Whether you like lotions, creams or sprays, or sunscreens with added bronzing, we've found our favourites for staying protected in the sun. Remember to apply sunscreen 15 minutes before facing the rays, to give the SPF time to activate.
The factor you go for will depend on your skin type but the NHS recommends using an least SPF 15 and to avoid being in direct sun between 11am and 3pm when it’s at its strongest. Plus, don’t forget even waterproof or water-resistant creams help keep you protected while you're in the pool but should be reapplied once you're out.
1. Lancaster Sun Beauty Dry Oil Fast Optimizer SPF 50: £23.96, amazon.co.uk
Perfect for skin that burns easily or tans gradually, this silky, non-greasy oil is unusual in that it combines the benefits of an ultra-high SPF, with a tan-boosting formula. Instantly absorbed, when on, you get a sun-kissed glow and a faster golden tan but with less skin damage. Top marks all round!
2. Riemann P20 Once a Day SPF 20: £27, thisisbeautymart.com
Water resistant, quick drying and offering an impressive 10 hours of sun protection, this paraben-free, fragrance-free formula is the perfect low-maintenance sunscreen if you're in and out of the water and active in the sunshine. (Or have small children who hate suncream being applied).
3. M&S Beauty Sun Smart Moisture Protect Clear Spray SPF15: £6, marksandspencer.com
This one is paraben-free, excellent value for money and made with a skin-caring blend of nourishing sunflower oil, soothing aloe and anti-oxidant vitamin E. It's water resistant for swimming up to 40 minutes, so you will have to reapply more often than other sun screens, but it's ultra-easy to rub in and doesn't leave any white marks.
4. Jurlique Sun Specialist High Protection Cream SPF40: £27, jurlique.co.uk
Natural beauty lovers will like this high protection sunscreen that’s free from petrochemicals, parabens, silicones, artificial fragrances and colours and sulphates. It conditions and nourishes sun-parched skin and feels more like a moisturiser than a sunscreen.
5. Murad Age-Proof Suncare WaterResistant Sunscreen SPF30: £29, murad.co.uk
Packed with botanical extracts for silky smooth hydration and antioxidant pomegranate to protect against free radicals and sun damage, this one does not shift in the water, or if you get hot and sticky. Also the brand’s patented 'Skin Repair System' boosts collagen formation, increases moisture retention, neutralises ageing free radical damage and reduces skin inflammation. If you're sporty in the sun, and want some serious anti-ageing skincare benefits in your sunscreen, this is the one for you.
6. Sisley Super Soin Solaire Youth Protector Milky Body Mist SPF 30: £74.70, johnlewis.com
Lightweight and yet seemingly immune to water, this camellia oil, mango and shea extract packed sunscreen keeps skin soft and hydrated, whilst reducing the effects of photo-ageing – wrinkles, brown spots, dehydration and loss of firmness – thanks to its high-tech, state of the art cellular protecting formula. A luxuriously scented lotion in a brilliantly easy to dispense aerosol can, if money is no object then this is sunscreen at its most glamorous.
7. Tesco Soleil Suncare Bronzing Protection Sun Lotion SPF 15: £3.50, tesco.com
If you need a little helping hand with tanning, this water resistant 5 star UVA sunscreen supports the skin's natural tanning process by giving it a little boost. Omega oils add nourishment, while antioxidant vitamin E helps to reduce the visible signs of ageing caused by sun exposure.
8. Clinique SPF 30 Body Cream: £20, clinique.co.uk
Oil-free, water and sweat-resistant, this one has been thoroughly dermatologist tested, so will suit even the most sensitive skins. Reapply every two hours or after towel drying or swimming.
9. Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray SPF 30: £19.50, clarins.co.uk
Don't forget to protect your locks in the sunshine if you're prone to split dry ends. This clever multi-tasker can be used on both skin and hair to protect against the drying effects of the sun, salt and chlorine. A transparent, water-resistant dry oil – yet it doesn't feel remotely greasy – protects against sun damage thanks to a skin-caring blend of sun filters and botanical extracts.
10. Calypso Sun Protection All School Day Long SPF40: £9.49, amazon.co.uk
Specially designed for kids who hate sun cream being reapplied over and over. Pop this on 15 minutes before you leave the house and they'll be protected all day long. It is water resistant, but remember showering and towel drying will remove some of the protection level.
Natural beauty junkies will love Jurlique, sensitive complexions will benefit from Clinique, and if you're on a budget you can't beat Tesco or M&S. But top marks to Lancaster SPF50 for producing a ultra-protective high factor that can still enhance your tan, but with minimal damage.
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