What Are The Best Suncreams For Face, Body & Baby?
Gone are the days when we’d cover ourselves in oil and wait to crisp. We (thankfully) have a bit more awareness about sun safety. But that doesn’t mean we have to resort to thick white sticky creams that attract sand, as the range of sun care products has been revolutionised in the last few years. Hoorah!
Remember to use a broad-spectrum suncream, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays can cause premature ageing and UVB rays can burn the skin; so overexposure to either can damage the skin. And though we may not always have guaranteed sunshine, 90% of days between April and September have UV levels high enough to cause skin damage.
Protect Your Body
Whatever skin tone you have, it's important to protect it when you're out in the sun, even if there's cloud cover. In fact, up to 90% of UV rays can pass through light cloud. There's a lot more damage that can be done to skin that visible burn, so don't risk it!
Garnier’s Ambre Solair range is another tried and tested range, which is instantly recognisable to many. Their ‘Dry Mist’ is particularly easy to apply and non-sticky, though their lotions are also consistantly well rated if you prefer a cream formula. They’ve also released a ‘UV Water’ for an even lighter feel.
You know what impressed up? Penneys! Their sweet smelling lotion and spray offer the protection, without the pricetag.
There’s something about the classic Piz Buin brown bottle that just looks like holidays. They have a great Allergy formula for super sensitve skin, as well as a mousse, and ‘Instant Glow’ which gives the skin a soft shimmer.
Other options include: Soltan, La Roche Posay, Nivea, and Hawaiian Tropic, and Banana Boat.
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Protect Your Face
As some sun cream formulas can block pores, you may prefer specific Facial sun cream.
Vichy Ideal Soleil has a mattifying finish, and has a great range including an anti-blemish formula, lightweight ‘solar water’, tinted BB cream, and stick. It’s also great for sensitive skin.
Some sun cream can feel thick, but the No.7 Protect & Perfect looks after your skin, while not feeling different to their regular moisturisers. It’s light and non-sticky, so works well under make up, and is also available in a BB cream and a spray.
Eucerin has lovely Mattifying products with grat reviews. It’s light on the skin, and fragrance free, so perfect for wearing every day during a heatwave!
Other options include: Avène Cleanance, Garnier Ambre Solair, Bioderma, Nivea, Soltan and Piz Buin.
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Protect Your Children
The range of different suncreams can be confusing, but if you have small children, it’s safer to use a product specifically formulated for children. These are usually friendlier to sensitive skin, and less likely to sting the eyes.
Babies under 6 months should not be exposed to direct sunlight, and many suncreams aren't suitable for their sensitive skin. Even older children should be protected from the sun with loose cool clothing, a hat, and limited time spent in the sun.
According to online reviews and in-office recommendations, La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios range is one of the best for kids. It’s particularly good for sensitive skin, with a paraben and perfume-free formula. Available as a Spray, Lotion, or Body Milk.
Soltan is mentioned again and again as a trusted brand for suncream. As well as the regular range, there are also great kid’s products, including spray, hypoallergenic, and swim friendly options.
Nivea are leading the way in easy (and fun) application options for children. As well as offering a cream, you can get a spray, with a trigger pull, and roll-on; so you’ll be sure to find something to suit your wriggly little monkey.
Other great options include: Vichy, Garnier Ambre Solair, Badger Balm, Bepanthen, and Neutrogena.
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Though there are lots of products that suggest hours of coverage, it's still safest to reapply regularly, especially after swimming etc. Also make sure you and your family keep yourselves hydrated, cover up, and spend time in the shade, particularly around midday.
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What are your favourite suncare products? We'd love to hear.