All the skincare efforts in the world mean nothing if you’re not applying sunscreen every single day. Because not only does it prevent some cancers, but also protects us from the 80% of facial ageing that’s attributed to the sun.
The caveat though is that so many SPF formulas are thick, chalky, greasy or irritating — not exactly the fresh, healthy skin-finish we’re trying to emulate.
So here we’ve curated 5 editor-approved formulas that not only protect your skin, but feel good. Keep scrolling to discover.
Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF50
The perfect happy medium, Ultra Violette’s Supreme Screen offers broad spectrum protection with a luminous skin finish. It’s hydrating enough to replace your moisturiser, and works a treat underneath makeup.
Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF 50+
Mecca’s namesake sunscreen is packed full of antioxidants to offer you well-rounded protection from the elements. While it’s not heavy on the skin, the ultra-creamy consistency makes it a great choice for normal to dry complexions.
Rationale #3 The Tinted Serum SPF50+
If you’re happy to splurge, Rationale’s Tinted Serum is unmatched in terms of texture and glow. It’s an inorganic (i.e. mineral) formula made with zinc oxide, but unlike most zinc-based sunscreens, it’s not chalky, thick or ghostly in the slightest. Instead, the lightweight fluid glides over the skin, leaving it radiant and fresh.
Dermalogica Age Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50
Rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, Dermalogica’s Dynamic Skin Recovery will not only protect you from UV rays, but free radicals and glycation as well. Texture-wise, it’s non-greasy and feels more like a moisturiser than it does an actual sunscreen.
Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser Mattifying SPF50
If your complexion is oily, the Ultraceuticals Daily Moisturiser Mattifying SPF50 has a soft, matte finish that controls shine without looking flat. While it suppresses shine, it doesn’t leave the skin void of moisture thanks to the inclusion of shea butter and panthenol.
Bondi Sands Hydra UV Protect SPF 50+ Face Lotion
This cheap and cheerful option ticks all the right boxes: Australian made, broad spectrum, 50+ and has a fresh, dewy finish. It’s fragrance-free and contains emollient ingredients to simultaneously hydrate the complexion.