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10 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.

Ultra Violette — Queen Screen Luminising Sun Serum
A broad-spectrum sunscreen with the appearance of a serum, this oil-free SPF50+ formula promises to melt into the face. Mixing well with any other skincare products, it also pledges to be a great base for makeup.

Sothys [W.]+ Protective Fluid SPF50
Containing both SPF50 sun protection and active ingredients Azeloglycine, which helps with redness, Vitamin PP, a moisturising active, and a stabilised and vectorised Vitamin C derivative, this is one high-tech sunscreen. Promising to leave the skin radiant, it also helps diminish dark spots thanks to the aforementioned actives.

Emma Lewisham Skin Shield Daily Face Antioxidant SPF 30
Completely natural, scientifically validated and boasting packaging made from recycled plastic, Emma Lewisham’s Skin Shield SPF 30 makes for a clean, kind and, importantly, effective sunscreen option.

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.

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.

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.

Suntegrity 5-in-1 Tinted Moisturising Face Sunscreen
This BB cream does it all. Packed with moisturising ingredients, plus Broad Spectrum SPF30 protection, and available in three tinted shades, it not only evens out the skin tone on application but also aims to rejuvenate and prime the visage with antioxidants.

Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen
Friendly on your face (and your pocket), Mecca’s To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen goes on smooth and leaves a weightless, silky matte finish. A must for those who like a lick of makeup, this formula sits almost invisibly underneath foundation.

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