Sun cream is possibly the biggest skincare essential, and we expect no less than the best protection for our skin
The best sun cream is often at the top of our agenda when the sun finally comes out. But, it really should be a part of your daily skin care routine, as well as the best serum and the best moisturiser, all year round. That’s why we’ve pulled together the best sun cream and best sun tan lotions that will see you right through the year.
A real essential throughout the warmer months, the best way to enjoy the higher climes is with one of these essential sun creams in your beauty bag. You’ll be on your way to younger skin and a flawless (non-red) tan in no time.
Now that there’s so many to choose from, we’re here with a helping hand to tell you which ones to trust. From Reimann’s popular P20 Sun Protection to beauty brand favourites like Clarins, we’ve found the best SPF recommendations for your skin. For more skincare recommendations, head over to our sister site Powder to find the ones perfect for your skin.
Another name that’s made in onto our round up of 10 sun creams you can really trust comes from Clinique. The popular retailer’s Face Cream SPF30 is a light and hydrating formula that protects your skin brilliantly from the sun’s rays. Another bonus of this £18 beauty buy? It leaves your complexion feeling silky-smooth and non-greasy. We all know that there’s nothing worse that feeling sticky on a hot day.
The best sun cream can reverse signs of ageing
In a recent study published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery , it was found that sun cream not only protects your skin from sun damage, it can also reverse the signs of photo-ageing, like wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. The study, sponsored by the Johnson & Johnson’s Skin Research Centre and led by dermatologists Steven Wang and James Leyden, showed improvements in the many signs of ageing caused by the sun. This included things like texture, overall tone, and fine lines. Participants who applied a moisturiser containing SPF 30, saw improvements of 52 percent in mottled pigmentation, 40 percent in skin texture, and 41 percent in skin clarity after one year of use.
So if you’re using sun cream on holiday, you’re partly there. But, you should really be applying it every day. Even on the days when it seems like the sun doesn’t even exist. Because it does. Always.
Shop our carefully selected best sun cream edit below…
Best for if you need the highest possible level of protection for your pale skin, Bioderma’s Photoderm cream offers the maximum defence for your skin against sunburn, sun-related skin problems and premature ageing. It alto contains anti-redness ingredients to even the skin tone and prevent redness from worsening. A real hero skincare buy.
P20 has long been a cult beauty favourite in the world of sun cream. Technically not a cream, we know, but their new kid on the (sun) block deserves to be shouted about. Providing water-resistant protection for up to 10 hours, this easily applied formula will make sure you’re protected from those ageing UVA and UVB rays.
If you’re looking for a sun cream that doesn’t leave any white residue, you need this primer-like lotion. It contains blurring and priming properties that leave your skin with a matte finish, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improving the smoothness and texture of your skin.
Trust Eve Lom to deliver the perfect everyday protection. This fast-absorbing lightweight formula protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Protect yourself from the sun and fight those first signs of ageing with this indulgent sun cream from Christian Dior.
The perfect match for sensitive skin, this once-a-day formula protects from both UVA and UVB and is allergy friendly. It also has the added bonus of preventing the nightmare that is prickly heat from developing, so choose this one if you have skin that’s easily irritated.
Super light on your skin, this sun protection fluid comes with a medium-high level of sun protection for everyday wear. Its price may pack a punch, but you know it’ll do the job.
An easy to apply, broad-spectrum SPF that comes in a handy spray bottle, Aesop’s sun protection lotion is the non-greasy formula you’ve been looking for. Water resistant for four hours, it’s also scented with the fresh aroma of lemon, lavender and spearmint.
As well as acting as a great primer for your make-up, this wonder balm has a really high level of protection. Great for if your skin is susceptible to sun damage or you’re exposed to extreme sun. It also contains caffeine and algae extract to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. A real winner.
As with most Clinique lotions, this sun protecting face cream is light and hydrating while protecting your skin brilliantly from the sun’s rays. It leaves skin feeling good and non-greasy.
Particularly well-suited for outdoor sport lovers, Clarins Sun Care spray is an ultra-fine mist, which absorbs into skin instantly. The oil-free formula protects skin without stickiness, making it ideal for the more active.
Benefit’s silky Dream Screen really is the stuff of dreams. Simply apply after moisturising for a high level of protection from sun damage. It’s oil free, too, so you won’t feel all greasy or sticky after applying.
If you suffer from breakouts, the idea of applying sunscreen can seem daunting. Enter this skin saviour. It’s a lot more thin than your average sun cream and not only protects your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays, but also locks in moisture to strengthen your skin barrier.