I've always been into my
. (Ask any girl with hormonal acne and I'm sure she'll tell you the same.) The desire to find that one wonder product started in my teenage years, where I'd spend hours lusting over the just-launched cleansers and shiny posts of moisturisers in the monthly glossies, while most weekends involved poring over the shelves in Boots deciding how to spend the £30 I'd earned from my Saturday job. (Which, for the record, actually happened to be
Boots.) Since then, I've been lucky enough to try some of the best skincare products on the market and have created a
that works for my skin and its needs. But I'm ashamed to say that my routine was distinctly lacking in one skincare product until about a year ago: SPF.
It was this product that changed the SPF game for me. Specially formulated for blemish-prone skin, it offers UVA and UVB protection in a lightweight moisturiser that doesn't clog pores. I apply it every morning and love the way that it doubles as a makeup primer.
Kelly Rowland and celebrity aesthetician Shani Darden (whose clients include Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Alba) swear by this SPF. Particularly good for deeper skin tones, it provides broad-spectrum protection and deep hydration without leaving any white residue on the surface of your skin.
Skincare expert Susanne Kaufmann believes that there are multiple SPF recommendations based on your "photo type—meaning your hair colour, eye colour and lifestyle profile." However, this sun cream from her eponymous brand is a great all-rounder for protecting your skin and body.
Giving my beloved Paula's Choice a run for its money is this glow-boosting daily moisturiser from BareMinerals. I'm a huge fan of the serum in the same range for its ability to brighten my skin when it looks dullest. This offers the same level of radiance with the added bonus of sun protection.
Way more than just a moisturiser, this pigmented formula from Nars provides coverage, hydration and broad-spectrum sun protection in one handy tube. It's oil-free, so it won't cause congestion for spot-prone skin types but still brings plenty of glow to dehydrated complexions.
A clear water-gel formula with no residue or white cast, this lightweight daily sunscreen not only protects against UVA and UVB rays but also pollution and external aggressors.
An affordable sunscreen option that protects skin from UVA and UVB light alongside a healthy dose of complexion-boosting antioxidants.
SPF is usually a step that's incorporated into the skincare part of your daily routine, but Lumene has decided to mix it up with a makeup product containing sun protection. This skin-brightening primer delivers a subtle sheen to your skin that helps any products applied on top to look more luminous—all while protecting your skin with SPF 30.
I went through a phase of forgoing foundation entirely in favour of this tinted moisturiser. Described as a lightly tinted day cream, I feel like it provides pretty decent coverage and the kind of dewy finish that you'd normally only achieve after a facial. The fact that it also boasts an SPF of 20 is just an added bonus.
If like me, you've ever experienced sunburnt lips, you'll be all too familiar with the importance of protecting your pout. This natural balm from Bali Body contains nourishing oils to care for dry lips while shielding them from damaging rays. I also swear by the brand's new Face Tan Water for achieving a safe golden glow without having to step one foot outside in the sun.
If you aren't a hat person, protecting your scalp and hair from the sun is no mean feat. Thankfully this protective primer from Bumble and Bumble offers up protection against UV rays and heat styling. Just spray it onto damp or dry hair and you're good to go.