“Don’t skip sunscreen” should be your rightful daily mantra throughout the warmer months, if not all-year-round. To enjoy the glorious summer rays or just the general outdoor environment more responsibly, sun-proofing all parts of the body is a must.
And with these top-rated beauty multitaskers and their luxuriously fresh broad-spectrum protection, you'd be safe and guarded to enjoy just another day of sun!
First rule of wearing sunscreen: never ever leave the face unprotected or risk accelerated and visible signs of premature ageing that includes wrinkles, spots and loss of elasticity. So, it goes without saying that sunscreen should always be the final product you put on in your skincare routine, and yet on some days, we still find ourselves feeling lazy and skipping it altogether.
Times like this, it helps to trick our minds into thinking we are doing less by turning to a product that beautifies the face as well as provides a healthy dose of SPF. The key here is to apply a liberal amount and evenly.
Kick things off with a good primer such as NARS Radiance Primer SPF 35 PA+++ to revive complexion and hold your makeup in place under the sweltering heat. Then follow up with an SPF- infused foundation of your choice. Our pick? Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation SPF 15 and Tom Ford Beauty Traceless Perfecting Foundation SPF 15. Not only do their luxurious textures offer full coverage and lasting comfortable wear, they also effectively filter out the harmful effects of UV rays.
For extra insurance, IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination Cream SPF 50+ boasts an impressive SPF topped with light-reflecting pigments for glowing skin.
More often than not, the most sun-sensitive areas on our bodies happen to be the very ones we neglect. Take our eyelids, for instance. As we go about amping up the protection level on our face, we are often guilty of overlooking the eye area.
This is particularly concerning as the skin around your eyes is the thinnest, making it more susceptible than ever to wrinkles, dark spots and photoageing. This is when designated eye creams, formulated with ingredients specifically beneficial for your peepers and a gentler form of SPF, enter the picture.
For starters, think of Supergoop! Bright-Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream SPF 40 and Murad Essential-C Eye Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 as the skincare equivalent of your polarised sunglasses except that they are a tad less visible. The former offers a fast-absorbing cream that acts as a physical sunscreen, brightening tint and primer all in one; while the latter fuses sun protection with hydrating and skin renewal properties.
To further fortify the defence layer and at the same time, correct and camouflage the appearance of imperfections and uneven tone of the under-eyes, either Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer SPF 25 orM.A.C Cosmetics Lightful C Spot Concealer will tackle the job nicely.
While swiping on your go-to lip treatment during the chilly winter days is a no-brainer, it is best to carry forward this habit into the summer time too. Take it from us, sunburnt lips do not feel or look pretty. Much like the eye area, the skin of our lips is especially thin and therefore, it is unable to handle the sun’s harsh rays without chapping or burning.
Even so, introducing sunscreen to your lips does not equate to resorting to plain and boring colour-free lip balms only.
Fortunately, there are now plenty of brands with lip formulas that have you covered in both pigment and protection. Our favourites that fulfil both requirements: Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 and Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 30. On top of delivering SPF, both are formulated with nourishing ingredients to keep those puckers hydrated while layering them with a subtle gorgeous tint
Those favouring lipsticks that pack a bigger punch in terms of colour payoff (without forsaking the sun protection, of course) can always opt for Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint Sunscreen SPF 15 and Laura Mercier Lip Balm SPF 15.
With so many areas of the face to shield from pesky UV rays, SPF for your hair may sound like a gimmick from haircare brands. Believe it or not, while the unruly sight of sunburn is not as visible on your hair, both the scalp and hair follicle are prone to the same degree of harm as your naked skin
We are talking about conditions such as moisture loss, lightened hair colour, weakened strands and even hair loss. While wearing a hat is a way to mitigate these undesirable effects, it is best to just enlist some hair sunscreen for extra protection.
To save your hair from unnecessary drama, Sisley Hair Protective Fluid does an exceptional job at coating the hair fibre with a protective film against sun, salt and chlorine—all common culprits of hair damage, while imparting a delightful citrus and woody fragrance.
Alternatively, Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray SPF 30and Sachajuan Hair In The Sun also act like a beach umbrella for your head, deflecting UV rays with its water-resistant oil and creamy texture respectively. On days when you are not hitting the beach or lying by the poolside, slather some OUAI Finishing Crème on wet or dry locks for light-reflective shine and heat plus UV protection.