Any skin care specialist will stress the same point over and over again, don't skimp on sunscreen! Any product with SPF is a must when it comes to taking good care of your skin and reducing damage from the sun; no amount of anti-ageing creams will make as much of a difference as an SPF 30 sunscreen when it comes to maintaining a youthful look. But not all sunscreen is made equally! If you're like me then memories of a high shine, thickly scented and greasy supermarket brand of suncream will have you running for the hills; so we've put together a list of the perfect sunscreens for whatever the weather!

1/ Perfect For That Flawless Look

Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen, SPF 35

The Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen (€114.95) is often referred to as a miracle in a bottle! This sunscreen is lightweight and leaves skin feeling silky and smooth, while also minimizing the appearance of pores and giving you that airbrushed look without a drop of foundation. It also doubles as a great makeup primer. Japanese wild rose helps reduce the appearance of pores and smooths skin texture, and loquat leaf extract contains antioxidants that are meant to protect and calm skin. It's the most expensive product on the list but for good reason, this sunscreen has a cult following like no other because of its easy wear, beautiful results and SPF!

2/ Keep Those Lips Protected

Hello Sunday the one for your lips SPF50 lip balm

Enriched with Shea butter and hyaluronic acid the Hello Sunday the one for your lips SPF50 lip balm (€6.95) will leave your lips feeling super soft and keep them protected all year round – say goodbye to chapped lips! Not only is this lip balm glossy and great on its own but it can also be used as a topper to your favourite lip colour for an extra glow and make that colour pop! Serving up broad-spectrum, high sun protection, we appreciate the non-imposing fragrance and general skincare effects, as well as that all-important SPF50 box being ticked.

3/ Doesn't Leave A White Cast

Black Girl Sunscreen

If you have a skin tone that doesn't resemble the moon on a winter night then you'll know something about a white cast from sunscreen. Certain sunscreen formulas include ingredients like zinc oxide, which can give off a white glare; giving you a grey, ashy tinge which is probably the last thing you want when venturing outside to enjoy the sunshine! Black Girl Sunscreen (€17.27) dries completely clear so it’s perfect to use before any outdoor activity or even under your favourite makeup products. This product is also vegan, cruelty-free and reef safe!

4/ Acts As a Highlighter

Unsun Face + Body Highlighter

If you want an added glow and shimmer to make your shoulders, cheekbones and decolletage stand out while also keeping you safe from the sun then the Unsun Face + Body Highlighter (€31.95) is the product for you! This gorgeous product gives your skin that soft summer glow and peace of mind knowing your skin is safe from harmful UV rays. This comes in two shades, Golden Angel and Bronze Goddess!

5/ Great For Sensitive Skin

Hello Sunday the one that's a serum SPF 45

I've recently become obsessed with the Hello Sunday the one that's a serum (€24.95), as a person with incredibly fair and easily burned skin adding this serum to my morning skincare routine takes the risk of UV damage out of the equation, not to mention it makes my skin feel amazing! This light-textured, moisturising SPF45 serum is built to protect against UVA/UVB and Infrared rays. Not only is it designed to shield you against sun damage and prevent ageing, but it also protects you from other daily aggressors such as pollution and blue light! Fast absorbing, this non-sticky formula leaves skin feeling fresh and radiant and acts as the perfect base before makeup or as the last step in a morning skincare routine.

6/ Extra Long Lasting

La Roche-Posay's Anthelios UVmune 400 Invisible Fluid

Models, dermatologists and facialists swear by La Roche-Posay's Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid(€21.62) suncare range and so do we. With a super-light texture that's more like a serum than a sunscreen, it blends seamlessly into skin and contains calming French thermal spring water for sensitive skin. Unlike tinted moisturisers with added SPF, this is first and foremost a facial SPF with a touch of added colour so offers the quality, high protection from the sun that we expect from La Roche-Posay. Water, sweat and sand-resistant, the high-protection sun cream creates a lightweight veil on the skin with an invisible, non-greasy finish.

7/ Wear Over Makeup

Color Science Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-on Shield Spf 50

The Color Science Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-on Shield Spf 50 (€55.79) is a must-have coming into the warmer months, apply it over your makeup and not only will your face be set, but you'll also be SPF protected! This all-mineral sunblock offers the convenience of a speedy application tucked away in a tube that can easily fit inside purses, backpacks, and pockets. The powder formula comes in four shades to complement skin tones from pale to dark.


- Gráinne