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Summer is coming around quickly–especially if the 30 degree days we’ve been feeling lately have anything to do with it! The transition from winter into the warmer months can be tricky, as it means shaking up your beauty routine and making a few necessary replacements.
Although SPF should be a year ’round kind of deal, we’ve totally fallen into the habit of not applying our sunscreen during winter. Other aspects of our beauty time can take ages (eyebrows, anyone?!) so sunscreen often takes the backseat.
We hate to break it to you, though–you have to wear a good SPF this summer. Not just when you’re tanning by the pool or out in the elements; nope. We’re talking about day-in, day-out protection against those pesky UVA and UVB rays. Give your skin a little extra attention now, and we promise you’ll reap the rewards later.
If you’re just getting into the habit of wearing daily sun protection, not to worry. We’ve put together our SPF favourites that even the laziest girls around will be able to slather on each day before they head out into the big, wide world. Keep reading to find out which SPF solutions are right on the money for summertime.
One of the ways you can pop on your daily dose of UV-protecting goodness is through your skincare. If you’re using a moisturiser, day cream or serum in the morning, it’s not too difficult to switch it out for something with a little extra sun coverage for the hot months ahead. As an SPF newbie myself, I find this the easiest way to sneak it into my daily routine.
Our faces are pretty important, so it’s always a good idea to opt for higher SPF levels–we recommend 35 and above, especially if you have pale, sensitive, pigmentation-prone or freckled skin. The Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily SPF 50+ is an amazing replacement for your regular moisturiser if you suffer from dryness even in the summer months.
If your skin is more on the combo to oily side, opt for the Skinstitut Age Defence SPF 50+, as this formula works on all skin types. In addition to protecting your skin against sun damage, this product also helps to blur or prevent against physical ageing signs–what a win win!
Most of us regular makeup wearers love to prime, as it helps give the skin a smooth, flawless base in preparation for your makeup. If you’re trying to work some SPF into your regime, why not replace your primer with something a little more protective? This easy switch-out will give you no excuse for getting burnt while you’re out in the sun!
The Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer features SPF 30, making it perfect for daily wear under your makeup. It’s a dream on all skin types, and is also part of Dermalogica’s famed Age Smart range, so will help keep your complexion youthful by offering unparalleled free radical protection. If you need a little more protection, simply wear a protective moisturiser underneath this product.
PS, you can grab this one in a duo with the amazing Daily Microfoliant–they’re a Match Made in Heaven! The Daily Microfoliant will help smooth away imperfections, letting your Skinperfect Primer apply with total ease.
Your everyday foundation serves as an easy spot for a little extra sun protection, plus it gives you the excuse to try out a new formula come summer! If you can get away with sheer coverage, switch out fuller foundations for tinted moisturisers or powder formulas that feature SPF. If you prefer something that’ll really even out any blemishes or imperfections, go for your traditional liquid formula, just making sure to set with powder to beat the heat.
For sheerer coverage, we love the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream. It’s lightweight, doesn’t oxidise and has a whipped consistency that makes it a breeze to blend out. For a powder alternative, try the Mirenesse 4 in 1 Skin Clone Foundation Powder. This is a great option for someone who enjoys buildable coverage, as it can really be layered on whilst remaining light in feel.
Of course, if you can’t give up your full coverage faves, we understand! Give the Napoleon Perdis Foundation Stick a go–this highly pigmented, buildable foundation is a tried and tested winner on a super hot day, plus it offers your skin protection in the form of SPF 15.
Keep in mind, most foundations will be lower SPF, so you may need to begin your routine with a moisturiser that’s a little more protective.
Headed to explore the beach or the great outdoors this summer? Don’t neglect your arms, shoulders, legs and back with the sunscreen! If you shudder at greasy formulas that give you childhood beach day vibes, maybe it’s time to pull out the big guns with an SPF solution from one of our top brands.
A fave of ours is the Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF 50 sunscreen, which features a revolutionary formula combined with a feather light feel on the skin. Never greasy or cakey, this should be your new go-to for long days out in the sun, having fun and soaking up those summer rays.
When getting summer-ready, we can’t forget about the lips! This often-neglected area may get chapped in winter, but summer can mean burnt and sore lips, so don’t forget about ’em!
Keep lips hydrated and healthy with an SPF lip balm. Customer-favourite brand Lanolips makes sun care a priority with all of their products, meaning that the Lanolips Lip Ointment SPF 30 is perfect for your summer escapades. We’re also obsessing over the amazing scents from all-natural brand Hurraw!, and bonus–each product features SPF 15 to keep your lips in tip-top shape. Give the Coffee Bean flavour a try; we promise die-hard coffee addicts won’t be disappointed!
If you’re a guy just try’na get some sun care for your lips, Anthony Men are here to help! The Anthony Mint and White Tea Lip Balm features SPF 25 for ultimate protection, as well as a refreshing minty feel and scent.
We’re totally summer ready with these SPF picks, ideal for incorporating into any routine (even if you’re happy in your beauty rut like me!). Let us know what your favourite summer sun protection is over on Facebook or Twitter.
I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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