We all slap on the sun cream when we hit sunnier climes, but how many of us protect our skin – and in particular our faces – all year round? A sun screen with a 50 SPF is actually one of the best things you can have in your arsenal against ageing but it does mean adding another step to your skincare routine every single morning. This is where SPF make up comes in.
While experts say the SPFs in this hybrid makeup alone won’t really help protect your skin, layering them up will add some protection against those ageing rays.
Don’t go lower than a SPF 15 and remember that while this SPF makeup can help look after your skin when you pop to the shops or go for a quick walk, if you’re lazing around in the sun, even if it’s just your lunch hour, you’ll need a higher SPF sun cream with both UVA and UVB protection.
With that in mind, here are a few of our favourite makeup products with added sun protection.
Every dermatologist will tell you that the one thing you should splash your cash on is a SPF50 sunscreen – not only does it help prevent your skin from getting burnt, but regular use helps reduce all the signs of sun damage and ageing.
Some creams though are really heavy and can clog pores but new formulations mean that there are some that are all brilliantly light and a great daily addition to your daily routine.
Skin Defence Lotion SPF 50+
£18, The Body Shop
Having tried many, many facial sunscreens, this one is now my absolute favourite. It’s super light, so doesn’t clog up you pores – who needs summer acne? – and sits well underneath makeup. The Body Shop have now released a bigger size, which brings me much joy as I slap this bad boy on every single day – yes, even in winter!
360 Fluid Cream SPF50+ 50ml
This cream is a staple in our founder, Andrea McLean’s, makeup bag. Not only does it protect the skin but adds an extra wallop of hydration, which is never a bad thing if you’re after glowy skin! A little also goes a long way, so the tube lasts a long time.
While this may be the cheaper of our favourite SPF sunscreens, you’re still getting a quality product. Not only does it protect you from UVA and UVB rays, but it also comes packed with the beauty buzzword of the moment – Hyaluronic Acid – to add moisture to your skin. It’s a great budget buy.
Using a tinted base with SPF is a great idea in the hotter months as there’s less chance of a foundation sweat slide happening.
Many foundations and tinted moisturisers only contain a SPF of 30, but we’ve happy to report that this is gradually changing.
Don’t forget about powder either – The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying powder with a sponge as the particles in it do provide a little protection from the sun, plus it will help keep your base products in place.
I always love a recommendation, and this gorgeous CC cream has been recommended to me by three separate people – so you know you’re onto a winner. It makes your skin look like yours but better! It feels super light on the skin and has a high SPF factor so you can relax knowing your skin is being protected against those rays.
Powder-me SPF Dry Sunscreen
£36, Jane Iredale
I’ve always steered clear of tinted moisturisers as I find in the heat, they just slip off my combination skin! Thankfully, I’ve discovered this powder, which comes with SPF30, and can be used on the face, body and hair. Yes, I’ve got fair hair and my scalp burns easily so I’ve used this on my parting before! A good product for travelling as well as there’s no chance of spillages.
We all have those days when we need a little bit more cover, which is where this foundation comes in, but it doesn’t stop there. Not only does it have a SPF 50 built in, but it also contains anti-wrinkle peptide technology (whatever that is), which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s my go-to foundation – wear a little for every day, build up the coverage for a night out!
Have you ever had burnt eyelids? Trust us it’s not pleasant! An easy way to protect your eyes is to apply a SPF cream on your eyelids and then apply makeup over it, but if that feels like too much faff, there are products with added SPF in them. All the SPF eyeshadows we’ve found come in really light, easy to wear shades, making them perfect for when you’re posing poolside.
And don’t forget your under eye area as well – this area is very thin and delicate and prone to burning, so a concealer with added SPF is always a good summertime buy!
MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer
The skin under the eyes is really fine and delicate, so you want a concealer that glides on and doesn’t drag. Thanks to the added Vitamin C and E in this Mac concealer, applying it is a dream! Plus the added SPF35 means you won’t burn those delicate areas. I’d also suggest using it as a base for your eyeshadow and on your nose for extra sun protection!
Supergoop! Shimmer Shade SPF 30
Touted as the very first eyeshadow with SPF30, this shimmery delight is the perfect holiday accessory. Just sweep over your eyelids for a subtle shimmer and more importantly, protection from a hybrid of mineral and chemical actives that protect from UV rays.
I love a double duty beauty product, especially when going on holiday! This beauty by No7 adds a subtle shimmer to lips and eyes and helps protect them thanks to the built in SPF30. I used it non-stop on my holiday last year, and the shimmering texture is super pretty day and night.
Cracked, sunburnt lips are not a good look, however, while we might slather our face and body in SPF, we often neglect our poor old lips. Sun destroys collagen – the stuff that keeps our lips nice and plump – and not only does this not look so great, but it also can lead to skin cancer, thanks to the skin thinning.
While there are plenty of non-coloured lip balms with SPF, choosing one with a bit of colour is a nice way to protect your lips and up your pout game – plus save space in your makeup bag.
Lanolips Tinted SPF30 Balm in Rhubarb
I love Lanolips and have them secluded in various parts of the house (and handbags!) so I always remember to use. This tinted one is a super glossy, super cute pink, which is perfect for those lazy summer days. I’ve been known to use it to add a subtle sheen to my cheeks. It’s a must-have in my makeup bag!
FRESH Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15
£19.50, Cult Beauty
I love a bright lip in the summer, so this tinted sunscreen in Sugar Coral makes it to the top of my must-have summer makeup list. This beauty not only protects your lips but provides super hydration and is available in a range of gorgeous summery shades.
Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream is a classic for a reason and their tinted lip version, with added SPF, takes it to another level. Don’t be afraid of the bright hues it comes in – it goes on with the sheerest of tints and makes lips feel so soft.