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7 face sunscreens that deserve a place in your beach bag this summer

Summer is almost upon us and thus begins the tedious process of sunscreen application (those who really carry out the precaution throughout the dead of winter are, admit it, few and far between). This year, instead of coating your face in a substance that resembles PVA glue or slathering it in a greasy, sticky formula, add one of these mighty iterations to your arsenal — trust us, you will never go back.

KiehlsUltra-Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++
Lightweight and infused with pollution protection — ensuring that your face is guarded against harmful aggressors in the air in addition to the sun’s searing rays — Kiehls’ addition is especially ideal for city dwellers.

Dr. Barbara SturmSun Drops SPF50
Skincare and sun protection wrapped up into one elegant little package, these sun drops combine four types of effective sunscreens alongside an array of powerhouse ingredients — including hyaluronic acid, which delivers a moisture boost, vitamin E, which helps support the skins cell regeneration and green tea, which protects the skin from free radicals.

ShiseidoSports BB
Shiseido’s Sports BB is small, but mighty. It boasts an SPF 50+ formula that’s incredibly water-resistant, and it’s the perfect size to slip into your bag. A serious beachside essential if we’ve ever seen one.

Josh RosebrookNutrient Day Cream SPF30
Rosebrook’s iteration is a nutrient-rich cream boasting a potent combination of distinct herbal actives and plant oils, which, when fused together, repair, hydrate and protect the skin. Plus, it finishes matte and smooth without any tell-tale, paint-like white residue.

La MerThe Broad Spectrum SPF50 UV Protecting Fluid
Anything that La Mer tries its hand at turns out miraculous, so its no surprise that the brand’s sunblock packs a punch. Not only is it quick-absorbing, soothing and an SPF50, but its also infused with the famous, kelp-based Miracle Broth™, a formula renowned for its renewing properties.

Synergie — Überzinc
Simple but effective, Synergie’s ultra-hydrating moisturiser Überzinc makes a fine option for those who want a no-frills, fuss-free sunblock experience. It’s lightweight, hydrating, non-irritating and protects skin without adding a greasy shine, all while rejuvenating the face via it’s antioxidant inclusion of green tea.

Emma Lewisham — Skin Shield SPF 30
Completely natural, locally crafted and boasting packaging made from recycled plastic, Emma Lewisham’s Skin Shield SPF 30 — one of two products from the freshly launched brand — makes for a clean, kind and community-minded sunscreen option.

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