Planning on heading out into the sun this July and August? Do you know which SPF you should be using for your skin type? It’s no secret that we tend to overlook SPF as an imperative step in our skincare routines, but protecting your skin from harmful UV rays will have your skin (and your future self!) thanking you. It’s time to put down the factor 15 supermarket sunscreen and find a product that not only protects you from the sun, but also works WITH your skin type, texture and tone. I’ve put together my list of top picks and some of my cult favourites that I’ll be keeping in my handbag all year round.
BEST FOR OILY/ACNE PRONE SKIN:-
When it comes to oily or breakout prone skin, the products and combinations you use really do matter. If your skin is prone to a mini freak out whenever you introduce a new step into your skin routine, a lightweight SPF is the way to go. Those with oiler skin types tend to stay away from heavy SPF’s or skip the step altogether, thanks to many experiences with greasy, pore clogging formulas.
But, I’m here to get you off the ‘anti-SPF’ train and introduce you to some lightweight, mattifying SPF’s that will have you rethinking your preconceptions and ultimately revitalise your daily skincare routine,.
BEST FOR DRY SKIN:-
BEST FOR SENSITIVE SKIN:-
BEST FOR NORMAL/COMBINATION SKIN:-
BEST FOR DARKER SKIN TONES:-
Struggling to find an SPF that is lightweight and doesn’t leave a ghostly white-cast? Most SPF’s aren’t designed with darker skin tones in mind (which is a whole other conversation…) so will leave a shiny, white residue on your face and body which can be quite noticeable.
A quick absorbing SPF with a light gel consistency is adaptable to many different skin tones. A few that I love for their rapid absorbing powers are
BEST UNDER MAKEUP:-
It’s nothing new that skin prep is super important when applying make up, we use numerous moisturisers, serums, eye creams, primers and sprays before starting our daily make up, but SPF can sometimes be forgotten during all that prep.
Using SPF under your make up will enable you to be protected from the sun without using any new make up products that specifically contain UV protection qualities. Investing in a good under-makeup SPF will mean you’re free to change up your make up as desired without worrying about SPF protection, as it’ll all be taken care of.
These are my favourites