How To Find The Best SPF For Your Skin Type

How To Find The Best SPF For Your Skin Type

We all know sun protection is a year-round beauty essential and, clearly, you want it to do the job well but also fit your individual skin type. Cue Kiehl’s – their concise offering ticks all these boxes and, what’s more, the barely-there textures never leave behind any of that tell-tale SPF residue or grease. Interested? Here are four of the best. Plus, with their Friends & Family Event on, it’s 20% off when you buy 2 or more.


Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Mineral Sunscreen | £37.50

Best Suited To: Those Prone To Blemishes 

Why It’s Popular: If you suffer with sensitivity or frequent breakouts, this is the SPF for you. With a light tint designed to smooth uneven tone, the 100% mineral-based sun filters block out damage and protect against the dulling effects of pollution. The subtle tint also makes it suitable for those with paler and olive-toned skin – however, as it melts into your complexion for more of a dewy, fresh finish, it’s bound to be a go-to choice for many. Like all of Kiehl’s SPFs, it’s available in a travel-friendly size, too, to minimise waste. 

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Ultra Facial Cream Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF30 | £28

Best Suited To: Those In A Rush

Why It’s Popular: If you want minimal fuss and aren’t interested in adding extra steps to your existing routine, try this iconic cream, which is now available with SPF30. With all the same qualities as the existing ‘Ultra Facial,’ this latest iteration comes with impressive protection and a non-greasy texture that leaves skin primed for make-up. You’ll love the hydration it lends, too, thanks to the nourishing ingredients inside, including glacial glycoprotein which is known for its ability to prevent water-loss from the skin.  

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Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++ | £30

Best Suited To: Normal Skin

Why It’s Popular: Suitable for all skin types, this SPF is a daily staple and Kiehl’s best-selling sunscreen. Lightweight in texture, it sits imperceptibly underneath make-up and protects against both UVA/UVB and pollution, which can lead to premature signs of ageing. Extra points go to the non-comedogenic formula, which never clogs up your pores, meaning fewer breakouts and a comfortable, non-greasy finish

* Based on a 6-month clinical study on 118 non-sunscreen users: Chinese women, aged 35-65 with mild to moderate signs of photo-damaged skin.

Pair With: All of the Kiehl’s SPF formulas pair nicely with the brand’s iconic serums and creams to address your individual skin concerns. Try using this one alongside their Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum. Enriched with 12.5% Vitamin C, this serum boosts skin's radiant look whilst visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The two work well in unison when used together in the morning to boost skin’s daily defenses. 

* 8-week consumer self-assessment, 52 participants.

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Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50 PA++++ | £40

Best Suited To: Combination/Oily Skin Types

Why It’s Popular: One of the most refreshing SPFs we’ve ever tried, this one isn’t just cooling, it’s fast-absorbing, too – so you never get any pilling of product. The clever non-comedogenic water-light texture has been specifically formulated to avoid leaving a white cast on all skin types, including darker skin tones, while the lightweight wateriness provides long-lasting hydration. The benefits don’t end there – you’ll find it dries down almost matte, so skin appears smoother and pores less noticeable. A must-try for oily but dehydrated skin types. 

Pair With: Use this with Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution to boost skin’s clarity. Specifically formulated with Activated C, the potent brightening serum gently exfoliates skin’s surface to renew skin’s texture and the appearance of pigmentation. Visibly reduces a broad spectrum of dark spots including those caused by age and UV exposure. 

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Kiehl's Share Their Top SPF Tips Worth Noting...

#1: Check The Label

Always wear a sunscreen product formulated with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Remember, daily use is key, even on cloudy days and if working indoors, as UVA rays can still penetrate through your windows.


#2: Reapply Regularly 

Apply SPF every morning before stepping out and don’t forget to reapply at least every two hours and right after swimming or sweating. When in doubt, refer to the directions on the bottle. 


#3: Aim High 

When used as directed with other sun protection measures, diligent use of sunscreen products formulated with broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher may help decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin ageing caused by the sun.


#4: Consider Minerals

If you have oily, blemish-prone or sensitive skin, consider a mineral sunscreen. Also referred to as physical sunscreens, these products are generally lighter and non-comedogenic.


#5: Watch Out For Expiration

Pay close attention to expiration dates, as sunscreens can lose their protective qualities over time.

Get 20% OFF At Kiehl's Now

With their hotly anticipated Friends & Family Sale, enjoy 20% OFF when you buy two or more items. 

Stock up on SPF for face and body and other cult icons including Ultra Facial Cream, Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Avocado Eye Treatment.

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