All Things SPF

Wearing SPF is a step you should not be missing in your skincare routine. It is essential for protecting your skin from UV rays. It also helps prevent premature ageing whilst encouraging an even skin tone. But most importantly, it reduces your risk of skin cancer tremendously. Studies show that wearing an SPF 15 or higher can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer by 40%. 

Here are 5 SPF recommendations to help you choose the right one for you, along with a few tips!

1. La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid SPF 50

This sunscreen protects your skin against UVA, UVB and ultra-long UVA rays. Due to its water, sweat and sand resistant properties, its perfect for beach days! Developed with a lightweight, invisible, and non-greasy formula, you don’t have to worry about any cast being or left or shining like a disco ball! It is suitable for normal to combination skin types and is safe for sensitive skin due to its hypoallergenic formula. It can also be worn under makeup. Currently £13.50 on Look Fantastic

2. Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free Suncare Emulsion SPF 30

Suitable for all skin types and enriched with skincare ingredients including hyaluronic acid, this SPF is a crowd pleaser. Formulated to not only protect against damage caused by UV rays, but it also helps protect your skin from pollution, premature ageing, and even blemishes. Created with Superveil-UV 360 technology, a UV protective veil is formed, allowing the SPF to apply evenly on the skin providing effective protection. 

With a lightweight and oil-free formula, you are promised non-greasy, silk like skin. Buy here. (£34)

3. Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily Defense SPF 50

With 200 5-star reviews, the Kiehl’s SPF is a popular choice. Packed full of antioxidants including baicalin, a traditional Chinese medicine ingredient, this is SPF helps protect against premature signs of ageing as well as UVA & UVB rays and pollution. 

With a non-comedogenic and lightweight formula, the Kiehl’s SPF is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive. Buy here. (£36) 

4. Paula’s Choice Defense Moisturiser SPF 30

Doubling up as a moisturiser and SPF, the Paula’s Choice Defense Moisturiser is suitable for all skin types. Whilst offering protection against UV rays, pollution, and blue light, it also illuminates and hydrates the skin, helping to reduce uneven skin tone and dark spots. Also available in travel size so you can try before splurging on the full size. Buy here. (£32) 

5. Thank You Farmer Sun Project Water Sun Cream SPF 50

If you like a dewy finish, then this is the SPF for you! Also a moisturiser, this SPF leaves no horrible cast but instead plumps the skin whilst protecting it. Thank You Farmer originates from South Korea, who are world leaders when it comes to skincare, so you know you’re in good hands! This SPF is best suited to people with dry to normal skin types. Buy here. (£18) 

When applying SPF always make sure that it is the final step in your skincare routine! To ensure you are using the recommended amount, apply the SPF to two fingers (shown below). Although it may seem a lot, this is to cover your face and neck, not forgetting your eyelids, lips, and ears. 

Written by Bryony Ghai