As the weather warms up for summer, SPF options come to mind. But to protect our skin from the damaging effects of harmful rays, it’s something we should actually be applying all year round.
For simple sun protection that slots into your everyday beauty routine, check out our edit of the best SPFs to wear under makeup.
REN Clean Skincare Clean Screen Mineral SPF30
This silicone-free mineral sun cream provides SPF30 protection as well as a mattifying base for makeup. Natural and planet-friendly, as REN are renowned for, it is made from vegan ingredients which provide UVA and UVB shielding. And all without that horrible greasy shine of some suncare products. Lightweight, and gently absorbing into skin, components include rice starch, yellow passion fruit seed extract and zinc oxide.
Bare Minerals at QVC UK Skin Longevity Moisturiser SPF30
A beautifully softening moisturiser, this Bare Minerals buy contains both mineral and botanical ingredients. Skin feels nourished, hydrated and smooth, and the chic gold bottle with pump applicator is a big plus too. With integral SPF30, enjoy sun protection peace of mind, how soft skin feels after use and its brilliant purpose as an under-makeup primer.
Green People Scent-Free Facial Sun Cream SPF30
Lightweight and scent-free, this gentle 78% organic soaks quickly into skin without leaving any residue. The perfect canvas for ensuring suncare protection under makeup, it is especially ideal if other SPF options irritate your skin. The broad-spectrum cream is made of active plant ingredients which won’t clog your pores. Soothing and effective, Green People are renowned for their family-friendly skincare products.
Eucerin Anti-Pigment Face Cream SPF30
This rich nourishing face cream from Eucerin is specifically formulated to both reduce dark spots and prevent their reappearance. Working against the harsh effects of sun exposure, skin is protected and hydrated. As tone appears more even, it preps the skin for either a minimal makeup or heavier coverage kind of day. And also, try their Hyaluron-Filler Day Cream (£28), complete with SPF30. Suitable for all skin types, the hyaluronic acid element is skin plumping to improve the appearance of any fine lines or wrinkles.
Perricone MD at QVC UK Vitamin C Ester Brightening Day Duo
A skin savvy duo, this Perricone MD pairing includes: Vitamin C Ester Photo-Brightening Moisturiser SPF30 and Vitamin C Ester Brightening Serum. The combination create brightened, moisturised skin, with integral SPF30 element. Smoothing and anti-ageing, the moisturiser is a mineral-based sun protection wonder, while the serum backs up its skincare goodness with refreshing citrus and rosemary leaf.
Natura Bisse Diamond White Oil-Free Brilliant Sun Protection SPF50
Oil-free and with an auto adaptive tint, this luxurious sun protection from Natura Bisse features SPF50. Designed to promote a natural, luminous glow, antioxidant components such as pomegranate extract works to reduce the appearance of age spots and prevent further sun damage. Paraben-free to boot, its gentle colour means the multi-purpose product can be used as a base alone or under further coverage.
ZO Skin Health Sunscreen & Primer SPF30
This multi-tasking Sunscreen & Primer is the ideal smoothing and perfecting base for under makeup. Offering a silky primer and skin protecting SPF30 which also includes a slight tint, it glides on and leaves your face with a matte finish. Ensuring protection from both UVA and UVB rays, it is a makeup bag must-have. Pair with the brand’s deluxe Daily Power Defence (£93.70), an antioxidant serum smoothing skin that helps protect from future damage too. Clinically proven, apply to skin after cleansing to prevent premature ageing. Sinking into skin like a dream, this sheer veil promotes collagen production and uses DNA repair enzymes, so it can repair oxidative damage.