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6 of the best facial sunscreens

From protecting against pollution and fading pigmentation to hydrating or mattifying skin, these SPFs go well beyond the basic job description. By EVIE LEATHAM


BEST FOR OILY SKINS: Natura Bissé Diamond White SPF50 PA+++ Oil Free

This oil-free formula is great if you’re prone to blemishes, or for anyone who likes their SPFs super-lightweight. As well as protecting against UV rays, it contains ellagic acid (from pomegranate extract), which reduces dark spots and helps to fade pigmentation.


BEST FOR PHOTOS: Sisley Super Soin Solaire Facial Youth Protector SPF30

In addition to being water-resistant, this manages to be hydrating without feeling greasy, so won’t ‘melt-off’ in the heat. Best of all, it doesn’t leave skin chalky-looking, so you won’t get that white flashback in your photos.

BEST FOR CITY LIVING: Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF50 Hydrating Shield

Protecting skin from the sun is a given with SPF50, but this clever formula also shields against pollution, which can exacerbate sun damage. The pretty tint evens out skin and blends well when reapplied over your best foundation, but it won’t be a match for dark or very pale skin tones.

BEST FOR THE OFFICE: Sarah Chapman Skinesis Skin Insurance SPF30

This protects against UV as well as the infrared and thermal radiation that ages skin. It evens the complexion in the short-term (with an adaptive tint that will suit most mid-range skin tones) and the long-term (by inhibiting pigment production) and has an ingredient that mimics the benefits of Vitamin D to boost healthy cell renewal.

BEST AS A BASE FOR MAKEUP: Tom Ford Beauty Face Protect Broad Spectrum SPF50

This lightweight formula goes on easily and boasts powerful antioxidants and anti-irritants to calm the skin, which all add up to make it a beautiful, even base for makeup.

BEST FOR HYDRATION: La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF50 UV Protecting Fluid

Don’t let this diminutive bottle fool you – this SPF packs a punch, keeping skin hydrated more than any other we’ve tried, on top of calming sensitive skin. It contains the brand’s signature skin-soothing and hydrating Miracle Broth – keep it in the fridge to cool sensitive skin. Discover more sun care and how to tan safely now.

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