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Face SPF- your skin’s best friend



Jess O'Sullivan

A quality face SPF can significantly slow down the signs of premature ageing and reduce your risk of skin cancer. But have you found the one for you? Here are the ones that the Gorgeous team trust.

Why face SPF is important

As the UK isn’t renowned for its glorious weather, it isn’t normally until a heat wave comes along that we feel a desire to protect our skin. However, face SPF is not solely reserved for the summer months and should be worn year-round.

The priority is obviously to prevent sunburn which can increase the risk of skin cancer. However, as a bonus, the best face SPF also keeps your skin looking young by protecting from harmful UV rays that cause premature ageing. They can even reverse signs of skin ageing by improving skin texture and brightness, particularly dark age spots.

A good face SPF will block the harmful effects of UVA responsible for ageing skin (these rays can even penetrate clouds and windows) and UVB rays which are responsible for skin burning. Some of the best face SPFs can also neutralise the negative impacts of environmental stressors, pollution and the blue light exerted from our devices. It’s well worth the extra few seconds it takes to swipe on an invisible shield of protection in the morning.

Face SPFs have come a long way

You’ve probably been put off in the past by breakout-causing opaque and gloopy SPFs that didn’t blend well. However, things have changed a lot in recent years and many are now formulated with a whole host of skincare benefits! Numerous are now formulated for different skin types, are longer-lasting, irritation-free and more lightweight than ever. As well as this, total-body SPFs tend to be thicker and can lead to breakouts when used on our faces. You’re better off using a delicate and lightweight formula that has been specifically designed with your complexion in mind. They are so easy to slot into a daily routine; Take time to get acquainted with the latest and greatest facial SPFs on the block.

We’re here to round-up the best face SPFs on the market

If you’re already using one, bravo. If not, now’s the time to start… Whether you prefer a lightweight mist, cream or stick, we have selected our edit of the best face SPFs on the market. This will help you choose what to include in your skincare routine for long-term skin health.

Ultrasun with added skincare benefits

At Gorgeous we love Ultrasun, their fantastic formulas have added skincare benefits to suit your specific skin type. Ultrasun face formulas are available in a range of options, including tinted, combatting the signs of ageing and addressing pigmentation. Here are a couple of our favourites:

A handy face & scalp mist

UltraSun 50spf UV Face & Scalp Mist 150ml delivers very high UVA (95% absorbance) and UVB broad spectrum protection (SPF50) in a super lightweight, non-greasy, quick-drying transparent spray. It is ideal for keeping in your hand bag when out and about. You can even spray it on top of make-up to top up your protection throughout the day. It is suitable for all skin types, including the most sensitive. Additionally, it contains InfraGuard®, a power anti-oxidant complex which inhibits light induced skin ageing, protecting skin cells from blue light and infrared rays.

A glow enhancing tinted gel-cream

Ultrasun Face Anti-Ageing Formula Tinted SPF 30 50ml is a tinted anti-ageing face SPF combining broad-spectrum protection with SPF30 plus powerful antioxidants. It restores optimal moisture levels, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and gives skin a “soft touch” effect. The light, gel-cream formula quickly absorbs into skin leaving skin with a radiant, summer glow. As an extra bonus, it’s also water resistant.

Dermalogica for specific skin types

Hydrating and lightweight moisturiser for all skin types

Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30 Moisturiser 50ml is perfect for those that dislike the traditional feel of sunscreen as it hydrates without leaving skin feeling greasy. It is a light-activated multitasking moisturiser that offers SPF30 broad-spectrum defence whilst preventing further skin damage caused by external stressors. Free from common skin irritants such as parabens and artificial fragrance making it suitable for all skin types, including sensitive.

Moisturiser for mature skin

Dermalogica AGE Smart® Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50 50ml is a medium weight, skin firming daily moisturiser with broad spectrum SPF50 protection and an anti-ageing formulation which helps minimise the appearance of skin ageing. It blends smoothly for a perfect finish.

For dark spots and pigmentation

Dermalogica Powerbright Moisturizer SPF50 50ml is the ideal medium-weight advanced daytime Broad Spectrum moisturiser which helps to shield skin from pigment-inducing UV light. It is formulated with a powerful peptide plus Red and Brown Algae to help balance uneven skin tone. Cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid helps fortify the skin’s natural moisture barrier, reducing the appearance of fine dehydration lines.

For oily, blemish prone skin

Dermalogica Clear Start Clearing Defense SPF 30 59ml is a shine-reducing cream moisturiser infused with SPF 30 to protect breakout prone skin. The super lightweight formula provides a lasting matte finish without letting pores get clogged up. The cream works to combat the effects of pollution on breakout-prone skin and defends from UV rays.

Our other favourites…

A sleek, targeted travel stick

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick SPF50 6.8g combines the legendary benefits of Eight Hour Cream with intense sun protection in its sleekest, most targeted form. The fast-paced application and easy-carry portability make it an active lifestyle must-have. Target sensitive over-exposed areas such as lips, nose, earlobes – even scars to help shield from the burning and ageing effects of UVA and UVB rays. It also has hydrating benefits to soothe and smooth skin for up to 8 hours.

Hydration for dry skin

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 25 52ml is perfect for dry skin because its specially formulated to protect the skin barrier with 3 essential ceramides and MVE technology to provide instant and long lasting hydration, releasing skin nourishing ingredients for up to 24 hours. Hyaluronic Acid helps to retain the skin’s natural moisture. All whilst providing SPF 25 broad spectrum portection against UVA and UVB rays. It’s non-comedogenic too, meaning it won’t clog your pores!

SPF 30 suitable for all skin types

Fortify your skin against sun related damage with DECLÉOR Aloe Vera Sun Face Fluid SPF 30 40ml. UVA and UVB filters power alongside SPF30 leaving skin protected. Boasting a weightless texture that sinks in quickly, this Decléor SPF guards the complexion from potential UV damage while encouraging a hydrated, soft, fresh and healthy-looking appearance.

A powerful anti-ageing mousse

EVY Daily Defense Mousse SPF50 75ml enhances the skin’s protective barrier and counteracts free radicals, premature ageing and environmental stress. Powered by a combination of patented technology and daily skin care, the Evy Defense Mousse provides long-lasting SPF 50 and HEV/Blue Light protection. The formula also hydrates and softens without clogging pores.

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