Your sunscreen can now deliver extra skin benefits, beyond its (incredibly important, mind you) role of sun protection. Packed with skin-plumping hyaluronic acid, Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion – Neutrogena’s newest addition to their illustrious sunscreen stables – hydrates parched complexions, sans grease.
Heading to the Australian Open this summer? Make like the pros with La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid, the official sunscreen of this year’s Grand Slam. It absorbs like a dream leaving no sticky residue, making it the perfect SPF for hot days courtside this summer.
For keeping protected while out and about, nothing beats the convenience of a spray-on sunscreen – it’s pretty much hands-free. Avène’s Sunscreen Spray, a lightweight broad spectrum SPF, is ideal for topping up on the go with minimal work. The perfect addition to any summer handbag.
An SPF, moisturiser and primer all in one, Go-To’s Zincredible does triple the work in just one application. It’s also great if you’re looking for a cosmetically elegant physical sunscreen (i.e. ones that reflect harmful UV rays) – it doesn’t give that tell-tale white cast like many other products featuring zinc oxide.
If you’re reluctant to add yet another layer to your lengthy morning skincare routine, why not supercharge your favourite moisturiser or foundation of choice with a few drops of Dermalogica’s Solar Defense Booster? It provides an instant dose of SPF, but the skincare benefits don’t stop there – it’s also rich in vitamins C and E for extra antioxidant protection.
Get your SPF doing double time, with Solar D Everyday Active sunscreen – it allows for some absorption of UVB rays, which are essential to allow your body to produce vitamin D. With almost 1 in 3 of us here in Australia suffering from a vitamin D deficiency, it’s the perfect compromise – the skin stays protected from sunburn, while levels of the essential vitamin are kept topped up.
Yep, your SPF doesn’t just stop at your sunscreen: your swimwear can pack a punch when it comes to sun protection too. Enter Une Piece’s gorgeous UPF 50+ swimwear – unlike daggy rashies of old, these are super sleek creations that’ll have you feeling like a cast member of Baywatch on the beach this summer.
Does your hair tend to look a little worse for wear (we’re talking dry, frizzy and frazzled) after a summer spent in the sun? Keep your strands in top condition this year with La Biosthétique’s Soleil Vitalité Express – think of it as a sunscreen for your hair, that also helps boost elasticity and softness while you’re at it.
A sunscreen that keeps your skin protected while caring for the oceans – we’ll take it. We Are Feel Good Inc’s Sunscreen Lotion contains no oxybenzone or octinoxate, two common sunscreen ingredients that have been found to bleach coral and harm endangered fish species. So you can swim in peace, knowing your skin – and our precious reefs – are preserved.
The ultimate sunscreen is avoidance – staying out of the sun or covering up when you have no choice. I have dozens of hats, I even keep one in the car at all times. For travel and ease I love the ooGee Australia hats – they have a special “flexibraid” material. They also have UPF50+ sun protection. The Hunter Creek hat is a wide brim Fedora.