Beat the Burn
Get the better of the evil rays this summer – here’s how to get your safest, slinkiest tan ever Now, it’s even easier to take care of your skin in the sun, with sunscreen formulas that feel, smell and act like luxury moisturisers.
The new L’Oreal Paris Solar Expertise range contains a complex called Activa Cell to minimise the ageing effects of the sun. Caudalie Vinosun Anti-Ageing Suncare SPF15, £22(1), has free-radical-busting grapeseed extracts, and Ambre Solaire’s revamped range uses an ingredient derived from cacti to help skin retain moisture.
Nivea Satin Sheen Sun Lotion SPF 15, £11.59 (2), contains particles that give skin an instant sheen.
Dr Lydia Evans, consulting dermatologist for L’Oreal Paris, says: “Avoid burning at all costs – it doesn’t help develop a tan. It damages and prematurely ages the skin, as well as peeling off. You don’t want to look your mother’s age by the time you’re 30.”
Fair skin: Stick to high factors and reapply often. Try Ambre Solaire Very High Ultra Moisturising SPF30, £13.99 (2).
Dry skin: For maximum moisturising, choose a cream formula, like L’Oreal Paris Advanced Sun Protection, £13 (3).
Oily skin: Look for easily-absorbed oil-free versions that don’t clog pores or leave a greasy film. Try Clinique UV Response SPF 15, £ 12.50 (1).
Sensitive skin: High levels of chemical filters may irritate your skin, so, choose a sunscreen that contains more physical block ingredients like titanium, zinc oxide or porcelain (these literally bounce UV light off skin, rather than absorbing it, like a chemical one). Try Liz Earle Sun Shade SPF 15 Body Protector, £17 El(5).
Dark skin: Even the darkest skin needs protection – sun exposure can lead to hyperpigmentation spots. You might need to rub sunscreen in more thoroughly than fairer skins, to avoid it leaving an ashy cast on your skin.
Try Piz Buin In Sun UVA UVB Lotion SPF12, £11.49 (4), or Dior Bronze Dry Oil Sun Spray SPF8, £17.99.