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Thursday, 6 July 2017

5 Best Facial SPFs

I think I've always known that I should be wearing SPF, in the same way that I knew I should avoid consuming a family sized bar of dairy milk on my own or spending £90 on cocktails in Mayfair. Whilst I knew that I ought to, I just didn't. I showed a flagrant disregard to all such rules and spent my days wrapped in a blissful cocoon of sugar, pina coladas and sun damage. It was only when I started working at Space NK that I learnt more about SPF and was shamed into using it daily. At training, the rest of the new recruits tutted as the leader spoke about sun damage. I, ever the sheep, joined in, shaking my head at those awful people who didn’t wear SPF i.e. me. After learning how much damage the sun can do to our skin and how it's the biggest cause of signs of ageing (shock horror, women age?!), I though maybe it was time to change my ways, at least when it came to SPF, I’m still working on the chocolate and cocktails.

Nowadays I wear SPF almost every single day, no matter the weather. It’s become part of my daily routine and I know that it’s something I’ll thank myself for later in life. I originally feared that I’d be slathering a thick white liquid over my face, that smelt like the holidays of my youth. I worried about the thick grease that would leave a film of white over my features, giving me the appearance of being smothered in lard. I’ve since found out that this lovely mental image needn’t be a reality. There are a number of skincare brands, both high street and high end, that sell beautiful SPFs specifically formulated for the face. 

1 // Soap and Glory Sunshield Super Fluid 50+  £14.99
I’ve been using this for years now. I love how lightweight this feels on my skin. The light, runny texture makes it feel much less heavy than some other facial SPFs. It also gives my skin a bit of a glow without being greasy, which I really like. SPF 50+ UVA/UVB formula. This is such a great option if you want to protect your face from the sun without breaking the bank.

2 // Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily Defence £36.00
This is a bit of a cult favourite among beauty bloggers. The formula both moisturises and provides a high level of broad-spectrum sun protection. It’s great for sensitive skin as it’s both oil and fragrance free and is super light on the skin so you don’t feel like you’re wearing anything.

3 // La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios AC Anti-Shine Matte Fluid £12.00
Specifically formulated for oily or blemish-prone skin, this is great for anyone suffering from breakouts. Another inexpensive option, this lightweight formula provides an SPF of 30+. It leaves skin looking matte and prevents breakouts post sun-exposure.

4 // The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF 50 PA++++ £16.00
Comparable to Keihl’s Ultra Light Daily Defence, The Body Shop’s SPF is incredibly light and absorbs into the skin almost instantly, making it very comfortable to wear. It also contains red algae extract and vitamin C to brighten the skin, leaving a glowing complexion.

5 // Murad Water Resistant Sunblock SPF 30 £24.65
This is a lot thicker than texture than the other products I’ve mentioned but still sinks into the skin beautifully and feels very lightweight. This might be a good option if you’re looking for something to take on holiday with you. It’s water resistant meaning you’ll still be protected when lazing around in the pool. It’s specifically formulated for more mature skin with promises to increase skin elasticity. It contains pomegranate antioxidants to defend skin from free radical damage (the cause of ageing skin).



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