Summer it’s almost here! I made a bit of research on this and I found some of the most recommended sunscreen to find in the UK. I will list the pros and cons that people found about the products so you will have a more complete image of what to expect, especially when some of them are expensive. A thing also worth noting is the about the difference between mineral and physical sunscreen. Mineral sunscreen can last longer because the don’t degrade as easily under the sun, but they tend to leave a white cast because of the zinc (mineral), this can be easily solved with a tinted sunscreen. Mineral are also perfect for people with oily skin, as they tend to dry out more than physical. If you have a dry skin type but still prefer the mineral sunscreen I would recommend using a rich moisturizer underneath with ceramides and lipids (I would recommend Cerave in this case).
La Roche Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF50
The most loved one is definetely the one from La Roche Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid, gives the perfect amount of protection under the sun and doesn’t require you to top it up too frequently.
- High Protection UVA and UVB
- No white cast
- Suitable for all skin types
- Water and Sweat Resistant
- High Concentration of Alcohol (may sting around eyes)
- Some people find it a bit sticky
- On the expensive side
Garnier Ambre Solair Ultra-Light Sensitive Face Fluid
If the Anthelios isn’t on your budget but still intrigued by it, I find what is supposed to be a dupe for it: the new Ambre Solair Ultra-Light Sensitive Face fluid from Garnier, it basically has the same ingredients and it’s more affordable, only £7!
Nivea Sensitive Immediate Protect Sun Lotion SPF 30
Nivea Sun lotion is one of the most affordable on the list, the trusty brand is a favourite for a lot of people and some compare it to the korean sunscreens.
- Water resitant
- Soothing Effect with Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil
- For sensitive skin
- No white cast
- Needs constant re-applying
- Comedogenic (clog pores)
- May break you out if acne-prone
Altruist Sunscreen SPF30
This sunscreen is on the bestsellers from Amazon, created by a dermatologist with a quite astounding price point. Some people compare it with Bioré Watery Essence. If you get it from Amazon you can get 2 tubes of 200 ml each for £8. Plus, from every product sold they donate 10p to charities supporting people with Albinism in Africa. We all love a good deal!
- Protection from UVA and UVB
- Very low price
- Fragrance Free
- For Sentitive Skin
- Water Resistant
- No White Cast
- Leaves a greasy finish
- Pills if not applied correctly
Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Lotion
Australian Gold has a wide range of sun cream products, I just discovered it and I find it quite interesting. Reading upon the ingredient list it feels quite a good sunscreen with a bit tint in it.
- Tinted (=no white cast!) and can be used as a primer
- Mineral (this means that it’s not greasy)
- Oil free
- Doesn’t Clog pores
- Water resistant
- A bit Expensive
Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun SPF50
Asian skincare are absolute leaders for everything regarding skincare from toners to essences, sunscreen is not less. Purito is one of my favourite with a SPF of 50. Completely blocking UVA and UVB, when you are wearing this is almost like a shield.
- Non sticky
- No white cast
- Not Water Resistant
- Must be applied often
- Low UVA protection
COSRX Aloe Soothing SPF50
Continuing with the Korean brands the Cosrx is definetly one of the top rated.
- Doesn’t break out
- good for dry skin
- Long Lasting
- Tends to pill
- quite heavy and balmy texture (not for oily skin)
Hope this list has helped you choosing the best sunscreen for this summer, pin this image to share it with you friends!