7 Of The Best SPFs To Suit All Skin Types And Tones

7 Of The Best SPFs To Suit All Skin Types And Tones
In principle we might all be aware of the importance of wearing daily sun protection, but in practise we’re not all strict enough to apply it every single day. With temperatures set to hit a balmy (for March) 18 degrees Celsius this week, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to round up the best SPFs for all skin types, tones and concerns, including the best sunscreen for oily skin. Hopefully finding the best sun cream for your skin will make the task of applying it every day effortless.

Unlike the thick, heavy, chalky SPFs of the past, the latest formulas are impressively lightweight and almost invisible without compromising on protection. While the iconic sunscreen brand Lancaster still formulates some of the most impressive SPFs around, new kids on the block like Hello Sunday and Ultra Violette are piquing interest with their eye-catching packaging and featherlight sun creams.

How To Find The Best Sun Cream For You

The factor is always the most important consideration when it comes to shopping for sunscreen. We always recommend opting for at least an SPF30 to ensure your skin is fully protected, especially in the summer months when you’re likely to spend more time outside. Choosing between chemical vs physical SPF is more of a personal preference, unless you have sensitive skin and then we’d suggest opting for the latter as it’s less likely to cause any irritation. If you have dry skin, you might want to opt for a cream and look out for formulas that include hyaluronic acid, while oily skin types are likely to feel more comfortable with a gel.

7 Of The Best Sunscreens For Your Face

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Space NK

The SPF Discovery Box, £70.00

The All-in-One
If you don't know what SPF products you should get first, this one is for you. Apply and re-apply your SPF throughout the day with our exclusive SPF Discovery Box. With bestselling products and formulas to protect your face, lips and even your body, it's the perfect combination of products to sun-proof and fully protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays all summer long.

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Hello Sunday

The One That´s Got It All - Invisible Sun Primer: SPF 50, £20.00

For Makeup Lovers
If you find your makeup never sits as well over your sunscreen, then this clever primer from Hello Sunday is a must-have. The formula lives up to its name and really does offer everything, including SPF 50 protection, a burst of hydration courtesy of hyaluronic acid, a boost of radiance thanks to vitamin C and a dreamy, matte finish to create the perfect canvas for your foundation. With fully recyclable packaging and an oxybenzone-free formula, this new-to Space NK brand is our current feel-good favourite.

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Ultra Violette

Queen Screen Luminising Sun Serum SPF 50+, £36.00

For Dry, Dull Skin
Promising no chalky white cast or pilling, this silky sunscreen boasts a high factor SPF to shield against UV rays and blue light. It’s also packed with vitamin C to offer a brightening boost. We love the way this lightweight, hydrating formula melts into skin and how seamlessly makeup sits over the top. The floral scent of fresh roses is a nice touch too.

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Lancaster

Sun Beauty Comfort Cream SPF50, £22.00

For Maximising Your Tan
Lancaster is renowned for its high-quality sun protection. While this moisturising face cream shields skin from UVA and UVB as well as from visible light and infrared, it’s the brand’s signature Tan Activator Complex that people really love. If you’re looking for an SPF that will help promote and prolong a natural tan, look no further. It works by stimulating the production of melanin in the skin, making it ideal for those who have difficulty tanning or often burn easily.

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05

Dr. Dennis Gross

All-Physical Lightweight Wrinkle Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, £46.00

For Fine Lines & Wrinkles
“The sun is our skin’s worst enemy when it comes to skin ageing, which is why wearing a physical SPF every day is so important,” says dermatologist, brand founder and the brains behind this SPF, Dr. Dennis Gross. With high-performance zinc oxide and antioxidant-rich bearberry, sea buckthorn, lingonberry, and ferulic acid, this SPF provides daily protection and smoothes out existing fine lines and wrinkles by supporting skin regeneration. The ultra-sheer finish makes this a no-brainer for us. It’s also fragrance-free and reef friendly.

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Kiehl's

Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel, £30.00

For Sensitive Skin
If you have sensitive skin and are cautious about what you put on your skin in case it causes a flare-up or a breakout, this non-comedogenic, dermatologist-approved and fragrance-free gel is what you need. It absorbs into skin quickly and offers a shine-free finish. And that’s not all, it also provides skin with some welcome moisture thanks to the inclusion of vitamin E. There’s a reason this SPF is a consistent bestseller.

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Drunk Elephant

Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF30, £30.00

For All Skin Tones
Drunk Elephant's well-considered SPF gives robust protection from the sun and other environmental aggressors. It’s the universally flattering tint that makes it so popular though. The subtle colour adapts to every skin tone, leaving you with a natural and healthy-looking glow. Infused with raspberry seed and marula oil, it’s also incredibly hydrating and leaves no greasiness or residue on the skin.

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Ultra Violette

Lean Screen Mineral Mattifying SPF 50+, £34.00

For Oily Skin Types
Some SPFs can leave your skin feeling extra oily, which is why Ultra Violette's zinc-only, mattifying formula is so popular. There's no hint of white chalkiness and the addition of kakadu plum ensures skin it kept hydrated. This is hands down the best sunscreen for oily skin.

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