Sun cream is often overlooked and it really shouldn't be.
Finding the best sun cream, sunscreen or sun tan lotion (whatever you call it) is essential. Burning ain’t cool kids. Neither are weird tan lines. You have to find the right one to make sure you actually use it.
Sun cream is synonymous with summer; so let’s get it right. You know there’s nothing more cheery than standing in the line at Boots with a fresh new bottle in your hand, because that means you’re going to be in the sun very soon. Yay.
The important thing when picking out a good sun cream is to not only look at the SPF, but also the PA rating. Just to clarify – SPF is the stuff that stops you burning red raw by protecting your skin from UVB. It either reflects (physical sunscreen) the sunlight or absorbs (chemical sunscreen) the UV rays. PA protects against UVA, which is the stuff that causes pigmentation – like dark spots.
In fact, protecting yourself from the sun is so bloody important that you should actually be wearing an SPF moisturiser every single day. Even in Winter. Don’t do this yet? Read our guide to the best SPF moisturiser.
So what are you waiting for? Shop our carefully selected best sun cream edit below…
Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Skin Restoring Moisturiser SPF50, £33 Look Fantastic
What Paula Begoun doesn’t know about skin isn’t worth knowing. So we trust her skincare line implicitly. This smooth, super absorbent day moisturiser can be used poolside, on a hot city break or at home everyday under make-up.
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Piz Buin Protect and Intensify SPF30, £8 Boots
If your aim of the game is to become a bronzed goddess, then this will be your new best friend. The original tanning brand has nailed it once more by creating a clever sun tan lotion that protects, but also intensifies your tan at the same time by hydrating your skin to stop future peeling and help your tan last for longer. Genius no?
Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF30, £14.50
Green People products are completely natural and chemical free. They’re also vegan and organic. What more could you want really? This Scent Free sun tan lotion is perfect if you suffer from prickly heat on holiday, because it allows skin to breathe. Prickly heat is when your sweat gets blocked in the epidermis.
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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.
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.
Ultrasun is a super reliable sun care brand that you just can’t go wrong with. They live and breathe sun protection. This new SPF 50+ Glimmer is so dreamy, because it gives skin a subtle bronzed gleam as you apply. Great if you’re on the pale side.