The best sun creams for the ultimate skin protection

(Don't) feel the burn

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.

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 the sunlight (physical sunscreen) or absorbs the UV rays (chemical sunscreen). 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 one of the best SPF moisturisers every single day. Even in winter.

So whether you like an oil, a cream or a spray, we’ve carefully selected the best sun creams below.

The best sun cream for face

Paula’s Choice Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Moisturiser SPF50, £33, Lookfantastic

 best suncream Paula's Choice

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. Why not check out our holiday beauty products round up next?

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The best sun cream for tanning

Piz Buin Protect and Intensify SPF30, £17.99, Beauty Expert

best suncream Piz Buin

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?

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The best natural sun cream

Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF30, £22, Lookfantastic

best suncream Green People

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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The best sun cream for lips

Blistex Ultra Lip Balm with SPF50, £2.49, Boots

best sun cream

Don’t forget your lips. The skin on your lips is so much thinner than the rest of your body. Imagine the pain of trying to drink a cup of coffee with burnt lips or even trying to kiss with burnt lips. Exactly. Don’t make the mistake; always carry an lip balm with a high SPF, like this Blistex one.

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