Autumn may already be on our radar, but even if we are saying goodbye to another summer, SPF needs to stay in our beauty routine all year round.
As much as we love the idea of protecting our skin and making sure to avoid sun damage as much as possible, the truth is that SPF’s texture and consistency can be irritating, especially if you have to apply it before a full face of make-up.
Here at FAK, we tried and tested a few SPF formulas and produced our top 5 faves for the sun protection products that won’t mess up your flawless make-up base.
- REN – Clean Screen Mineral SPF30
This silicon-free product is formulated for daily use and provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB and blue light defence. Enriched with Yellow Passionfruit Seed extract (antioxidant) and Rice (calming and soothing), this SPF 30 is also mattifying so that you don’t need a primer under your make-up. It is also vegan, cruelty-free and following REN’s environmental commitment, it comes in a recyclable tube made from recyclable one-type plastic.
Editor’s note: Best performance if you have oily skin.
- ZITSTICKA – MEGASHADE Serum SPF50
Created for acne-prone and sensitive skin, this light protective serum gained quite a few fans recently because of its hybrid formula (mineral-chemical) and its ability to blend sheer-to-clear with no white cast.
It can be used as the last step of your skincare and as a make-up primer.
People are also raving about packaging and to be honest, we can’t really disagree. How cute does this bottle look?
Editor’s note: Apply your foundation when the sunscreen is still a little bit tacky – it will give you a nice long-lasting finish.
- PAULA’S CHOICE Sunscreen SPF 50
This product has been coveted in the UK for a while and now that Paula’s choice website offers UK shipping, we can say that it is definitely a must-have. Its weightless texture and water-resistant, antioxidant-rich formula make this sunscreen perfect for people that can’t tolerate heavy product on their face.
Editor’s note: You might feel it is too sheer for you, but don’t worry it just has an extremely light texture. If you go for a swim though, don’t forget to reapply!
- THANK YOU FARMER – Sun Project Water Sun Cream SPF50
We could be biased, but if a sunscreen comes from South Korea, you already know it’s going to be good – and if it’s true that in terms of beauty technology where SoKo leads, the rest of the world follows, this moisturiser-sunscreen hybrid doesn’t disappoint. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid and Mistletoe Extract that helps stimulate cellular turnover, this product is simply luxury in a bottle.
Editor’s note: It’s quite a moisturising product, so our advice is to take it easy with the skincare you use beforehand, especially before applying a full face of make-up.
- SUPERGOOP! – Play Everyday Lotion SPF50
Apparently, this is what Hollywood stars put on their skin to protect it from sun damage.
This water-resistant formula is designed for the face and body, and it’s enriched with Sunflower Extract, protecting the skin against UVA, UVB and IRA rays, helping to reduce the risk of premature photoaging.
Editor’s note: If you use it before applying make-up, make sure to wait at least 10-15 minutes as it is not the fastest formula to be absorbed.
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By Marianna Ricciardi