7 sunscreens that do a whole lot more than protect your face from the sun
The multitasking formulas missing from your skin care routine
By Kate Niven
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / December 18 2018
While nothing will ever stop us from harping on about the importance of sun protection, many sunscreen formulas do a whole lot more than just protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Thanks to greater research and advanced formulas, the sunscreen creams, lotions, fluids and gels we apply each and every day are enriched with new and improved ingredients that work to nourish and improve skin while protecting it from sun damage. Here, we’ve rounded up seven of the best facial sunscreens that will fight off the damaging effects of pollution, soothe sensitive complexions, hydrate your skin and help you avoid sunburn. You’re welcome.
#7 / Neutrogena Hydro Boost® Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50
Not only will this non-greasy sunscreen help protect your skin from the sun, the addition of hyaluronic acid in the formula will ensure your complexion remains hydrated for up to eight hours. The lightweight gel-lotion hybrid is hypoallergenic and won’t clog your pores, making it great for everyday use.
#6 / O Cosmedics Mineral Pro SPF 30+ Sheer Tinted
Suitable for all skin types, O Cosmedics’ Mineral Pro SPF 30+ Sheer Tinted contains resveratrol, a skin conditioning peptide that’s able to neutralise free radicals and prevent them from developing on your skin in the first place. The sheer coverage also minimises imperfections and evens out skin tone.
#5 / IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF50+
#4 / Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF 50
If you have sensitive skin, you’ll know how tricky it can be to find a sunscreen that doesn’t make you breakout. That’s why this sun shield from Dermalogica is such a winner. Containing the brand’s UltraCalming™ Complex, it helps to minimise discomfort, burning and itching while protecting and reinforcing the skin’s barrier lipids. Those with sensitive skin will also be pleased to know the sunscreen has been formulated without any artificial fragrances or colours.
#3 / La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Tinted Fluid SPF 50+
Formulated with thermal spring water, which is a natural antioxidant that’s ideal for sensitive skin, La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Tinted Fluid SPF 50+ soothes and calms irritated and aggravated skin that’s prone to sun intolerance. The lightweight fluid is also non-greasy, non-comedogenic and contains a universal tint that instantly evens and brightens the complexion.
#2 / Elizabeth Arden Prevage® City Smart with Sunscreens Hydrating Shield
Elizabeth Arden’s hydrating sunscreen with SPF 50 was the first skin shield of its time to combine pollution and UV protection thanks to the brand’s DNA enzyme complex™. This combination works to strengthen, protect and hydrate skin instantly and over time to keep it looking youthful and glowing.
#1 / Rationale Beautiful Skin Superfluid SPF 50
Formulated with liquid crystals to enhance your skin’s natural radiance, Rationale’s Beautiful Skin Superfluid SPF 50 minimises imperfections to provide the perfect level of sheer coverage. In addition to having an SPF of 50 and evening out the complexion with its tinted formula, the lightweight fluid contains ceramides and amino acids to fortify and strengthen the skin’s barrier function.
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What’s your favourite facial sunscreen? Let us know in the comments below.
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Kate has worked for BEAUTYcrew since early 2016, first as a contributor, before being named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine.