Do you wear sunscreen on your face every day?
I feel like it’s the standard beauty tip that celebrities give in magazine interviews: “My skincare secret? I wear SPF every day!” But I’ve always wondered how many of them actually live by this rule (I’ve also always wondered if celebrities really eat the burgers and fries that they consistently order during print interviews to appear “totally normal”).
Up until fairly recently I did not wear an SPF daily. Although I tried to be as consistent as possible – especially during the summer months. But, let’s face it, sunscreen is an annoying, extra step in any skincare routine. And it’s often a complete pain in the ass to apply makeup on top of. So I totally understand why people forgo daily SPF application.
However, sun protection is super important. And especially so if you’re using results-driven skincare (think AHAs, peels, retinols, vitamin C treatments, etc).
I’ve recently got into the habit of wearing sunscreen every day, without fail (round of applause for me, please). And here are 3 of my favourite face SPF products…
This is my daily go-to. It’s a broad protection sunscreen that defends against UVA rays, pollution and blue light. The formula is light, gets absorbed into the skin quickly, and doesn’t feel sticky or greasy. It’s also a great base for makeup. The perfect all-rounder!
For very bright days, or occasions where I’m going to be outside for a long time, I switch to Ultrasun’s SPF 50 Face Fluid. It offers very high UVA and UVB protection, and also boasts anti-pollution properties.
Again, it’s a really light, non-greasy formula. And it’s also never caused any issues for me with my makeup. It does feel more like an SPF than a luxury skincare product – but that’s because it’s proper, proper sunscreen. It’s definitely the product I have the most faith in!
This isn’t a product that I would use day-to-day, as there are definitely more powerful sunscreens on this list. However, Lumene’s Instant Glow UV Primer SPF 30 is a great shout for no makeup days, when you just need a bit of coverage to protect you whilst you run a quick errand or two.
The pearlescent formula gives the skin a pretty, luminous glow. So if you’re searching for sun protection that also provides the complexion with a little bit of va va voom, this is the product to go for!
And, a special bonus listing…
I prefer to apply an SPF on top of my daily moisturiser, to maximise sun protection. But if for whatever reason you don’t want to add an additional step to your skincare routine, Olay Total Effects SPF 30 is my favourite moisturiser containing sun protection. I’ve worn it since I was 13, and after working with Olay last year and seeing all of the science behind it I feel confident in its UVA and UVB coverage.
(Through my work with Olay I also learnt that foundations containing SPF do not provide adequate sun protection. Apparently you’d have to wear one tablespoon of foundation in order to get the stated dose of SPF. So if you’re not going to wear a standalone sunscreen, be sure to chose a moisturiser with an SPF 30 or higher.)
Which if your favourite sunscreen for the face? Comment below to share your recommendations…
Photos by Chloe Ely