The SPF Edit

So you’re jetting off somewhere fancy… to relax and to thoroughly indulge on the local cuisine. I don’t blame you, it sounds amazing. To accompany this period of indulgence you’re going to need to look your best… no lobsters allowed in these parts! So for today we’re looking at the SPF filled lotions and potions that keep us from frazzling in the holiday sun.

Sun protection is top of my packing list when it comes to holidays. Wearing an SPF is super important as it protects your skin from the suns harmful rays – you know the drill. For the full sun protection lecture I’ll leave it to the professionals (Caroline Hirons, of course, has a great post on the topic), but the long and short of it is slap it on daily, be overzealous in application and stick to ones that offer broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection.

Sun creams have come a long way in recent times and are no longer the gloopy messes that we’d elicit out a groan each time our parents chased us down the beach with them in hand, with textures that left us with a white-veil and sand sticking to every single crevasse of our bodies. Today I’m talking exclusively facial formulas though and there’s something for everyone. So here’s a run down on the products that make the cut for me…

La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light SPF 50+ – £11 – from Escentual. Sensitive skins listen up. Non-perfumed, high protection and light feeling, the texture just melts into skin. It feels slightly tacky when first applied, but in seconds it dries down and you don’t even feel like it’s there.

Bioderma Photoderm AKN Mat SPF 30 – £13.70 – from Escentual. Oily skinned gals and guys listen up. An SPF without a hint of grease in sight; apply, busy yourself for a minute or two and you’re ready for your daily dose of makeup. The sheen-free finish means that I’ve been thrusting this in my brothers face each morning for him to use in his (very limited) skincare lineup and for once he’s been obliging.

Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defence SPF 50 – £31 – from Kiehl’s. SPF 50. SPF 50! But this stuff doesn’t conform to your high factor nightmares, oh no. In fact blind-tested against the others I don’t think I’d be able to detect a difference. It’s a little richer perhaps, but still skins in, does the job and foundation acts like its usual self on top of it. When the serious rays come out to play this is what I’ll be reaching for.

Benefit Dream Screen SPF 45 – £25 – from Look Fantastic. Oily gals I’ve found your SPF match. One quick sweep just mops up the grease and leaves the complexion with a silky sensation. In fact, it’s all rather primer like. It reminds me a lot of the Chantecialle Ultra Sun Protection SPF 50, but just a third of the price. Bonus.

…and all without a white-cast or sulk-inducing sticky formula in sight. Load. Me. Up. Sun –I’m ready for ya – whenever you’re ready to finally make an appearance.

Check back tomorrow for the hair care bits I whip out when I’m on holiday!



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