Beauty

Best SPF buys to suit your summer

SPF can do so much more than protect you from the sun. Meet our pick of the best SPF when it comes to added benefits
THE FACE SAVIOUR  
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THE FACE SAVIOUR  

If you’re prone to oily skin, consider La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Tinted Sun Cream Gel SPF50+ (50ml). It’s both tinted and mattifying, so you’ll feel great taking those selfies on the beach.

THE BUG BLITZER
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THE BUG BLITZER

Help stop the risk of pesky bites while also being safe in the sun with Boots Soltan Protect & Repel Moisturising Suncare SPF50+, Boots Exclusive (200ml). Providing protection from mozzies, it doesn’t have that distinctive odour, either.

THE THIRST QUENCHER
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THE THIRST QUENCHER

If skin needs hydration and sun protection, try Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Protective Sun Lotion SPF 30 (180ml). Its silky ribbon strands can help prevent your complexion drying out.

THE KID PLEASER
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THE KID PLEASER

Perfect for little ones, Childs Farm Roll-On Sun Lotion SPF50+ (70ml) is water resistant, comes in a handy roller (that older children can easily use) and is suitable for sensitive and eczema-prone skin.

THE GENTLE CHAMPION
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THE GENTLE CHAMPION

Full marks go to Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Sun Cream SPF50+ (200ml), Its no-nonsense formula is perfume-free and hypoallergenic. Plus, it’s non-greasy, so is the ideal choice for sensitive skins.

THE ON-THE-GO HERO
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THE ON-THE-GO HERO

In a hand stick format, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Defense Stick SPF50* should be your SPD BFF. It’s super-easy to apply to areas that may get missed (think tops of the ears and back of the neck).

THE GOLDEN RULES

How to store it In a cool, dry, shaded area out of direct sunlight.

How long to keep it Sunscreens sold in the UK have a small symbol on the packaging, which looks like a little pot. This indicates how many months the product can be used for after it’s  been opened.

How many bottles to take for a week away You’ll need at least two 200ml bottles per adult. And, of course, you can always use what’s left over when you get back – SPF isn’t just for holidays!

How much to apply to the face and body As a rule of thumb for adults, Clare recommends the equivalent of two tablespoons of sunscreen for your face and body while wearing a swimsuit. Remember to reapply every two hours and after swimming.

*Available in selected stores only.