Stay comfortable while protecting your skin from harmful UV rays with these ultra-light sunscreens

Unless they are living under a rock, everyone knows how important it is to wear sunscreen. It significantly reduces the risk of skin cancer, prevents sunburn and, as a bonus, it is one of the best anti-ageing products on the market. 

Yet, many resist it with the reasoning that sunscreen is sticky, uncomfortable and leaves a white cast. Hopefully this curated list of ultra-lightweight sunscreens will change their minds. 

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1. Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense

Drunk Elephant's Umbra Sheer daily sunscreen is light, moisturising and loaded with antioxidants, such as grape juice and sunflower shoot extract. Infused with raspberry seed and marula oils, expect a smooth application without the dreaded white cast. Also available as a tinted sunscreen, the Umbra Tinte brings a nice skin-perfecting finish to your SPF. 

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2. Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++

Perfect for those with oily and acne-prone skin, Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense sunscreen is gentle, non-comedogenic, and leaves a subtle matte finish.

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3. Tatcha Pore Perfecting Sunscreen

Like all of Tatcha's skincare products, this sunscreen is made from the most nourishing and gentle ingredients, including silk extract. Easy to blend, weightless and anti-ageing, this sunscreen will leave the skin thoroughly protected and looking pore-less. 

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4. Murad City Skin Age Defense SPF 50

This fragrance-free mineral sunscreen provides all-round protection from outdoor UVA and UVB rays, as well as blue lights from screens and city pollutants. With a light peach tint to counteract unevenness, it also leaves a luminous glow for a fresh-faced look. 

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5. Shiseido Clear Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+

Shiseido has introduced a fun new way to apply their famously lightweight SPF50+ sunscreen, powered by Synchro Shield Technology. An ocean-friendly formula that grows stronger when exposed to water or heat, just a few glides of this under or over make-up will keep your skin protected in our hot and humid climate. And with its portable packaging, it's easy to re-apply throughout the day. 

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6. Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen

Supergoop has cemented its reputation as one of the best brands for sun protection, offering a range of sunscreens with different finishes. Our favourite is the Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen, an invisible formula with a natural finish. But for those who prefer different finishes, try the Glowscreen, Mineral Mattescreen and their latest Mineral Sheerscreen. 

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7. Avène Very High Protection Spray SPF 50+

Infused with Avène's signature thermal spring water, this sunscreen uses a broad-spectrum patented sun filter system that allows for hydration as well as protection. Environmentally friendly and long-lasting, it also has soothing and softening properties that make it one of the most popular sunscreens. Should you prefer something more liquid, it is also available in fluid and cream forms. 

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8. Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defense SPF 30

Bio-active mushroom complex, antioxidant green tea and non-nano zinc oxide, this physical SPF formula brings together the best skincare ingredients to reduce redness and soothe the skin while also protecting against blue light, free-radical damage and environmental aggressors. 

For those who want an even simpler SPF skincare routine, Dermalogica also offers their Solar Defense Booster, which can be added to moisturiser or foundation before it is applied to the face. 

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9. La Roche Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid SPF 50+

The Anthelios Invisible Fluid SPF 50+ has a cult following in the skincare community. Affordable and accessible, the non-greasy texture works for even the most sensitive and sun-allergic skin. For ultimate convenience, it is also available as a spray.

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