Beauty Basics

The SPF Breakdown

Find the right type of sunscreen and quit the excuses for good

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As Hollywood's king of idiosyncrasy once said: wear sunscreen. But do we? For one reason or another, we can all admit to incidences of passing on the SPF - at the vast expense of our skin. Luckily, whether you've fallen foul to 'cloud burn' or a bout of irritation post-application, modern formulations are making it easier to embrace the white stuff. Still confused? We break down the basics of sun protection so you can find the best SPF for every need. Whatever purpose it plays, remember to reapply every two hours - and pay extra attention to often-missed areas like lips, ears and elbows.


Let's face it, no one wants their face-saving efforts to result in an oil slick, an SPF dilemma that's all the more harrowing for those with oily skin types. To control shine and keep breakouts at bay, look for a mattifying sunscreen that blots out excess oil while blocking harmful rays. We love Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF30.

Sensitive Skin

Don't let the risk of irritation put you off your daily sunscreen. To put it bluntly, SPFs haven't got the best reputation when it comes to protecting the interests of sensitive skin, but times are changing. Favour natural mineral filters over chemical formulas to stop UV rays in their tracks without tempting rashes or redness. We love Omorovicza Mineral UV Shield.

Daily Use

The sun's glare may be intensified on a scorching cloud-free day, but UV's effects on skin can be felt year-round, making daily SPF a must. Lightweight formulas are your best match for layering under makeup and won't leave you plagued by a ghostly white film - finding one that also firms and brightens is a plus. We love Eve Lom Daily Protection SPF 50.


Staying active is always more enticing once the sun is shining - but it can lead to a slippery situation for your SPF. Look for a budge-proof, high factor sunscreen when exercising al fresco and keep your cool in the face of sweat, without feeling the burn - not the sun-induced kind, at least. We love Sisley Super Soin Solaire Face SPF 50.

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