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Sun Creams
Health and beauty
July 2023
Reading time 3 Minutes

Stay safe in the sun with our pick of the best sun creams

From the best for sensitive skin to the best for skin that tans easily, we've hand-picked sun protection for all skin types.

Best Sun Screen with Benefits
A combination treatment that provides both sun care and skincare benefits. This hydrating formula reduces the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles for a smoother, brighter complexion and features a natural glow booster that further illuminates the skin. Sun Perfect Sun Illuminating Cream SPF30, £31 Lancaster

Best Overall Body Sunscreen
This great all-rounder has a unique holiday scent without being too sickly. Easy to apply, which makes top-ups more tempting, it is long-lasting out of the water and leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated. Classic Body Organic Spray SPF30, £27 Coola

Best for Value
With the maximum five star UVA rating, this lotion promises eight hours of protection (and 40 minutes water exposure)  in one application. Water resistant and dermatologically tested, it’s great for anyone who is less than diligent in their sunscreen application. Once Advanced 8hr Protect Lotion SPF30, £10 Soltan

Best For Skin Which Tans Easily
This clever sunscreen activates the natural pigmentation process to allow the skin to adapt more quickly to the sun for a deeper, long-lasting tan. Promising to protect cell DNA helping prevent photoaging, it is a great choice for regular sun worshippers. Adaptasun Protective Milky Body Spray Strong Sun, £44 Institut Esthederm

Best Fragrance-Free Sun Screen
Whilst some of us love the smell of sun cream as it brings back so many memories of sun-filled holidays, others do not. This fragrance-free lotion is waterproof up to four hours, is non-polluting, reef-friendly and promises to keep skin hydrated for up to 72 hours. Sunscreen Fragrance Free Lotion SPF50, £8.99 Bondi Sands

Best for Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin and the sun often don’t get on too well, but you still need good, if not even better, protection. Perfect for anyone with sensitivity, or allergies, this SPF30 moisturising lotion is enriched with ceramides to keep dry skin safe, comfortable and hydrated. Facial Moisturising Lotion, £16 CeraVe

Best Under (and Over) Makeup
This lightweight mist is perfect under, or over, makeup, delivering your essential extra dose of sun protection. Perfect for keeping on top of your sunscreen and with a cocktail of skin-soothing ingredients, mist face regularly throughout the day. Preen Screen SPF50 Mist, £32 Ultra Violette

Best for Sport
Whether you are planning to get wet, or sweat, this next-level lotion is packed with skin-friendly ingredients to help care for skin as well as effectively protect it from harmful rays. With a unique tan accelerator and lots of skincare ingredients, it’s easy to apply, absorbs quickly and is suitable for sensitive skin. It’s also vegan, cruelty- and paraben-free and responsibly sourced. Body Active Sun Lotion SPF 30, £35 Saltee

Best Family All-Rounder
A patented filter formula shields skin and the enriching complex of vitamin E and cactus help soothe skin whilst the quick-fire, non-sticky fine spray means you can cover the kids quickly and easily, time and again. Protection Spray 24h Hydration SPF30, £10 Garnier Ambre Solaire

Best Clear Sunscreen for Every Day
Completely invisible, this weightless, scentless and utterly undetectable sunscreen provides consistent, broad-spectrum protection that’s reef-friendly (without clogging pores!). Non greasy, it is infused with a cocktail of targeted skincare ingredients which double as primers for makeup. Unseen Sunscreen SPF30 Supergoop!

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