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10 of the best SPF creams


Protection is key, and today’s lighter, more fluid SPF formulas work beautifully under makeup

‘‘Oh I can’t be bothered,” say the people who, well, can’t be bothered to use SPF. I get it. The thought of adding another skincare step is exhausting. So I’m not going to preach – we all know the risk of skin cancer. However, I would like to throw in another reason to use sunscreen. Most skincare now has active ingredients that exfoliate, brighten, smooth, correct, etc. If you are using anything of the sort then your skin is more susceptible to damage from UV rays. This means, without sunscreen, the dullness, premature ageing, fine lines and pigmentation issues you think you are resolving are not really going anywhere. They just get deeper, more stubborn and more extensive. So protection is key. Today’s lighter, more fluid SPF formulas work beautifully under makeup (Equilibrium by Hourglass is excellent); don’t leave ghoulish residues (great news for anyone with darker skin), and have additional skincare benefits. Shiseido, for instance, protects from premature ageing; Ultra Violette is infused with Kakadu Plum, an incredible source of Vitamin C, and Thank You Farmer delivers moisture-boosting Hyaluronic Acid and mistletoe extract, a kiss of life that stimulates skin cell turnover. Hopefully you can be bothered with that.

1. Shiseido Expert Sun Protector Face & Body Lotion SPF 50+ £45, shiseido.co.uk
2. Lancaster Sun Sensitive Oil-Free Milky Face Fluid SPF 50 £22, lookfantastic.com
3. Thank You Farmer Sun Project Water Sun Cream £18, cultbeauty.co.uk
4. Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30 £19.89, richskxn.com
5. Sun Bum Original SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion £17.99, asos.com
6. Dr Dennis Gross All-Physical Lightweight Wrinkle Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 £46, spacenk.com
7. Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Mineral Sunscreen
£42, katesomerville.co.uk
8. Ultra Violette Lean Screen, SPF 50
£34, spacenk.com
9. Hourglass Equilibrium Day Fluid £101, hourglasscosmetics.co.uk
10. Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF 30 £32, cultbeauty.co.uk

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