The best sunscreens for every occasion
It’s a given that you need to religiously apply SPF - saving your skin and staving off the signs of aging say so. So does any skin expert or dermatologist you'll ever talk to. There's no sense in spending hundreds on great skincare and high-end makeup, if you're not using sunscreen each and every day. It's practically throwing money down the drain.
But all SPFs are not equal, and seeking out the right one can be a life’s work. Some are too thick, some feel too greasy, some cause your makeup to pill and sometimes - if we're honest - it's just too much of a faff to re-apply.
We make the job easier with this cheat sheet to the best sun protection options available for every situation.
Best for wearing under makeup
bh loves: Ultraceuticals UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF30 Mattifying, $89
A lovely hit of moisture that absorbs swiftly and doesn't leave any white residue . Stick with this one to keep oil at bay or try the hydrating or tinted versions for a dewy effect or a touch of colour.
Best all natural
bh loves: Evolu Age Defence Protective Day Cream SPF30, $59.99
Locally-loved Evolu has worked hard on a zinc-based formula boosted with botanical nutrients and antioxidants like kiwi seed oil, green tea, chamomile and shea butter to help support and protect the structure and appearance of great skin.
Best for sensitive skin
bh loves: Elta MD UV Clear SPF46, $68
Highly regarded by skin professionals and only available from clinics, this brand does a great range of SPFs that work well after procedures. This one is particularly kind to sensitised skin as well those using active skincare.
Best for acne prone skin
bh loves: Dermalogica Active Clearing Oil Free Matte SPF30, $94
Oily, breakout-prone skin gets a reprieve from heavy formulas that clog pores and leave your face slick. This aims to retain a matte finish all day, and has ingredients known to soothe flare ups and breakouts.
Best tinted SPF
bh loves: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream SPF 50, $70
Now more readily available here with the arrival of Sephora stores, this famous tinted product goes on more like a foundation but has a hefty dose of SPF and skincare ingredients, perfect for city wear, just be sure to apply liberally for full protection.
Best for body
bh loves: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Nutritive Oil SPF50, $40
An incredibly nourishing body oil that soothes and hydrates dry skin while giving good protection and leaving a lovely sheen. You won't battle to blend it and it’s incredibly flattering on arms and legs! This little-known French brand does some of the best suncare around.
Best environmental protection
bh loves: Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Hydrating Shield, $115
An all-round wonder product that’s often referred to as best-in-show, such is its performance and clever formulation. It’s packed with skincare benefits and protects from pollutants in the environment now known to impact the pigmentation and structure of skin.
Best for exercising
bh loves: Shiseido BB for Sports SPF 50+, $59
Shiseido has become known for its advanced formulations, in particular its WetForce technology that actually works harder when it comes into contact with water or perspiration. This tinted version evens the skintone and quickly dries shine to keep you looking fresh, even when you’re active.
Best for topping up over makeup
bh loves: Jane Iredale Powder Me SPF 30 $95
Tap on this lightweight mineral powder to re-up your protection and benefit from its skin-perfecting, mattifying powers. The included puff-top applicator means you wont need other tools - great for on-the go. Available in 3 shades.
Best for lips
bh loves: Lanolips Tinted Balm SPF30, $18
The two areas most commonly missed with SPF? Doctors tell us it’s ears and lips. We can't suggest you put this on the former but your pout will look lush, avoid dryness and minimise the deepening of lip-lines.
Best speed application
bh loves: Coola Mineral Body Sunscreen Spray, $65
Coola has just added a mineral version to it’s line up of quick and easy to use and deliciously scented sunscreen sprays. However if you’re not a fan of of tropical notes like pineapple, coconut or guava, there’s are fragrance free versions too.
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What's your favourite sunscreen?