10 superb summer sunscreens
Now is the time to stock your beach bag and bathroom with sunscreen. No, not tomorrow, and certainly not in a few weeks time – do it NOW! The sun is out and it’s got a fierce bite, so if you’re keen to prevent not-so-fun-stuff like premature wrinkles, pigmentation – or worse – skin cancer, you’ll be slapping on the sunscreen goodness daily.
Oh, and not knowing which one to purchase is no longer an excuse. We’ve rounded up 10 great sunscreens on the market right now; sunscreens that’ll cover you for each and every event, no matter what your skin issue or location.
WHEN YOU'RE... at the pool with the kids
REACH FOR: Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids SPF 30+ Spray, and say goodbye to poolside tantrums and sunburnt little ones. This sunscreen formula is uber-smart as it cuts through water to form a broad-spectrum protective barrier on the skin, protecting your precious kiddlets from UVA and UVB rays. Oh, and it’s also four hours water-resistant, so you don’t need to stress if the kids insist on jumping back into the chlorinated blue stuff for more splashing adventures.
WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING FOR... something natural
REACH FOR: WOTNOT 30+ SPF Natural Sunscreen, as it contains natural and certified organic ingredients. Using zinc oxide as its active ingredient to reflect both UVA and UVB rays, natural product lovers or those with sensitive skin and infants will adore it for its non-chemical protection. Better yet, WOTNOT have thrown in some nourishing ingredients (read: shea butter, grapeseed, macadamia oil and vitamin E) just to keep your skin really happy.
WHEN YOU NEED TO... protect and correct your hands
REACH FOR: Evodia Active Organics Hand Cream with SPF 15, and say goodbye to current melanin and age spots, while preventing future ones from forming, too. The organic shea butter and organic almond and rosehip oils will also ensure your paws are hydrated and happy while out in the sun.
WHEN YOU NEED... facial coverage, sans the grease
REACH FOR: Dermalogica MediBac Clearing Oil Free Matte SPF 30, as it’s specifically formulated for skin prone to excess oil production and breakouts. So not only will it defend against UVA and UVB rays, but it’ll also absorb and control any oil as well, helping to keep your skin looking matte all day long. Win!
WHEN YOU'RE... feeling super-lazy
REACH FOR: Banana Boat Ultra Clear Spray ($16.49 | 1800 810 310), as its nifty spray-on applicator is super-quick and easy to use, and has a vast spraying area so you’ll be less likely to miss any patches of skin. It also dries as quickly as it apples, but without leaving a sticky, greasy film on the skin. Oh, and it’ll protect against UVA and UVB rays, and is water-resistant for four hours. Brilliant.
WHEN YOU... need to target lines and sun protection
REACH FOR: L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Rejuventating Anti-Wrinkle SPF 15 Day Lotion Moisturiser – its SPF protection and wrinkle-fighting formula will protect against premature skin ageing, while visibly helping to diminish fine lines at the same time. It’s also lightweight and gel-like, so will never feel sticky on your face.
WHEN YOU... need to calm red skin
REACH FOR: Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturiser SPF 15, as this gem’s duties go beyond sun protection. Containing skin-calming feverfew – a natural ingredient related to chamomile – it visibly reduces the appearance of redness and soothes dry, sensitive skin, too.
WHEN YOU’VE GOT... toddlers with delicate skin
REACH FOR: SunSense Toddler Milk SPF 30+, as it was created with youngsters and their easily irritated skin in mind. Despite its gentle nature, it’ll still protect from UVA and UVB rays, but is only water-resistant for 40 minutes, so be sure to slip, slop, slap regularly if they’re taking a dip.
WHEN YOU WANT... to protect your pout
REACH FOR: NIVEA Sun Protect SPF 30+, as you’ll not only get a wonderful dose of sun protection, but a large hit of hydration, too. Your lips will stay moisturised and soft thanks to the nourishing shea butter and vitamin E in this wonder stick.
WHEN YOU WANT TO... have hydrated and protected skin
REACH FOR: Le Tan Fragrance Free Sunscreen Oil SPF 30+, as other than protecting from UVA and UVB rays, its main aim is to nourish and moisturise the skin. This means you’re getting double whammy premature ageing prevention in one product. Amazing!
Have you stocked up on sunscreen for the summer season? Are you keen to try any of the sunscreens above? What’s your favourite sunscreen?