry Touch Face Cream SPF 50
  10. Aveda Daily Light Guard Defense Fluid

Which is the best face sunscreen for me?

  • 1.Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30

    Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30
    3.67 Stars 3 Reviews
    £58.00
    One of Dermalogica's newest launches, the Prisma Protect is a light-activated sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. It works by cleverly detecting light and then shielding your skin against damage. Super lightweight upon application, it's brilliant for anyone who doesn't like the traditional feel of a sunscreen as it hydrates without making your skin feel greasy. Free from common skin irritants like parabens and artificial fragrance, it's great for all skin types, including sensitive.
  • 2.Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF 50

    Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF 50
    4.71 Stars 21 Reviews
    £36.85
    The Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart is one of the best sunscreens for face we have tried. Tinted to even out the complexion and give the skin a flawless finish, it also combines anti-pollution and UV technology to shield the skin against damaging environmental aggressors. With 100% mineral broad spectrum SPF 50, this is one of the best performing sunscreens we have tested.  
  • 3.La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Face Mist

    La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Face Mist
    4.52 Stars 112 Reviews
    £9.30
    If you prefer a lighter weight feel sunscreen, you will love La Roche-Posay's Anthelios Invisible Face Mist. As its name suggests, it feels invisible on the skin, yet provides incredible coverage, and because it's in mist form, it makes it so easy to top up during the day. Specially formulated for sensitive and fair skin types, it's also hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, meaning it won't break you out.
  • 4.DECLÉOR Face Sun Fluid SPF 30

    DECLÉOR Face Sun Fluid SPF 30
    £22.75
    Part of their soothing Aloe Vera Sun range, the DECLÉOR Face Sun Fluid SPF 30 both hydrates and nourishes the complexion to keep it protected and free from irritation from sun exposure. The lightweight lotion protects against all UV rays as well as other external aggressors that can lead to skin damage and premature ageing. The formula absorbs quickly into the skin to create a smoother and softer surface to enhance the visage.
  • 5.REN Clean Screen Mineral Sunscreen

    REN Clean Screen Mineral Sunscreen
    3.58 Stars 38 Reviews
    £32.00
    With an increased focus on clean beauty and sustainable packaging, we expect REN'S Clean Screen Sunscreen to be huge for summer 2019. The non-nano and mineral technology means that it's ocean safe as it doesn't contain any pollutant particles. Instead, it's infused with zinc oxide, which helps to shield against UVA, UVB and blue light technology, alongside rice starch to absorb excess oil and yellow passion fruit seed extract to hydrate and boost the skin's defence system against free radical damage. It's moisturising yet not greasy, super lightweight and great as a makeup primer. In fact, there's nothing we don't love about this new generation of suncare.  
  • 6.Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50

    Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50
    4.47 Stars 15 Reviews
    £60.00
    If you're going to be spending a lot of your summer travelling or working in cities, you will need a suitable SPF that shields against pollution and environmental aggressors: enter Murad's City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum with SPF 50. Protecting the skin against both UVA and UVB rays, the lightweight sunscreen is 100% mineral-based, so great for all skin types, including sensitive. In addition, this SPF also shields against blue light pollution from your phone and computer, so perfect for anyone commuting into work every day.
  • 7.NUXE Sun High Protection Fondant Face Cream with SPF 50

    NUXE Sun High Protection Fondant Face Cream with SPF 50
    4.1 Stars 10 Reviews
    £19.50
    Great for anyone with particularly sensitive or fair skin that burns easily, the NUXE Sun High Protection Fondant Cream has an SPF 50 to shield against both UVA and UVB rays for complete complexion protection. Free from alcohol and parabens, the lightweight lotion is also non-comedogenic so won't block pores or cause breakouts. Enriched with water hyacinth, the cream hydrates and soothes the skin to help reduce redness and irritation. Plus, it also makes an excellent makeup base.
  • 8.SkinCeuticals Oil Shield UV Defense Sun Cream SPF 50

    SkinCeuticals Oil Shield UV Defense Sun Cream SPF 50
    £36.90
    Trusted globally, SkinCeuticals create scientifically backed formulas that work to support and protect the skin. Their new SkinCeuticals Oil Shield UV Defense Sun Cream SPF 50 is an anti-oxidant rich, mattifying cream that helps to both shield against harmful UV rays, and guard against unwanted shine that develops more commonly in the summertime. The high SPF 50 formula helps to prevent against the signs of premature ageing, keeping the skin looking youthful, balanced and hydrated throughout the year.
  • 9.VICHY Idéal Soleil Dry Touch Face Cream SPF 50

    VICHY Idéal Soleil Dry Touch Face Cream SPF 50
    4.06 Stars 34 Reviews
    £11.05
    Water resistant and hypoallergenic, the VICHY Idéal Soleil Dry Touch Face Cream SPF 50 is a high protection formula that is suitable for event the most sensitive skin types. The wide spectrum filter shields the skin from sun damage, keeping it hydrated and protected. Enriched with the brand's famous Vichy Thermal Spring Water, the formula nourishes the skin and leaves it with a matte and oil-free finish.
  • 10.Aveda Daily Light Guard Defense Fluid

    Aveda Daily Light Guard Defense Fluid
    4.5 Stars 2 Reviews
    £27.20
    If you want a more natural SPF, then the Aveda Daily Light Guard is the perfect choice. Made from 100% mineral-derived sunscreens, the formula is also free from chemical nasties, and instead contains a blend of botanical extracts like ginger, to shield against free radical and environmental damage. It has an SPF of 30, and is great for all skin types and concerns. Melting seamlessly into the skin, it gives a really comfortable finish and works well as a makeup primer.

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