Summer will soon be upon us and with it, long lazy afternoons by the pool, volleyball games by the beach and endless lists of outdoorsy activities for that much-needed breath of fresh air. Before you step out into the sun however, arm yourself and your skin with some sun protection to keep from burning, or worse, the appearance of fine lines. From lipbalms to BB creams, these products come complete with all the SPF you need to battle harmful UV rays so you can go about your day without a worry. Some are great for use under makeup too so go crazy with shimmer in your eyes or that bright coloured lipstick if you feel like it. Nothing can stop you now.
Clarins Wrinkle Control SPF50 Suncreen for Face, Clinique SPF50 Sunscreen for Face, MAC Prep+Prime Face Protector SPF50, Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream for Face SPF50
First rule of thumb when going out into the sun -- never, ever forget sunscreen. For the face, get sunscreen meant for application on that specific area so you don't break out after wearing it for extended hours. The formulation for sunscreen meant for application on the body is vastly different from that of facial sunscreens and often not suited for use near sensitive eye, nose and mouth areas. Remember to also dab a little on your eyelids because that's the number one most overlooked part of the face when it comes to sun protection.
Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50 moisturiser, Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser SPF 30, Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily Defense SPF 50, Origins SPF 25 Age-Defense Moisturiser
Why not shield up even when it comes to your daily moisturiser? Keep your skin soft, supple and most of all, protected from UV rays with these moisturisers that come with their own sun protection for dual-purpose skin repairing functions. They are perfect if you're not a fan of heavy, sticky formulations most facial suncscreens cannot escape, but still want the best of both hydration and UV protection.
Smashbox Camera Ready SPF 35 BB Cream, Clinique Age Defense SPF 30 BB Cream, DiorSkin SPF10 Nude BB Cream
For long hours out in the sun, it is recommended that you use a light BB cream to set your face so makeup doesn't get cakey and starts melting off in the sun. Besides, it is better to look fresh and bright when dipping by the shallow end of the pool or racing down the coast in that motorboat than all made up. Even out skin tone, hide redness and other slight blemishes with these BB creams that also come armed with SPF for the best protection this summer.
Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme SPF 15 Foundation, Bare Minerals Original Foundation SPF 15, Lancome Renergie Lift Makeup SPF 20 Foundation
For dressier occasions, these foundations are ideal for that natural sun-kissed glow, silky-smooth after results and complete sun protection at the same time. Never underestimate the power of a good foundation to help makeup stay in place all day, especially in warmer and humid weather. Steer clear from unsightly spots, redness and fine lines on top of unwanted sunburn with the best from Estee Lauder, bareMinerals and Lancome.
Aesop SPF 30 Protective Lip Balm, Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Lipbalm, Benefit BeneTint SPF 15 Lipbalm
Don't forget to protect your lips as well this summer! Pick not only a balm that will keep peeling and cracking at bay, remember to constantly reapply so you maximise that little pot or tube of life-saver. You'll thank us when your lips continue looking plump and youthful a few years down the road even after all that time in the sea water and sunbathing on the beach. For a dash of glam, pick one with your preferred colour to add character. Some balms even come with shimmer these days so there is no reason to not wear them!