While it’s crucial to wear SPF all year round, summer is a season where we are far more exposed to stronger UV rays and need to take further action to protect ourselves. To ensure you have the right defences, build a SPF wardrobe for face, body, hair and beyond…
Protecting our face year-round is so important, but summer is a great time to experiment with different textures and formulas. If you’re planning to still wear makeup, opt for a product that is super easy to incorporate into your routine, such as Dr Barbara Sturm’s Sun Drops SPF 50. These can be mixed in with anything from your serum to foundation, and offer the highest level of protection for face. Alternatively, a great all-over formula which doubles up as a primer before base is Darphin’s Intral Shield SPF 50. It’s ultra-lightweight and sheer, and leaves behind no chalky residue.
If you’re planning on being beach-side, we recommend trying Soleil Toujours Extrème UV Mineral Sunscreen SPF 45 For Face, which offers intense sun protection while flooding skin with a potent blend of antioxidants. Don’t forget to protect your lips, too; the Coola Liplux SPF 30 Original leaves lips feeling nourished and soft.
Protecting your body is most important during the warmer months as more skin is exposed. Whatever your preference, there’s a formula to suit you. A mist makes application incredibly easy; we recommend trying the Sisley Super Soin Solaire Milky Body Mist SPF 30 PA+++, which leaves skin feeling incredibly soft and moisturised. The Soleil Toujours Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 is another brilliant option, and has an impressive spray mechanism which covers serious ground. Prefer a rub-on cream? Try the much-loved Institut Esthederm Adaptasun Body Lotion Strong Sun, which boosts your skin’s natural protection from the sun by stimulating melanin production, as well as helping to deliver a natural tan.
We often forget about our hair while on holiday, yet the sun’s rays can really take their toll by drying and damaging strands. Start your protecting routine in the shower by using a shampoo and conditioner that feature UV protectants, such as Oribe’s Shampoo and Conditioner for Moisture & Control. Then, to ensure complete defence against the elements, apply a little of Bumble and bumble Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer from the root to ends. This genius formula tames frizz, nourishes hair and provides UV defence.
Taking a family trip with children? Ensure you pack family-friendly SPF options that you can all use. Children are especially sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays and are usually in and out of the swimming pool or sea, so look out for water resistant formulas.The Ultrasun Family SPF30 is suitable for all ages and is great for sensitive areas including the ears and nose. Evy Technology’s Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50 for Kids makes sunscreen fun with its fluffy, light formula and forms a protective barrier against sun, water and chlorine. For babies, Coola’s SPF 50 Mineral Baby Sunscreen Stick is efficient but gentle and delicate enough to use all over.
Every SPF wardrobe needs a cooling after sun formula to sooth over-exposed skin, nourish dry areas and help to prolong a tan. Mimitika’s After Sun Lotion contains aloe vera, coconut oil and watermelon extract to revitalise skin that’s suffering. Want on the go top-ups? Pack the Herbivore After Sun Soothing Aloe Mist in your bag to keep you feeling refreshed all day long.