The best face SPF sun creams to protect your skin this summer, from £6
A video of Gwyneth Paltrow putting on sunscreen went viral earlier this year. The reason? It appeared she was applying her sun protection like a cosmetic highlighter – mostly on her cheekbones and along her nose. Of course, this sent social media into a spin, and almost every dermatologist I know was making their own video in response, explaining the importance of slathering on a generous amount of SPF daily (all over the face, of course).
I spoke to Dr Hiva Fassihi on that same afternoon. ‘There is still a huge number of people that use the excuse that SPF doesn’t feel nice on the skin and they don’t like the texture,’ she explained. ‘Many women start using retinol and peels when they see the first signs of ageing, but if you’re going to do all of that, you absolutely need to use sunscreen every day. It will help you to maintain the benefits of your skincare routine.’
Textures have come a long way, and there are some cracking new products on the market that have added skincare benefits, too. I’ve been using the new Age Correct SPF50 by La Roche-Posay for the past month, and it feels more like a luxury face cream than an SPF (I’ve been using it instead of a day cream). It also includes niacinamide, which will help pigmentation as you wear it – as well as preventing new dark spots from forming by way of the sun protection.
I’ve also been trialling the Queen Screen SPF50+ sun serum by a relatively new kid on the skincare block, Ultra Violette, which is an excellent Australian brand. Not only is the packaging as chic as anything, but the formulas are hydrating and fast-absorbing. As with all of my favourites, Queen Screen leaves no telltale ‘white cast’, so it’s great for all skin tones. And it includes vitamin C-rich kakadu plum.
The co-founder of Ultra Violette, Bec Jefferd, considers sunscreen ‘the single most important anti-ageing product’, and I couldn’t agree more. When it comes to applying your chosen SPF on the face, a general rule of thumb (or finger, in this case) is two fingers’ worth, or at least half a teaspoonful. It sounds like a lot, but with these new-gen textures, your SPF will sink in beautifully and provide a lovely base for make-up, too.