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We’ll continue to shout this until we’re blue in the face: sun cream is arguably the most valuable product in your beauty bag. It’s the most important skin-care product you’ll own and use, both on your face and your body. Wearing sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays, which prevents skin cancer and ageing, and also helps to minimise other facial skin concerns including hyperpigmentation, rosacea, sun spots, and fine lines. As the weather starts to get warmer, it’s especially important to stock up on some decent sun cream formulas for the body that you’ll actually use — and even enjoy using.
We know the road to finding the perfect SPF is often one filled with trial and error, which can be both daunting, expensive, and at times, greasy. But that’s why we’re here to help.
How to Find the Best Sun Cream
There are a few things to consider when it comes to finding the right SPF to slather all over your body this summer. First, which application method do you prefer? Spray, bottle, or stick? Next, what’s important when it comes to formula? Water resistant, transparent colour, or something non-greasy? Do you want a mineral or chemical sunscreen formula? Those with skin conditions like rosacea tend to do better with a mineral sunscreen as they cause less irritation, but those with darker skin tones will often find that mineral formulas leave a white cast. And finally, what factor do you want?
What SPF Factor Should I Use?
SPF extends your natural skin’s defence against the sun’s harmful rays. So, SPF 15 provides about 15 times more protection against the sun than your skin alone. Meanwhile, SPF 50 would provide 50 times the protection. Bear in mind that NHS England recommends that everyone use at least SPF 30 in the sun. So, we’ve included nothing less than factor 30 in our roundup.
Keep reading to shop the 12 sunscreens for the body that our editors keep going back to year after year.