To avoid cellular damage, early wrinkling, age spots and skin cancer, sunscreen should be worn every day of the year.
Apply your sun protection 15 minutes before exposure. A golf ball size amount should be used for a whole adult body. As well as using sunscreen, cover up and seek shade – especially between 10am and 3pm when the sun is at its most dangerous.
Here are 10 of my favourite sunscreens:
LE TAN COCONUT HANDS FREE LOTION SPF 30+, $23
This non-greasy, moisturising sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays. The hand-free, sponge-tip application allows for the product to glide on easily so you don’t get greasy hands. The coconut fragrance smells so good, it makes you want to keep reapplying.
TRUE SOLUTIONS ALL DAY MOISTURE SPF 30+ TINTED CREAM, $60
Although this creamy sunscreen has intensive hydrating properties, it is very light in texture and easily rubs in. The tinted colour provides a healthy glow to the skin and is ideal for both the face and neck.
BERNARD CASSIERE SUN CARE SPF30, $99
Two types of solar filters – mineral and organic – act efficiently to fight against both UVA and UVB radiation to protect your skin from sun damage. The apple and bitter orange extracts in the formula help protect the skin from free radicals, and therefore from premature signs of ageing. The coconut scent of the sunscreen conjures visions of a tropical island.
NIVEA SUN Moisturising Lotion SPF30+, $16
Enriched with vitamin E, this non-whitening sunscreen moisturises the skin as well as protecting it from both UVA and UVB rays. With four hours water resistance, it is the perfect sunscreen for a day at the beach or poolside.
NIMUE SUN-C SPF20, $45
This lightweight, non-oily cream is suitable for all skin types and children. Combining the powerful antioxidant vitamin C ester (vitamin C that has been esterified to a fatty acid) with micro-fine titanium dioxide and organic sunscreens, it offers a broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection of factor 20. The active ingredient titanium dioxide works to enhance your skin’s own pigments – creating an even skin tone, whilst vitamin C ester activates collagen synthesis to leave your skin taut and smooth.
NEUTROGENA ULTIMATE SPORT SUNBLOCK LOTION SPF 70+, $12.50
This waterproof and sweatproof sunscreen is great for sporty types or for a long day spent outdoors. Thanks to its patented Helioplex technology, it provides superior UVA/UVB defense and is three times more waterproof than testing standards.
INVISIBLE ZINC TINTED DAYWEAR SPF30+ UVA AND UVB, $40
This sunscreen utilises a patented form of zinc oxide, a natural sunscreen agent that sits on the skin acting as a physical barrier against the damaging UVA and UVB rays – without the inclusion of chemical sun filters. Being tinted, this product acts as a moisturiser, zinc sunscreen and sheer foundation – perfect for everyday wear. Available in two shades, light (for light to medium skin tones) and medium (for tanned skin tones).
CLARINS SUNSCREEN CREAM HIGH PROTECTION SPF30, $49
Clarins exclusive cellular protection complexes based on plant extracts have an exceptional resistance to the sun and help preserve skin cells. Ideal for sensitive skin, this rich cream helps moisturise the skin as well as protecting it from UVA and UVB rays. Water and perspiration-resistant, it also protects against the drying effects of salt water.
LANCOME UV EXPERT NEUROSHIELD HIGH POTENCY ACTIVE PROTECTION SPF 50 PA+++, $95
This daily protection sunscreen (also available in SPF 30) helps defend your skin cells against UV rays and pollution for up to 12 hours, preserving it from age spots, freckles and other UVA/UVB induced skin damage. The formula is so light in texture, you hardly notice you are wearing it.
CLINIQUE BODY SPRAY SPF 25, $46
Developed specifically for the body, this sunscreen can be sprayed from any angle in order to protect even the most hard-to-reach places. The fast absorbing, oil-free and water resistant formula helps protect against UVA and UVB rays. Formulated with vitamin E and emolient esters, the skin is kept soft and smooth.