Six of the best sunscreens for your face

Now that the sun has finally decided to grace us with its presence, we’re all thinking of sunscreen. Well, all of us except the men who insist they’ll be great every year, only to be burned crisp within an hour of seeing the sun and then whine about their sunburn for days.

However, some of us think about sun protection all year round. Some of us could be accused of being obsessed with sunscreen. Some of us are skincare fanatics, and quite frankly, we’re right.

The sun is the number one cause of premature skin aging. UVA rays penetrate our skin and break down our precious collagen, leading to a lack of firmness and elasticity, wrinkles and possibly skin cancer. UVB rays damage the top layers of skin, leading to problems like hyperpigmentation and skin cancer. You can rub the world’s most expensive skin creams on your face all day, but if one of them doesn’t have a decent SPF, you might as well toss it down the sink.

So what is a decent SPF? First, it should be “broad spectrum,” meaning it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. Second, it should be at least factor 30. The factor indicates how much extra protection you get when the product is used correctly. If you use Factor 30 properly, it should take you 30 times longer to suffer the ill effects of the sun than if you weren’t wearing anything. I always wear factor 50 because why not want 50x protection when you can have it?

Tie-down is another key element. Unlike many skin care products, SPF needs to be applied generously to work properly. The Irish Cancer Society recommends at least half a teaspoon for the face, or a whole teaspoon for the face and neck. And we should do our necks.

If you’re using SPF properly — that is, every day, rain or shine (those rays cut straight through clouds and windows) — you’ll be going through a lot of it. For that reason I don’t think it should be something you should spend a lot of money on. There’s just no need.

(1) Anthelios of La Roche-Posay Sun Protection Assortment
(from 11€ at boots.ie) is popular with people of all skin types. The products are effective, inexpensive and ideal for people with sensitive skin. Whenever someone tells me they’re having trouble finding an SPF they don’t respond to, I recommend this and I’ve never heard a complaint about it.

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Avene Intense Protect SPF 50+

(2) Avenes Intense Protect SPF 50+ (€22.50 at dunvillepharmacy.com) is also a great choice for sensitive skin as, like most of the brand’s products, it’s super gentle. If you want to give your sunscreen that extra something, the La Roche-Posay range recently offers Anthelios Age Correct SPF50+ (€25.95 à molloyspharmacy.com) that contains active ingredients to combat the signs of aging.

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supergoop! Glow Screen SPF 30

(3) Supergoop! Glow Screen SPF 30 (€17.30 at cultbeauty.com) provides a dewy, radiant glow, plus Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides and Niacinamide for added benefits. (4) Vichy’s new Capital Soleil UV-Age Daily SPF 50+ (22€ at mccabespharmacy.com) is light, does not leave a white cast and is rich in peptides and niacinamide, so it works against hyperpigmentation and strengthens the skin barrier.

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Vichy Capital Soleil UV-AFew Daily SPF 50+

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Garnier Ambre Solaire Over Makeup Super UV Protection Mist (SPF 50+)

Like any sunscreen, face SPF needs to be applied correctly for true protection. The sun protection factor is reduced by exposure to the sun. So if you’re not going to be exposed to too much light, applying it in the morning should be enough. However, if you are outside all day, repeat the application every few hours. For makeup wearers, a spray like (5) Garnier Ambre Solaire Over Makeup Super UV Protection Mist (SPF 50+) (€9 at boots.ie) is great for that. Otherwise, you can dab your usual SPF over your makeup with a beauty sponge, which should cause minimal damage. SPF It’s not just for vacation!

Something old…

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The Ordinary Serum Foundation

Thanks to the glowing skin trend, serum foundations have been popping up everywhere in recent years, and The Ordinary was one of the first to jump into the category. The brand best known for skincare introduced theirs serum foundation (€6.70 at cloud10beauty.com) four years ago (I admit it’s not that old) and kicked it out of the park. Offering sheer yet effective coverage in 21 shades, this product uses special technology to prevent it from sinking into fine lines. I
Love it.

… something new (ish)

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Penney’s PS… Pro Natural Luminous Serum Foundation

Penney’s PS… Pro Natural Luminous Serum Foundation (€7) in 20 shades towards the end of 2020. Excellent performance for the price. The coverage is light and dewy, and the longevity is decent for a formula of this type. I find myself reaching for it regularly.

Lost in translation

Microneedling, or dermarolling, is the practice of puncturing the skin with tiny needles to stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines. It can also improve the overall texture of the skin and minimize the appearance of scars and hyperpigmentation. This practice is best performed by an expert, although home use microneedling kits are becoming increasingly popular.

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