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5 of the best SPFs 2016

Protect your face without feeling heavy and caked in products with the best light SPFs on the market for 2016

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23 April 2016

Light SPFs have long had a bad reputation. Known too often for what they do in addition to protecting your skin - clog the pores of acne sufferers and offer little moisture for dry skin - many people have shied away from them in favour of heavy sun creams or lighter primers. As an oily skin sufferer, I've always had a love/hate relationship with SPFs unless I'm on the beach. Too often they left my skin feeling greasy and shiny by lunchtime. However, too many well-meaning relatives and older ladies' recommendations about protecting my skin in my twenties lead me to more and more research about the variety of products on the market. It turns out that there are hundreds that offer all-day protection from UVA and UVB rays, all-the-while attending to the usual daily needs of various skin types. For this week, I've tried and tested a variety of creams and lotions with SPF built in. Here’s LUXOS's guide to the top SPF cosmetics and creams to shield your delicate skin from those vicious UV rays this spring.

L'Occitane Reine Blanche Illuminating UV Shield

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The L'Occitane Reine Blanche range contains four products, foaming cleanser, whitening cream, whitening serum and illuminating UV shield. It's the UV shield that really takes presedence over the rest. More than just a pretty bottle, although the tiny packaging is perfect if you're travelling without checked baggage, Reine des Prés is a pure white flower known for its lightening properties: the flower is illuminating its petals over time. Interestingly this flower is also known for boosting luminosity and helping epidermal renewal. It was also specially designed for pale, sensitive skins so when used before heading out each day offers 12-hour protection. www.loccitane.com

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Murad anti ageing moisturiser SPF 30

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There's really not a lot out there for oily, blemished skins when it comes to combined moisturiser and SPFs for daily use. Enter Murad's anti-ageing moisturiser for oily skin, with SPF. Sound too good to be true? It nearly is. The ultra-light, fast-absorbing formula hydrates without causing blemishes while defending against early signs of ageing for a clearer, more youthful-looking complexion. Infused with Murad's Kombucha Defense®, derived from a nutrient-rich Black Tea Ferment, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. while the broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection helps prevent sun damage linked to the formation of wrinkles and dark spots. If you want a lighter version there's it also comes in SPF20. www.murad.com

Daniel Sandler Retexturizing Face Primer SPF 20

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With a broad spectrum SPF20, UVA/UVB protection, this product is so much more than the primer it is marketed as. However, it's merits as a base are excellent: velvety smooth when you apply it, it acts as a moisturising primer, restoring luminosity to the skin and helping foundation to stay put all day. After a few hours wear, no oily breakthrough was visible, making it one of the best primers I've seen in a while. The SPF is an excellent addition meaning you don't have to apply sun protection underneath heavy make-up if you're going out. Resulting in a fresh, oil-free feeling all day long. www.danielsandler.com

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Dior Hydra Life BB Cream SPF 20

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Inspired by Asian beauty rituals and developed in partnership with Dior makeup artists, Hydra Life BB Cream combines the moisturising and protective powers of a skincare product with the UVA/UVB blocking properties of an SPF. Tinted moisturisers are a tricky nut to crack, many of them are difficult to match to specific skin tones, too often they make you ghostly or orange with no middle ground. With Hydra Life though, the three shades seem to blend pretty well across the board. Apply with a round sponge, making sure you also include your neck, for blending as well as SPF protection purposes. Thanks to the creme's new-generation correcting pigments, its conceals imperfections and reduces surface irregularities. If you need more moisture, apply over your usual one, however for oily skins, this is more than enough, if you feel it becomes heavy over the day, fix it with a power straight after application. www.dior.com/hydralife

Sisley Super Stick Solaire

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Perfect for sensitive skins, Sisley have researched and selected broad spectrum UVA and UVB mineral screens and recently released this 'Super Stick', composed of micronised zinc and titanium oxides and especially adapted for the most sensitive areas of the face. Best for those with normal to dry skins, this product can be used under make-up, its gentle ingredients mean it's suitable for use around the eyes and lips, as well as the whole face. The skin’s natural defences are strengthened by vitamin e acetate, an antioxidant which helps combat free radicals. If you prefer to feel fresh-faced, there's also a tinted version, which adds a bit of colour without the heavy feeling of make-up. www.sisley-paris.com