Six of the best new high-protection face SPFs

We’re sure you know by now it’s advisable to wear SPF year-round to ensure the health and appearance of your skin. However at this time of year if you’ve been a little bit relaxed about it, getting back into the routine can swiftly be prompted by the arrival of those long-awaited hot, sunny days. (Aren’t’ they glorious?!)

Another thing that helps with motivation? New SPF sun protection arrivals with improved texture or application approaches that makes it easier to apply and top up.

Here’s our line-up of worthy new arrivals:

Avène Sunscreen Aqua Fluid SPF50+ $27.99

Tiny but mighty, this pocket-sized ultra-liquid sunscreen is easy to blend over the face and while it goes on with a tiny bit of a white cast it quickly smooths away to a sheer finish leaving just beautifully hydrated, protected skin. It’s been created with a minimum number of chemical filters and with zero fragrance to benefit those with reactive skin and also contains antioxidants and Avene’s famous soothing spring water to leave skin in great shape. Don’t forget to apply 20 minutes before sun exposure, as with any non-mineral SPF. 

Naked Sundays Collagen Glow 100% Mineral SPF50+ Perfecting Priming Lotion, $42.50

Each of the products from this new SPF sunscreen brand from Australia are worth checking out but it’s this mineral option that inspires the most raves. That’s because it’s a zinc SPF that blends well without leaving a heavy white layer and its texture leaves skin looking healthy and even a little bit glowy, a rare feat for a zinc-based option. It’s great for skin and eyes that are sensitive to traditional chemical sunscreen filters. It also has skincare benefits from vegan collagen and antioxidants from watermelon extract. Though the initial sell-out at Mecca only proves its popularity we highly suggest you sign up to be notified of its return to shelves. 

YSL Pure Shots Airthin UV Defender, $99

Looking for a beneath-makeup SPF hero? Almost akin to skincare this divine, though pricey, number is well worth considering. The claim is that it feels 8x thinner than a classic UVB base which is a big call that is tricky to prove but just goes to demonstrate the textural prowess of this non-greasy option that also defends skin against pollution. It also contains niacinamide to help with maintaining smooth, even and clear skin. 

Bondi Sands SPF50+ Fragrance Free Face Mist, $20.99

Makeup already applied but forgotten the most important step? Or simply looking to re-apply your SPF after 4 hours? Suncare and tanning stars Bondi Sands have just released this handy fragrance-free face mist can be spritzed over foundation for transparent, quick-drying protection or to help you top-up an adequate layer of sun protection throughout the day. The brand claims this also delivers 72 hours of hydration while doing the hard yards of protecting your skin from UVA and UVB damage. 

Dermalogica Powerbright Moisturiser SPF50, $124

Labeled as a moisturiser, this nonetheless contains a high protection SPF to help protect your skin and it’s great on casual days when you might be out and about or coming and going from work or the like.. What’s more, it’s loaded with beneficial ingredients to prevent and minimise pigmentation including Brown Algae to help combat oxidative stress caused by air pollution. It also contains the likes of safflower oil and hyaluronic acid. 

Bondi Sands Sunny Daze Hydrating SPF 50 Moisturiser, $22.95

Proving that their hard work is never done, Bondi Sands has also just launched a skincare line called Bondi Sands Everyday Skincare, with a number of useful, affordable products including an SPF moisturiser, the brand’s only physical, mineral SPF for the face, made with zinc oxide. As with most other Zinc-based SP’s it’s formulated with what the brand calls a ‘universal tint’ to counteract any white cast on skin. 

Our favourite advent calendars for the festive season

Gone are the days of having to resort to cheap, plastic-tasting chocolate in your advent calendar. There are a variety of calendars available holding delightful treasures – here are our top picks.

Glasshouse Fragrances

Bedecked in the most glorious Christmas-red shimmer, this treasure trove of mini candles, hand creams, shower gel and more will have you and your home smelling incredible in the lead up to the big day.

Pukka Herbs Tea

Tea lovers are bound to rejoice at an advent calendar dedicated to the beverage. The Pukka Herbs Tea Advent Calendar includes 24 different organic herbal teas made from organically grown and ethically sourced ingredients. Plus, you’ll be giving back to the planet, with 1% of sales going towards environmental causes.

Images: Instagram / @pukkaherbsaustralia

Cult Wine

Online specialist retailer Cult Wine’s calendar is packed with 24 different 375ml bottles of wine from Kiwi and international cult producers allowing wine lovers to try a new wine each day.  Unlike other advent calendars, it also arrives with a bonus 375ml bottle of Champagne to pop on Christmas morning.

Ilchester Cheese

There are 24 cheeses in nine different varieties in this moreish pack. Each sample of cheese comes with its own cheesy joke to enjoy too.

Image: Instagram / @ilchestercheese

Bonne Maman

We love this adorable advent calendar containing Bonne Maman preserves, which includes unique flavours such as cherry and elderflower, lemon and yuzu, and fig and cardamom. We’re particularly fond of the sweet Christmas-themed illustrations.

Jo Malone

If you’re ready to splurge this Christmas, it’s hard to go past the Jo Malone calendar. This super luxe option includes colognes, bath & body products and miniature candles from the iconic fragrance brand.


Koko Black

If you still can’t go past chocolate in an advent calendar, Koko Black has you covered with its two sweet offerings. The All Star advent calendar contains 24 of Koko’s best pralines, while Twelve Starry Nights is filled with 12 delicious surprises in a beautiful boxed tower.

Drinks by the Dram 12 Days of Gin

Don’t think we haven’t noticed how much MiNDFOOD readers love their gin! This advent calendar is perfect for all you gin junkies out there, with its 12 wax-sealed 30ml drams of gin in different varieties.

Uncommon Goods Holiday Scratch Off Advent Calendar Playlist

Want something a little left of centre? Try this clever festive musical option. Each day, you’ll scratch off a number to reveal a QR code. Scan the code, and your phone will download a carol sung by an emerging artist.


Beloved skincare brand Clarins collates 24 of its most-popular products, including makeup, skincare and body items into a stunning felt keepsake advent calendar that can easily be repurposed next year. Don’t miss out, click here to purchase in time for December 1. 


New nails every day in December? Make it happen with Ciate’s advent selection of top-quality nail polishes in 24 trending shades in mini sizes, one full size and a bonus primer.


Start each day with a different coffee blend thanks to Nespresso’s 2021 advent calendar that has 23 doors of  surprises and a very special gift on the 24th of December. (Rumour has it it’s a coffee cup, but you didn’t hear it from us!)


Another luxury advent option, one that is highly sought after-each year. French fragrance brand Diptyque’s beautifully boxed set has been designed this year as a cabinet of curiosities with a number of mini candles, including limited edition Sapin, or festive pine scent as well as mini fragrances and holiday decorations.