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USE PROTECTION WITH THE BEST SUN CREAM

USE PROTECTION WITH THE BEST SUN CREAM

It goes without saying that when the sun’s out, our sun cream is out too. However, it’s important to make sure that SPF is included in your skincare routine the whole year through to make sure that you’re protected all day erry day. We’ve picked the best sun cream for face and body that doesn’t leave skin sticky, or leave white residue.

What Are We Using Protection For?

Understanding what the sun does to our skin can sound pretty complicated, but it’s actually as easy as A, B, C. The sun emits 3 types of ultraviolet rays…

  • UVC – You can basically ignore these guys. UVC rays can’t even pass the the ozone layer, so they ain’t a problem to us right now.
  • UVB – These rays aren’t the worst. They don’t penetrate into your skin, but they do affect the surface of your skin. They’re the ones that either burn or bronze you.
  • UVA – These rays are the baddies. UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin than the others, and can cause mutations within your skin cells which can lead to ageing and in some cases, skin caners.

So, UVB = Bronze or Burn, and UVA = Ageing… easy! SPF helps to block these rays and stop them penetrating and affecting our skin.

Best Sun Cream 2019

  1. MURAD INVISIBLUR PERFECTING SHIELD SPF30
    £65.00 Buy now with HQhair

    MURAD INVISIBLUR PERFECTING SHIELD SPF30

    Our roundup of the best sun cream’s gotta start with the first skincare product you’d apply in the morning. Using a primer that contains SPF is one of the easiest ways to add sun protection into your daily routine. Whether you apply makeup over the top or go for a natural glowy look, you can be sure that your face is well protected from rays.

    Murad‘s Invisiblur Perfecting Shield is a 5-in-1 formula containing invisible SPF technology. This anti-ageing treatment also blurs, primes, moisturises and protects the skin with an invisible sunscreen to reveal a smooth, blurred, flawless complexion in just one step.

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  2. THEBALM BALMSHELTER TINTED MOISTURISER SPF18
    £20.50 Buy now with HQhair

    THEBALM BALMSHELTER TINTED MOISTURISER SPF18

    If you’re after a little more coverage but still want one simple step, theBalm‘s Balmshelter is where it’s at!

    This tinted moisturiser contains SPF18 and works as a sheer to light foundation that hydrates and heals skin. Team it up with the Murad primer above for extra protection, or use one of the best theBalm products and go it alone.

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  3. BOURJOIS CITY RADIANCE FOUNDATION
    £9.99 Buy now with HQhair

    BOURJOIS CITY RADIANCE FOUNDATION

    If a tinted moisturiser isn’t quite enough coverage for you, a foundation with SPF is the answer! Bourjois‘ City Radiance Foundation is a favourite at the HQhair office. It melts effortlessly onto the skin, is long-wearing, looks just like your natural skin and provides a luminous glow.

    Containing SPF30 to protect from pollution and harmful UV rays, you can expect a fresh, streak-free finish with concealed imperfections. Now that’s what we like to hear!

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best foundation

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  4. GARNIER AMBRE SOLAIRE CLEAR PROTECT SUN CREAM SPRAY SPF 20
    £7.00 Buy now with HQhair

    GARNIER AMBRE SOLAIRE CLEAR PROTECT SUN CREAM SPRAY SPF 20

    Seems like an obvious one, but using actual suncream is so simple if you make it part of your daily routine. Garnier‘s Ambre Solaire Clear Protect SPF 20 offers high protection in a transparent formulation and is non-greasy and non-sticky, meaning you can apply, get dressed and go without having to worry about white marks or stickiness.

    It also contains Mexoryl® XL, an advanced patented filter to protect from UVA and UVB rays and shield against sun induced skin damage. Its hydrating complex is enriched with Cactus Nutriflavones and Pure Vitamin E to hydrate the skin and retain moisture levels, meaning you can even swap this out for your everyday moisturiser.

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  5. LANOLIPS LIP OINTMENT SPF30
    £8.99 Buy now with HQhair

    LANOLIPS LIP OINTMENT SPF30

    Lips are often something we forget to protect from the sun, but they need the best sun cream just like the rest of your face and body.

    Enriched with the brand’s Ultra Pure Grade Lanolin (Natures Wonder Moisturiser™ which has a molecular structure that closely resembles and mimics your own skin oils) and Vitamin E, this non-sticky lip gloss from Lanolips hydrates lips, whilst its SPF30 protects from environmental stresses.

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  6. PHYTO PHYTOPLAGE ORIGINAL SUN OIL LIMITED EDITION
    £17.00 Buy now with HQhair

    PHYTO PHYTOPLAGE ORIGINAL SUN OIL LIMITED EDITION

    Don’t forget to care for your hair too! This silicone and paraben free formula from Phyto works to protect, soften and add shine to dry hair whilst preserving colour radiance with a natural UV filter.

    Working against dehydration and damage from sun, salt and chlorine, the lightweight spray leaves a transparent finish to protect natural hair. The perfect addition to your travel bag this summer.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best sunscreen for hair

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  7. KÉRASTASE SOLEIL MASQUE UV DEFENSE ACTIVE
    £24.74 Buy now with HQhair

    KÉRASTASE SOLEIL MASQUE UV DEFENSE ACTIVE

    Protecting and repairing sun damaged hair, Kérastase‘s Soleil Masque UV Defense Active is the perfect aftercare for your hair.

    One of the best Kérastase products, this masque is a specially formulated blend of ingredients to help prevent colour loss and fading, while also containing a UV filter, conditioning agent, ceramides to strengthen your hair cuticles and a texturizing polymer for easy styling.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best after sun

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  8. ULTRASUN SPF 30 FACE SUN LOTION
    £20.00 Buy now with HQhair

    ULTRASUN SPF 30 FACE SUN LOTION

    Next on our list of the best SPF is a face product by Ultrasun. Its high SPF30 will help to keep your skin protected from UVA and UVB rays, and may be worn alone and underneath makeup in place of your daily moisturiser.

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  9. PIZ BUIN TAN & PROTECT TAN ACCELERATING OIL SPRAY - HIGH SPF30
    £17.35 Buy now with HQhair

    PIZ BUIN TAN & PROTECT TAN ACCELERATING OIL SPRAY - HIGH SPF30

    One of the more established sunscreen brands, Piz Buin‘s upgraded their SPF game with this tan accelerating oil spray, which will keep skin protected with an SPF30 while also helping to increase your chances of tanning.

    The dry body oil blocks UVA and UVB rays while using the brand’s trademarked Melitane™ ingredient to encourage the body’s natural production of melanin by up to 70%, resulting in a deeper tan.

    Plus, with added moisturing vitamin E benefits, expect skin to feel hydrated and soothed, in spite of any additional sun exposure.

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  10. LANCASTER SUN SPORT COOLING INVISIBLE BODY MIST SPF30
    £22.00 Buy now with HQhair

    LANCASTER SUN SPORT COOLING INVISIBLE BODY MIST SPF30

    Last on our list of best sun cream is by SPF brand Lancaster. For those who plan to hit the pool or are into outdoor pursuits, this lightweight fast-drying sunscreen mist is water and sweat resistant, meaning it’s perfect for application pre-exercise.

    Plus, if you’re re-applying straight from the pool, the mist has the added bonus of not needing to be applied to dry skin. Simply mist over your body evenly for total coverage.

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Now you know the best sun cream, it’s time to use protection.

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