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.
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