The SPFs Your Daily Routine Needs

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Photography: Emma Palmer

SPF is the skincare staple that we all know we should be wearing all year round, regardless of the weather. Yet, some of us still forget or overlook the importance of daily protection. “Not wearing an SPF every day is like going out with a tie but no shirt,” says Oskia’s founder Georgie Cleeve. “It’s importance cannot be stressed enough to protect against the damaging effects of UVA (ageing) and UVB (burning). Not only can extended UV exposure cause skin cancer, but also accelerated ageing, trigger hyper-pigmentation, DNA damage and inflammation,” she adds.

If you’ve struggled to find the right SPF formula to suit you, we’ve put some of our favourites below to help… 



Best For Two-In-One Protection

Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel

Not only is this lightweight and fast-absorbing gel fortified with SPF 50, it’s also packed with antioxidants, including vitamin E to protect against environmental aggressors. It’s also a great option for those with oily skin as the formula helps to mattify and disguise pores. 


Best For Sensitive Skin

REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF30

With a gentle and non-irritating formula that won’t block pores, this mineral-base cream promises sun protection with a shine-free and fresh finish. The zinc oxide acts as a physical barrier against UV rays and the other antioxidants help to keep your skin healthy and balanced.



Best For Under Makeup

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF30

Packed with powerful antioxidants such as grape juice, marula and raspberry seed oils, this hydrating formula helps to fight the appearance of fine lines by protecting and shielding the skin. The non-sticky finish also means it’s ideal for wear under makeup.


Best For Anti-Ageing

Institut Esthederm Bronz Repair Cream Moderate Sun

Shield your skin from UVA and UVB rays with this lightweight cream, which also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by supporting and protecting cells at a deeper level. Your skin will be left feeling supple and looking radiant.



Best For Effortless Reapplications

Oskia SPF Vitamin Mist

Enriched with powerful antioxidants such as raspberry, cranberry and pomegranate seed oils, this protective milky mist provides broad spectrum SPF 30 and sinks into the skin in seconds. It makes reapplications throughout the day effortless without disrupting your makeup. 

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