You will have heard it a million times before: wearing a face SPF every day is key to healthy skin. I wish I knew the full effects that the sun had on my skin years ago so I could reverse back time and I would have used SPF on my face from age 16. A good sunscreen blocks the harmful effects of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, which wreak havoc on the health of our skin and its cells, leading to decreased collagen and elasticity, fine lines, pigmentation, and an increased risk of skin cancer if an SPF is not used. In the past, SPFs have been sticky and greasy, quick to clog pores, and prone to leaving dark skins ashy. The good news is that now, thanks to much-improved formulas and innovative technology, there are plenty of facial sunscreens that protect your skin while also being a pleasure to use.
3 of the best SPF’s for your skin
Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily Defense SPF 50 €41.00
Doubling up as both a moisturiser and an SPF 50 sunscreen, Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily Defense is an industry favourite, perfect for those with sensitive skin thanks to its oil-free, fragrance-free formula. It doesn’t leave a chalky residue either, making it a good choice for darker skin tones.
La Roche Posay
La Roche-Posay Anthelios AC Anti-Shine Matte Fluid SPF 30 €19.50
If you suffer from blemishes, you may find that sun protection leaves your skin feeling greasy and prone to breakouts. La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios AC Anti-Shine Matte Fluid is specifically designed for people with those concerns, offering a non-comedogenic, feather-light formula with a velvet finish alongside SPF 30 protection.
Image Prevention + matte €47.50
I am currently using this SPF and loving it. It is available in matte which is oil-free for oily, acne skins or the regular prevention + for all other skin types. It’s a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen that delivers high sun protection. It doubles as a protective primer to create a healthy glow before makeup application. It smells amazing.