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Holiday season is almost upon us, and - whilst hats and shade are important - it's so much fun to get out there and enjoy yourself. These are my favourite sunscreens for keeping your skin protected, in conjunction with other methods, of course! If you're heading off to warmer climes soon, keep reading...
The first product I have here is the Bondi Sands Fragrance-Free SPF 50+ | £18.99 (500ml). This is the body version in a 500ml bottle and there is actually a face version too, which I own and love; the ingredients and formulas are pretty similar, so would I use this product on my face if I was on holiday and just wanted to slap a load of sunscreen on? Yes. I love this sunscreen because it's cheap and great; particularly when it comes to a body product, you're going to be applying and reapplying it all day, so you need a formula that's going to give you the most bang for your buck and that's pleasant to use. This is a moisturising formula with added extras like soothing aloe and antioxidant Vitamin E. It's formulated with a mix of traditional and next-generation sunscreen filters and - as it's an Australian formula - you can be confident that it meets some of the strictest regulations in the world and the claims it makes have been vigorously tested. This is a broad-spectrum SPF 50+ and water-resistant for 4 hours. Obviously, if you're getting into the water, you need to re-apply your sunscreen, but what the water resistance does help with is keeping your sunscreen on whilst you sweat and frolic around on the beach! This has a light but moisturising lotion texture that absorbs easily into the skin, doesn't pill and doesn't leave a cast on my skin. I can happily slather my skin in this stuff all day long, making it a perfect holiday option.
Next is another Australian-made sunscreen in the Ultra Violette Supreme Screen Hydrating Skinscreen SPF 50+ | £48 (125ml) | demo. This is kind of the opposite to the Bondi Sands in terms of how I use it; for me this is a 'makeup day' sunscreen and the kind of thing I use before getting ready to go out for dinner on holiday when the sun is still pretty strong in the evening. This is a moisturising, softening sunscreen that gives my skin a lovely glow without making it look shiny or greasy. It has visible light protection with its slight peach tint and offers a broad-spectrum SPF 50+. It doesn't have water-resistance, but that's not really necessary for me if I'm using it under makeup, because when I'm going to be sweaty or active, I'm not wearing makeup! Thanks to elegant, modern sunscreen filters, this sits beautifully under my makeup and over my skincare, and it works like a primer, actually enhancing the application experience. It doesn't pill, it doesn't leave a cast on my skin, it's easy to apply and I love the creamy-lotion texture for my dry skin. I love this stuff and I love that it's now available in an extra-large bottle!
I also really recommend the Evy Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50+ | £25 | demo. Firstly, this mousse sunscreen is really fun to apply, so maybe that makes you apply it more regularly! It comes out as a mousse but by rubbing your hands together, you melt it down into more of a lotion. It can be used on both the face and the body and it has a completely dry-touch finish, meaning it doesn't have a greasy feel but it also doesn't dry out my skin; again, this just makes it easier to keep reapplying the product throughout the day. What really makes this special is the technology; the filters used are non-irritating, they're pretty much invisible and traceless on the skin and the level of UVA protection is really excellent (SPF ratings only refer to UVB protection, which are the rays most linked to skin cancer, whereas UVA rays can cause premature skin ageing), plus the water-resistance tests carried out on the formula are very impressive. This is the all-in-one, minimal-fuss option you'll love applying time and time again and provides a really impressive level of protection in a number of categories.
Finally, I have to mention the La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMUNE 400 Fluid SPF 50+* | £19.90. This is an update of the much-loved high-SPF sunscreen lotion-milk with an added filter that provides more comprehensive UVA protection. It still has a super-light fluid texture that doesn't leave a cast on any skin tones, as far as I've seen, and it's actually less drying to me than the original version. UVMUNE 400 isn't hydrating, but I don't feel it takes anything away from my skin, so I just apply a moisturiser underneath to keep my skin soft and hydrated. Oily skin types in particular will really like this one; if you find your skin feels greasy by your third reapplication of the day, I'd definitely check this out. This sunscreen featured a high level of protection that's only been improved by the addition of this brand new filter. It doesn't irritate my eyes and it stays on the skin through sweat and sand; it's made for beach days!
Have you tried any of these sunscreens? What are your must-have holiday sunscreens for summer?