SPF is a hot topic right now – here’s my top tips when it comes to protecting our skin from the sun and my recommended products.

The summer sun has finally made an appearance and hopefully, it’s here to stay. Whilst we should be wearing SPF all year round, it’s even more important to make sure you’re protected during the summer months. Our skin is exposed to UVB ray (the rays that cause burning), and UVA (the deeply penetrating rays responsible for ageing) all year round, but even more-so in the summer when our skin is exposed to more sun. I have been a big advocate for SPF (mainly thanks to my mum) for years and am aware that the benefits of me wearing SPF on my face everyday will really payoff in the long run. Furthermore, I never use sun-beds and try and stay out of the sun in general – I want to have healthy, young-looking skin for as long as possible!

A good face SPF will block the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays emitted from the sun, which are detrimental to the collagen and elasticity levels in our skin. These rays can also increase the chances of pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as your risk of skin cancer, so it is super important to be wearing your sunblock everyday.

What SPF should we use for our face?

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, SPF 30 blocks nearly 97% of UVB radiation while SPF 50 blocks about 98% meaning, SPF 50 is the best facial SPF… but only slightly. It is important to not use a body sunscreen on our faces as well – it is a lot thicker than a facial one which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.

I really recommend avoiding moisturisers with SPF in them and just using them as separate products – you don’t get the same protection from a moisturiser/foundation with SPF built in.

How often should you apply SPF?

SPF should be applied as the last step in your skincare routine in the morning. If I am spending a lot of time outside during the day in the sun, I will apply every 3 hours afterwards to make sure my skin is fully protected.

My facial SPF recommendations:

Facial SPF’s have historically been known for being sticky, greasy and spot-inducing, but today, the best face SPFs are anything but. Here are a few of my favourite, lightweight SPF’s.

La Roche-Posay Spf 50

This SPF is a very lightweight cream that glides on the skin without leaving that dreaded white cast. It is also not greasy, and goes on perfect under make-up, so a great option if you wear make-up every day!

Heliocare 360 Water Gel SPF

This is my favourite SPF that I am wearing every day right now – and quite a lot of my friends and family are too. It is hydrating, has no white cast and doesn’t clog pores – winner!

Ambre Solaire Super UV Anti Dark Spots & Anti Pollution Face Fluid SPF50+

This lightweight formula offers very high SPF protection to help prevent sun induced dark spots, while protecting skin from pollution induced oxidative stress. It’s non-comedogenic, lightweight and very reasonably priced.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sun Protection Face Mist

For those looking for an SPF to apply easily throughout the day – this is perfect! The invisible spray immediately absorbs with an ultra-dry finish. It doesn’t leave any white marks and is water-resistant too. Furthermore, it can be worn under or on-top of make up.

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