Lockdown is loosening but the sun was never locked away, so whether you've been sat by the window for the past 8 weeks or took advantage of our exercise allowance, you've likely been exposed to the sun and by now, we have all been well informed on the importance of a good sunscreen. For those of you who have been living under a (hopefully well shaded) rock, using sunscreen is a key step in preventing sun damage to the skin, protecting against photo ageing and reducing the risk of skin cancer. Regardless of skin colour or type, we all benefit from including products with SPF in our skincare routines, and whilst it is always necessary, it is even more essential in summer as the days get hotter and longer. Here, find the GRACE edit of the best SPF products to use according to your skin type.
Great For: All skin tones, dry, normal and combination skin
A chemical sunscreen moisturiser which hydrates and dries completely clear on all complexions, and also comes in a child-friendly formula. Whilst this doesn’t feel greasy on the skin, the formula contains a number of natural oils including jojoba and avocado oil that are nourishing for drier skins but may be problematic if you already have oily skin.
Great for: Albino & paler skin tones prone to sunburn, normal to dry skin
Designed with the mission of reducing global skin cancer cases, Altruist SPF is in the category of mineral sunscreens, which work by reflecting harmful sun rays from the top layer of the skin thereby blocking them from penetrating the skin at all.
It is a great choice for paler, photo-sensitive skin tones but whilst it suitable for all skin, titanium dioxide in the formulation means this will leave those of deeper complexions with a significant grey cast. It can also add an oily shine to the skin – which is probably an unfortunate side effect of its useful high water resistance, but not so useful for those with oily skin. Nevertheless, it’s still a good option for darker skin if you want some protection when staying indoors.
Great for: All skin tones, combination, oily and blemish-prone skin
This oil-free sunscreen has a mattifying effect which diminishes shine without leaving your face feeling dry, thanks to the inclusion of hyaluronic acid in the formula. It is a good contender if you want to keep your skin protected whilst you treat any active breakouts as it works throughout the day to reduce excess oil.
Great for: All skin tones and especially hyper-pigmented skin. All skin types
A lightweight sunscreen that